Communities In Schools’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
We envision a community where every child and family thrives and is positioned for positive economic mobility.
I am pleased to share our Annual Report for the 2021-22 school year. Last year marked our 37th year of providing critical services to students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Our North Star remains constant: ensure that all students are able to realize their full potential and have equal opportunities for success. After two years of serving as President and CEO of Communities In Schools, I am still taken aback by the immense need in our community. I am also exceedingly impressed by the generous support that CIS receives from individual donors, corporations, faith organizations and from the Charlotte community at large. I am extremely grateful and humbled to lead an organization that impacts thousands of youth each day.
As I reflect upon our many accomplishments, I’d like to highlight the following:
As CIS looks towards meeting the increased need in 2023, we are encouraged by new partnerships, innovative programs, and the steadfast support of our donors and stakeholders. Thank you for your continued support of our work and for joining us in our efforts to remove the barriers to learning for CIS students.
Men Tchaas Ari, President and CEO
– Men Tchaas Ari, President and CEO
During the 2021-22 school year, CIS provided targeted case-management services to 5,360 students in 55 CMS schools, identified as Title 1 schools and/or with high percentages of students from low-income households.
Of those CIS families who disclosed their income, 70% reported an annual income of less than $35,000.
|Earn < $15K||35.5%|
|Earn $15K - $35K||35%|
|Earn $35 - $50||16.5%|
|Earn > $50K||16.5%|
89% of CIS students identify as either Black or Latinx.
* Only our Safe Journey (teen parents) program is offered at these two high schools.
After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to resume this outstanding program again in 2022! Special thanks to The Gambrell Foundation for their vision around the Difference Makers® CLT initiative and their generous support to make it possible.
CIS places full-time, trained professionals – our Site Coordinators – inside schools to connect students to resources and relationships they need to be successful inside and outside the classroom. Site Coordinators help identify and overcome roadblocks in students’ way, ensuring they have equitable opportunities and support to achieve their full potential.
In addition to our targeted case management services for students in grades K-12, CIS-Charlotte also provides support for youth in our community in the following areas:
is a program for teen parents and their children ages birth to five. The goal is to assist teen parents in completing high school and delay additional pregnancies, while strengthening their parenting skills and connections with their children, families and community.
is a federally funded program providing college access/admissions support to students from
low-income backgrounds and/or who are first generation in their family to attend college.
provides support and resources for recently arrived immigrant/refugee/ELL (English Language Learner) students, many of whom have experienced trauma and extreme emotional/physical situations.
students received targeted case-management services in 55 CMS schools.
additional students received broad, school-wide services.
of CIS students stayed in school.
were promoted to the next grade.
of CIS students achieved or made progress towards their identified academic, attendance, behavior, and/or SEL goals.
(99%) CIS seniors graduated.
84% of CIS graduates plan to attend a 2-4 year college or university.
15% of CIS graduates plan to join the military, an apprenticeship program or workforce.
partner companies, groups, and individuals donated time or resources.
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022‡
|State of North Carolina||435,000|
|Charlotte Merchants Foundation||400,000|
|Religious Organizations/Civic Groups||125,153|
‡Based on 990 prepared by C. DeWitt Foard and Company.
*Includes $5 million gift from MacKenzie Scott
**Contains PPP Loan Forgiveness
In February 2022, CIS-Charlotte received an unprecedented $5 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the largest single gift in CIS-Charlotte’s history. The donation will allow us to build capacity to address three priorities in our strategic plan, including:
This transformative gift is a significant validation of both the Communities In Schools network and our affiliate and the work we are doing here in Charlotte. Our national office received $133.5 million from MacKenzie Scott, with 40 CIS affiliates across the country (out of 110) being reviewed and selected by MacKenzie Scott for direct additional gifts. CIS-Charlotte was one of just three affiliates in North Carolina to receive a gift from MacKenzie Scott. We are grateful to MacKenzie Scott and her team for this extraordinary gift!
Special thanks to the following for their financial support from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
– DeeDee Dalrymple, longtime donor and former Board member
Thanks to our formal partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, we have the opportunity to facilitate relationships between local organizations and students who need their services.
Many thanks to the following for their contributions of goods and services from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
|Niles K. Brown||CIS Board Chair Grant Thornton LLP|
|Kathryn W. Black||Bank of America|
|Bradley Brown||Ally Financial Inc.|
|Veronica Calderon||DeVry University|
|Tawanda Y. Chandler||AvidXchange|
|Jordan Collier||Bristol-Myers Squibb|
|Yulonda D. Griffin||Mecklenburg County|
|Vida C. Harvey||Novant Health|
|Dwight Jacobs||Duke Energy|
|Andy Kalbaugh||Civic Leader|
|Shivani Mehta||Atrium Health|
|Steve Menaker||RSM US LLP|
|Eric Norris||Albemarle Corporation|
|Federico Rios||City of Charlotte|
|Nate Salley||Audible Coaching and Consulting|
|Diamond R. Staton-Williams||Atrium Health|
|Maxine W. Swayne||US Bank|
|John A. Tate III||Civic Leader|
|Daniel Valdez||Welcoming America|
|Kayla Witherspoon||Property Maven, Inc.|
Learn more about our Program Team and how we deliver Comprehensive Services through our Site Coordinators.