Students across Metro Atlanta face barriers that go beyond what you can see on the outside. Kemari was living a dream after signing his National Letter of Intent to play college football at the University of Louisville.
The dream, however, started to quickly turn into a nightmare due to unanticipated circumstance.
That is where CIS of Atlanta stepped in to help.
Committed to eliminating all barriers for students, CIS of Atlanta began working with Kemari to identify what was keeping him from being successful. A bright and smart student, he needed wrap-around support and most importantly, a stable living situation. Kemari needed the basics - housing and food to ensure he stayed in school and to achieve his dream. We are so proud that Kemari didn't give up and not only did he graduate this year from High School, but is continuing to achieve in life beyond graduation.
It doesn't end there...
Inspired to give back, Kemari participated in speaking engagements and forums targeting student-athletes at three local schools in APS and Fulton County. He used this time to talk to students about the importance of staying focused on school and not letting their external circumstances affect their internal dreams and goals.
CIS' support didn't end with his graduation. We provided Kemari with items for his dorm room, which included everything from toiletries to a laptop for school work. Last week, Calleb (one of our staff) drove him to Louisville where he is ready to start a new chapter in his life.
This story is just one of the more than 30,000 successes we empower each year by surrounding students with a community of support.
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