Mission and Vision Updates

Letter from the President & CEO

January 13, 2016

At Communities In Schools of Mid-America, we serve with both heart and intellect…working with grit and determination every day to help some of our country’s most vulnerable children and teens break through the barriers standing between them and futures full of accomplishment and hope, by delivering a sophisticated, evaluated, evidence-based model of integrated student support services.

The Communities In Schools student who receives intensive support and improves their school performance today can become the adult who breaks the cycle of poverty and lack of education for his or her family.  The Communities In Schools student who receives basic services such as food to last through hungry weekends or referrals to medical care to address an untreated life-altering condition can become the adult who takes their rightful place as a thriving contributor in our states.  And the Communities In Schools student who is surrounded by caring Communities In Schools staff and volunteers who never give up can become the young person and adult who never gives up.

It’s simply, really.  Care.  Accountability.  Hope.  Belief in the American dream.  That’s what we do.  And what we do works.

The past year has been another year of significant developments for Communities In Schools of Mid-America, in both expansion and growth of our services and important strides in our organizational development.  Our visionary model of establishing expansion under our 501c3, rather than establishing new, separate entities that operate with heavily duplicative administrative infrastructures, has continued to enable us to deliver higher quality services at significant cost efficiencies, thus serving far more students for the same dollars.

As we move forward with our expanded sites, future growth, and other developments such as our greatly enhanced financial literacy program, FutureNow: Finance, we look forward to being able to serve and provide continuing opportunities throughout the entire CIS of Mid-America network.Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools of Mid-America is expanding and realigning its network.

  • CIS is celebrating an expansion into Iowa with two new sites in Waterloo.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, is providing more reach and more services to students with an expansion in six additional sites.
  • CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick County is no longer part of the Communities In Schools network.
  • CIS of Mid-America will continue to serve students in Kansas though our sites in: Northeast Kansas; Southwest Kansas; Southeast Kansas; Central Kansas; Grant County; and Ottawa.

The impact of your support of Communities In Schools of Mid-America cannot be overestimated, and our gratitude for that support cannot be overstated.  Thank you for all you do for the students we serve.

Malissa Martin

President and CEO