Documentary: Communities In Schools of Atlanta (CIS Atlanta) is a drop-out prevention program founded in Atlanta, GA in 1972. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. This powerfully raw and emotional film follows the lives of two students from different backgrounds who faced non-academic barriers that presented challenges in reaching their fullest potential. CIS Atlanta employs staff called site coordinators who are embedded in local schools to offer needed resources to economically disadvantaged families and at-risk students in some of the poorest neighborhoods in metro Atlanta. The film intertwines the student’s own personal tragedies and triumphs with the organization’s CEO, Frank Brown. Brown, a child who lived in poverty in Charleston, SC overcame insurmountable odds despite his zip code. Given an opportunity to thrive by caring adults within his local community, Brown reached the pinnacle of power by supporting former Senator Arlen Specter in Washington, DC. Brown used his experience on Capitol Hill to help under-served African American and Latino students in New York City and Atlanta. He uses his own family tragedy to inspire and warn kids about the power of their decisions. Brown’s life reflects the power of community, opportunity, and paying it forward to help thousands of kids like him beat the odds to be full participants in the American Dream.
Start Time: 12:00 – Run Time: 34min