The 2014-2015 school year was a historic one for CIS of Virginia. We served
over 30,000 students in 59 schools, established a new affiliate, and successfully
completed an intense accreditation process. Since receiving state funding in 2012,
CIS of Virginia has more than doubled its reach and impact across the state. Due
to the success of CIS of Virginia’s most recent replication efforts in Northern
Virginia, Southwest Virginia, and Hampton Roads, the current administration not
only supported our ongoing work in our newer regional affiliates, but also
encouraged us to enter the challenging area of Petersburg. CIS of Virginia
responded to the state’s call to action, and quickly began the process of
establishing CIS of Petersburg in the fall of 2014. I am happy to report that CIS of
Petersburg, with support from The Cameron Foundation, will be serving students
in two schools within its first year. As a result, CIS of Virginia continues to have a
good working relationship with the General Assembly and we are hopeful they will
support future expansion and replication efforts.
I am also excited to introduce Quentin Brown as our new state director.
Quentin has been with CIS for more than 10 years –first as a site coordinator and
program director at CIS of Richmond and most recently as executive director of
CIS of Hampton Roads. His knowledge of our organization is invaluable and I am
confident in his ability to strengthen our network and broaden our impact.
Communities In Schools of Virginia continues to meet the diverse needs of
underperforming students across the entire state. I am proud of what we have
accomplished in 20142015 and look forward to celebrating our continued success
in the coming year.
Mark E. Emblidge, Ph.D.
With more than 7,000 students failing to graduate onetime in Virginia each year, the work of Communities In Schools (CIS) could not be more relevant and essential. CIS of Virginia has played an integral role in addressing this statewide problem by providing integrated services to students who lack the resources and support that allow them to stay in school and achieve in life. This past year, the CIS of Virginia Board of Directors, along with the CIS of Virginia staff, worked tirelessly calling on key corporate, education, legislative and community leaders to increase awareness of CIS and raise the necessary funds for expanding our reach to the students and families most in need. This hard work paid off as we saw CIS of Virginia and its affiliates improve student outcomes and serve more students than ever before.
Communities In Schools of Virginia is committed to increasing its impact across the Commonwealth. We have managed to strategically expand without sacrificing the quality of our work. This work would not be possible without our talented state office staff, dedicated board members, and devoted partners. I am inspired and excited about what we have accomplished this past year and am optimistic about our future.
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