Some of our Community Partners

Forming key partnerships with many sectors of the community is the backbone of our success.

African-American Leadership Engagement Group (AAL)

The AAL co-founded the African-American mentoring initiative for boys at Wiley Elementary, Jackson Middle School and Smith High School (beginning in August 2015) to improve outcomes for African-American, Hispanic and other male students through a community and school-based mentoring program. The group also provides holiday and special events for the boys as well as advocate for the importance of mentoring.


Through a partnership with CIS Inc. and AT&T, CIS exposes participants to a dynamic and interactive project to explore job and career readiness with the local AT&T office.

AT&T Pioneers

The local AT&T volunteer group coordinates a much needed school supply drive in the summer as well as a coat drive in the winter to make sure that children have access to school supplies and coats as needed.

BackPack Beginnings

As we see childhood hunger rise to shameful levels, BackPack Beginning provides CIS children in need with nutritious food, comfort iterms, or basic necessities through the use of backpacks and other means coordinated by CIS at the school house.

Children's Home Society of NC/Family Life Council Division

The Family Life Council provides education for pregnant and parenting teens, parenting children living under two roofs, parents and teachers partnering to impact child development, fatherhood involvement and teen pregnancy prevention as well as its award-winning program, Wise Guys- a male oriented teen pregnancy prevention program proven effective in helping male-adolescents make wiser and more responsible decisions.

Guilford County/Department of Health and Human Services

Through an alliance with Guilford County and the Department of Health and Human Services, students in foster care, the Guilford Adolescent Prevention program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and from homes that meet 200% of poverty qualify for services through CIS in tutoring, mentoring, case management, school-to-career transition, after-school enrichment and health/urgent needs.

Guilford County Schools

Through a memorandum of understanding, the district and participating schools provide facilities, materials/supplies and personnel to support and augment CIS operations at selected school sites.

North Carolina A&T Work Study Program

Students from NCA&T get involved in the community by providing tutoring services to our participants in end-of-course classes in biology, math and English.

NCA&T/UNCG Joint BSW Field Program Internship

BSW students are required to complete a two semester, 440 hour internship in an assigned social work agency. Since 2010, the joint program has placed up to fifteen interns per year with CIS. Under the supervision of a CIS social worker, the interns provide case management services to the most at risk youth.

Sight for Students

A VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses for low-income, uninsured children.

UNCG Project Effort

Project Effort is located in the Kinesiology Dept. at UNCG. Our partnership is centered on physical activity as a basis to teach the goals of Don Hellison's Personal and Social Responsibility model such as personal and social responsibility, and transference: the ability to apply the learned goals and values in a variety of settings, particularly in school.

UNCG Human Development/Family Studies (HDFS)

Interns from the HDFS program focus on CIS participants' healthy adolescent development in their diverse cultural, school and family contexts.


The YWCA offers pregnant and parenting teens access to best practices through the Teen Parent Mentor Program, a comprehensive relationship-based program that supports teen mothers in their roles as parents, students, and young women. It empowers young mothers to finish school, deliver healthy babies, grow as positive/responsive parents, and make plans for the future.