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Empowering Families, Communities and the workforce in Alleghany County

This August, CIS expanded into Alleghany County, placing a site coordinator at Sparta Elementary. Amanda McCarn has 25 students on her caseload, pops in and out of classes helping teachers by working with students one-on-one, conducts reading groups, empowers kids and much  more! As CIS gets to know Alleghany County community members, we have learned that there is an after school crisis. After losing the 21st Century grant that allowed for hundreds of students in the county to attend after school, families who relied on the program are struggling. 
CIS has teamed up with key community members to create a task force in Alleghany County to solve this problem. Throughout the months of February and March we will be holding community listening sessions to share the CIS after school plan with key stakeholders in the area. This will be for us to listen to the needs of the community and tailor our program as such. We believe we will be empowering families, communities and the workforce in Alleghany County. Our goal is to have after school programming in each elementary school by 2019-2020 school year. Our experience with the community-minded folks we have met in Alleghany County has proved to us that we can solve this problem together. 
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After School at North Wilkesboro Elementary and North Wilkes Middle School 
Did you know CIS and the YMCA have teamed up to provide after-school programming for North Wilkesboro Elementary and North Wilkes Middle School? Jeremy Parks, the CIS Site Coordinator forNWES, has changed around his schedule a bit to be able to spend time with his students in school and after school. We believe this fosters an environment for the site coordinator to support the student without taking the student out of class. As our founder once said,  "It is relationships, not programs that change children." With this after-school program in place, the students are able to build relationships with trusted community adults that will empower them to succeed and achieve in life. 

Strengthening Families

Increasing positive outcomes for children and families in Alexander County

The Strengthening Families framework is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. We work to engage families, programs, and communities in building the five protective factors.

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Communities In Schools will be serving 9 families and 10 students ages 6-11 beginning January 29th at the Student Success Center in Alexander County. Site Coordinators, Jessica Childers & Kelsey Ferrell, will be leading the children's lessons, while CIS Finance Director, Erica Johnson and Site Coordinator, Shannon Morgan, are group leaders for the parents. 

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