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WHAT WE DO

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs.

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WHO WE ARE

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. Nationally, Communities In Schools has 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 1.5 million young people and their families every year. In the Mid-America region, Communities In Schools of Mid-America serves more than 35,000 students in 50 schools across a five-state region.

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HOW WE DO

WHAT WE DO

Communities In Schools trains and places highly qualified site coordinators 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.

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WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

Across the country and in our region, vulnerable students face significant barriers to school success on a daily basis. These barriers prevent individual students from realizing their dreams for a bright future and create environments in our schools where teachers are not able to teach. When students can't overcome barriers alone, they lose their path to a better future. By helping students overcome barriers, 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.

OUR RESULTS

Communities In Schools has collected significant proof that what we do works. Our work is supported by the ongoing collection of student data along with careful analysis and thoughtful evaluation of trends in three main areas: attendance, behavior and classroom performance. We measure progress and outcomes in these areas for students receiving individualized supports throughout each school year.

 

In addition to ongoing evaluation, CIS has engaged in several research studies validating the effectiveness of the model. These include a five-year ICF International evaluation of our work with students and schools across the country, multiple teacher surveys measuring the impact of CIS and an economic impact study detailing the return on investment delivered by the CIS model.

student achievements

91% of seniors graduated

86% improved academically

82% improved behaviorally

93% were promoted

98% stayed in school

80% had improved attendance

our reach

35,973

students served

 

2,894

case managed students

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economic impact

18.4%

the average rate of return to society.

$11.60

the amount every dollar invested in CIS creates of economic benefit for the community.

44

the average number of years high school graduates will contribute to their communities.

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Visit our blog to see the most recent news, upcoming events and recaps from recent events. Communities In Schools gained significant proof that what we do works. Over five years, ICF International conducted an evaluation of our work with students and schools across the country. Multi-level, multi-method, multi-phase, gold-standard research.

 

CONTACT US

Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.

2721 W. 6th Street, Suite E

Lawrence, Kansas 66049

info@CISMidAmerica.org

(785) 856-5190

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OUR MISSION IS TO SURROUND STUDENTS WITH A

COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT

EMPOWERING THEM TO STAY IN SCHOOL

AND ACHIEVE IN LIFE