About CIS

Who we are

The mission of Communities In Schools of Mid-America is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Nationwide, we are 4,500 professionals and 50,000 volunteers on the ground, working in more than 3,000 K-12 public schools, in the most challenged communities, in 25 states, and the District of Columbia, serving more than 1.3 million young people and their families every year.

What we do

Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and future, a marketable skill upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community, Communities In Schools has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.

Why it’s important

Every year 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every nine seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By empowering students to achieve in school and life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.

The Five Basics

Communities In Schools helps students choose success by ensuring their access to the “Five Basics” that every child needs and deserves:

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • A healthy start and a healthy future
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  • A chance to give back to peers and community