In Schools to Keep Kids in School
At the state office, we strive to strengthen the CIS of Virginia network by providing local CIS affiliate leaders, staff and boards with the knowledge, tools and resources that build strong and sustainable organizations. We also identify opportunities for growth and assist communities in creating and sustaining new CIS affiliates. We ensure the fidelity to the that has proven to deliver the right form of support to the students who need it most.
In the last decade, we more than tripled the number of students being served by the CIS model in Virginia, thanks to significant investment from the Commonwealth of Virginia which we have leveraged in the private sector and the communities we serve. Over the next ten years, we aim to double the students served in Virginia, supporting excellence in CIS program delivery to 100,000 of Virginia’s students.
The cornerstone of the CIS model is integrated student support. That means that each of our participating schools has a trained professional on-site, acting as a link to school-wide services, targeted programs and individual support based on each student’s needs. This model means that students and teachers both get the help they need to be successful.
Our affiliates partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers to provide a coordinated system of support. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance, mentorship or behavioral interventions, Communities in Schools is there to help.