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


College Park Elementary Showcase

College Park Elementary School hosted its annual Partnership Showcase, which featured more than 20 community, nonprofit and public service agencies supporting the College Park Elementary School Community. The event featured a networking session for partners, an overview of College Park Elementary School, and a panel discussion on the value of partnerships. Special thanks to CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Tamika McClain and Principal Dr. Maisha Otway for spearheading this initiative.

“Choose Success” Project at Cross Keys High School Provided Thanksgiving Meals to Families

Students at Cross Keys High School are making Thanksgiving possible for families who would have gone without thanks to their thanksgiving canned food drive. In collaboration with Chamblee first United Methodist church and the Girl Scouts, the school identified 10 families that would benefit the most from the food drive and those families received Thanksgiving food baskets before the holiday. This was truly a Cross Keys “family affair,” as 10 teachers participated with their class. Together, they collected more than 600 cans. The school also offered breakfast to the class that collected the most, which was 142 cans collected for a class of 17 students. What a wonderful way to give back to the

#GAGivesDay One Week Away!

Mark your calendar for December 3, 2019, to donate and support our mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Early donations are open now, so if you’d like to give today, click on the link below. All donations count toward our #GAGivesDay totals!

Family Caseload Meet and Greet at Forest Park HS

One of our core principles and variables to our success is incorporating families into the work we do. We build solid relationships with our students, but we also include their families into our service offering to be sure we provide the support needed both at home and at school. Forest Park High School Site Coordinator, Quentin Avery hosted a Family “Meet and Greet” for his scholars, which featured game night and resources to help them learn more about college and career readiness.

CIS of Atlanta's STEM Program Takes Flight

"21st Century Real World Academy" After School Academic Enrichment students from Creekside High School recently took a site visit and tour of Lockheed Martin Engineering and Aeronautics Facility in Marietta, Georgia. Students learned about the various departments and facilities within the company, as well as various STEM-based careers. Thank you to the Lockheed Martin team for hosting us.

Local Barbers Mentor Brown Middle School Boys

Barbers from the Atlanta community hosted a "Pop-Up Barbershop" for 6th-grade boys at J. E. Brown Middle School. 14-young men participated in "Barber Shop Talk" with Master Barbers who took the time to mentor them and give them free hair cuts. Mentors talked to the boys about achievement, self-control, hygiene, relationships, planning for the future, chivalry, responsibility and peer pressure. Thank you for giving back to our community in such a big way.

Cross Keys High School Hosts Vaping Awareness Event for Parents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a nearly 80% increase in teen vaping in the U.S. and Cross Keys High School wants to do something to decrease that number. The school hosted a "Coffee and Conversation" meeting for parents to learn about the new trends for smoking via vaping and electronic cigarettes. Guest speaker Zeuri Anderson Jackson from Caron Treatment Centers helped parents understand how they can be empowered to educate their children on the dangers of vaping and learn about available resources should they need help. Special thanks to Carol Treatment Centers for partnering with Cross Keys to help with smoking cessation, substance abuse and prevention sessions for

Cummins Inc. Hosts High School Students Interested in STEM Careers

Cummins Inc., a global leader in building high capacity generators and engines, hosted over 50 students interested in STEM careers from Forest Park and Mundy's Mill High Schools at its Southeast Regional office located in Forest Park. Students learned about the organization's history and received a personalized tour of the company's state-of-the-art, football-field-sized engineering shop. In addition, students learned about the various career fields the organization has to offer during a panel discussion with Cummins team members ranging from the District Manager to a first-year tech apprentice. The students had so many insightful questions and really enjoyed the career shadowing experience.

CIS of Atlanta Committee Member Inducted into Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame

We are happy to honor our very own Jocelyn Dorsey, a long-time supporter and member of our Marketing & Communications Committee who was inducted into the prestigious Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. Dorsey, who is now retired after a 35-year career at WSB-TV, was a news anchor and public affairs director making history as Atlanta’s first African-American anchor. Jocelyn says, "this is one of the most rewarding ways to make a living and to be recognized by my peers is icing on the cake." We are beyond thankful that she generously shares her talents and energy to support metro Atlanta's kids. Click on this link to watch the video.

CIS of Atlanta Alumni Highlight!

