National CARES is a pioneering community-galvanizing movement dedicated to alleviating intergenerational poverty among African Americans. It offers Black children in low-income families and unstable communities the social, emotional and academic support they need to unleash their potential and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or vocational-training programs and 21st-century careers. They employ two primary strategies. The proven-effective, consciousness-shifting model, ideated and built by experts over a decade, unearths hope and resilience in our young living with trauma-causing impacts of poverty—homelessness, hunger, unrelenting violence, gravely under-resourced schools and overwhelmed parents and teachers. The traumatic stress children in poverty live with fuels mental illness and physical disease, including anxiety, depression, hypertension, substance abuse, obesity, violence and also the recent spike in suicide.
About the cause: A wide body of research shows that adverse childhood experiences combine with poverty to undermine children’s wellbeing and their ability to learn and thrive. They are unable to sit still and focus. Their parents, who are overstressed and struggling to make ends meet, are at risk for higher levels of depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Black children overall are scoring the lowest in all academic, health, and developmental indicators compared to their peers.
About the event: With National CARES, we work with you to build a virtual “lesson plan” to teach a subject or demonstrate a skill around basic math, science, English, hygiene, STEM, or soft skills. This educational content will be reviewed and delivered to teachers and families to provide the content to students. Employees can create their videos individually or as a team. During the live event, we talk about the status and importance of virtual education at this time, social justice, and then hold a vote featuring the top three submitted educational videos!
Join us for this virtual event and be part of the movement!
We don’t expect everyone to have a few thousand dollars worth of film equipment lying around. Thankfully, you can create authentic, engaging content with your smartphone! Here are a few tips/guidelines as you work to create your content:
- Length – Your videos will be viewed by age groups 6 – 12. The shorter your video the better. We often recommend trying to have your video be 10 minutes or less to ensure your audience remains captivated.
- Individual or Team – Feel free to include your family, friends, or team members to make creating your video as fun as possible! It sometimes helps to have another person to bounce ideas off of or to hold the camera for you.
- Editing your video – Your videos do not need to be professionally edited. Your audience will appreciate the authenticity of you sharing lessons and skills with a video created at home. Free video editing software like iMovie or Windows Video Editor can get the job done. You likely also have video editing software on your phone as well!
Smart Phone Camera – The camera on your phone is likely better than any camera you own. We recommend keeping it simple and using your phone as much as possible!