Center for Supportive Communities

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Justice & Legal
  • Race & Ethnicity


935 Connecticut StLawrence, KS 66044 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We use behavioral science to create equal opportunities and meaningful change for children, families, and communities, and we focus on education, juvenile justice, and behavioral health. We infuse evidence-based best practices in communities and unite stakeholders in developing systems that promote sustainable and healthy development and growth such that all children have an equal opportunity to thrive in today's world.


Our main program, SupportED, is a community-based, behavioral diversion program for truant students and their families that originated in 1979 in Douglas County, Kansas. SupportED is the product of over 40 years of research at the University of Kansas and has helped thousands of students stay in school and out of the legal system. SupportED's innovative approach combines behavioral science, functional mentoring, and community collaboration to advance educational equity, increase school attendance and engagement, decrease system involvement, and prevent more severe problems such as juvenile crime and school dropout. We use evidence-based practices to keep students from becoming truant and truant students from becoming delinquent by engaging and re-engaging them in school; pairing them with caring adult mentors; teaching them skills for school, interpersonal, and life success; and providing services based on their individual and family needs. Ensuring all children receive a quality education is a critical first step toward breaking intergenerational cycles of school dropout, undereducation, violence, and incarceration.

We are proud to share that we are a 2022 Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Nonprofit! Read what our community has to say about us here:


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