Though the White House declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency only last week, families across the nation have felt the effects of opioid addiction for decades. Often relegated to a footnote in this important conversation are infants, children, and teens—the collateral damage of crises like this one. Youth are often confined to the chaotic lives of their addicted parents.
A Conversation with PDK CEO Dr. Josh Starr
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, CIS recognizes and honors the nine brave students who became the martyred figureheads of the battle for educational equality that is still being fought today.
Schools are the cornerstones of communities across America, serving as safe spaces for our kids both in times of disaster and during a regular school day. Communities In Schools was founded in response to the myriad of problems students encounter that preclude a sense of security.
Talitha Halley, a Katrina survivor and CIS Houston alum, expects seasonal depression each August as the anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina approaches. But this year she did not expect her annual remembrance to be compounded by another hurricane, this time bearing down on her post-Katrina home, Houston.
More than seven million students nationwide are chronically absent from school—missing so much school, for any reason, that they are academically at risk.
Cynthia Clay-Briggs, Executive Director of CIS of Houston provided this update on the recovery and offered her gratitude to those who are supporting their efforts through the All In For Texas Relief Fund.
The 2017 Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows near-unanimous support (92%) for afterschool programs. What’s more, most Americans (77%) support the use of public funding to make sure all kids have access to these opportunities.
As the waters begin to recede and the damage is surveyed, it is imperative that Americans mobilize in support of the affected students, families, affiliates, and schools. We, too, feel overwhelmed by the disaster and subsequent outpouring of information, so we’ve created a resource guide to help those ready to act do so with knowledge and precision.
Communities In Schools is pleased to share our 2016 Annual Report. In our most recent report we continue to see the impact of community that inscribes our name. We're proud of the work we've done and are grateful for the support of our advocates and partners across the country. As we progress through the second half of the year we look forward to moving ahead while taking a moment to reflect back.
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