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At Communities In Schools® (CIS®), we believe that every student, regardless of their identity, ability or zip code, deserves a quality education that puts them on a path to success. For more than 45 years, CIS has supported millions of students in achieving goals in school, the workforce and life.

CIS Site Coordinator with 4 Students


Working in 3,270 schools across 25 states and the District of Columbia (during the 2021-22 school year), our evidence-based model connects students to caring adults and community resources. We work alongside parents, educators, community-based organizations, school and district leaders to help our students overcome obstacles and succeed in school and life. Learn about our impact.


The more students succeed, the stronger our communities become. When we recognize the value of all students, embrace them for who they are, and give them what they need to succeed, the result is more graduates, a more robust workforce, a more prosperous economy and thriving communities. Read success stories. 

One girl and two boy students eating lunch

Student Success Leads to Stronger Communities

Tailored support leads to greater opportunity. It’s a simple idea. When each student is provided with the support, resources and opportunities they need, they can succeed in school, the workforce and life. 

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CIS is like family. Mrs. Ali (CIS Site Coordinator) listens to me and never judges. I know she is always there for me.
Tamarion Student, CIS of Georgia
CIS put me in a position where I could make the choice to succeed... During my 9th and 10th grade years, CIS helped me build organization, facilitation, and leadership skills.
Efuru Student, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Bill Milliken
It's not programs that are transforming young people's lives, it's relationships.
Bill Milliken Founder and Vice Chairman, CIS
CIS took concerns that seemed small, but they were huge to us because they cared. CIS has just been a blessing in my life and in my family’s life... With my site coordinator’s assistance, I am now a first-generation college student.
Leanna Alumna, CIS of Tacoma
Shannon Pace
I hope CIS knows the impact you have isn’t just on the kids. It’s on your facilitators too. This organization helped me find my calling and find my voice.
Shannon Pace CIS Facilitator, McDowell County

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