About

Ensuring student success is everyone’s job: schools, parents, communities.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS Michigan served over 22,600 students and 20,000 parents, at 58 schools located in Detroit, Lenawee, Tecumseh, Mancelona and Kalamazoo in 2012-13.  CIS of Michigan engaged over 6,000 volunteers working to assist students to succeed. Our unique model of proven results relies on our network of independent affiliates located in our communities and their deep engagement of local leaders.

In over 200 communities across 27 states, we work closely with schools, social services, businesses and thousands of volunteers to get young people the things they need to learn and grow: mentors and tutors, after-school help, family services to stabilize the home. Without these basic supports, kids in need or at-risk are far less likely to succeed and grow into productive adults.

Getting kids what they need – when they need it

Children are individuals with very individualized needs. Our school-site coordinators respond quickly, on a case-by-case basis to get kids what they need — when they need it. Help can be as simple as providing eyeglasses to a child in need or as intensive as after-school tutoring; it all depends on the child.

Proven, Evidence-based Strategy

Communities In Schools: the only dropout prevention program in the nation proven to decrease dropouts and increase graduation rates.

Recent third-party findings confirm: Of the many organizations working to improve student outcomes, Communities In Schools, through coordination of services, is proven to be more effective, and results in higher graduation rates, and higher percentages of students reaching proficiency in math and reading.*

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