Student Success Story: A Future in the Sky

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Determined to leave his mistakes in the past, Emanuel is now a high school graduate with hopes of attending the Aviation Institute of Maintenance at Gwinnett Technical College.

Graduating high school may seem like a rite of passage for most, but for Emanuel Giliam it was just out of reach as mistakes from his past caused him to fall behind in school, “I was facing probation for two years for burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, unruly child, and shoplifting. Also, I was responsible for three Credit Recovery classes.”

With peers pushing for him to turn his life around, Emanuel found himself asking for help from Mr. Avery, the CIS site coordinator at his school. Having previously crossed paths, Mr. Avery already knew very well that Emanuel would have to make a change if he wanted to improve his academics and graduate. Providing necessary school supplies and access to computers was a vital part of the help Emanuel needed to keep up with his school work, Mr. Avery made sure he had just that.

“After possibly facing years of prison for some things he had done in his past, Emanuel changed everything around. He realized he did not want to be a statistic and something had to change.”

Today Emanuel has graduated and is motivated by his newfound ambition, hoping to show those around him how he found his way and continue his success by pursuing his interests in mechanics. He recently toured Delta Airline Tech Ops, and now has his next goal in place: Attending the Aviation Institute of Maintenance at Gwinnett Technical College, where upon completion he hopes to have the chance to step into a cockpit himself.

“Mr. Avery helped me stay focused, also helped me see the bigger picture and strive to become something in life. Made me realize there are people that actually want to see you amount to something.”

Student Success Story: Kemari... ATL to ACC

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Students across Metro Atlanta face barriers that go beyond what you can see on the outside. Kemari was living a dream after signing his National Letter of Intent to play college football at the University of Louisville.

The dream, however, started to quickly turn into a nightmare due to unanticipated circumstance.

That is where Communities In Schools of Atlanta stepped in to help.

Committed to eliminating all barriers for students, Communities In Schools of Atlanta began working with Kemari to identify what was keeping him from being successful. A bright and smart student, he needed wrap-around support and most importantly, a stable living situation. Kemari needed the basics - housing and food to ensure he stayed in school and to achieve his dream. We are so proud that Kemari didn't give up and not only did he graduate this year from High School, but is continuing to achieve in life beyond graduation.

It doesn't end there...
Inspired to give back, Kemari participated in speaking engagements and forums targeting student-athletes at three local schools in APS and Fulton County. He used this time to talk to students about the importance of staying focused on school and not letting their external circumstances affect their internal dreams and goals.



Communities In Schools support didn't end with his graduation. We provided Kemari with items for his dorm room, which included everything from toiletries to a laptop for school work. Last week, Calleb (one of our staff) drove him to Louisville where he is ready to start a new chapter in his life.



This story is just one of the more than 30,000 successes we empower each year by surrounding students with a community of support.

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CIS of Atlanta Presents Family Literacy Day at Zoo Atlanta

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Get #Lit4Literacy! Bring the family and join us for a Reading Rendezvous at Zoo Atlanta.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This fun, educational day will include free food, games, prizes, karaoke, and live musical performances powered by eDay 2017.

To register, click here. Deadline to register is Friday, May 26, 2017. Must be present between 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. to pick up your tickets. Please use the education conservation gate for entry.


Recent Georgia State University Research Confirms Why We Need Programs Like CIS of Atlanta

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When students perform poorly in school, it’s common practice to pull them from beneficial extracurricular activities, sports for example, instead of providing academic support. Why is that? In a recent study by Georgia State University, researchers have confirmed that preventing students from continuing these activities greatly increases their chances of dropping out. These students often have tough home lives and lack resources needed to succeed academically. Instead of punishing them for what they don’t have, creating a solid support and empowerment system could not only keep them in school but also help them excel in life.

CIS of Atlanta works to address these barriers in local schools by providing guidance to struggling students who have issues with poor attendance and behavior, low levels of parental involvement, limited exposure to academic and career enrichment opportunities, and a lack of access to basic necessities. By building relationships and mobilizing community resources, CIS serves young people and families of Atlanta in Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton County, and Atlanta public schools, working to create a successful environment where students are encouraged to be better rather than punished for not making the cut. Having recently been awarded $92K by Fulton County’s Communities Services Program, CIS isn’t slowing down anytime soon as we look towards expanding on the 60 schools we currently support.

For more information on how you can help our cause, click here.

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