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Communities In Schools Selects Growth & Impact Communities

Nation’s Largest Dropout Prevention Identifies 10 Affiliates for National Recognition and Strategic Growth Investments

By Communities In Schools Sept. 19, 2016

Arlington, VA – September 19, 2016 -  Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, today announced that 10 of its affiliates will be designated as Growth & Impact Communities, allowing them to receive strategic investments from the national office for research, practice and growth.

Three Impact Communities, CIS of Charleston, CIS of San Antonio and CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, were selected for being models of excellence in how they serve the needs of student who may be at greater risk for dropping out. They will be used as research centers to help pilot new initiatives and conduct studies showing how their effective use of Integrated Student Supports (wraparound services) helps students stay in school and graduate.  

Seven CIS affiliates were selected to be Growth Communities and will receive strategic investments and technical assistance from the national office to expand to as many as 10 more schools throughout their communities. They include:

  • CIS of Houston
  • CIS of Northwest Michigan
  • CIS of Chicago
  • CIS of Benton-Franklin, WA
  • CIS of Mid-America – serving Kansas City, MO
  • CIS of Indiana
  • CIS of North Carolina- serving Rocky Mount, NC

 “These communities will be central to increasing our reach to more low-income children in need in our country. They will also help us advance those research-based practices and operational standards that ensure we are serving those children with the highest level of quality,” said Gary Chapman, executive vice president of Communities In Schools. 

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.