Communities In Schools Vice President of Development Chosen as 2010 American Express NGen Fellow

Jun 16, 2010, 13:40 ET from Communities In Schools

ARLINGTON, Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Communities In Schools is pleased to announce that Vice President of Development Janella Franklin has been selected as one of 12 national fellows in the Independent Sector's American Express NGen Fellows Program.  In a highly competitive process, Franklin was chosen from a gifted pool of candidates from all over the country.  

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The American Express NGen Fellows Program is designed to expand and improve the nonprofit talent pool by developing the leadership skills and networks of emerging leaders under the age of 40.  Its programming, anchored by the IS Annual Conference, offers online and in-person activities that will help strengthen fellows' leadership skills and increase their professional networks.  American Express NGen Fellows represent a diverse and talented group from IS member organizations.  

For Franklin this is an outstanding professional achievement and one that will enhance her position with Communities In Schools.  "We as an organization want to congratulate Janella on her selection to the program," Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali said.  "This honor is a credit to her dedication not only to Communities In Schools, but to the entire non-profit sector."  The program is now in its second year, recognizing overall commitment to advancing contributions for the public good.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs.  Working in nearly 3,300 schools in the most challenged communities, in 26 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves more than 1.3 million young people and their families.  It has become the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.

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