News and Stories

News and stories about our work, our partners and our students' success.


CIS of Atlanta and Keeping Pace Summer Enrichment Program Develop Partnership

CIS of Atlanta hosted a partnership meeting at M. Agnes Jones elementary school to discuss increasing opportunities for our students to attend the Keeping Pace Summer program, a 5-and-a-half week summer enrichment program. Keeping Pace offers its program free of charge to students living in Atlanta’s Peoplestown, English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods. This program offers one-on-one tutorials in math, tennis instruction, a fitness program, swimming lessons, and off-campus field trips, and scholars receive free bus transportation to and from camp, all meals and snacks, and all supplies necessary to complete academic enrichment coursework. Parents, applications open in February and we look

CIS of Atlanta High School Seniors Attend College Prep Workshop

As CIS of Atlanta motivates students to graduate high school, we have partnerships to assist them as they prepare for life after graduation. Volunteers from Oglethorpe University hosted a college application workshop for our seniors allowing students and their parents to learn about the application process. Admissions Counselors talked to seniors in an AP English class to answer questions about college life. Thank you Oglethorpe University for taking the time to mentor our students.

Thank you, United Way of Greater Atlanta

CIS of Atlanta students depend on food provided at school to balance food insecurities. As a partner of The United Way of Greater Atlanta, we received over 400 snack bags packed by the Coca Cola Company volunteers. The healthy snack bags were filled with goldfish, fruit snacks, organic orange juice, and granola bars and were decorated with inspirational messages and fantastic artwork. The snack bags are part of CIS of Atlanta’s ongoing effort to use campus food pantries to feed Atlanta school students. The pantries highlight the persistent problem of access to healthy food in low-income neighborhoods. The snack bags will be distributed to four CIS of Atlanta elementary school partners. Thank

CIS of Atlanta Students Attend Colin Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” Camp

Professional Football Player, Colin Kaepernick, best known for taking a knee during NFL games to stand up against police brutality in black and brown communities, hosted his “Know Your Rights” Camp in Atlanta. Thanks to a partnership with Girls Incorporated, CIS of Atlanta students were able to attend the Camp, which focuses on raising awareness to opportunities in higher education, self empowerment, and instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios. Speakers included Attorney Ben Crump, Nick Cannon and Colin Kaepernick. Special thanks to Girls Inc. for mentoring 20 7th grade girls at Brown Middle School and La'Vonna Taylor, CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinato

Weekly Mentoring Group for Boys Partners with Chris Drumz Foundation

The CIS of Atlanta team at Heritage Elementary has partnered with the Chris Drumz Foundation to provide additional programming for the “Brotherhood Ties” mentoring program. Chris Belcher, Founder of the Chris Drumz Foundation has volunteered to mentor the boys in the program each Friday. Each week, he talks to them about various topics, but the most recent was about etiquette and hygiene. Special thanks to Felton Hodges, Site Coordinator at Heritage Elementary and school Social Worker Kedric Sledge who both serve as mentors for “Brotherhood Ties”.

Attention CIS of Atlanta Parents - Macy’s Hiring 80,000 People for Holiday Season

The holiday season is coming soon and Macy’s is hiring more than 80,000 people to help with this busy time of year. Macy’s supports the work we do at CIS of Atlanta through their Community Impact Fund, and this hiring event is another way to support us by helping us create employment opportunities for the parents of the children we serve. See the flier to get more information about their National Holiday Hiring Event on Thursday, October 24th. Applications can also be completed online at We are grateful to Macy’s for your continued support of CIS of Atlanta, our students, and our families. #Allinforkids #Macys

The Atlanta Braves Take CIS of Atlanta Students on Behind-The-Scenes Tour of Suntrust Park

CIS of Atlanta students from Feldwood Elementary School were given an all-access, backstage tour of the SunTrust Park Braves Stadium. Students were given the ultimate fan experience as they visited the press box, dugout, The Home Depot clubhouse, Xfinity rooftop and much more. They also had lunch at Wahlburger's and were treated to dessert at Haagen-Dazs. Many thanks to The Atlanta Braves, Wahlburger’s and Haagen-Dazs for making our day so special. #Allinforkids

Dentons Law Firm Team Creates Care Packages for Students

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator, Etolya Rahming at Feldwood Elementary partnered with Dentons Law Firm to create 300 snack bags for students for an upcoming field trip. 3rd grade students will be going on an all-day, sponsored field trip to the North Georgia Mountains. This "Journey 2 Journal" excursion will be the first of 3 at Feldwood and will allow students to write about their experience - hopefully while eating their delicious snacks. Special thanks to the Dentons Law Firm team for partnering with CIS of Atlanta.

