For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools (CIS) has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures.
The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside a public school building – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable.
In the span of a little more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. We have a unique model that positions a coordinator inside schools to assess needs and deliver necessary resources that remove barriers to success.
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
As an affiliate, Communities In Schools of Moore County (CISMC) takes a comprehensive approach in serving all twenty-two Moore County Public Schools with an array of services and networking.
In 2003, a small team of individuals representing Moore County schools, community agencies, and local businesses committed to improving student success, began researching the best practices from across the country. Through their research, the team concluded that partnering with Communities In Schools was the most effective mechanism to mobilize the community and empowering students to succeed.
With the support of CIS, the group began its first initiative by creating a partnership with IBM for the Mentor Place Program at Robbins Elementary School connecting 5th grade students with mentors from IBM in Raleigh, NC. The successful implementation of this e-mentoring program resulted in the program’s replication in 11 NC counties. As a result of the groups initial success and with the support of many local businesses, civic organizations and individuals, Communities In Schools of Moore County (CISMC) was incorporated as a non-profit and expanded to serve all 22 Moore County Public Schools with an array of services and community resources.
Today, over 3500 children, teachers and families are positively impacted through CISMC community partnerships and outreach services. As our programs and initiatives grow, so does our ability to help students stay in school and achieve in life.