CIS News
  • Have a Heart for Kids: Friday, April 24th
  • Each year, NC spends $135,000 per child for youth detention and about $8000 per child for education.
  • CIS Executive Director Selena Bennett honored with Duke Citizenship and Service Award
  • 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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  • Every day, 83 students drop out of school in North Carolina.

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Rita PiersonA 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.For the 2013-2014 School Year:

  • 3,118 students were served at 7 sites
  • 123 students (ages 12-18) were served in the Teen Court program
  • Success Coaches worked at 6 schools (Brogden Middle, Goldsboro High, Grantham, Mount Olive Middle, Southern Wayne High, and Spring Creek Middle)
  • 95% of CIS students were promoted
  • 95% of potential dropouts stayed in school
  • 95% of CIS seniors graduated
  • $221,134 awarded in grants/contracts
  • In-Kind Donations were valued at $15,578
  • Volunteers were valued at $37,638
  • $22,000 in school supplies were collected from “Stuff the Bus”


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