COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
Helping Students Build Better Lives
Different kids have different needs. Some need academic help, some need a stable home and food on the table, or someone who will listen and help guide the way. Others just need a pair of eyeglasses.
Helping students move beyond their circumstances requires an individualized approach, not one-size-fits-all. We treat young people as individuals and coordinate support around their specific needs.
We believe that all our young people deserve support and opportunity and that, given those things, they can succeed and create positive futures for themselves, their families and peer groups, and their communities.
CIS of Mid-America has a proven track record of improving student outcomes in academic achievement and behavior patterns. Students participating in CIS of Mid-America projects have increased promotion and graduation rates, improved attendance, improved academic performance and have fewer discipline referrals.
The success of these students is even more remarkable when their greater challenges are considered. These are young people who, without the intervention of CIS of Mid-America, would likely fall far below the national average for student success. Students receiving individualized support during the 2015-2016 school year achieved tremendous results:
Responding to the individual needs of communities
Just as students have individual needs so too do communities. At the local level, each CIS organization is shaped by the needs and resources of its community. Local CIS staff work with community leaders to develop and coordinate community assets, bringing them to the place where children and teens are already spending a great deal of their time – their schools. These resources may come in the form of volunteers, mentors, tried-and-true programs, innovative methods, partnerships with local community and social services organizations, businesses, faith communities, and individuals. Because the CIS model can be tailored to the specific school and community, it works whether the setting is urban, suburban, or rural.
Throughout our five-state region
our programs and services are a mix of the following:
Helping with basic needs like healthcare, hunger and food insecurity or clothing so young people are better prepared to learn.
Instilling the confidence to succeed, the belief that education creates opportunity, and setting the expectation for success.
Young people who fall behind often stay behind. We help kids catch up and stay ahead.
Ensuring children have a supportive home life, increasing parent-school involvement, and helping parents access the services they need.
Expanding young people’s understanding of what the world has to offer and finding their place in it through after-school programs, service learning activities, and even field trips.
Preparing for the Future:
Students build leadership and life skills, explore post-secondary education and career options, and understand how their education is connected to their financial future.
The effectiveness of Communities In Schools Programs is regularly evaluated with Research Evaluation Studies. You can view the findings of those reports here.
Each year Communities In Schools of Mid-America proudly publishes an annual report to make our results, accomplishments and plans for the future available to the community.
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