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

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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.

Thank You for Attending Our Second Annual Support Breakfast!

The second annual CIS Community Support Breakfast held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Fawcett Center was a great success! Former OSU and NBA basketball star  and reluctant role model, Lawrence Funderburke, made youth development his purpose. “Coach Fundy” connected his efforts with those of our dedicated site coordinators working daily in Central Ohio schools.

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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.

Thank You Siemer Family Foundation

We are grateful to the Siemer Family Foundation for a new $25,000 grant that will support assignment of a CIS Site Coordinator to an elementary school in the Columbus City Schools District in 2017. The school will be one of three identified by the District Superintendent as priority elementary schools of need. This funding is vital to building CIS’s capacity to provide services for our community’s most vulnerable students in the coming year.


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.