After school and summer programs give students experiences that can help prepare them for life after high school. Our site coordinators, executive directors and volunteers work together to find and create programs that combine education with fun, hands-on experiences. These programs are particularly valuable to students whose families don’t have access to resources, as after school time and summer breaks are often when students are most distracted and adversely affected by home life. Our programs include field trips, community services programs, athletic leagues, youth conferences, guest speakers and more.
Across the country, many communities are experiencing stress as the COVID-19 pandemic and winter snowstorms keep schools virtual, hybrid, or socially distanced. This February, Communities In Schools (CISTM) affiliates are boosting the social emotional well-being of our teachers, students, and families by showing them appreciation and kindness. Whether it is through a kindness campaign, Valentine’s Day gifts, food pantries or providing a safe space to share feelings, we are committed to supporting our students beyond the classroom.
Many African American children face barriers when aspiring to receive an education that will improve their opportunities and life outcomes. One of the main challenges they face is the carceral system: incarceration has disproportionately harmed Black students, families, and communities over time.
With strong policy partners, more accredited affiliates and site coordinators, plus a greater national reach, 2013 brought CIS tremendous growth and measurable success. Read More.
Communities In Schools saw significant progress in 2015, with a focus on improving quality of service and increasing growth across the network. Read More.
Our recent economic impact study found that for every $1 invested in Communities In Schools, $11.60 will be returned to the community. Read More.
This is the technical report of the School Level Quasi‐Experimental Study conducted as part of the five-year national evaluation. Read More.