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Date: 10/09/2014

Changing the Picture of Education Report Launched

Date: 05/14/2014

As kids around the country are graduating, Communities In Schools of North Carolina– part of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life – today released a report demonstrating the organization’s impact on dropout rates, highlighted by success stories. The report was released as part of a national public awareness campaign featuring young people from around the country who have graduated from high school as a result of their involvement with Communities In Schools.  (Download full report and info graphics at NC Changing the Picture Final Report.)

“We use research-supported practices and evidence-based interventions, but at the heart of our mode, it is the one-on-one relationships formed with students – this is what makes great things happen for kids of all ages,” said Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.  “We have to meet the kids where they are and provide them with hope, care and vision of what the future could be.  When we do, the results are amazing.”

Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school. When students drop out, they are more likely to end up in poverty, suffer poor health, be dependent on social services, enter the criminal justice system and cost the U.S. billions of dollars each year in lost revenue and increased spending on government assistance programs.  To change the picture in North Carolina, Communities In Schools is serving approximately 215,000of students on 441 campuses this year, working hand in hand with schools, communities, partner organizations and families to surround students with a strong network of support.

According to the new report, Communities In Schools of North Carolina achieved the following during the 2012-13 school year:  

  • 187 elementary schools, 107 middle schools and 103 high schools were served.
  • Approximately 215,000 students were served by Communities In Schools of North Carolina across 44 counties; 196,558 of students received Level One supports (school-wide prevention services) and 19,139 of students received Level Two supports (targeted and sustained interventions). 
  • 97% percent of seniors receiving targeted and sustained interventions (and for whom data were available) graduated.
  • 96%percent of the students in grades K-11 who received targeted and sustained interventions (and for whom data were available) were promoted to the next grade.

The report also features interviews with:

Jamal Tate, a graduate from Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Rashaud Trice, a graduate from Communities In Schools of Durham

Jacinta Blair,  Student Support Specialist, Communities In Schools of North Carolina in Rockingham County

Tina Wilson, Manager of Corporate and Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM and Chair, Communities In Schools of North Carolina Board of Directors

Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools

To raise awareness about Communities In Schools, a public awareness campaign is running nationwide, featuring short videos by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris and photos by renowned photographer David Harriman.  These videos and images are online at communitiesinschools.org.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina is part of the national Communities In Schools network, which operates in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia.  Working closely with school districts and partner organizations, Communities In Schools serves 1.3 million young people and their families each year.  Based directly inside schools throughout the country, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.  Learn more about Communities In Schools of North Carolina at www.cisnc.org.

Changing the Picture of Education in North Carolina is one of more than two dozen Communities In Schools reports being released around the country today in time for graduations. http://communitiesinschools.org

RPG Solutions President to Chair Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Event

Date: 04/30/2014


RPG Solutions, a Raleigh-based benefits and HR consulting firm, has announced that President Stacey Mangum will be chairing the second annual Wine, Women & Shoes event benefitting Communities in Schools (CIS) of North Carolina. 


The event will be held at Talley Student Union at NC State University on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward providing resources, services and support to nearly 900 additional students across the state, resulting in a further reduction of the dropout rate. This year’s event aims to sell 300 tickets and raise $120,000 for CIS of North Carolina, doubling the funds raised in 2013.


Mangum, who was recently promoted to president of RPG Solutions, will oversee the fundraising, marketing and logistics of the event. After attending last year’s event, as well as supporting CIS of North Carolina for more than 10 years, Mangum looks forward to leading the efforts in making this year’s Wine, Women & Shoes event the most successful to date.


“Communities In Schools of North Carolina is a truly remarkable organization that works to keep our students in school and empower them to achieve in life,” said Mangum. “Through our efforts with this year’s event, we are excited to step up and help give these students all that they need to succeed and reach their full potential.”  


Chairing the Wine, Women & Shoes event is one of many ways Mangum supports Communities In Schools. This year, she and the RPG Solutions team are Bronze Record Sponsors of Band Together NC’s annual concert event in May, with proceeds benefitting CIS of Wake County and Durham. 


To learn more about RPG Solutions, visit www.RPG-Solutions.com or call 919-433-4782. For more information about the Wine, Women & Shoes event benefitting CIS of North Carolina, visit http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/raleigh.

General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina to Focus on Expanding Access to STEM Resources

Date: 04/26/2014


Gay Warren, incoming president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina (GFWC-NC), tonight announces a partnership with Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) to expand access to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) resources in schools state-wide over the next two years.

Because the GFWC-NC recognizes the importance of STEM education to the future of our children, club members will be encouraged to sponsor the purchase of STEM kits for local school use.  “STEM encompasses every aspect of our lives, and it is critical that we ensure all children have access to hands-on learning opportunities to shape their success beyond school,” said Warren.  “Communities in Schools can help us ensure that more children have 21st century experiences, and we are excited to join with them in partnership to expand access to STEM resources.” 

GFWC-NC members can purchase STEM resources as well as reach out to local schools to volunteer their time to further STEM learning.  CISNC will facilitate resource placement in schools and provide opportunities for volunteers to learn how they can support STEM learning.

“As we look at preparing students for success in school and life, we know that STEM learning will play a pivotal role,” said Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.  “Partnering with the Women’s Clubs to make resources for STEM learning available to all kids is a win-win for our future.”