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Communities In Schools Wins $3.2 Million Dollars in Grants from AT&T Aspire

By Communities In Schools Oct. 28, 2014

Arlington, Va. - Because of their demonstrated success supporting and motivating traditionally underserved students to stay in school and achieve in life, eight affiliates of Communities In Schools (CIS) have been named among 30 organizations nationwide that will share in nearly $12.5 million from the AT&T Aspire RFP.

The more than $3.2 million in contributions to CIS affiliates continue AT&T Aspire’s commitment to the great work CIS is doing across the country. With an unwavering commitment to data-driven education outcomes, AT&T Aspire, the company's signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness, has impacted more than one million students since its launch in 2008.

Through a competitive request for proposal process, 30 schools, school districts and non-profits, including Communities In Schools affiliates, were selected from more than 1,100 applicants nationwide. Programs were evaluated based on their effectiveness in helping students graduate ready for career or college. Selected programs use evidence-based approaches to serve students and are able to demonstrate quantitative results.

CIS affiliates receiving contributions include:  CIS of Delaware, CIS of Lake County, CIS of Heart of Texas, CIS of San Antonio, CIS of New Orleans, CIS of Catoosa County, CIS of Washington State and CIS of Kalamazoo.

AT&T Aspire funding recipients include non-profits, schools and school districts around the country that will expand programs to serve additional students, add components to strengthen the program, or replicate in new locations. Many of the awardees deliver integrated student supports, focus on college or career preparation, and/or provide mentoring or peer-to-peer supports to help students succeed in academics and beyond.

Since 2008, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided generous funding to Communities In Schools and its local affiliates.  The cumulative contributions make AT&T the largest corporate funder of CIS.

About Communities In Schools

Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.