What We Do
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's largest organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. Here in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, CIS operates in 55 CMS school sites, connecting 6,000+ students annually to these critical resources and supportive relationships.
CIS-Charlotte places full-time professionals -- our Site Coordinators -- in selected Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) schools to connect students to caring adults and community resources that will empower them to be successful inside and outside the classroom. By partnering with individual volunteers, businesses, faith and community groups, CIS is able to provide a broad range of services and opportunities tailored to individual student needs. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids-- regardless of the challenges they may face--have what they need to realize their potential.
How We Are Impacted by COVID-19:
CIS students and families are disproportionately more vulnerable than ever and the trusted close relationships of our CIS Site Coordinators are extremely beneficial in these unprecedented times. With schools closed, our 80+ CIS site coordinators from 55 schools immediately began conducting emergency needs assessments to determine what students and families were facing with the onset of the pandemic. Staff continues to monitor needs, help deploy services and resources, compile data, and share it across our team and with other key partners to address critical, basic needs as well as distribute educational materials. CIS team members are providing ongoing social and emotional supports to students and caregivers through regular telephone and text check-ins and bridge social isolation while stemming anxiety. We also have our eye on the future as we link students to college campus virtual tours, virtual resume reviews, study sessions and coaching the class of 2020 on their post-secondary goals.
Financial Donations Requested: Our students and families need us now more than ever. Your financial donations will enable us to maintain operations and allow our staff to provide students/families with basic needs, emotional/mental health supports, and educational support - now and when school resumes. Please make a financial gift to CIS-Charlotte: https://www.cischarlotte.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/
IMPACT OF COVID -19 – SPECIFIC NEEDS:
Please purchase from our Amazon Wish list hygiene items to support our students. CIS team members will assemble the kits and deliver to school sites for families to access.
With the Stay at Home Orders in place, CIS has placed all individual and group volunteer activities on hold and is facilitating limited virtual mentoring and coaching for established mentor/partners relationships.