We prevent kids from dropping out of school and increase graduation rates!
Communities In Schools of Central Ohio is finding solutions for the students who are at risk of dropping out of school or in need of help by developing strategies focused on addressing identified school and community concerns:
- Decreasing dropout
- Increasing the graduation rate
- Decreasing school violence and discipline issues
- Integrating the increasing immigrant population
- Reducing student mobility between schools
- Improving healthy lifestyles for children
What sets Communities In Schools apart from other organizations is our proven, evidenced-based model of linking a comprehensive range of community services to students, families and schools called Integrated Student Services. Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based coordinator positioned in partner schools, Communities In Schools strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning. In this pivotal role, the coordinator works with school staff to identify students at risk of not graduating. He or she assesses school and student needs and establishes relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to harness needed resources.
We help kids build better lives
Different kids have different needs. Some need academic help; some need a stable home and food on the table, or someone who will listen and help guide the way. Others just need a pair of eyeglasses. Helping kids move beyond their circumstances requires an individualized approach, not one-size-fits-all. We treat young people as individuals and coordinate support around their specific needs. We believe that all our young people deserve support and opportunity and that, given those things, they can succeed and create positive futures for themselves, their families and peer groups, and their communities.
Responding to the individual needs of communities
Just as students have individual needs so too do communities. Communities In Schools of Central Ohio, is shaped by the needs and resources of our community. We work with community leaders to develop and coordinate community assets, bringing them to the place where children and teens are already spending a great deal of their time – their schools. These resources may come in the form of volunteers, mentors, proven- evidenced based programs, innovative methods, and partnerships with local community and social services organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations, and individuals. Because the CIS model can be tailored to the specific school and community, it works whether the setting is urban, suburban, or rural. Throughout Central Ohio our programs and services are a mix of the following:
Non-Academic Assistance: Helping with basic needs like healthcare, nutrition or clothing so young people are better prepared to learn.
One-to-One Mentoring: Instilling the confidence to succeed, the belief that education creates opportunity, and setting the expectation for success.
Tutoring: Young people who fall behind often stay behind. We help kids catch up and stay ahead.
Family Involvement: Ensuring children have a supportive home life, increasing parent-school involvement, and helping parents access the services they need.
Preparing for the Future: Students build leadership and life skills, explore college and career options, and understand how their education is connected to their financial future.
College and Career Readiness: Site coordinators take students on college visits and link students to career experiences and internships.
Bring CIS to your school. Communities In Schools of Central Ohio will work hand-in-hand with Central Ohio Schools to develop CIS programs that will improve outcomes for their students and entire school. Contact CIS for more information on bringing CIS to your school.