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CIS of Atlanta CEO Writes Thought Leadership Column for Saporta Report

Take a look at our CEO, Frank Brown's recent piece in the Saporta Report, the online destination for readers who want to know the inside story on metro Atlanta's business, civic and CEO communities. Frank shares his philosophy on the Atlanta community collectively sharing responsibility of "guardianship" for those challenged by economic disparity. According to Frank, "A child born in Atlanta has a four percent chance of making it out of poverty – about the same as if the child had been born in India. That child’s future is my future, it’s your future, it’s our community’s future." Click here to read more.

CIS of Atlanta “Choose Success” Project Creates Opportunities for Art & Positivity

CIS of Atlanta, Frederick Douglass High School student Support Coach, Jasmine Guitroz, says when a student came to her office and saw her artwork, the inspiration to create a painting activity for students was born. The students called their activity, “ Painting the School with Positivity.” Jasmine says, “Our team thought this would be a good idea and could address improving the overall school climate. Students had to pick encouraging words out of a cup and then paint their interpretation of the word. The words the students selected from were Hope, Peace, Determined, Love, Confidence, Empowering, and Dream.” As you can see, the students used this activity to express themselves and also compl

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Team Works with Local Charity to Have 500 Pairs of Shoes Donated to

Site Coordinator, Shirkia Spearman, worked with Samaritan's Feet and Thrive Financial to give every student at Boyd Elementary a new pair of shoes and socks. Shirkia says, “Every child at the school received a brand new pair of shoes and socks. This effort was so important because there were several students who had on shoes two or three sizes too small, too big or did not have on socks at all. To see the smiles on their faces was priceless. To top it off, every student had their own moment with a volunteer who listened and made them feel special.” Shirkia, thank you for working hard to get our children the resources they need to look their best while focusing on their studies. We also want

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Team Transports College Students Back to School After Break

Many of our CIS of Atlanta Alumni Association college students have challenges finding a way home and back to school during college breaks, so CIS of Atlanta began a program helping them get back and forth to school - with the goal of helping them stay in school. After the recent holiday break, CIS team members, Quintin Avery and Calleb Obumba transported a group of students back to Denmark Technical College in South Carolina for the Spring Semester. We are thankful for our team who go the extra mile to help our students thrive and focus on their studies.

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Created Food Pantry for School Community

Whether its food, clothing, or glasses, CIS of Atlanta firmly believes in providing students with the basic needs that can attribute to successful outcomes. Due to rising poverty levels that are causing economic disparity in our communities, many of our students suffer from food insecurity, and when not resolved, it can be a big barrier to learning. But in the true spirit of CIS of Atlanta, our Site Coordinator, Joquita Ferguson at CH Gullat Elementary School, established a Food Pantry at the school. Every little bit counts when it comes to helping families who want to feed their children healthy meals. Thank you Joquita for all you’re doing to make the world better a better place.

BET Network Executive Visits CIS of Atlanta School

We want to thank BET’s Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer, Jeanine Liburd, for coming from NYC to visit our drop-out prevention program at Feldwood Elementary School in the Fulton County School District. We look forward to building a strong partnership with our friends at BET.

On The Frontline! Brown Middle School Students Participated in Choose Success Water Conservation Pro

The “Conserve the 1% Water Conservation Project” included various components. For the Choose Success portion, students developed a small business unit to help promote awareness about conserving water. Students designed, manufactured, and sold t-shirts. Proceeds from their sales went to the school’s in-house CARE Team program, a program designed to support students and families at Brown. Another group of students created an App that was designed to help reduce water waste. The App plays music during showers and once the song ends, the shower ends. This project was a collaboration with our Music, STEM and CISA departments. Special thanks to CIS of Atlanta, Site Coordinator Eric White, The Brow

On the Frontline! Students from North Clayton High School Participate in Holiday “Choose Success” Pr

Through efforts led by CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator, Shonobe Morgan, students from North Clayton High School made some seniors in a nursing home’s holiday a bit brighter. The high school seniors worked together to create gifts of love for the patients, delivered them and spent time visiting as well. Shonobe says, “The experience hit home because I spent my entire high school and college career as a caregiver at a nursing home in Florida.” The students expressed that it was a humbling experience for them because they were able to put smiles on the patient’s faces. They were appreciative and thanked the students over and over again. Thank you Shonobe for mentoring our students and teaching

Thank You Delta Community Credit Union!

Thank You Delta Community Credit Union! Today CIS of Atlanta CEO, Frank Brown, was presented with a Philanthropic Fund Grant, totaling $10,000, to Communities In Schools of Atlanta. The funds for Communities in Schools of Atlanta will support our mission of surrounding students with a community of support and empowering them to stay in school. We are thankful for partner organizations like Delta Community Credit Union that make it possible for us to make a continued impact in our community.

