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CIS of Atlanta Receives Proclamation from City of Atlanta for School Dropout Prevention Program



Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and the City of Atlanta issues Communities In Schools of Atlanta an official city proclamation recognizing the nonprofit’s work connecting at-risk students with relationships and resources needed to graduate and succeed in life.


ATLANTA (March 2, 2023) – Communities In Schools of Atlanta (CIS of Atlanta) has received an official proclamation from Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and the City of Atlanta commending the nonprofit for 50 years of pioneering programs that surround local students with the resources and support they need to stay in school and reach their full potential in life.


CIS of Atlanta was given the proclamation during a special tour of Atlanta City Hall. Six

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students were welcomed on the tour, facilitated by City of Atlanta CFO Mohammed Balla, to meet Mayor Dickens and participate in a City of Atlanta finance committee meeting. Students selected included representatives from CIS of Atlanta partner schools Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School, Carver High School, and Mayor Dicken's alma mater, Benjamin E Mays High School.

“We are so grateful for this honor and especially excited that our students were able to meet our Mayor and see our city leaders in action,” said Frank Brown, CEO, Communities In Schools Atlanta. “Our work focuses on supporting and inspiring our students so they realize their full potential. We wrap around them the experiences and resources they need to breakthrough barriers and succeed in life. As we say – we believe in success at every address.”


Now the nation’s largest dropout prevention network, Communities In Schools provides vulnerable students with educational assistance, mentorship, and emergency aid. CIS of Atlanta began its mission and work 50 years ago, sparking a national movement by pioneering a new way to empower at-risk students and help them stay in school and achieve in life.


By bringing caring adults into schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS of Atlanta provides a link between educators and the community. CIS of Atlanta currently serves four school districts, including Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County, DeKalb County and Clayton County.


CIS of Atlanta is now the subject of the national documentary The Push featuring an Atlanta student and local site coordinator in an inspiring story of beating the odds. Consider learning more and donating by clicking HERE.


About Communities In Schools of Atlanta


Communities In Schools of Atlanta is an award-winning dropout prevention organization that was established in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972. What began in the basement of a modest home in the Grant Park community is now the nation’s largest dropout prevention network with a proven track record of positively impacting graduation rates.

Communities In Schools of Atlanta’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, we provide the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning.

Communities In Schools of Atlanta empowers 45,000+ students across metro Atlanta and currently serves four school districts, including Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County, DeKalb County, and Clayton County. During the 2021-2022 school year 2,558 students received intensive individualized support, and 99% of caseload students remained in school, while 96% graduated or were promoted.

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