Student Success Stories

Meet Josiah

Although Josiah enrolled in CIS in middle school, he said he did not begin taking full advantage of the program until 10th grade. By that time, CIS had provided Josiah with the opportunity to visit a museum for the first time, and his first college tour was a CIS-led trip where they toured Edgecombe Community College.
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Meet Demari

Demari, a 11th grader, relocated to Nash County after his mom experienced layoffs due to COVID-19. He lives with his mother in a low-income neighborhood where he tries his best to take care of her and himself at the same time. He does several odd jobs and works very hard to support her. When Demari’s school transitioned to remote learning, he struggled with his grades, motivation, and attendance.CIS Reengagement Coordinator Jolly Manning is mentoring Demari and helping him develop the skill and work ethic to focus on in-person learning and make the varsity basketball team. Jolly is helping Demari balance academics …
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Meet Lucas

Lucas, now a 6th grader, always held great potential. CISNC Student Support Specialist Ashley Cephas recognized that potential and provided him the tailored support he needed to grow his confidence and improve his grades.
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Meet Kevon

With regular check-ins from his CIS Support Specialist, Iris Caldwell, Kevon is learning to process his emotions and communicate constructively with teachers & peers!
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Meet Joanna

Thanks to the mindfulness tips and social/emotional support she’s receiving though CISNC, Jacklyn is learning impulse control, and she’s also working on getting her assignments done on time each week.
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