Our data provides cumulative evidence of the powerful relationship-driven impact happening every day across Virginia.

Our network is comprised of six independent affiliates each addressing the needs specific to its schools and communities.

When schools closed, CIS relationships were more important than ever.

Multiple third-party reviews have verified CIS’s model as effective and cost-efficient, returning $11.60 to the community for every dollar invested.

Our Belief

We believe ALL students, regardless of race, gender, zip code, or socioeconomic background should have what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond.

2020-2021 Outcomes

Seniors Graduated or Received GED
K-11 Students Advanced to Next Grade
Graduating Seniors with Academic or Career Plans

Advancing Equity,
Igniting Potential

CIS helps make sure that every student, regardless of race, gender, ability, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to realize their full potential in school and beyond. We walk by their side, in their communities, to navigate barriers that stand between them and their success in life.


Student Success Lasts a Lifetime

Our evidence-based model connects students to caring adults and community resources to transform how they see and experience the world around them. By surrounding them with a network of trust they can turn to no matter where they are in their journey, we empower students to confront and overcome personal challenges and structural barriers—so they can take charge of the future they want for themselves, their communities and each other.

News & Events

For more than two decades, the Communities In Schools of Virginia network has been the...
When we holistically address students’ needs with tailored, coordinated and sustained supports, we break down immediate and systemic barriers to create and sustain equitable outcomes. Dr. Mark Emblidge and Dr. Dan Domenech shared how the CIS-VA network is providing critical supports to students during extraordinary times in this Richmond Times-Dispatch opinion article.
With an estimated three million students in the US disengaged from school, the road to recovery for our schools will be a long one. Communities In Schools ® President and CEO Rey Saldaña and Shaquille O’Neal share from personal experience why ensuring equity in education will take more than reopening buildings.

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