Our evidence-based approach, adapted to meet each community's unique needs, is the basis for our success

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The Columbus Foundation has made available a bonus pool of $1.3 million for local nonprofits.  All donations made during a 26-hour time period will be amplified on a pro-rated bases.  To contribute go to The Big Give to process your donation.  Thank you!

Update: The Big Give has concluded, thank you for your contributions and generosity!

Thank you to Pay It Forward from OSU for helping make our Language Garden at Columbus Global Academy a success!

Over 30 volunteers came to Columbus Global Academy to help kick off the start of a garden revitalization project.  The garden will serve as an outdoor space where students can have class, study, socialize, and relax.  The area in the old Brookhaven High School was previously not utilized, but we are looking forward to helping it grow and making our school a more beautiful and welcoming place to learn.

Communities In Schools is looking forward to the start of another amazing school year!

  • In July, CIS of Central Ohio was one of four organizations selected globally to participate in Global Impact Day 2017. Thanks to JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Break A Difference for their work recruiting and coordinating employee volunteers. They provided us with a valuable in-kind donation of over 1400 filled backpacks!
  • CIS coordinated the first handout of backpacks that same day in partnership with Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services to 100 students from our schools who attended their summer camp.  CIS of Central Ohio was the only US non-profit selected as partner recipient for this effort.  
  • CIS also received 546 backpacks from the Fennessy/Harden Backpack Project; enabling CIS of Central Ohio to distribute 1946 total backpacks to our students this year!

According to the Huntington Backpack Index, for the 2017-2018 school year, parents can expect to pay $662-$1489 per child for school supplies and extracurricular activities; gratefully, these donations make a huge dent in the budgets of families in Central Ohio.  2017 Backpack distribution

Our Work

Communities In Schools of Central Ohio has been making a difference in the lives of students and schools since 1993. Our evidence-based approach, adapted to meet each community’s unique needs, is the basis for our success. Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning.

Our Impact

Our Communities In Schools Site Coordinators work collaboratively to connect hundreds of identified students in need to supportive services and resources in our community.Meet Alia – She is a student who had an F in Language Arts during the first school term. During the second term, her grade improved to a B, with an A+ on her Language Arts exam. What helped support this student’s academic improvements was our Site Coordinator’s work to connect the family to resources to help avoid eviction, connect the student to a take home snack program to address food insecurity at home, and linkage to a Christmas help program to support them financially.

The drop-out crisis affects not only the student, but our local community and our country as a whole.

Students that drop out are more likely to earn thousands less, live in poverty, suffer poor health, enter the criminal system and be dependent on government and social services.  This costs the United States billions of dollars in lost revenue and increased spending on government programs. 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 by addressing both the academic and non-academic needs of students.

Students with needs not addressed have a hard time learning   They may be hungry, lack parental involvement, be at risk of losing their housing, go without proper clothing and live in neighborhoods where there is violence, drugs and gangs. When students drops out, it closes a door on their dreams and ours.