Services & Programs Offered

Helping kids build better lives

Different kids have different needs. Some need academic help; some need a stable home and food on the table, or someone who will listen and help guide the way. Others just need a pair of eyeglasses.

Helping kids move beyond their circumstances requires an individualized approach, not one-size-fits-all. We treat young people as individuals and coordinate support around their specific needs.

We believe that all our young people deserve support and opportunity and that, given those things, they can succeed and create positive futures for themselves, their families and peer groups, and their communities.

Responding to the individual needs of communities

Just as students have individual needs so too do communities. At the local level, each CIS organization is shaped by the needs and resources of its community. Local affiliates work with community leaders to develop and coordinate community assets, bringing them to the place where children and teens are already spending a great deal of their time – their schools. These resources may come in the form of volunteers, mentors, tried-and-true programs, innovative methods, and partnerships with local community and social services organizations, businesses, faith congregations, and individuals. Because the CIS model can be tailored to the specific school and community, it works whether the setting is urban, suburban, or rural.

Throughout our four-state region our programs and services are a mix of the following:

Non-academic Assistance: Helping with basic needs like healthcare, nutrition or clothing so young people are better prepared to learn.

One-to-one Mentoring: Instilling the confidence to succeed, the belief that education creates opportunity, and setting the expectation for success.

After-school Tutoring: Young people who fall behind often stay behind. We help kids catch up and stay ahead.

Family Involvement: Ensuring children have a supportive home life, increasing parent-school involvement, and helping parents access the services they need.

Out-of-school Enrichment: Expanding young people’s understanding of what the world has to offer and finding their place in it through afterschool programs, service learning activities, and even field trips.

Preparing for the Future: Students build leadership and life skills, explore career options, and understand how their education is connected to their financial future.

Each community we serve is unique. Click here to learn more about specific programs in your community.

Bring CIS to your community

The state office also works hand-in-hand with communities to develop CIS programs that will improve outcomes for their students and schools. Local Communities In Schools affiliates start through the interest and hard work of concerned citizens like you. Communities In Schools of Mid-America can help lead your community on the road to starting a successful CIS affiliate.

Contact Malissa Martin,, for more information on starting a CIS affiliate in your area!

Financial Literacy Program

This program is an exercise that helps students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood.  Here, students get a glimpse of life as a 26-year-old, learning about income, debt, credit, and the cost of raising a family. Learn More.