Communities In Schools announces transformative investment to help students overcome barriers to learning

ARLINGTON, Va., February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Communities In Schools® (CIS), the national organization that ensures that every student, regardless of race, zip code or history of marginalization, has what they need to succeed in school and beyond, today announced plans to expand its pioneering work across the country.

This expansion is largely due to a transformation $133.5 million gift from a philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. At a time when the global pandemic has particularly impacted students with fewer community resources or adequate supports, this investment will help CIS fulfill its mission to break down the systemic barriers that impede student opportunity and success.

“Today is an important day for students who are underserved, under-resourced and in need of transformative support to build a better future,” said Rey Saldaña, President and CEO of Communities In Schools. “This unrestricted donation allows us to tackle inequalities in public education and reimagine the way schools operate and present themselves to all students. Our national goal is to introduce our model to each of the 70,000 eligible schools in the country’s Title I; currently we operate in 3,000 schools – so we still have a long way to go and we will need continued support to get there.”

This unprecedented donation is the largest unrestricted donation in CIS history. Over the next five years, CIS seeks to evolve its evidence-based model of integrated student support to reach more schools and serve more students while deepening and sustaining its existing commitments to achieve greater impact. wide on its affiliate network. The work involves 40 affiliates in 19 states, in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Texas, Virginiaand Washington.

Communities In Schools school staff work inside schools and build one-on-one relationships with K-12 students to help them work through problems and overcome barriers in the classroom, at home, and in the community. community. CIS coordinates with schools and local service providers to meet the needs of students and families, as well as to provide essential resources, such as food, housing, health care, counseling, access to distance technology, etc., so students (and educators) can focus on academics.

“With the pandemic continuing to disrupt public education and student lives, the work of Communities In Schools has never been more important,” said Elaine WynChairman of the Board of Directors of CIS. “This generous gift will allow us to provide thousands more students with a dramatically enhanced educational experience and the help they need to graduate from high school and go on to fulfilling lives.”

CIS believes that transformative relationships are essential to unlocking a student’s potential. Our staff and community partners coordinate with schools to improve the school climate; strengthen the social-emotional skills of students, teachers and staff; and reduce barriers to academic success.

For decades, Communities In Schools has demonstrated measurable success in student outcomes. In the 2020-2021 school year, 99% of students enrolled in CIS programs remained in school through the end of the school year, with 96% of K-11 students advancing to the upper class and 93% of seniors graduating or receiving a degree. GED.

CBS MORNINGS interviewed Rey Saldaña this morning to discuss the announcement, click here to see the full interview.

About Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools® (CIS) is a national organization working to ensure that every student, regardless of race, zip code or socioeconomic background, has what they need to reach their potential in school. and beyond. Working directly in 3,000 schools across the country, our network of 110 affiliates connects students with caring adults and community resources that help them see, confront and overcome the barriers that stand between them and a brighter future. Together, we are building a powerful movement for change made up of peers, students and alumni committed to building an equitable path to education for future generations. Visit to learn more.

SOURCE Communities in Schools

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