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The CIS Experience

Blog Posts

The Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

By Elizabeth Tuten Nov. 2, 2017


Though the White House declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency only last week, families across the nation have felt the effects of opioid addiction for decades. Often relegated to a footnote in this important conversation are infants, children, and teens—the collateral damage of crises like this one. Youth are often confined to the chaotic lives of their addicted parents.

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Reflections on Charlottesville

By Sarad Davenport Aug. 22, 2017


Sarad Davenport, a Charlottesville native, joined Communities in Schools as the Associate Director of Culture and Connections at the National Office in May, 2017. Three months later Sarad watched, alongside the rest of the nation as white nationalists, neo-nazis, and Klan members took to the streets of his hometown with torches, inciting horrific violence and proclaiming that they would not be replaced. Sarad’s experience is all too familiar for many of the students CIS serves. Racial prejudice, inequality, and economic stagnation are just a few of the adult-sized challenges our students face as barriers to academic success. Systemic racial oppression has denied black and brown children the American Dream for too long, and the attitudes demonstrated on August 12th belie the notion of a post-racial America.

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Caps Off to Our CIS Experience Students!

By Anya Alexander May 18, 2016

Today, we celebrate the CIS Experience students and the outstanding work they’ve done to stay in school and graduate to the next level. Caps off to our CIS Experience students!

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By Afia Obeng Dec. 23, 2015

In the season of giving, the CIS experience blog focuses on how our students are giving back through various activities and projects.

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The Power of ONE

By Anya Alexander Nov. 18, 2015

In observation of National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, the CIS Experience blog focuses on two students that overcame homelessness with the help and support of a caring adult.

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Meet Our Students

By Anya Alexander Oct. 29, 2015


Introducing the 12 students we will follow throughout the school year as part of the National Storytelling Project.

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