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Wilmington Youth Center for Inspiration, Recreation and Education (WIRE)

Re-opening in January, 2017 in our new (old) building on the corner of Orange and 11th Streets downtown, WIRE supports the needs of at-risk students and their families in a safe environment by providing positive, daily programming to New Hanover County students. WIRE is designed to provide educational support; decrease New Hanover County’s dropout rate; provide physical and mental health supports; provide resources and referrals as needed; and foster a spirit of collaboration among area service providers. The afterschool program at WIRE provides STEM-based activities, as well as targeted tutoring, and is designed to improve each student’s math and literacy skills. More details about our grand-reopening coming soon!

Mary S. Mosley Career Readiness Academy

This non-traditional high school is designed for students who are not thriving in the traditional high school model. The atmosphere is business-like, the learning internet and project-based, and self-paced. Learning Facilitators monitor the students’ academic growth and provide instruction, while the CISCF Student Support Specialist pairs students with mentors and coordinates college and career exploration activities, while case managing and encouraging each student’s success.

Student Support Specialists

Student Support Specialists at Freeman School of Engineering, Snipes Academy of Arts & Design, Williston Middle School, Virgo Preparatory Academy, New Hanover High School,  and Mosley Career Readiness Academy, provide case-managed services to students identified as being at-risk of dropping out, or in need of specific intervention services. The Student Support Specialist site coordinator links these students with resources and programs including mental health counseling, tutoring, attendance monitoring and mentoring.

Smart Start Baby FAST

Baby FAST™ is a multifamily group intervention model for young parents and their infants. It is intended to protect vulnerable families with risk factors such as single-parent families, teen moms, isolated families, or those living within communities with higher risk factors. CISCF has implemented Baby FAST in New Hanover County for the past 8 years with support from Smart Start of New Hanover County. This year, we are implementing Baby FAST in Pender County with support from Cape Fear Memorial Foundation.  For NHC Baby FAST, email; for Pender County Baby FAST, email

Literacy Support

PaSS:  A 10-week tutoring program targeting 3rd grade students who have been identified by their teachers as not likely to pass their End of Grade tests and promote to the next grade. CISCF recruits and trains community volunteers to implement the program, which is offered to every public elementary school in New Hanover and Pender Counties. Email for more information.

21st Century Community Learning Centers 

The 21st CLC program supports after-school academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools to help them meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading, mathematics, and science. Communities In Schools serves students at Burgaw Middle, Cape Fear Middle, West Pender Middle and Penderlea School. Anticipated outcomes of the program include increased attendance, decreased referrals, increased parental involvement, improved proficiency in Reading and STEM related activities.

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Partners and Volunteers Needed

Share your hobby, talents or interests by volunteering one hour per week, one or two days per week. Additionally, the program needs the support of businesses and organizations to help keep students on the path to academic achievement. If you are interested in volunteer and/or partnership opportunities, please contact Sally Fields, Program Director, (910) 343-1901 or

Locations and Staff
Burgaw Middle School                                 (910) 259-0263
Judy Justice, Site Coordinator                           Elisabeth Troy, Assistant

Cape Fear Middle School                             (910) 602-3334
Joe Cina, Site Coordinator                                  Ashleigh English, Assistant

West Pender Middle School                       (910) 283-5626
Crystal Furman, Site Coordinator                      Robrita McKoy, Assistant

Penderlea Elementary School                   (910) 285-2761
Sararesa Hudson, Site Coordinator                  Cornelius Smith, Assistant

Contact the 21st CCLC Site Coordinator at your child’s school or
Sally Fields, 21st CCLC Program Director
(910) 343-1901 or at



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