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Look to the Communities In Schools blog for our latest news, industry research and insights, and updates on the success of our graduates and communities.

All In for Kids: Connor

By  Communities In Schools Nov. 20, 2019

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The stability Connor found at Federal Way High School and with his CIS site coordinator and mentor, motivated him to make the situation work and show up no matter where he was living.

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All In For Kids: Anastasia

By  Debra Joiner Oct. 17, 2019

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Anastasia is the oldest of five children. Growing up, she had very adult responsibilities caring for her four younger siblings while her mom worked long hours to support the family. Anastasia’s challenges at home made it difficult to stay focused on school work. She often missed classes, failed to turn in assignments, and she was unsure about her future. But learn how CIS of Central Texas helped empowered her to achieve her dreams in this first installment of our All In for Kids blog series.

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Q&A with 2019-2020 Milliken Fellow Tres’Rionna Whitlock

Oct. 2, 2019

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Tres’Rionna Whitlock is an alumna from CIS of Mid-America who will graduate this December from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. She also serves on the Alumni Leadership Advisory Committee. Tres'Rionna's project for the fellowship will focus on developing a curriculum to engage school resource officers in creating safe, inviting and supportive environments for students. We asked Tres'Rionna a few questions so she could share who she is, what she believes in and why the Milliken Fellowship is important to her.

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Q&A with 2019-2020 Milliken Fellow Rosaura Martinez

Oct. 2, 2019

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Rosaura "Rosie" Martinez is an alumna from CIS of Houston and a recent graduate of the University of Houston. She also serves as a member of the national Communities In Schools Alumni Leadership Advisory Committee, which serves as ambassadors, advocates and advisors to the national office. We asked Rosie a few questions so she could share who she is, what she believes in and why the Milliken Fellowship is important to her.

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International Women's Day: What 4th Grade Girls Are Facing And Overcoming, Together

By  Jordan Chaplik March 5, 2019

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Communities In Schools of Central Texas site coordinator Jordan Chaplik works in Zavala Elementary School in Austin, Texas, where she leads the Zavala 4th Grade Girls Empowerment Group. Jordan reflected on the need for and impact of groups like hers and asked her young ladies to talk about what they’re made of and what they think are the greatest challenges young women face today in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019.

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My #WhatWeAreMadeOf D.C. Experience

By  Anais Hernandez Feb. 6, 2019

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When I was told by my Communities In Schools coordinator, Ms. Luna, that I would be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the unveiling of my mosaic art piece, I couldn't believe it! I was so excited to travel somewhere I had never been before. When I arrived at D.C. I first felt out of my comfort zone; I was far away from Los Angeles, on a different coast, with different people. Having my mom and mentor there with me gave me the strength I needed to face all these new experiences.

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Dropout Prevention Month: How Two Drastically Different Communities Beat the Odds, Beat their States’ Graduation Rates  

By  Elizabeth Tuten Oct. 17, 2018

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Both communities face similar challenges related to poverty: kids who drop out because they need to work; kids who must take care of younger siblings or sick family members; kids who have untreated health problems of their own that keep them out of school; or kids who are afraid to walk through their neighborhoods due to violence. Despite these challenges, Chanute’s graduation rate clocks in at 95 percent and Wake County at 89.1 percent. Both higher than the Kansas and North Carolina graduation rates, 90 percent and 87.9 percent, respectively.  

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