Communities In Schools of Central Ohio

Communities In Schools of Central Ohio has been making a difference in the lives of students and schools since 1993.

And that’s exactly what Communities In Schools does. Today, we are the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our unique, evidenced based model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.

Students are dropping out of school at alarming rates. Students who drop out are more likely to earn thousands less in salaries, live in poverty, suffer poor health, enter the criminal system and be dependent on government and social services.  The cost to our community and country is billions in lost revenue.

Often, a student’s personal circumstances disrupt their chances at success even before they enter the school building.   We understand that students face challenges both inside and outside the classroom and we work to remove the barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential and ultimate academic and personal success.

We partner with schools and parents by placing our services in schools, identifying kids at risk of dropping out and not graduating, or have needs like those above.  Communities In Schools of Central Ohio provides programs, services and resources to address student needs, keeping them in school and on a path to life-long success.

FAQ’s about Communities In Schools of Central Ohio

What does CIS do?

CIS helps students stay in school and make the right choices by connecting needed community resources directly to schools, students, and their families.

Why does our community need Communities In Schools of Central Ohio?

Every 26 seconds a student drops out of school. Many children in our community struggle with poverty, violence, neglect, homelessness, and substance abuse. These realities come to school with our children and become barriers to academic success.

Clearly there is an increased community responsibility to address school attendance, school violence, family dysfunction and violence, emotional and health problems, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, remedial education, and job preparedness.

Communities In Schools is not a specific program imposed on kids and schools. Instead, it is a process by which local leaders, community members, parents, and students embrace the idea that keeping all kids in school is essential to the social and economic future of the community. The entire community benefits when students stay in school and graduate.

How is CIS funded?
Communities In Schools, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is funded through a variety of individual, corporate, foundation, and government grants.

Are you part of a National Program?

For more than 40 years, Communities In Schools nationally has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children,” Bill once said. “A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.”

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