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Communities In Schools to Help Students in their Quest to Graduate with $1.25 Million from AT&T

Raleigh, NC, Aug. 8, 2016 — Two of North Carolina’s Communities In Schools (CIS) organizations have been selected to receive $1.25 million from AT&T, reflecting the success of CIS in supporting and motivating underserved students to stay in school and prepare for their next step in life.

CIS of North Carolina and CIS of Wilkes County are two of only 18 recipients nationwide that will share in $10 million from AT&T through the Aspire Connect to Success Competition.  Recipient organizations deliver integrated student supports, focus on college or career preparation, and/or provide mentoring or peer-to-peer supports to help underserved students graduate.

CIS of North Carolina will receive $750,000 to support the Powering the Future program, which serves students in grades 9 – 12, in six rural high schools in Conway, Littleton, Oxford, Warrenton, Weldon, and Windsor, where graduation rates are far below the state average and fewer than 25% of students are grade-level-proficient.

“We are passionately committed to changing the future for children,” said Dr. Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina. “Combining the art of one-on-one relationships with the science of proven, evidence-based programs and the power of community support, we help remove barriers that keep students from succeeding in school and life. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference for students in these six rural communities where resources are very limited.”  

CIS of Wilkes County will receive $500,000 to expand the Increasing Intentionality Initiative, which serves 5,516 students in grades 9 – 12, into seven high-poverty, rural high schools in North Wilkesboro and Taylorsville. Of the more than 5,500 students in grades 9-12 who will be served by this expansion, more than 1,000 will receive individualized, case-managed services.

“For far too many students, their vision of the future stops at the closest mountaintop,” said Glendora Yarbrough, Executive Director of CIS-Wilkes. “By engaging caring adults and providing the link between educators and the community, we seek to encourage students to look beyond their horizon and pursue their dreams, a journey that begins with staying in school and preparing for life.”

A dedicated CIS Site Coordinator will be located in each of the 13 high schools impacted by this contribution to coordinate and implement targeted and schoolwide interventions aimed at increasing graduation rates and improving student achievement.

Read the full release here.