Who We Are
Children First's mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
What We Do
Children First/CIS provides services to economically disadvantaged children, youth and their families. These services include the Family Resource Center at Emma, Latino Outreach Program, Project POWER/AmeriCorps, Communities In Schools Success Coordinators, the Success Equation and Learning Centers.
In addition to direct services, Children First/CIS also provides advocacy and community education to raise awareness of, and develop sustainable solutions to, issues affecting children and families and breaking down barriers of poverty.
Why We Do It
Currently, one in four (24%) children in Buncombe County live in poverty, and half (53%) of the students in Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Research has linked child poverty with societal costs including academic underachievement, higher dropout rates, higher rates of teen pregnancy, higher costs of crime, and poorer overall health outcomes