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Communities in Schools of Lincoln County was established as a not-for-profit corporation in 1991. The mission of the Organization is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The major programs of the Organization are as follows:

Communities in Schools (CIS)

CIS operates in all four middle schools in Lincoln County and at Lincolnton, East Lincoln, and West Lincoln High Schools through our Graduation Coaches. CIS believes that every student needs and deserves:

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.
  • A safe place to learn and grow.
  • A healthy start and a healthy future.
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation.
  • A chance to give back to peers and community.

CIS accomplishes these goals through our site coordinators in the middle schools and graduation coaches in the high schools. Site coordinators provide support to students enrolled in the CIS program at the middle school as well as providing whole school support for any student with identified needs. The site coordinators recruit one-on-one mentors for students along with other needed community services. Through the involvement of the mentor, the CIS site director, school administration, and the student’s parents or guardians we work to build a team whose primary goal is to offer each student the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in school and in life. The graduation coaches work with students in the high schools to ensure that they graduate on-time and prepared for life. This may mean having a plan for post-secondary education, military service, or graduating high school with the skills necessary to enter the workforce.

Communities In Schools of Lincoln County operates the following grant funded programs that allow us to further our missions of helping kids stay in school and prepare for life. Through our community partners’ investment in Communities In Schools, we are able to bring approximately $217,000 annually in grant funding from outside of the community to serve the children and families of Lincoln County who are the greatest risk of not achieving their maximum potential in life.

CIS After School

CIS of Lincoln County has been the sponsor for a “After School program since it’s inception in 1994. The program was established to reduce the instances of juvenile crime—both as perpetrator and as victims—during the hours of 3-6pm—a time when most teenagers tend to be unsupervised. The program provides a safe, healthy, and fun alternative for students to access after school. The students receive a snack, help with their homework, and get to participate in a wide variety of activities and field trips.

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families program currently serves primarily court-referred youth and their parents. Research has shown that children succeed when parents possess two basic skills: consistent discipline and support. The focus is on helping parents and children recognize and avoid family-related risk factors for problem behavior and build positive factors into the family for reinforcement and support.

Kids Café

Kids Café is a program of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which is a part of America’s Second Harvest. It is designed to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children at risk for hunger.



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