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Communities In Schools Mission Statement
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Three out of ten
Whatcom County kids will not graduate high school.
Our communities can do better. Here’s
As a nation we are finally beginning to pay attention to the dropout
crisis in the U.S. We have dug deep to find the consequences of high school
failure and a clear picture is emerging.
The data show students who fail earn less money than their peers and
will rely on public assistance more often. Dropouts suffer from poor health
while having less access to reasonable healthcare. They will have more legal
problems, commit more crimes and spend more time in jail. Most will not save for the future or pursue their own personal dream. Perhaps worst of all, dropouts are more likely to have a child who drops out in their turn. The
outlook for most high school dropouts is bleak.
Why Communities In Schools?
CIS provides a comprehensive solution to the issues that place young people in jeopardy of dropping out. Rather than duplicating services or competing with other youth-serving organizations or agencies, CIS identifies and mobilizes existing community resources to foster cooperative partnerships
for the benefit of students and families. Today, CIS is the national leader on school-based, integrated, student support services.
Communities In Schools believes that caring, one-on-one relationships
between adults and young people make the crucial difference. Programs don’t change kids - relationships do.
CIS creates comprehensive, community-based support systems around schools. In partnership with the local school system, CIS identifies the most critical needs of students and families - needs that are preventing children from succeeding in school, and in life. CIS identifies and coordinates community resources, dedicated volunteers and agencies to serve in partnership
with the public schools, both during the day and after school, thereby making the work of our educators much more effective.
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