Helping all students succeed builds stronger, healthier and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching their greatest potential.
Many of the young people we serve are facing challenges both inside and outside the classroom. What sets Communities In Schools (CIS) apart is the way we coordinate a comprehensive range of services to support all the needs of these students—academic and non-academic—so they come to school ready to learn.
CIS provides in-school/virtual supports and connects students and families to the community-based resources they need. Our school-based staff, known as site coordinators, bring resources, services, families, and volunteers inside the school to create a community of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to attend school regularly and remain on track to graduation.
Integrated Student Supports
Working to meet the needs of the whole child
CIS’ Integrated Student Supports Model is a school-based approach to develop academic success by tackling academic and non-academic barriers. Support is provided by our site coordinators who assess a student’s needs, and then provides direct services and/or makes referrals to community partners to ensure a student has everything they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.
We provide these supports in three different tiers.
Services available to all students.
Ex: Career Day, Health Fair
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
Providing case management to targeted students.
Ex: Counseling Services, Basic Needs Provision
By differentiating our supports, we are able to serve most students in a school and also focus attention on targeted students that have significant needs.
Within each of these tiers, CIS site coordinators provide services unique to the community in which they serve and can include the following:
Linking students via referrals to local service agencies to meet basic needs involving food, clothing, housing, transportation, employment, rent and utility assistance, as well as referrals for crisis intervention, medical, dental, and mental health issues. We also ensure home is a safe environment.
Life skills cover a broad range of topics – including digital footprint best practices, character development, and other essential skills such as how to study, how to manage time, and even how to set and achieve goals. Mastering life skills helps students engage more effectively with others, resolve issues diplomatically and understand the importance of compromise, patience, and other social values.
Supporting a healthy school environment where students and families feel safe and welcome. Advocating for all families. Working with teachers to offer community-based parent teacher nights so more parents can attend. CIS sponsored family nights and parent support groups to help parents stay involved. Our coordinators also check in with families often to keep them updated on their students' progress.
Providing tutoring sessions, book clubs, virtual learning support, credit recovery assistance, and school-based volunteer reading programs.
Social Emotional Growth
We provide or connect students to individual counseling and facilitate small support groups to help them manage their emotions and interactions with peers; addressing issues such as grief and loss, depression, low self-esteem, anger management, and anxiety.
College & Career
Building students’ skills to prepare them for post-secondary education and careers beyond high school by providing assistance completing admission and scholarship applications, help obtaining employment and job skills, and campus tours.
CIS helped get my son to school when he kept refusing. CIS went the extra mile to come get him and talk to him. They brought us food and helped support the children when their grandmother and I were in the hospital.
– the Riley family