The CIS affiliate brings the to schools in their community by doing the following:
All across the US, 164 CIS affiliates help to serve students in 363 districts and 2,400 K-12 sites.
Miss Liberty encouraged and lifted me up. She made me understand that even though things were bad, it didn't have to stay that way. She helped me set goals and stay motivated. She taught me how to speak up and ask for help.— Ellie
The site coordinator fills a pivotal role as the single point of contact working inside the school coordinating and providing integrated student supports. They work with school leadership and staff to connect students and families with community resources that help to address both academic and nonacademic needs, allowing students to show up healthy, safe, and prepared to learn.
Through conversations with school leadership and review of school improvement plans, the CIS affiliate, site coordinator and their school support team work to align goals that best meet the needs of the students, avoiding duplication and overlap of supports. When site coordinators actually begin providing supports, they collaborate with community partners and businesses to recruit volunteers for tutoring programs, build up clothing closets with support from local businesses or connect struggling families with much-needed medical attention – just to name a few.
We find that when we bring the right people to the table, we are able to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
With the help of CIS, nearly 1.5 million students and their families were directly connected to essential resources.
The CIS site coordinator works with volunteers, partners and the local community to provide students with the supports they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. We provide these supports in three different tiers. By differentiating our supports, we are able to serve most students in a school and also focus attention on targeted students that have significant needs.
Here are some examples of the supports we provide to students across the country:
Of students that receive targeted support for the 2015-2016 school year:
Every year, CIS affiliates report outcomes on everything from student promotion rates to volunteer hours. We use this information to not only demonstrate our effectiveness, but also to inform the way we do our work.