The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Why It's Important
Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every 26 seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By helping students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. After all, each child is our child, and our collective future.
Who We Are
At Communities In Schools, we work hand in hand with schools, communities and families to surround our students with a caring network of support to help them stay in school and succeed in life. Our staff works with nearly 42,000 volunteers on the ground working in more than 2,200 PreK-12th grade public schools in the most challenged communities in 26 states and the District of Columbia serving 1.3 million young people and their families every year.
Communities In Schools established its New Orleans affiliate in 1996. Today we serve 6,000 students in grades PreK-12th across 15 New Orleans public schools, one public school in Baton Rouge, and two public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish.
How We Do What We Do
Communities In Schools trains and places highly qualified Site Coordinators and supporting staff directly into schools. Once there, our job is to connect students and their families to basic and critical community resources, tailored to each student's specific needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, we create a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start to a healthy future, a path towards marketable skills upon graduation, and a chance to give back to peers and the community. As a result, Communities In Schools has become the nation's largest and most effective drop out prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.