Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools started in Georgia over 30 years ago and is now the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, serving over one million youth in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

Communities In Schools (CIS) surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The nation-wide network of nonprofit organizations focuses on improving student and school success by providing needed support and services to students and schools. Our goal is to support youth, improve graduation rates, academic achievement and job and post-secondary school readiness. Utilizing the CIS model, we assist nearly 40 selected communities and schools throughout Georgia to develop, implement and support locally-defined, comprehensive education programs. The integrated student services model enables kids to graduate from high school and prepares them to succeed in college or a career.

The five basics

which CIS believes every child needs and deserves are:

  • A personal, 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
  • A chance to give back to peers and community

Our Philosophy

Communities In Schools believes that programs don't change kids, relationships do. Our philosophy is embedded in the CIS five basics for kids©, which focus on building a supportive environment for children and youth to help them thrive and be successful. The CIS five basics listed below were adopted by America's Promise when it started in 1997.


Family Connection and CIS of Wilkes County  Board
of Directors

  • Sharon Williamson, Chair, DFCS, Retired Director
  • Carolyn Reynolds, Vice Chair, Wilkes Community Partnership, Retired Ex. Director
  • Margaret K. Barnett, Secretary, Wilkes County BOE, Retired Teacher
  • Polly Fievet, Treasurer, Athens Technical College, Retired Instructor
  • Vivian W. Walker, Housing Authority, Director
  • Blake Thompson, EMT, Director
  • Ruby Avery, Wilkes County BOE, Retired Teacher
  • Myra Heath, Wilkes County BOE, Retired Teacher
  • Alvin Jones, Retired Military, Entrepreneur