Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County (CISGC) is a local West Virginia affiliate of the nation's leading drop-out prevention program, Communities In Schools. CISGC's mission is "to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life."  CISGC links educators with the community to bring local talents and resources into the schools and create a network of support that keeps kids in school and engaged in learning. As a result, teachers are free to teach and students have the opportunity and skills to focus on learning.

CISGC believes that every child needs and deserves the "5 Basics":

1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
2. A safe place to learn and grow
3. A healthy start and a healthy future
4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
5. A chance to give back to their community

CISGC and our partners provide students facing academic, behavioral, and social challenges with individual guidance, mentoring, and peer-focus groups. Widely accessible programming addresses school-wide concerns and positively impacts school culture. Examples of program topics include: social and emotional literacy, academic enrichment and motivation, safe and healthy behaviors, life skills and development, multi-cultural education, and anti-bullying.

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CISGC depends on our partners to provide Greenbrier County at-risk and disadvantaged students with the services and resources they need.

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Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school.

This statistic drives the work of CISGC. It is estimated that one-third of high school students in America won't graduate on time. For those never making it to graduation, they will roughly $200,000 less than high school graduates and about $1.4 million less than college graduates over their lifetime. The cost to society from dropouts in the class of 2010 alone will cost the U.S. more than $337 billion in lost wages, $17 billion in health care costs, and $8 billion each year in costs and lost revenue due to crime.*
In West Virginia, the impact of student drop-outs is equally significant. Each class of dropouts costs West Virginians more than $55 million in lifetime health care costs. If the state’s male high school graduation rate would increase by just 5%, West Virginia’s economy would receive nearly $36 million in reduced crime spending and increased earnings annually.** By helping students be active participants in the classroom from their first day of kindergarten to graduation, we are able to improve the lives of the students, their families, and the community at large.

*Alliance for Excellence Education, "Healthier and Wealthier," 2006; "Paying Double," 2006; "Saving Futures, Saving Dollars," 2006.

**WVDOE site: Dropout Prevention in West Virginia: A Guide for Community Dialogue

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention organization, helping kids stay in school and prepare for life. In the 2010 - 2011 school year there were 181 local CIS affiliates and 14 state offices operating in 24 states and the Disctrict of Columbia. Almost 2,700 schools partner with Communities In Schools nationwide and nearly 1.26 million CIS students and families benfited from CISGC services during the 2010 - 2011 school year.

Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County (CISGC) was established in January 2003 and began serving students in August 2004. CISGC is a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to helping at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth succeed in school and in life. During the 2016-2017 school year, CISGC had seven staff consisting of five site coordinators, an afterschool program coordinator and a part-time case manager working in eight Greenbrier County schools: Alderson Elementary, Crichton Elementary, Rainelle Elementary, Ronceverte Elementary, White Sulphur Springs Elementary, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, Western Greenbrier Middle School and Greenbrier East High School.




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