COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
An independent five-year evaluation of Communities In Schools found that CIS is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it increases graduation rates.
WHO ARE WE?
Communities In Schools (CIS) surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The nationwide network focuses on improving student and school success by partnering with local school districts and leveraging resources. Our goals are to support youth, improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement, facilitate career preparedness and ensure post-secondary school readiness.
WHY IS CIS IMPORTANT?
In Georgia, more than 20,000 students drop out of high school each year and cost our state billions in foregone revenue. Helping these students succeed in school will create a more educated workforce and increase their earning potential.
Additionally, increasing graduation rates improve Georgia’s economic growth, lower health, social service, crime prevention and incarceration costs. High school graduates are more likely to be civically engaged through volunteerism and community service.
Investing in research-based programs to build a better future for Georgia makes sense.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES CIS DO TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL?
Local site coordinators and school administrators develop the plan and build a team to give students the support and encouragement they need to unlock their potential. By following the CIS Model, site coordinators provide effective and adaptable services to students based on individual need.
Communities in Georgia Strive to improve the quality of life for their children and families through collaboration. Georgia Family Connection, a statewide network of 159 county collaborative organizations, drives that collaboration.
We want our kids to be healthy, ready to start school and do well when they get there, and we want our families to be stable and self sufficient. We’ve been making that happen for more than 20 years.
We envision a Georgia where all children are healthy, ready to start school and do well when they get there, and where every family is stable and self-sufficient.
The consensus among state government, the private sector and communities is that Georgia can only thrive when its children are healthy and succeed in school, and when their families are stable and self-sufficient. Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GafCP), a non-profit public-private intermediary, exists to:
- unify their commitment to Georgia’s children and families,
- make sure their efforts to improve the lives of children and families work and,
- protect every dime of their investment in Georgia’s future.