Twitter logo An icon denoting a twitter profile name or link to Twitter LinkedIn logo An icon denoting a LinkedIn profile or link to LinkedIn Facebook logo An icon denoting a Facebook profile or link to Facebook YouTube logo An icon denoting a YouTube profile or link to YouTube RSS Icon Facebook Icon Google Plus Icon Twitter Icon Instagram Icon YouTube Icon LinkedIn Icon Pinterest Icon Vine Icon Tumblr Icon Telephone An icon of a telephone representing phone numbers Checkmark An icon of a checkmark External Link An icon denoting a link to an external website Email An icon denoting a mailto: link Download An icon denoting a download link Menu Options An icon denoting a dropdown menu Menu Icon File Link An icon denoting a link to a report or file Back Arrow An icon denoting a link back to a parent section Next Icon Previous Icon Search Icon Play Icon Play Icon (Alternate) Academic Assistance Icon Academic Difficulties Icon Advocate Icon Basic Needs Icon Behavioral Interventions Icon Bullying Icon College and Career Prep Icon Enrichment Icon Family Engagement Icon Health Care Icon Incareration Icon Life Skills Icon Mental Health Icon Neglect Icon Physical Health Icon Service Learning Icon Memorial Giving Icon Planned Giving Icon Workplace Giving Icon Stocks and Assets Icon Corporations Icon Foundations Icon Donate Icon Volunteer Icon

Turning Dreams into Realities

CIS of San Antonio
Family Engagement

With the support of CIS, our students stay in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. They all have a story about their journey to who they are today. Alumna Naedean shares hers.

In the third grade my parents were going through a divorce and because of this transition, my performance in school was dropping. I had always been a star student, so my teacher recommended me to Communities In Schools of San Antonio. When I first met with Miss Yvonne, our site coordinator at my school, and spoke with her about the changes in my family. It was incredible having a one on one relationship with a caring adult, who wasn’t a part of my family chaos. It gave me a safe place to sort out my emotions and get my learning back on track.

In addition to individual support, I also was involved in a group of my classmates who were in similar family situations. We worked on coping mechanisms and communication strategies, which to me, just felt like playing games with my friends. Miss Yvonne not only helped me, but my whole family, getting us involved with a community organization that provided us with holiday dinners when we couldn’t afford our own.

I stayed involved with CIS throughout my education, and throughout the changes in my childhood. Moving to a different school in middle school got me connected with Miss Red. The passing away of close relatives in high school sent me to Miss Kim. Each of these people saw the potential in me to excel in and out of the classroom. My proudest accomplishment was graduating high school as my class salutatorian and being the first in my family to attend and graduate from Baylor University. Currently, I work as a program manager for CIS of The Heart of Texas.

CIS prepared me to be a role model for others. I want to share my story with others and assist in making others’ dreams a reality. I believe strongly in the power of young people, and that our involvement with CIS should not end after graduating.

-May 2016

In Texas