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  • The poverty rate is double for African Americans and Latinos.
  • In the South 1 in 4 children live in poverty.
  • One in four children experience a traumatic event.
  • Each year, NC spends $135,000 per child for youth detention and about $8000 per child for education.
  • 66% of kids experience academic difficulties.
  • 1 in 3 kids experience bullying.
  • 61,423 kids are currently incarcerated.
  • 75% of prisoners are high school dropouts.
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Images from the 2016 Have A Heart Gala

Our Focus for Success:
Attendance, Behavior, Coursework, and Parental Support

Our Vision:
Communities in Schools of Wayne County creates partnerships between the community and the students where the students feel valued.  Students are provided the opportunities and tools necessary to achieve success in school so that they graduate and become productive citizens.

Our Mission:
The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

To learn more about CIS of Wayne:

start-farm-agentsState Farm Awards Wayne CIS $2,500 for Students Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

State Farm has awarded $2,500 to Communities in Schools of Wayne County to support students who suffered tremendous loss during Hurricane Matthew.  This grant came from the “State Farm Grant Giving” program for disaster relief and will be used to provide needed school supplies and clothing items. ate Farm has awarded $2,500 t

PNC Bank has awarded CIS of Wayne $4,000 through the PNC Foundation for the purpose of providing college tours to students at the middle school level. Shown in the picture above are Nina Romero (Branch Sales and Service Representative), Wanda Harris (Branch Manager for PNC Bank on Spence Avenue), Selena Bennett (CIS Executive Director), and Robbin Lofton (Teller at PNC Bank on Spence Avenue). Students at Mount Olive Middle, Brogden Middle , and Grantham Middle will be provided college tour opportunities through this grant award.PNC Bank Funds College Tours for Middle School Students

PNC Bank has awarded CIS of Wayne $4,000 through the PNC Foundation for the purpose of providing college tours to students at the middle school level. Shown in the picture above are Nina Romero (Branch Sales and Service Representative), Wanda Harris (Branch Manager for PNC Bank on Spence Avenue), Selena Bennett (CIS Executive Director), and Robbin Lofton (Teller at PNC Bank on Spence Avenue). Students at Mount Olive Middle, Brogden Middle , and Grantham Middle will be provided college tour opportunities through this grant award.

Every Student Deserves a Champion: A cornerstone concept of Communities in Schools is “relationships“.
Watch Rita Pierson’s Every child deserves a champion””

About Communities in Schools:

CIS is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization.  Our mission is to surround students with a community of support,empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning. 

For over 30 years, Communities In Schools has worked to ensure that every child needs and deserves these “Five Basics”:

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • A healthy start and a healthy future
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  • A chance to give back to peers and community
CIS works tirelessly to prevent an at-risk child from becoming another dropout statistic.  We bring community based resources into our schools to work with students and their families.  CIS works because we are founded on the concept that students can and will achieve.  Resources are coordinated to meet the academic and social needs of the students that we work with.  We coordinate the delivery of these resources at the school site through our Success Coaches.