Communities In Schools
As part of the nation's leading dropout prevention network, the mission of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. (CIS) is to help disadvantaged young people stay in school, successfully learn, and prepare for life by connecting needed community resources with schools. Since its inception in 1985, CIS has mobilized local resources and coordinated partnerships with corporations, faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, civic groups and individuals to help at-risk students in our community overcome academic, social, and economic barriers. Our organization, which began at a single school serving 80 students, currently shapes the futures of over 5,000 at-risk students at 44 high-poverty school sites (14 high, 13 middle, and 17 elementary schools) during traditional school hours and after-school. The scope of our programming has expanded from school-based drop out prevention (K-12) to also include college readiness/access and career exploration, support for teen mothers balancing the challenges of childcare and high school graduation, and working with youthful offenders to continue their education.
601 East 5th Street