ATLANTA – Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta, an award-winning dropout prevention organization, joined their Communities In Schools National Office this past Tuesday morning in New York to ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell. The national organization was one of the few nonprofits chosen by Nasdaq to participate in this week’s bell ceremonies. The Atlanta nonprofit was chosen by their national team after their growth and impact in the metro area, and their presence at the ceremony enabled them to share what the organization is currently achieving in Atlanta. Attendees included CIS of Atlanta’s CEO Frank Brown, National President & CEO Dale Erquiaga, board members from Communities In Schools’ national office, representatives from North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware, and CIS of Atlanta Alumni Student Auriana.
“This ceremony has set our course for the year,” explained CIS of Atlanta’s CEO Frank Brown. “It’s about fixing inter generations of poverty across the nation, and our goal as an organization is to serve as many students as possible that are in need of our service. We must do more as a community to ensure that children have a chance to be successful. It takes a whole community – businesses, faith, foundation, social and nonprofits, and government.“
Auriana, a recent grad of the organization’s program and CIS of Atlanta Alumni, happily accepted the invitation to attend and help ring in the new year, and has been asked to attend a number of events due to her story and successes as a student.
“This experience has been more than I can imagine,” expresses Auriana. “Two years ago, I would have never thought that I would be on a jumbo screen in Times Square, seven stories tall, have graduated, and now attending Howard University. This is truly what CIS is about – making sure kids have a chance to change the course of their lives.”
CIS of Atlanta operates by sending site coordinators to work closely with school staff and identify students in danger of dropping out, assess what they need, and provide wrap-around service to help them through the appropriate community partnerships. Services include food, clothing, transportation, housing media, dental care, mental health services, tutoring, mentoring, and the list goes on. To view live coverage of Tuesday’s opening bell ceremony, visit here.
About Communities In Schools of Atlanta: Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta is part of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help students succeed in school and achieve in life. Operating in more than 50 schools, mainly in Atlanta Public Schools, as well as Clayton County Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools and Fulton County Schools, CIS of Atlanta supports more than 41,000 students and their families in the 2015-2016 academic year. Based directly inside the schools, CIS of Atlanta connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. Click here to learn more about CIS of Atlanta. Follow CIS of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.