Dear Friend of CIS,
· A high-school dropout is ineligible for 90% of jobs in America.
· Kids who don't read proficiently by 4th grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.
of US crimes are committed by a high school dropout.
Every day, students in our schools are facing unbelievable barriers that make it difficult for them to come to school or to focus on school when they are there. Many CIS students are homeless, may have lost a parent(s) to a drug overdose, sleep on the floor nightly because there are no beds in the house, or may be a pregnant or parenting middle or high school student. Many of our students also regularly experience trauma – like seeing their mom beat up by a boyfriend, witnessing a best friend shot, or even just the trauma of not knowing where their next meal will come from. The challenges so many of our students’ face are daunting and sometimes hard to believe, yet this is the reality for many young people today. Communities In Schools exists to address many of these non-academic barriers.
In the 2017-2018 school year, CIS of Central Ohio expanded into ten additional schools and two new districts. We now serve twenty-one schools with twenty-two full-time Site Coordinators, up from nine schools in the 2015-2016 school year, resulting in 144% growth in just two years! While we celebrate our growth, we are also very aware of the reality - the needs of our schools and students are immense and they are struggling!
In 2017, our Site Coordinators impacted over 7,300 students and our recent growth has increased our efforts, expanding our outreach to more than 12,000 students being impacted by the work of CIS. Our Site Coordinators are extremely energetic and caring, and they passionately engage services and resources that support the students and families in their schools.
“Not having Communities In Schools in our school would be a devastating loss.
When there is an issue with a student or a need, all I have to do is let our CIS Site Coordinator know and he is on it,
and I know it is taken care of and that student’s needs will be met.”
--Kimberly Normand, Principal, Mifflin High School
We invite you to support our Community of Support Breakfast as a table sponsor and to invite friends and colleagues or purchase an individual or couples ticket and join us on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to hear inspirational stories of success from our students, principals and site coordinators.