To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Communities In Schools 5 Basics:
- A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
- A safe place to learn and grow
- A marketable skill to use upon graduation
- A chance to give back
- A healthy start and a healthy future
Communities In Schools Chatham County (formerly Chatham County Together!) was established in 1989 in response to the lack of delinquency prevention services for at-risk youth in Chatham County. Subsequently, we have expanded our offerings to other youth, ages 6-18 that are referred by Chatham County Schools, the Department of Social Services, the Division of Juvenile Justice, mental health providers, and parents/guardians. Youth are referred for services due to their economic, social, academic, and /or legal problems negatively impacting their success at school and putting them at risk for leaving school early (dropping out), teen pregnancy, further criminal involvement and /or barriers to employment. All of our services are free of charge and offered both in English and Spanish.
In 2014 we became an affiliate of the national Communities In Schools program, adding on-site services at Chatham Middle School and Virginia Cross Elementary. Affiliates are active in 25 states and the District of Columbia. 161 local affiliates serve the lowest-performing schools and the students most vulnerable to dropping out.
CIS CC serves at-risk children and youth ages 6 to 18 referred for services by Chatham County Schools (CCS), Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), mental health providers, and parents. We serve youth with persistent social, health, academic, and /or legal barriers that negatively impact their learning and development, increasing their risk for dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, criminal involvement, and unemployment.
Our funding sources are balanced and diversified across state and local government sources, the United Way, private foundation grants, and individual donors. For a list of our current funders, click here.