Arlington, Va. – Today, Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life, praised the Obama administration for calling on Americans to support mentorship as one of the effective strategies for empowering young men of color to get a strong start in life. The President’s national call to action followed a recent examination of programs that work and effective organizations that should be emulated as part of the administration’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
As one of the nation’s most effective dropout prevention organizations, CIS was among those highlighted for its work supporting mentoring. Each year, it connects students to mentors in more than 1,000 sites across the country.
“Communities In Schools has worked to change the picture of education in America for more than three decades,” said Dan Fuller, Vice President of Legislative Relations for Communities In Schools. “We are gratified to be held up as a model that works by bringing parents, teachers, students and the community together to provide at-risk kids the kind of academic support and meaningful mentoring relationships they need to thrive. We look forward to working closely with the administration to grow our program and help remove barriers that young men of color in particular face in their lives.”
In February, CIS students Michael Carter, Michael Cruz- Benitez, Deavin Judd and Elron Russell, Jr., from Washington, D.C., joined President Obama in the East Room of the White House for the kick-off of the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative. These four young leaders were held up as positive models of students who benefit from evidence-based dropout prevention programs like CIS.
Earlier this month, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, joined Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), local education officials, students and CIS site coordinators at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School to highlight organizations and programs that improve or show the potential to improve educational and life outcomes for boys and young men of color.
Across the nation, CIS serves 1.3 million young people and their families each year and operates in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia. Among case-managed students, the CIS model has demonstrated 99 percent retention of potential dropouts, propelled 96 percent of eligible seniors to graduation and successfully helped 97 percent of our students continue to the next grade.
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.