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Stuff the Bus Collects Over $80,000 in Supplies and Donations!

By on Nov 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

             Stuff the Bus is a three day back to school supply drive to help at-risk youth in New Hanover and Pender Counties.  With the support of community volunteers, Communities In Schools of Cape Fear collected school supplies at several area “bus stops”, asking shoppers to donate  school supplies. This year, bus stop locations were Walmart in Monkey Junction, Walmart in Burgaw, Walmart in Porter’s Neck, Office Depot on Oleander Drive, Regal Theater at Mayfair Town Center, and Port City Community Church. More than $80,000 worth of school supplies and donations were collected, and delivered to counselors and social workers at every public school in New Hanover and Pender Counties, who distribute them to students in need throughout the year....

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WIRE Supports 3rd – 12th Grade Students!

By on Nov 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Thanks to a new partnership between CIS of Cape Fear and the City of Wilmington, area students now have a new welcoming space to find support and resources! On October 18, 2018, CIS Cape Fear hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the re-opening of their Wilmington Youth Center for Inspiration, Recreation, and Education (WIRE), at its new location on the corner of S. Orange and 11th streets downtown, just behind Gregory elementary, Williston Middle, and New Hanover High schools. WIRE supports the needs of at-risk students and their families by providing positive, daily programming, free of charge. Not just a safe place filled with caring adults, WIRE offers New Hanover County students, grades 3-12, educational, physical, and mental health support, as well as resources and referrals as needed. Community service partners across the area are invited to be a part of the center, creating opportunities for even greater collaboration among all those committed to helping our kids succeed. For more information, or to enroll a student, please contact Megan...

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B.Y.P. – Board of Young Professionals

By on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Communities In Schools of Cape Fear’s Board of Young Professionals (B.Y.P.) supports the mission of CIS of Cape Fear through volunteering, advocacy, and fundraising activities. The BYP members assist CIS by attending regular meetings, mentoring students, working in committees to plan fundraisers and events, and promoting CIS of Cape Fear to their family and friends. To learn more, please contact Annie...

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AT&T Contributes To Help Kids Stay In School

By on Apr 4, 2014 in News |

CIS Cape Fear Receives Nearly $52,000 as AT&T Contributes to Helping Kids Stay in School WILMINGTON — Efforts to keep local students connected to a positive future got a boost recently, as AT&T, which has been connecting people for well over century, delivered nearly $52,000 in contributions to Communities In Schools of Cape Fear (CIS). John Lyon, AT&T Regional Director, was joined by state Rep. Rick Catlin (R-Wilmington) and New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman Woody White in presenting two checks totaling $51,875 at CIS’   annual fundraising breakfast. One contribution, for $9,500, supports collaboration between CIS and the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy for a mentoring program for high school students. The program brings students to AT&T work locations, where they meet with AT&T managers to learn about job skills needed in today’s workplace and to be mentored in preparation for job interviews.  Trialed in May 2013 in Wilmington and three other locations across the country, the program is now rolling out nationwide.  This $9,500 contribution supports the 2013/14 school year program in the Cape Fear area. Catlin, an engineer, has taken part in several mentoring sessions, sharing with the students the job skills needed for success as a small business owner and engineer. “Communities In Schools is providing a valuable service to our area youth,” he said.  “Providing these students with a face-to-face opportunity to meet with area business leaders to discuss job skills and their career aspirations, and to prepare them in basic job application and interviewing skills, will go a long way in giving these students additional motivation and direction for their future success.” The second contribution, for $42,375, provided full funding for 1 year of a CIS Site Coordinator position at Williston Middle School.  Site Coordinators are responsible for providing sustained intervention services to students who have been identified as being at-risk to provide those students with services such as tutoring, mentoring, literacy skills, career guidance and counseling to assist in their continued growth in the school system. “It is so important for our County schools to be able to have as many resources as possible to assist our students in wanting to graduate and to succeed in their life’s goals,” White said.  “Having an organization like...

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Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Communities In Schools

By on Oct 24, 2013 in News |

Read an article on Communities In Schools’ integrated student services model in the summer 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). “Keeping Kids in School,” appears in the ‘What Works’ column. The award-winning magazine, written for and by leaders in the nonprofit, business and government sectors, covers academic theory and practical ideas for achieving social change. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, SSIR views collaboration as key to solving environmental, social and economic justice issues. The article details how Communities In Schools uses a mix of hard data (research and evaluation) and soft skills (caring site coordinators) to reduce dropout rates and improve graduation rates. Read the complete article...

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