Communities In Schools Releases New Video Highlighting the National Dropout Problem

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Communities In Schools, the leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce the release of its new video “Making a Difference.” The video, produced by Long Story Short Media, illustrates the ways in which Communities In Schools is making a difference in the lives of 1.25 million children each year.

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The most powerful advocates for our work are our site coordinators. Through showcasing their voices and experiences, we hope to inspire our friends, donors and other stakeholders to take action and make a difference in these students' lives.

Communities In Schools, the leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce the release of its new video “Making a Difference.” The video, produced by Long Story Short Media, illustrates the ways in which Communities In Schools is making a difference in the lives of 1.25 million children each year.

The production company traveled across the country to several different Communities In Schools affiliates in order to tell the story from a variety of perspectives. A collection of viewpoints are heard in the video, from the voice of Communities In Schools President Daniel Cardinali to site coordinators working on the ground floor to the students being directly impacted by the organization.

“We're privileged to work with organizations like Communities In Schools to document how they are moving the needle and improving outcomes in our education system," said Jessica Stuart, founder of Long Story Short Media. “It was clear to us that they know what it takes to help solve America’s dropout crisis, and to put at-risk kids back on track to graduate.”

“Making a Difference” details the ways in which Communities In Schools tends to the non-academic barriers that often prevent students from staying in school and achieving in life. The video also touches upon the sound financial investment that Communities In Schools is, returning $11.60 on average for every dollar invested.

“The most powerful advocates for our work are our site coordinators and the students they serve,” said Debra Montanino, Chief Development Officer for Communities In Schools. “Through showcasing their voices and experiences, we hope to inspire our friends, donors and other stakeholders to take action and make a difference in these students’ lives.”

The Communities In Schools national office debuted “Making a Difference” January 23rd at an event held in Los Angeles for potential donors.

To watch the video and see how you can make a difference, visit http://www.communitiesinschools.org. To learn more about Long Story Short Media, visit http://www.lssmedia.com.

About Communities In Schools
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 connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in nearly 2,700 schools, in the most challenged communities in 27 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.25 million young people and their families every year. It has been shown through an independent evaluation to be the nation’s only dropout prevention organization proven to both increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. Visit our website at http://www.communitiesinschools.org.

About Long Story Short Media
Long Story Short Media is a content consulting firm specializing in creative strategy and integration of branding, messaging and short-form video. Founded by award-winning network and syndicated television producer Jessica Stuart, LSS Media brings superior narrative and technical expertise to nonprofit and corporate social responsibility communications, and to high-profile events, conferences and convenings. Learn more at http://www.lssmedia.com.

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