Founded in the 1970s on the belief that “programs don’t save children, relationships do,” Communities In Schools (CIS) has become the nation’s most effective and widely respected community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. CIS of Brunswick County is part of a National Network. The CIS National Office is located in Alexandria, Virginia (www.communitiesinschools.org) and the CISNC State Office is located in Raleigh, North Carolina (www.cisnc.org). CISNC provides assistance to 34 local affiliates in North Carolina. When comparing the number of sites, staff, budget, and population served, CIS of Brunswick County ranks as one of the three largest in the state. CIS takes a comprehensive approach in serving all of Brunswick County with an array of services and networking.
The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes every child deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community.
Aligned with the mission statement and five basics, CIS currently offers five core service areas that include Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program, 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Programs, Teen Court and Peer Court, Parenting Education Program, and the CIS School Volunteer and Support Program. Educating the community about the needs of the schools and Brunswick County children are also vital parts of our work.
Worth magazine has named CIS as one of the top “100 Best Charities in America.” Criteria for this recognition include the organization’s ability to achieve its mission and to be good stewards of supporters’ contributions. CIS is proud of its excellent track record on both counts. As a volunteer, you can be sure that your involvement will produce results that are both dynamic and effective; as a donor, you can enjoy knowing that 85 cents of each dollar invested goes directly to CIS programs and services.
CIS continues to offer services through effectively networking with service providers, enlisting community support and meeting the needs of children and families. We encourage you to contact us today and begin making a difference in the life of a child!