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CISCF works in partnership with public schools to identify and connect students, many in jeopardy of dropping out, with the community resources they need to stay engaged in school.

CISCF offers programs in area schools and brings community resources, services, parents and volunteers together to help meet students’ needs.

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We offer programs in After School, Non-Traditional Learning, Teen Parenting and Dropout Prevention.

Learn more about what each of these programs have to offer to our youth and how they can enrich their lives and their learning with help from the community.

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Communities In Schools is a local non profit supported by grants, corporate and private donations.

CISCF always has a list of items needed to support our programs and our services to youth. In addition, cash donations are greatly appreciated and always go directly to the services we provide for our local youth.

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Student Spotlight



Meet Jada, a 6th grader at Burgaw Middle School. Jada attends the CIS 21st Century after school program on site and loves it because she gets to learn and have fun with her friends. She thinks the program is helpful because it’s allows her to get homework help from her teachers, and she gets all her homework done before she goes home for the day. When she graduates high school, Jada wants to attend Fayetteville State University, which she visited during a field trip while participating in the CIS 21st Century camp this Summer. Her favorite field trip during the summer camp was going to the Aquarium at Fort Fisher because she likes science and thinks fish are cool.

When she grows up, Jada wants to be a baker because she loves to bake things for people. Good luck Jada, and keep up the hard work!


Emily - Mosley SOS

This week’s Student of Success is Emily, a student at the Career Readiness Academy at Mosley PLC. Emily transferred into Mosley from the Pathways Suspension Program last year, after being invited to apply due to her good behavior and obvious potential. Historically, school was never a main focus for Emily, but since enrolling at Mosley she has grown leaps and bounds academically. She is focused on the future, and now really believes she can graduate. Emily shared that “Ms. Toothman (her student support specialist) helped me realize how important school is, and also helps me focus on school, even when negative things are happening at home or outside of school.” Emily really enjoys being a student at Mosley because she feels like the teachers work with students to understand curriculum and make time to help ensure students are successful.

After graduation, Emily wants to work with animals in some way, whether that’s with an animal rescue organization, or working at a veterinarian office. This is important to her because her mom always volunteered with animal organizations, and she wants to follow in her footsteps.

Good luck Emily!


MaleekMeet Maleec!

Maleec is a 7th grader at Williston Middle School. He grew up here in Wilmington, and has two brothers: Antonio, who attends New Hanover High School, and Nazey who also attends Williston. Maleec’s favorite subject in school is Math, but what he really loves to do is play football and basketball! He also likes to hang out with his friends playing video games, and going outside. When asked what he appreciates most about his Student Support Specialist, he says “Mr. Gattison helps me with my problems. He works to get mentors and tutors to come help me with my school work. He helps me academically, and with controlling my anger.” He also appreciates that Mr. Gattison shows up for him: “He took me home when I missed the bus, and shows up to my basketball games to support me. He even came to watch me play my championship game at the YMCA on Saturday.” After high school, Maleec wants to play football and basketball at Duke University. Keep up the hard work, Maleec, and before you know it, the Cameron Crazies will be cheering you on!


JarvisMeet Jarvis, a senior at New Hanover High School. Jarvis comes from a loving and supportive family, is an outstanding student, and an exceptional football player. But like any other teen, a little extra support can go a long way! He loves sports, music, poetry, and working hard. In school, his favorite subject is history. Jarvis is President of CIS’ Legacy group at New Hanover, which encourages young men to be leaders. When asked what he likes best about his CIS Student Support Specialist, he named three things: Honest. Smart. Talented. “Mr. Rashad helps me put all my ideas in to motion. He believes in me and is very supportive of me. He has played a big part in my senior project so far and I know with his help I will have no problem completing my project. He gives me good advice and always keeps it honest with me.” After high school, Jarvis plans to attend college and major in either Business Administration or Finance, then he plans to open several successful businesses. With his drive, we have no doubt Jarvis will go far!



Meet Ja’Mahlriona, a 6th grader at Virgo Preparatory Academy! Ja’Mahlronia has 6 siblings, 3 of whom attend Virgo with her. Ja’Mahlriona is a great student who is always willing to help her peers. She exhibits Virgo P.R.I.D.E. every day by working hard in class and completing all of her assignments. She enjoys doing hair and hanging out with her family, and in school her favorite subject is math. With encouragement from her CIS Student Support Specialist at Virgo, and her teachers, Ja’Mahlriona plans to keep up the hard work and go to college!

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