Consumers Energy Foundation Invests in proven Dropout Prevention program

News Release

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff Brown

517-487-1548 Ext 13
director@cismichigan.org

Consumers Energy Foundation commits $5,000.00 to Support Communities In Schools of Michigan

Lansing, MI – Communities In Schools of Michigan, a dropout prevention nonprofit dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, today announced that Consumers Energy Foundation has committed $5,000 to Communities In Schools of Michigan to support its core programs. This is the first investment that Consumers Energy Foundation has made in the State organization of Communities In Schools of Michigan; Consumers Energy Foundation has invested in the local affiliates of CIS in previous years.

The funding provided by Consumers Energy Foundation will provide Communities In Schools of Michigan with the opportunity to expand its services to other communities and provide stronger support to Michigan’s current affiliates, which are located in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Adrian, Mancelona and Tecumseh. Discussions are currently underway in Lansing, Battle Creek, Saginaw and Flint.

“Consumers Energy Foundation’s commitment to the students in most need in Michigan to stay in school and achieve in life is a powerful statement from a key leader in Michigan Business.” said Jeff Brown, state director, Communities In Schools of Michigan. “With their investment, we are better able to expand our efforts and reach more students with the support they need to achieve in life.”

Last school year, nearly 90% of students served by Communities In Schools of Michigan graduated, compared to a rate of 64% of students in the same schools. CIS works with the most at risk students, 92% of which are on Free and Reduced price lunch.

Communities In Schools of Michigan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is part of the national Communities In Schools network. Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools connect students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in 16 school districts, in the economically challenged communities in six cities Communities In Schools of Michigan serves more than 30,000 young people and their families every year. It has been shown through an independent evaluation that Communities In Schools is the nation’s only dropout prevention organization proven to both increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. Visit our website at www.cismichigan.org.