What is Communities In Schools?

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. CIS began in Atlanta and now serves over 1.5 million young people with programs and services in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Why is Communities In Schools needed?

Everyday many students face educational hurdles that come from outside the classroom. Hunger, poverty, family crises, low self-esteem, medical problems, violence, alcohol, and drugs negatively affect a child’s chances of being successful in school and in life. Communities In Schools takes a community development approach to supporting kids by unifying the full resources of the community around children, families, teachers, and schools as a support system to address these educational hurdles. Communities In Schools works at building relationships, locally and statewide – because the impact of all groups linked to the schools can achieve the positive results in kids and families we all seek.

What makes Communities In Schools the leading dropout prevention organization?

The CIS model has undergone an extensive five year study by ICF International. The national evaluation was the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of dropout prevention programs in history. Their conclusion: The Communities In Schools model demonstrated the strongest reduction in dropout rates among all existing fully scaled dropout prevention programs in the United States. The CIS model’s effectiveness .36 for drop outs and .31 for graduation (based on the Promoting Power index ) was higher than the US Department of Educations’ What Works Clearinghouse’s threshold for “substantively important effect” (.25).

How is Communities In Schools funded?

Communities In Schools, Inc., a national 501(c)3, is privately and publicly funded through a variety of corporate, foundation and federal grants. Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley, similarly is funded through a variety of government, corporate, and foundation grants. Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley also relies on the generous support of individual donors.