CIS of Atlanta Partners with Fulton County

on .

Nation’s First Dropout Prevention Program Receives $92K to Fund Wrap-Around
Services for Atlanta Students and Schools


ATLANTA – Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta, the nation’s first dropout prevention program, was recently awarded $92,000 by Fulton County Commissioners as part of the Fulton County Community Services Program (CSP) 2017 Funding Program. The organization was chosen and scored based on requirements met in the grant application process, and was evaluated by the CSP Evaluation Committee composed of 33 evaluators, which included 12 internal county staff and 21 external subject matter experts. CIS of Atlanta’s funds will go towards three Fulton County schools, where the CIS program was recently added, including Heritage Elementary, Woodland Middle School, and McNair Middle School.

“It’s all about the students, their needs and making sure they succeed in life,” said CIS of Atlanta’s CEO Frank Brown. “We’re thrilled to see our organization growing and increasing our wrap-around services. We’re currently supporting more than 60 schools and are looking to expand that number.”

Mentoring Works & CIS of Atlanta is Sharing Tips on How You Can Become a Mentor

on .

Find Out How You can Get Involved Beyond National Mentoring Month


ATLANTA – National Mentoring Month just wrapped up and Communities In Schools of Atlanta is giving you a reason to jump in, support kids, become a mentor, and contribute all year long. Having a mentor comes with an abundant amount of benefits, from becoming more empowered to make decisions to gaining practical advice and support. Now is the perfect time to get involved with your community and help our future leaders.

Tri-Cities HS standout athlete found his path to success

on .

Damari started the 2014-2015 school year off like so many ninth grade athletes, believing this was going to be his world. Damari had classes that he found more difficult than he ever experienced before.

He struggled to make good grades in all of his core classes early in the year. As his classroom performance began to decline, even his basketball coach pressed him to be sure he was doing his best. As a result of the added pressure, Damari quit the team he loved so much. Then, a pattern of negative behavior began to show – talking back to teachers, disobeying authority and spending time in in-school suspension while narrowly escaping out-of-school suspension several times.


CIS of Atlanta Site Coordinator La’Vonna Taylor counseled Damari, provided encouragement and constructive feedback, involved his parents, offered incentives and pushed him to try harder. With the added support of his teachers and mother, Damari came to accept the need to straighten out his attitude and give the ones that care about him a chance to reach him where he needed help. Damari humbled himself to apologize for his behavior, began attending tutorials and asked to come back to the team.


His efforts took him from failing four core classes to passing three classes. He continues to show a positive attitude and is more cooperative when called on in class. Another encouragement for Damari is that every improvement makes him eligible for CIS sponsored field trips. Damari ended ninth grade on a positive note and La'Vonna believes he will go through high school as one of the most popular students on campus.


Damari has his mind set on attending the University of Georgia in 2018 to play basketball.

Wells Fargo Atlanta Regional President Mike Donnelly to be honored at 13th Annual Choose Success Awards Dinner

on .

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta will honor Wells Fargo & Company Atlanta Regional President Mike Donnelly for his significant contributions to education and the community during the 13th annual Choose Success Awards Dinner in April 2017.

CIS of Atlanta will continue its tradition of presenting the Anne Cox Chambers Champion for Kids Award to a philanthropist who has gone above and beyond to support students and the entire community. Next year’s special recipient will be Donnelly, who was named Most Admired CEO in the finance category by the Atlanta Business Chronicle this past year. Donnelly is the senior leader for Wells Fargo in Atlanta, one of the company’s top three markets in total consumer households served.

Wells Fargo Foundation also supports CIS of Atlanta’s programmatic work to close the achievement gap for those students most at risk for dropping out of school. The Foundation has recently approved an additional $50,000 grant for CIS of Atlanta this year!

“At Wells Fargo, our commitment to our communities goes beyond proudly serving customers in our stores," Donnelly said. "Helping families, and the children in those families, have a more stable future is vital to the overall strength of the Atlanta communities where we do business, so I am honored that Communities in Schools of Atlanta considers me, and Wells Fargo, an ally in that important work.”

During the gala, students across Metro Atlanta will also be recognized for their academic improvements and for implementing service projects in their communities.

The Choose Success program enables CIS of Atlanta students in partner schools within Atlanta and Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton counties to identify needs in their communities, apply for small grants, implement their projects and document their results with the support of CIS staff. The Choose Success experience allows students who face various social and economic challenges to be of service to others in need. Young people are able to see that although they face challenges, they are assets to their communities. CIS believes that every child should have opportunities to give back to their peers and their communities.

The program will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at The Georgia Aquarium.

Last year’s sponsors included AT&T, COX Enterprises and HA&W. For sponsorship information for the 2017 event, please contact Director of Development & Communications Zachary Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Mike Donnelly:
Donnelly’s previous roles with Wells Fargo include regional president for the Mid-South region, including Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, retail banking executive, retail banking director, and financial specialist leader. Donnelly received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Radford University in Virginia. An active community leader, Donnelly chairs the Economic Development Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and serves on the chamber’s executive committee and board of directors. Donnelly is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and the Wells Fargo Foundation in Atlanta. He is a board member of Teach for America in Atlanta, the Buckhead Coalition, the Woodward Foundation, Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees and the Carter Center Board of Councilors. Donnelly also serves as treasurer for Georgia Partnership for Education, and Leadership Atlanta and he is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. In 2016, Donnelly became campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2016-2017 capital campaign. Donnelly is married and has three children.

Contact Us

  • 260 Peachtree Street, Suite 750
    Atlanta, GA 30303

    404-897-2390
  • Write to us.
    info@cisatlanta.org
  • Follow us.
We are a proud United Way Partner Agency!