Tuesday, April 20th, 2021


Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads

ENGAGE: The Critical Role of Engagement in Dropout Prevention

On a recent morning, leaders of Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, the local chapter of the national group founded by Bill Milliken, joined members of the community and students at a breakfast to raise awareness of the need for bringing the community directly into the schools in order to engage high school students and prevent dropping out before graduation. CIS has now expanded into Virginia Beach Public Schools, and now serves that city as well as Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Portsmouth. Students who had been helped by CIS gave moving testimony about their experiences. Bill Milliken spoke about his own struggles as a student and his desire to give others their well deserved opportunity at an education. Newly appointed Executive Director Hope Sinclair is eager to get everyone educated, connected and engaged. To volunteer or donate, please call (757) 580-7966 or email Sinclairh@cisofva.org. For more information go to www.cisofhamptonroads.org.

National founder of Communities in Schools, Bill Milliken

Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, Hope Sinclair and Norfolk School Board Chair, Rodney Jordan

Student speaker, Senior, Sheldon Moss, from Granby High School

Student speaker, Junior, Tiana McDonald, from I. C. Norcom High Schoo

CIS Team from left: Site Coordinator, Imani McGlen, CIS of HR Board Member, Wendy Hosick, Site Coordinator, Iris Spellman, Site Coordinator, Tierra Everett, CISVA State Director, Quentin Brown, Executive Director, Hope Sinclair, National CIS Founder, Bill Milliken, Site Coordinator, Shakiya Steward, CISVA Assistant Director of Training and Compliance, Catherine Estevez, Site Coordinator, Adena Conwell, Site Coordinator, Trayva Overton, Site Coordinator, Courtnei' Brockington, and CIS of HR Boa

From left, CIS of HR Board Advisor Volunteer, Martha Stewart, Executive Director Hope Sinclair, and CISVA State Director Quentin Brown

Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, Hope Sinclair, and Carlos Clanton