Communities In Schools (CIS) does amazing work, but you don’t have to take my word for it. They have the numbers to show their success: Every $1.00 invested in CIS returns $11.60 to society. These numbers give me confidence that our investment will yield positive returns. Yet it’s not the numbers alone that make me proud of our support for CIS, it’s the real stories of success from students who have benefited from the program.
I always knew that CIS made a difference, but it really hit home when this young woman, while fighting back tears of joy attributed her success to her site coordinator at CIS, a caring adult who believed in her.
When I was at the 2014 Grad Nation Summit, I attended a session on Integrated Student Services, CIS’s model of supporting students within and beyond school walls. The session featured a CIS alumna from Houston, TX who was a junior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. at the time. She spoke eloquently about her struggles in high school and how she thought she’d never amount to anything in life. That was before she connected with CIS. She’s now on track to graduate college and plans to attend law school in the future. I always knew that CIS made a difference, but it really hit home when this young woman, while fighting back tears of joy attributed her success to her site coordinator at CIS, a caring adult who believed in her.
The video below captures the essence and impact of what CIS and their site coordinators do for our young people every day. They provide strong support to those who may not have a caring adult to guide them through those challenging years. Watch current student Trevor and program alumnus Cory show us the immediate and long-term effects of CIS’s support. As Cory says, “[CIS] is still shaping me. It’s still developing me as a person.”
To learn more about how to get involved with Communities In Schools, visit their website.