They may be "rivals" on the football field, but the brotherhood is real for these CIS of Atlanta Alumni Devonta Wyatt (#95 University of Georgia) and Christian Holmes (#21 University of Missouri). We enjoyed watching them on the field during the Georgia vs. Missouri game this weekend and we remained neutral (smile), cheering them both on to success. We are extremely proud of these student-athletes for all they have accomplished on-and-off the field.

CIS of Atlanta Team Attends Cox Employee Giving Fair

The CIS of Atlanta team attended the Cox Employee Giving Fair with more than 500 employees in attendance. Cox employees visited tables of community partners like CIS of Atlanta to learn more about their mission and the communities they serve and how they can volunteer to support their mission. Volunteers were especially interested in our elementary school Read-A-Thons, Middle School small group discussions to promote positive peer interaction and our High School Career and College Readiness Initiative as well as our Prom and Tuxedo Drive in the spring. We are especially grateful to the Cox Foundation for being a founding philanthropic partner of CIS of Atlanta. Since 1972, Cox has supported

CIS of Atlanta Team Attends Federal Reserve Bank’s Employee Giving Event

CIS of Atlanta Director of Evaluation Kim Walker shared news about CIS of Atlanta’s award-winning programs with employees of the Federal Reserve Bank. The Bank invited nonprofit partners like CIS of Atlanta to their annual Employee Giving Campaign celebration. The “Giving” Fair, provided CIS of Atlanta an opportunity to share information about our programs and the difference we are making in the communities we serve. This fun-filled, superhero-themed morning allowed more than 300 employees to learn about each nonprofit partner and employees were encouraged to be a Superhero for Charity. We are grateful to the employees of the Federal Reserve Bank who continuously provide generous support of

Cross Keys High School Hosts Regional Parent Conference

CIS of Atlanta education partner Cross Keys High School is doing a great job keeping its parents and school community engaged. They recently hosted the Region 1, Title 1 Parent Conference and had many parents and principals from multiple schools in attendance. There were resources offered to parents and bilingual workshops were held to share information on parenting, college applications and the dangers of vaping. Special thanks to Cross Keys Principal Supervisor, Dr. Jones for hosting a phenomenal event for our CIS of Atlanta parents and the Region.

Media Alert! Watch CIS of Atlanta CEO Frank Brown on WSB-TV’s “People 2 People”

Frank Brown’s “People 2 People” interview on WSB-TV Channel 2 with Condace Pressley aired this weekend. During the segment, Frank shared information about CIS of Atlanta’s work in partnership with Metropolitan Atlanta school systems to remove barriers to learning for students at risk of dropping out and his inspiration for sharing his story in the award-winning “Beating the Odds” documentary. Click on the link below to watch the interview. We hope this segment inspires you to support our work and make a donation to our Annual Fund Campaign. With your investment, we can provide a year of CIS of Atlanta programming in one of our 54 Title 1 schools. We encourage your support today, help CIS of

CIS of Atlanta Students Attend College Financial Aid Workshop at Dunwoody High School

One of our goals is to help our students finish high school and go on to their next level of achievement, whether that be college or another career opportunity. Thanks to Dekalb County Schools and a group of CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinators, more than 40 seniors from Cross Keys, Dunwoody and Chamblee High Schools are more prepared for the college application process after attending a financial aid workshop at Dunwoody High School. Throughout the different sessions, students learned about: building and managing credit, student loans, financial literacy, and how to search for scholarships and grants for college. Thank you to the Student Advancement department of Dekalb County Schools for creat

CIS of Atlanta CEO Frank Brown Will Appear on WSB-TV’s “People 2 People”

Watch CEO, Frank Brown’s interview on “People 2 People” with Condace Pressley on WSB-TV Channel 2 this Saturday (November 2nd) at 5:30 am and Sunday (November 3rd) at 12:30 pm. Frank will share information about CIS of Atlanta’s work in partnership with Metropolitan Atlanta school systems to remove barriers to learning for students at risk of dropping out. We invite you to support our work by donating to our Annual Fund Campaign. With your investment, we can provide a year of CIS of Atlanta programming in one of our 54 Title 1 schools. We encourage your support today, help CIS of Atlanta remove barriers outside the classroom which prohibit success in school. 100% of your donation will direct


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