Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our evidence-based approach, adapted to meet each community’s unique needs, is the basis for our success.
Our national Communities In Schools Model of Integrated Student Supports has all the essential components to ensure a comprehensive approach to identifying strengths and barriers, target services to match unique needs, and ensure positive impacts for students served.
The Communities In Schools ® (CIS) affiliate brings support and resources to the schools in their community by doing the following:
- Conducts an assessment of the community to determine the need for CIS
- Partners with school district leadership to identify where CIS can have the greatest impact
- Hires, trains and assigns a site coordinator to a school in need
- Partners with the school districts, local agencies, businesses and foundations to garner support for the organization and its work
- Mobilizes community resources to address academic and nonacademic barriers
- Continuously evaluates their work at all levels to ensure progress is made and goals are met
The site coordinator fills a pivotal role as the single point of contact working inside the school coordinating and providing integrated student supports. They work with school leadership and staff to connect students and families with community resources that help to address both academic and nonacademic needs, allowing students to show up healthy, safe, and prepared to learn.
Schools, business and community agencies all work together with site coordinator to deliver supports to students and families. Through conversations with school leadership and review of school improvement plans, the Communities In Schools® affiliate, site coordinator and their school support team work to align goals that best meet the needs of the students, avoiding duplication and overlap of supports. When site coordinators actually begin providing supports, they collaborate with community partners and businesses to recruit volunteers for tutoring programs, build up clothing closets with support from local businesses or connect struggling families with much-needed medical attention – just to name a few.
We find that when we bring the right people to the table, we are able to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.