“Feel Good Monday” - CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Goes Beyond the Call of Duty for a Heritage Ele

CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinators are consistently meeting the needs of our students. Site Coordinators bring community services into the schools to ensure our students have every opportunity to succeed. Our Site Coordinators are a dedicated team who personally support our students as well. When our students are in need our team members answer the call. Felton Hodges, Site Coordinator at Heritage Elementary noticed a student needed new shoes. He sent an email to his colleagues at CIS of Atlanta and minutes later- fellow Site Coordinator Richard Gaines of Mundy Mills High School, purchased the shoes with his own funds. We salute our team members for collaborating to meet the needs of our stude

CIS of Atlanta Takes Over the West Coast

CIS of Atlanta students were rewarded with a West Coast Exploration trip to sunny California. They visited colleges and learned about career opportunities. During their visit, they went to the FBI Field Office. Students learned about the FBI and the steps required to join the agency, but they won’t tell any secrets (smile). Special thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation for making this trip possible.

Macy’s Presents CIS of Atlanta with Grant Award

CIS of Atlanta Chief Development Officer, Cynthia Moreland attended an in-store Associate Rally at Macy’s North Point Mall and was presented with a grant award for CIS of Atlanta in school programs. Sales Associates and Macy’s District Leaders presented Communities In Schools with the grant, and Store Manager, Sheila Wilson, Susan Marvin, Division Vice President, and Cassandra Kimbler, Volunteer Captain, encouraged employees to volunteer and support CIS of Atlanta directly. The Atlanta Macy’s technology team recently participated in the “Macy’s Big Give Back,” where they read to students at APS elementary schools around the city and hosted career day events. We thank Macy's for their continu

CIS of Atlanta Takes Over the West Coast - Day 2

A few of our case-managed students were rewarded with a West Coast Exploration trip and this is their second day in sunny California. Yesterday, was full of fun experiences to Hollywood and Universal Studios, but today, students and chaperones got down to business with a tour of toy manufacturer Mattel, where they met executives to learn about career paths in the innovation and retail worlds. The next stop was to the University of Southern California (USC), where students received a tour of the campus, learned about academic majors and required courses. Students envisioned themselves living on campus and becoming lifelong learners. As they say, “you can't be what you can't see.” Special than

We Won! CIS of Atlanta Documentary “Beating the Odds” Wins Big at International Black Film Festival!

Our team is over the moon with excitement after winning “best short documentary” for our film, “Beating the Odds” at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville. Filmmakers Jessica and Jason Young were there to receive this prestigious honor and said, “We were humbled and overwhelmed with gratitude, that the essence of our film resonated with the audience and the Film Festival host committee.” Beating the Odds shadows the trials our students face and the life-changing mission of CIS of Atlanta. “Beating the Odds” highlights the stories of the students we serve, along with our CEO, Frank Brown’s story about overcoming challenges to become the leader he is today. Frank Brown says, “I a

CISA Takes Over the West Coast - Day 1

A few of our case-managed students were rewarded with a West Coast Exploration trip. For some of our students, this was their first experience on a flight and we are thankful everyone traveled safely to beautiful Los Angeles. CISA team members Frank Brown, April Whiteside, and Dorothy Styles are leading the way for a day of excitement at Universal Studios. Special thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation for making this trip possible.

CIS of Atlanta Creating More Mentoring Programs for Young Men of Color

The CIS of Atlanta team works tirelessly to increase mentoring opportunities for young men of color through our XY-Zone Initiative. Through small group discussions we work to empower adolescent males creating bonds of brotherhood and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Quentin Chaney, CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator at Banneker High School, leads weekly male empowerment discussions for caseload students facing behavior challenges and says, "we provide students with the tools to manage conflict in a positive way." Our special thanks to Joseph Arrington, an entertainment lawyer who stopped by to motivate students.

CIS of Atlanta Documentary “Beating the Odds” Selected for Another Prestigious Film Festival!

We are humbled and honored that our documentary, “Beating the Odds” has received national attention from the independent film festival community. We invite you to learn more about Communities In Schools of Atlanta. Beating the Odds shadows the trials our students face and the life changing mission of CIS of Atlanta. “Beating the Odds” highlights the stories of the students we serve, along with our CEO, Frank Brown’s story about overcoming challenges to become the leader he is today. Upcoming Showcase: The International Black Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend. (October 3rd - 6th) Special thanks to our visionary filmmaker, Jessica Young who helped us tell our story in such a c

School Leaders at Carver High School Go Above and Beyond to Create Leadership Program for Male Youth

Three years ago, CIS of Atlanta Student Support Coach, Nicole Bush, and Carver High School Resource Officer, Sergeant Quarless felt the need to begin a mentoring program to build more camaraderie among the males in their school. They took action and started a program called “Young Men Of Carver.” Over the past three years the program has taken flight, and last Thursday, they held their first panel discussion of the year titled " Brothers & Solidarity" which focused on the importance of brotherhood, collegiality, reciprocity, and fellowship among young men. Our very own CEO Frank Brown and Dr. Dan Sims (Associate Superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools) were two of our eight panelists, alon


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