Highlights from Cross Keys High School Monthly "Coffee and Conversation" Meeting

Parents and Administrators from Cross Keys High School are investing the time and energy to make their school community excel during their monthly "Coffee and Conversation" meetings. Principal, Jason C. Heard, provided updates to parents about school events and there was a guest speaker from Oglethorpe University's Admissions Department, who shared insight into the college application process and receiving financial aid. Keep up the great work building your school community!

We Honor Dr. King's Legacy Through Servant Leadership

We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday and we are thankful for his example on how to live as Servant Leaders. But what would Dr. King say about Atlanta being top in the nation for income inequality? According to this 2019 Bloomberg statistic, Atlanta’s average income for the top 5% of households exceeded $663,000 while families in the bottom half of the population earned less than $65,000. We believe "Atlanta's Native Son" would not be happy about some of us being left behind, but all is not lost. The ball is in our court to be actionable by doing our part to increase opportunities for families at the bottom of the income disparity to create more parity in our beloved city. In the s

Asa Hilliard Site Coordinator Hosted Family Game Night

On the Frontline! Communities in Schools of Atlanta is truly a family affair. We are proud of the relationships we have with students and their parents, so we wanted to celebrate by hosting a "family game night" at Asa Hilliard Elementary. This event was CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator, Danielle Hunter's idea and it was a success. Danielle says, "We had so much fun! We ate, played games and talked about expectations for the school year and helped parents log in to Infinite Campus to monitor grades." Thank you, Danielle, for helping our village come together.

Shaquille O'Neal Continues His Support of CIS of Atlanta Students

Communities in Schools National Board of Directors member, Shaquille O'Neal, continues his support of Communities in Schools of Atlanta through his "Shaq to School" program. Over the holidays, Shaquille donated school supplies to students at two Clayton County schools, Northcutt Elementary and Forest Park High School. Students were given new book bags filled with pencils, pens and composition books to help them refresh school materials for the new year. Thank you, Shaquille for continuously investing in your "Shaq to School" initiative that provides much-needed supplies to so many students in Atlanta.

Youth Leaders Give Back to Their Community

Feldwood Elementary and Gullatt Elementary had a collaborative "Choose Success" project. 4th-grade students made snack packs and “breakfast-on-the-go” packs for Christian City Children's Village. Christian City was established in 1965 as a refuge for children in need of a loving home, providing a 24/7 Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Our students made over 150 packs for the kids and teens at the village and were very excited to be able to give back to their surrounding community. Students also had to complete a post in their journal on why it was important to give back. "It makes my heart smile and feels good inside," was one of our favorite quotes from a 4th grader from

CIS of Atlanta Helps Young Ladies Transition into Teen Years

CIS of Atlanta Coordinator at McNair Middle School, Amina Long, hosted an event to help young ladies learn about transitioning into their teenage years through a discussion about hygiene. The workshop was a partnership with Ms. Rita McGlothin, CEO & Founder of Just Be Beautiful Inc. The girls worked in small groups to learn valuable information about becoming young ladies and taking care of themselves on a daily basis. Special thanks to Amina, “Just Be Beautiful Inc." and McNair Middle School for mentoring our young ladies on this important topic.

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Students Receive Beauty Gift Bags During Holiday

Thanks to our hair care company sponsors, more than 200 gift bags were distributed to CIS of Atlanta young ladies. Our giveaway wouldn’t have been possible without the following companies; Mielle Organics, Ampro, Blue Magic, Alikay Naturals, African Pride, Jamaican Mango and Lime Castor Oil, Blue Magic Products, Jessi Curl, Basic Soap & Candles, Aunt Jackie’s, Cheeky Maiden Soap and Mama Bath & Body.

On the Frontline! CIS of Atlanta Students Receive Beauty Gift Bags During Holiday

Some CIS of Atlanta team members wanted to give some young ladies hair product gift bags to help them look and feel their best. Atlanta Programs Manager Tishy' Vincent noticed many of our young ladies had limited or no hair products to maintain healthy hair or to increase their self- esteem. She worked with CIS of Atlanta, HR Assistant, Altonia Fowler-Dugar to leverage her network that provided hair products for the high school and middle school females on caseload. Thanks to their efforts, more than 200 bags were distributed to the young ladies. Thank you to Tishy’ and Altonia and to the companies that provided product.

On the Frontline! Cross Keys HS Hosts Monthly Meeting

Cross Keys High School parents, students, and administrators came together for their monthly “coffee and conversation” meeting to have a dialogue about some of the positive things going on in their school. A diverse group of students, teen parents, high achieving and Career Tech Area students, participated in a panel to share their school experiences with parents and administrators. We applaud this group for having continuous dialogue about various topics on a monthly basis.

Mentors Matter!!

Young Ladies from Brown Middle School took time to thank their mentors from "B'Fly Girls," who give so much of their time helping the girls navigate their way through middle school and life. Students presented the "B'Fly Girls" team with a thank you note and celebrated their mentors during an event. Special thanks to B'Fly Girls, Inc., a nonprofit organization that partners with CIS of Atlanta to provide in-school group mentoring to young girls in elementary, middle and high school in metro Atlanta. Click here to learn more about their organization.


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