Over 25 Dekalb, APS, Fulton & Clayton Students and Staff Recognized at 2017 Choose Success Awards

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Communities In Schools of Atlanta Celebrates Students
and Raises $16,500, Bringing the Total to $286,000, for a Good Cause



ATLANTA – On Tuesday, April 18, Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta hosted its 13th Annual “Choose Success” Awards Dinner in the engaging, extraordinary Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium. Principals, teachers, and students from APS, Dekalb, Fulton, and Clayton counties came together with CIS of Atlanta to celebrate Atlanta students who have made significant improvements in school and a difference in their communities through their “Choose Success” service projects. Schools that received awards included Cross Keys High School, F.A. Toomer Elementary School, M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, West End High School, Maynard Jackson High School, Gideons Elementary School, McNair High School, and Sylvan Hills Middle School. The “Choose Success” program began in 2004 as a means of providing students with opportunities to give back to their peers and communities, and allows students to apply for grant funds to develop and implement projects to meet needs in their communities.

“We welcomed over 300 guests and local supporters to help spotlight our mission to surround students with community support and empower them to stay in school and achieve in life,” expressed Frank Brown, CEO of CIS of Atlanta. “It wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of those that attended and beyond. This is what keeps me energized about our work – the impact that we can make, changing the trajectory of kids’ lives. Let’s ensure Atlanta students have what they need to be successful.”

CIS of Atlanta Partners with Fulton County

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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

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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

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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.

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