Valdosta Daily Times

January 13, 2014

AT&T gives Berrien school program $75,000

Organization seeks to help at-risk students

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

NASHVILLE — The Family Connection/Communities in Schools of Berrien County has been helping at-risk teens in Berrien County for 16 years. To help continue the work, FC/CIS was recently presented with a check for $75,000 from AT&T.

FC/CIS will use this money to support site coordinators in Berrien County. These coordinators and staff members with FC/CIS work closely with high school students that are at risk of dropping out. They supply these students with academic support, mentoring, counseling, after-school programs, career development, intervention, health care, and other resources.

“AT&T has demonstrated unparalleled leadership in supporting efforts to create a 21st century education system and American workforce,” said Constance Thomas, executive director, Family Connection/Communities in Schools of Berrien County. “We are grateful for AT&T’s support and long-standing collaboration.”

An independent evaluation of CIS by ICF International found that an additional 48 students per thousand graduate when the CIS program is fully implemented.

The success of the program is attributed to its focus on each child individually. The staff concentrates on forming relationships with the students, not just programming them. The FC/CIS team serves up to 75 students at a time.

For more information on the FCCIS of Berrien County, contact Constance Thomas, (229)686-6576; or visit its website at