About CIS of Virginia
Helping Kids Graduate is a Community ResponsibilityCommunities In Schools (CIS) of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1999. CIS of Virginia believes keeping children in school is the responsibility of the entire community. Rather than duplicating services or competing with other youth-serving organizations or agencies, CIS identifies and mobilizes existing community resources and fosters cooperative partnerships for the benefit of students and families. CIS of Virginia works with its local affiliates and communities to bring a coordinated team of volunteers, skilled staff and other resources directly into CIS schools.
Today, CIS is the national leader in school-based, integrated student support services.
Dropping Out of School Spells "Economic Disaster" for Young People
- Only 43 percent of adults who dropped out of high school are employed as compared to 60 percent of adults who completed high school and 76 percent who earned a bachelor's degree.
- Dropouts cost Virginia almost $7.5 billion dollars in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes.
- Dropouts are four times more likely to be unemployed and two times more likely to be arrested.