Communities In Schools

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Men Tchaas Ari
Primary Contact Name
May Johnston
Main Address

601 E 5th St
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

What We Do

Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. (CIS-Charlotte) is an affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS places professional staff inside schools to build relationships with students and families, connect them to resources, and help them overcome barriers to experience success in school and beyond.  

CIS-Charlotte operates locally in 56 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), primarily in Title I schools where the majority of students live in households near or below the poverty line. CIS is a strong advocate for educational equity, believing that race, socioeconomic status, or the neighborhood in which one lives should not predicate student outcomes. We help champion solutions so that students can achieve success in school and in life.

VOLUNTEER Information:  Please email to learn more about our current volunteer opportunities. 

Interesting Info
  • Last year through CIS, 6,300+ students received targeted case-management services in 55 CMS high poverty/Title 1 schools
  • 98% of CIS student stayed in school, 94% were promoted to the next grade , and 80% of students' identified goals were met or progress was made.
  • 640 (99%) of CIS Seniors graduated from high school, with 88% planning to attend college/university. Many are first-generation to attend college.
Geographic Location
Volunteer Opportunities

Write Notes of Encouragement to Students
Repeats daily for 63 times

CIS Success Coach
Repeats weekly for 103 times

Be On Call for CIS
Repeats weekly until Sunday, June 30th, 2024

Middle School Career Fair
Duration of 4 hours

Graduates 2023
Bruns Avenue Elementary
Attendance+ Kick-off
Winterfield Elementary
Men Tchaas Ari with graduate
Volunteer and student
Graduate 2023 - West Charlotte
Seniors at West Meck