Our Story

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We are part of the national Communities In Schools network, which is the leading dropout prevention organization in the country, and the only such organization that is proven to decrease the dropout rate and increase on-time graduation rates.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina was established in 1989, and we are the state headquarters for the Communities In Schools network in North Carolina, this means we build partnerships with North Carolina counties to set up local 501(c)(3) nonprofits, called Communities In Schools affiliates, to work directly with the community’s students.

Currently we provide assistance to 37 local affiliates serving 44 North Carolina counties. In turn, these affiliates connect students and families to the community resources they need. Our affiliates provide students with a one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community.

Want to know more?  Check out our "Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" video series.  One of our favorites is featured below!