News and Stories

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


CIS of Atlanta Team Still On the Frontline Assisting Families

Our team is still working hard helping families get access to necessities like food, academic support, and technology devices. Please give to our Emergency Fund today to support the important work we are doing in the community. Pictured here, Stanley Sellers and Temeka McClain along with members of the College Park cafeteria team, and special thanks to the transportation workers from Fulton County Schools who are working hard behind the scenes for our students.

CIS of Atlanta Team Volunteers with Food Distribution

Our team is still working hard, working with our partner schools to distribute food to Atlanta families. Site Coordinators Jarrett Smith and Quentin Chaney served more than 600 lunches to more than 100 families in the South Fulton Cluster at Banneker this past week. You can help us support Atlanta families by donating to our CIS of Atlanta Emergency Fund today. Click here to give.

Heartfelt Message from A Parent

We received this note from a parent we recently worked with to help her through these tough times. Messages like these inspire us to keep going, working hard for the Atlanta families we serve. Read this note and join us by donating to our CIS of Atlanta Emergency Fund today.

CIS of Atlanta CEO Talks About Poverty in the Midst of a Pandemic in The Saporta Report

Our CEO, Frank Brown says, "The 30,000 children we serve each have something to offer society. CIS Atlanta is going to do everything we can to stand up for them and their families during this difficult time. We invite you to stand with us." In the March edition of The Saporta Report, Frank shares his thoughts about how this pandemic will affect Atlanta families in poverty and how our organization is committed to helping these families get the resources they need to stay afloat. Click here to read Frank’s op-ed article and visit to support our emergency fund.

Choose Success Project Helps Carver HS Students Feel Good About Themselves

Students in CIS of Atlanta, Site Coordinator, Ms. Bush’s Girls of Excellence mentoring group created a hygiene closet because many students lack the necessities to keep up with good hygiene practices. With the help of Ms. Bush and Carver Teachers, students created a closet full of items to help students feel their best and it was a hit with Carver students. In addition, students participated in a financial literacy workshop to determine costs for running the closet on a regular basis. Ms. Bush says, “this project was a great initiative and I’m so proud of the students for stepping up and making sure their fellow students had a safe place to get necessities.”

CIS of Atlanta Elementary Students Create Gift Baskets for the Elderly

We are proud of the impact Choose Success projects have made in our community especially since all projects have been led by our students. Recently, Love T. Nolan Elementary students decided to create a project for the elderly, creating gift baskets full of toiletries. Students created baskets for the Concordia Nursing Home & Assisted Living residents and staff, and for families in need at their own school. Overall, they collected more than 400 items to donate for this project, and this gift will keep giving because students decided they will continue donating to their community on a regular basis. Special thanks to Dr. Angela Williams, Site Coordinator at Love T. Nolan who led this great pr

CIS of Atlanta Students Create Community Clothing Pantry

The Charles R. Drew High School CIS student group noticed that a large population of CDHS students and families needed assistance with clothing and shoes. So that took action creating a place in the school where families can get fresh clean clothes and shoes. Students volunteered over 80 hours washing and folding donating clothes and shoes in the school washroom. In addition to CIS of Atlanta students, the CDHS Football team got involved to help increase items for the male department in the closet. Thank you CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator Amanda Harrison for showing our students how to lead in action.

CIS of Atlanta CEO, Frank Brown Visits Cross Keys High School

Being the leader of an organization like CIS of Atlanta gives our CEO, Frank Brown opportunities to visit with students throughout our partner schools. This morning, Frank went to Cross Keys High School to get to know the school community's parents and talk to them about all of the ways Communities in Schools assists students and families. The Hispanic community is a big part of the fabric at Cross Keys and CIS of Atlanta and we are happy to have their support to create success for our students.

CIS of Atlanta Students Make Sure Kids Have Warm Coats During Winter

Parklane Elementary Students are doing great deeds in the East Point Community, helping to coordinate a Coat Drive for their Choose Success project. The project was a collaboration between East Point former Councilman Clyde Mitchell, East Point Housing Authority, the community, and local government. Coats were collected and distributed at the Martel Homes housing project and as you can see, families were able to receive new coats. Thank you Site Coordinator Stanley L Sellers for orchestrating these efforts.

CIS of Atlanta Alumni Association Student Travels Abroad

Alumna Maya Schofield, a sophomore at Benedict College, traveled to Israel as part of a study abroad experience provided by the Maccabee Task Force, a nonprofit combating Anti-Semitism on America's college campuses. Maya traveled with other HBCU students to learn about the culture and history of Israel. She says, “It was an opportunity for young leaders like myself to create something bigger than ourselves. During the trip, we focused on building a community that impacts the entire nation and the world. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity.”

Locker Room Leadership Series for Student-Athletes Still Thriving

CIS of Atlanta’s Locker Room Leadership series allows college student-athletes to mentor our current students during on-site school visits. Last month, some Georgia State University football players spoke with students from Asa Hilliard Elementary about the importance of excelling in education and becoming a successful, student-athlete. Our Asa Hilliard Site Coordinator, Danielle Hunter says, “I was so proud of our students during this mentoring session with the Georgia State Panthers. They were engaged and asked great questions.” Thank you to the GASU football team for investing time and energy into this program.

CIS of Atlanta Students Participate in AT&T Tech Event

This weekend more than 24 students from Cross Keys High School attended AT&T’s Annual High Technology Event, Hacemos (meaning We Do), geared towards Hispanic students and facilitated by AT&T Hispanic employees and volunteers. Students participated in STEM activities including coding, gaming and learning about the AT&T world. HACEMOS is AT&T’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource group committed to expanding Latino youth access to tech training and exposure. AT&T, thank you for taking the time to mentor our students.


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