What can seem like small obstacles can easily lead students off track. That’s why ensuring students have access to basic needs is so important. A student cannot focus in the classroom if he or she is hungry, cold or tired, or cannot see the board. From ensuring students get proper nutrition, are sleeping in safe places and have reliable transportation to and from school, to providing resources or referrals to their families when they are in need, there is no request too small for us.
Fred Rogers said, “look for the helpers.” CIS of North Carolina affiliates are used to being the helpers, but today, the helpers need help. Many of the student support specialists are facing their own traumatic circumstances while still pitching in with relief efforts for others. Please consider donating to the All In Relief Fund to help not only the helpers, but the students, families, and communities they serve every day.
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.
Back-to-school season brings its familiar annual budget impact on families as costs for classroom supplies and school activity fees continue to climb, according to the 2017 Huntington Bank Backpack Index released by Huntington in cooperation with Communities In Schools.
As some kids might be receiving gifts like trendy clothes and new sneakers this holiday season, many students are still struggling to have their basic needs met. Poverty remains a defining and ever-present feature of many young lives, and it too often stands in the way of their education.
School supply drives are one of the most popular ways to mobilize a community to help students in need. Check out some tips observed first-hand from CIS of San Antonio's Stuff The Bus school supply drive and let us know what 's worked in your community!
Today, Ricky is a smart, confident young man with big dreams. But that’s not where he started. In elementary school, a CIS site coordinator visited Ricky at home and learned that he was sharing a single pair of shoes with his younger brother.
Communities In Schools has announced the winners of its annual Unsung Heroes Awards, given to honor site coordinators, schools, communities and local affiliates as the best across the country for their exemplary work in helping students succeed in school and achieve in life.
We continue our giving thanks theme from last week’s “What We’re Reading” by recognizing the great support we receive from our partners and donors - and the support our affiliates give to their local communities.
Tonight at its annual Women of the Year Awards dinner, Glamour is set to announce the Girl Project, a collaboration with four nonprofits - including Communities In Schools - to raise money for girls to help them attend secondary school.
Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, appears for the first time in this year's NonProfit Times Top 100 - an annual survey of the nation's largest nonprofits.
Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization dedicated to helping kids stay in school and achieve in life, today released a preliminary report on its expansion for the 2014-2015 school year.
For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. Unmoored from the structure of a school day and physically removed from all the supports that school can provide, too many young people spend the summer months feeling hopeless, lonely and adrift.
By Dan CardinaliAug. 26, 2014
New York Times Opinion
Children living in poverty are by far the most likely to be chronically absent from school. The key to keeping these kids in school is to put dedicated social-service specialists in every low-performing, high-poverty school.
With backing at local, state and federal levels, the "community schools model", a decades-old idea for improving schools and neighborhoods, is gaining ground.
The largest coordinator of such programs, Communities in Schools, saw a 6% increase in its reach in the 2012-13 school year, covering schools with a total of more than 1.3 million students in 26 states.