Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization, and the only organization proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates. Serving students and families in Metro Detroit since 1995, CIS links existing education and community resources to schools to help students successfully learn, stay in school, and continue on the path to graduation. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) student-centered, literacy nonprofit serving students in the lowest performing schools in Detroit since 2002. Beyond Basics partners with principals and schools to bring students to literacy by providing reading tutoring and supplemental programs – writing, art, mentoring, and partnerships – throughout the school day for students in grades Pre-K through 12.
The 180 Program is a proven Title 1 eligible program where students learn ‘real life’ life skills andinterventions that are geared at the promotion of higher academic achievement, increasing regular school attendance, preventing high school drop-outs and improving classroom behavior.
The program, operated in partnership with AmeriCorps, is aimed at significantly increasing high school graduation and college enrollment among at-risk students by creating a support system for students in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Highly trained AmericCorps teams and parent leaders serve as academic advisors and counselors for the students, providing support and information that will help students:• Succeed as they complete high school• Navigate the college application process• Manage the transition to higher education • Learn about educational programs• Receive resources and support services• Encourage young people to take ownership of problemsIn October 2013, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) and DPN placed 24 AmeriCorps Project Graduation Coaches in EAA schools. Students take part in college tours, workshops, forums and college prep courses.
100 Black Men
100 Black Men of America is a men's civic organization and service club whose stated goal is to educate and empower African American children and teens. As of 2009 the organization has 110 chapters and over 10,000 members in different cities in the United States and throughout the world. The organization's mission statement is "to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. " The organization’s mottos “real men giving real time” and “what they see is what they’ll be” describe the organization's goals of providing positive role models and leaders to guide the next generation of African Americans and other youth. The members are predominantly African American professionals, businessmen, civic leaders and administrators, educators, as well as people from other walks of life.