Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories April 2011
April 21, 2011
Across the country, the month of April is celebrated as Volunteer Month, Volunteer Appreciation Month and Community Service Month. At Communities In Schools of North Carolina, we not only want to celebrate our nearly 10,000 volunteers who generously donate their time and energy to serving our state's children and youth, but also our students who are actively involved in giving back to their peers and community—a value identified by CIS as needed and deserved by every child. This month's "Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" video features Chapel Hill High junior Cyerah O'Briant, a student involved in the CIS-affiliated Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program's Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), headed up by Graig Meyer. “Before YLI, I never thought much of helping others. The world would be a better place if more people gave back,” she says.
Be sure to visit CISNC's blog to read multimedia storyteller Justin Cook's reflections on working with Cyerah and Graig. "Watching Cyerah and Graig inspire each other reinvigorated my passion for storytelling," he says.