I don’t have much food at home, so every Friday my CIS coordinator gives me some. She even gives me extra, so my sister eats too! She encourages me to come to school and texts me to see if I’m okay. I know I can talk to her if I’m having a bad day.


Anonymous Student in McNairy Co.

High School Friends


Services available to all students.

Ex: Career Day, Health Fair

Study Group

Small peer groups

Targeted services which can be provided in a group setting to students with a common need.

Ex: Healthy Relationships Girls Group, Anger Management Group

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Individualized support

Providing case management to targeted students.

Ex: Counseling Services, Basic Needs Provision


The support CIS coordinators provide is unique to each community served and can include the following:

Family Engagement
  • home visits

  • regular calls home with
    updates on student progress

  • family advocacy

  • community-based
    parent teacher nights

  • family events and

  • support a welcoming
    school climate

Social Emotional Growth
  • small group &
    individual counseling

  • behavioral interventions

  • coping & emotional
    regulation skills

  • conflict resolution

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Basic Needs
  • safe home environment

  • reliable transportation to and from school

  • delivering food, toiletries and school supplies to homes

  • help locating affordable housing

  • locating and securing affordable internet

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Mental & Physical Health
  • healthcare enrollment assistance

  • school- and/or community-based healthcare screenings

  • connection to mental healthcare providers where available

  • addiction education

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  • tutoring

  • book clubs

  • virtual learning support

  • credit recovery assistance

  • school-based volunteer reading programs

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College & Career
  • assistance completing admission & scholarship applications

  • assistance obtaining
    employment and job skills

  • campus tours

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Life Skills
  • study skills

  • character development

  • time management

  • goal setting

  • digital footprint best practices

  • volunteer mentor programs

CIS Model

CIS uses an evidenced-based model that allows staff to design and provide services that best fit the needs of each individual school.  The model includes:

  • A full-time, school-based site coordinator

  • Annual needs assessment

  • Strategic support plan

  • School-wide services for all students

  • Case management services for 10% of the student body

  • Community partners

With this model, our staff focus on providing five basic essentials to help students be successful:

A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

A marketable skill to use upon graduation

A safe place to learn and grow

A chance to give back to peers and the community

A healthy start and a healthy future