Communities In Schools
Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) is the Buncombe County affiliate of Communities In Schools, one of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We have placed a Student Support Specialist at Johnston, Estes, and Emma Elementary Schools as well as Eblen Intermediate School. The Student Support Specialist works with a site team (principal, counselor, social workers, teachers) to develop a comprehensive site plan to address identified needs of the students.
We are proud that the prestigious publication, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), featured the Communities In Schools model in the “What Works” column. Read the entire article here
Communities In Schools History
For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures.
The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside a public school building – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable.
In the span of a little more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. They have a unique model that positions a coordinator inside schools to assess needs and deliver necessary resources that remove barriers to success.
Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Their network is comprised of nearly 5,000 passionate professionals in 25 states and the District of Columbia. They serve the most vulnerable students in the most dropout-prone school districts, nearly 1.3 million young people in more than 3,400 schools.
They are actively engaged with policy makers, school staff, parents and business partners to ensure that Communities In Schools’ services are extended to as many K-12 students as possible and that those students have access to college.
Independent research demonstrates that Communities In Schools is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it increases graduation rates. The study also shows that a higher percentage of students served by Communities In Schools reach proficiency in 4th-grade and 8th-grade reading and math.
Why It’s Important
Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every 26 seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By helping students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. After all, each child is our child, and our collective future.
What we do
Through a Communities In Schools Student Support Specialist, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs.
At Communities In Schools, we work hand in hand with schools, communities and families to surround our students with a caring network of support to help them stay in school and succeed in life. We have nearly 42,000 volunteers on the ground, working in more than 2,200 K-12 public schools in the most challenged communities in 26 states and the District of Columbia, serving 1.3 million young people and their families every year.
How We Do What We Do
Communities In Schools trains and places highly qualified site coordinators and supporting staff directly into schools. Once there, our job is to connect students and their families to basic and critical community resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, we create a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start to a healthy future, a path toward marketable skills upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community. As a result, Communities In Schools has become the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.
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