Neighborhood Leaders

In partnership with the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission, Neighborhood Leaders work with low income families in each of 16 Zones throughout the community to connect with needed resources to achieve their aspirations, and to engage in community activity. Neighborhood Leaders also help inform policy-makers in addressing barriers to success.

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Site Coordinators

Communities In Schools site coordinators serve in school, building relationships with students to address challenges outside the classroom that impact their success in the classroom. Utilizing a research-proven model, they collaborate with parents, educators, community-based organizations, school and district leaders, volunteers, and the students themselves to help our students overcome obstacles and succeed in school and in life. We currently have site coordinators in Gaines Elementary School and Holston Elementary School. More than 90% of the students served by our site coordinators meet or exceed goals in academics, attendance, and behavior.

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Designated by the state and local governments as the official coordinating body for services for children
and families, 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 60 programs and services, with significant improvement in the lives of children, youth, and families.

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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.  


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.


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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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