COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
Just as students have individual needs so 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, at 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.