Communities in Schools-Cameron County

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Issues: Education

Location: 513 E Jackson Ste 204 Harlingen TX 78550 USA

Mission: CIS, founded in 1977, (formly know as Cities In Schools). Communities In Schools Texas is a part of the National CIS network now serving 27 states. During the 1960's and early 1970's staff who would later from Cities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) worked in inner-city areas to develop what were then called "street academics" for high school dropouts. The purpose was to offer an alternative to those young people, especially the economically disadvantaged, who had dropped out of school before graduation, kids who were headed for a lifetime of under-employment or unemployment. In 1995 Communities In Schools Cameron County was established. The Philosophy of CIS is " The Dropout Problem Is Not A School Problem- It's a Community Problem!" The six components of CIS Model are: 1. Individual or Group Supportive Guidance, 2. Health and Human Service Coordination, 3. Parental Involvement, 4. Pre-employment/ Employment Skills Training, 5. Enrichment Activities, 6. Educational Enhancement.

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