Communities In Schools works around the clock to make sure students’ physical needs are met. If a student’s family is unable to afford groceries, we connect them with food assistance programs. If they find themselves without a home, we harness community resources to provide them with shelter. Communities In Schools makes sure that the physical barriers that can prevent students from learning in school are eliminated.
But we also work to mitigate the social barriers as well. Across the country, our volunteer mentors act as role models and provide students with tutoring, a listening ear and most importantly, a friend. Having adequate food and clothing is extremely important to a student’s success; having a positive adult influence – a person who believes in a student’s dreams and pushes him or her to achieve, is equally vital.
The second annual National Mentoring Summit is taking place today and tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The event brings together major youth mentoring organizations, along with government, civic, research and corporate leaders, to evaluate best practices, review new research and chart the field’s future. This year, Communities In Schools is a partner organization, and we will be live tweeting and posting photos from the event both today and Wednesday, in addition to offering commentary through blog posts. Keep an eye out!
In the meantime, Communities In Schools of North Texas’ blog chronicles some amazing stories from mentors. Visit their blog to read more about the inspiring work they do to help young people believe in themselves and grow into healthy, happy adults.