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Ja-Mez, a graduating senior and Site Coordinator Darrell Smith from CIS of Atlanta

Ja-Mez: Finding a Guide to a Bright Future

Ja-Mez is about to graduate with his class at Stone Mountain High School – an event that seemed impossible just two years earlier. A childhood tragedy that left him angry and disaffected threatened to derail his life until he came under the wing of Darrell Smith, a caring, empathetic CIS site coordinator working in the school.

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Setting Students Up for Success


put students at the center and surround them with a caring community of support, anchored by our dedicated
staff. Here are some stories about how we do that.

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Communities In Schools Announces Unprecedented Investment from Ballmer Group of Up to $165 Million to Expand Student Support Model to 1,000 New Public Schools Nationwide

Communities In Schools® (CIS®) announced today that Ballmer Group is committing up to $165 million to help the organization scale its integrated student support model to 1,000 new schools. This new initiative will establish a fund designed to accelerate the adoption of its in-school student support services model to under resourced schools across the country.

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What MacKenzie Scott’s Gift Means to Me and the Organization I Chair

MacKenzie Scott’s supremely generous gift to Communities in Schools was remarkable in many ways. I serve as board chair of the education nonprofit, and her donation spoke to me as both a woman and a philanthropist who for decades has worked to ensure that every student, regardless of race, ZIP Code, or history of marginalization, has what they need to succeed in school and beyond.

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We ensure that students have everything they need to succeed: food, access to technology and school supplies, emotional support, and more. By bringing communities of support to our students, we’re achieving equitable learning conditions in schools and beyond.


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