What We Do
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CIS) sits at the cross section of education and human services and is guided by the larger goals of increasing the number of high school graduates, helping to stabilize students (elementary, middle, and high school) to be in a better position to learn. CIS Site Coordinators assist students and their families with defining clear, viable paths for post-secondary education and careers while fostering other opportunities for achievement, self-sufficiency, and economic mobility. As part of the nation's leading stay in school network, CIS locally impacts the lives of over 6,700 case-managed students annually who have boundless potential and seek opportunity. CIS supports students at 47 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) sites that have large populations of high-poverty, high-need under-resourced students. CIS assists an additional 28,000 students through school-wide programming and securing resources at these same schools. The scope of our programming includes core case-management services (PreK-12) and specialized intervention programming that targets and addresses community issues such as college access and career readiness, support for teen mothers balancing the challenges of parenting and high school graduation, working with youth involved in the criminal justice system to continue their education, and serving refugee and immigrant students.