We joyfully honored Tracy Boles, Alonso Haro, and Jim & Dorothy Newland for their work supporting children in our community and celebrated Family Connection – Communities in Schools in our 2022 Changing the Picture for Athens Children Awards celebration. You can see the video and list of sponsors by clicking the “Changing the Picture” button.  

Changing the Picture

Neighborhood Leaders

Neighborhood Leaders work in each of 16 Zones with low-income families throughout Athens providing access to federal and local resources.

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Site Coordinators

Communities-In-Schools coordinators stationed at Alps Elementary assist students in the following areas: Academics, Attendance, and Behavior Goals. FC-CIS connects students and their families with needed support, including tutoring, Neighborhood Leader Circles, basic needs, physical and mental health services, food, school supplies. We bring in community volunteers, resources, and programming (including tutors) into the school, provide case management to students identified by the school team as at risk.

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Collaboration

FC-CIS facilitates collaboration among 100+ nonprofit, community, education, government, and health organizations. Through three decades, through this process we and our partners have created/brought to Athens more than 50 programs and services, with significant improvement in the lives of individuals and families. 

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Testimonials

Our Impact

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Family Connection – Communities In Schools of Athens supports Neighborhood Leaders and Site Coordinators who work one-on-one with students and their families in neighborhoods and schools. We also facilitate collaboration among government officials, local and state experts, entrepreneurs, executives, nonprofit directors, and others to identify the social, emotional, and academic needs of children in Athens-Clarke County, and ensure they get the support they need to graduate from high school.  

Aakeem Glenn
Cedar Shoals HS Graduate
Melanie Burton
Neighborhood Leader
Destanie & Ellijah
11th Graders at Cedar Shoals HS
Angie Moon de Avila
Early Head Start Coordinator
 

The Challenges

High poverty means many children lack basic resources or support

ACC has the highest poverty rate of any metropolitan county in the US, which means many children may not enjoy the stability of full-time residence; have adequate sleep, food to eat, or clothes to wear.

They may also be impacted by parents who are distracted due to worry over shelter, bills, conflicts or varied work schedules. 

These “adult” issues can have a profoundly negative impact on a child’s development.

HOW WE HELP

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Your contributions affect the futures of our children

When it comes to serving communities, FC-CIS does not just operate from an office. We are in the field, interacting with kids, students and families, building vital relationships and serving their needs on a day-to-day basis.

Sometimes, all it takes is that one person who steps up and says, “I hear you. I see you. I can help you.”

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