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Anheuser-Busch Delivers $100,000 Donation To National Cares Mentoring Movement Board Of Directors
Brewer’s Support Since 2005 Totals $500,000 For Mentoring Programs Nationwide

American youth are being inspired to dream, encouraged to reach their goals and given the tools to succeed through personal attention from caring mentors. Scenarios of young people connecting with everyday adults who engage in extraordinary acts of support happen every day because of the efforts of the National CARES Mentoring Movement (NCMM). To sustain these worthwhile exchanges between caring adults and tomorrow’s leaders, Anheuser-Busch and its charitable arm, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, recently delivered a $100,000 donation to NCMM’s founder and CEO Susan L. Taylor and Thomas W. Dortch, chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors.

As a founding supporter, Anheuser-Busch donated $250,000 in 2008 to help mobilize local CARES Circles in cities across the nation. The leading American brewer has supported the mentoring organization each year since its inception, providing $500,000 in support to date. Currently there are more than 50 CARES Circles – local groups that recruit mentors, serve as a strong voice for mentoring in their communities and encourage collaboration among youth-supporting organizations and support mentor/mentee activities.

“When Susan Taylor first announced the mentoring initiative, Anheuser-Busch immediately recognized the potentially life-changing impact it could have in shaping future leaders and transforming local communities,” said Johnny Furr Jr., vice president, Community Affairs and Consumer Outreach for Anheuser-Busch. Ultimately, NCMM seeks to increase high school graduation rates, literacy and math skills, and the number of youngsters entering two-year and four-year colleges and industrial/technical training schools. The nationwide recruitment effort aims to connect more than 1 million caring adults with children who live in at-risk communities.

“Through the support of companies like Anheuser-Busch and the commitment of individuals around the country, we will end this state of emergency in Black America,” said Taylor.  The National CARES Mentoring Movement aims to mobilize massive numbers of people – from college students to retirees – to work with existing organizations to support and elevate the upcoming generation. Mentors may participate individually or gather a number of friends and, together, mentor a group of youth. The NCMM will hold its third annual conference, Oct. 28-31, in Atlanta.

“We are seeking caring adults to wrap their arms around vulnerable young people and share their knowledge, time and resources to improve our kids’ graduation rates and stem the pipeline to prison of African-Americans, particularly black males,” said Dortch.
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