Communities In Schools of Cape Fear’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, and empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. To fulfill our mission, we place staff directly inside targeted, high-need public schools, who work directly with vulnerable students and those with the greatest risk of dropping out throughout the school day. We empower over 1,000 students to stay in school and on the path to graduation each year. Our trained student support specialists do this by partnering with counselors and teachers, mobilizing the community to offer extra support, and doing whatever it takes to help students succeed. Our unique model works because it’s based on national research, driven by community relationships and supported by local resources. Current programs include Student Support Specialists at 13 area schools, afterschool programs at 6 schools in Pender County and at our youth center, WIRE, in downtown Wilmington; and programming to support and empower teen parents. During 2017/2018, we reached 13,377 students with general supports such as school supplies and career fairs; and case managed 1,485. Of those, 87% graduated; 99% stayed in school; 78% improved academically; 78% improved attendance; and 86% improved behavior.