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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission:

Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CIS) is a private, non-profit dropout prevention organization that is an affiliate of the nation''s largest stay-in-school network. The CIS Mission is to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. We achieve our mission through working in public schools, facilitating after-school programs, and through CIS-operated, state-approved non-traditional alternative educational academies.

CIS believes that every child needs and deserves:

1. A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult 2. A safe place to learn and grow3. A healthy start and a healthy future4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation5. A chance to give back to peers and the community

Results: Communities In Schools National recently released initial results from the midpoint of its five-year longitudinal study conducted by ICF International. One of the most notable findings is that the CIS Model is proven to significantly decrease dropout rates, increase graduation rates and increase proficiency in math and reading scores. The complete study can be found on the front page of our website: www.cispac.org. A sample of results from students attending our CIS Academies: * Students achieved an average increase of 3 grade levels in reading and 2.5 grade levels in math (2008). * Of the students completing our Academy programs, on average, 60% continued to post-secondary education; 38% entered full-time employment, and 2% entered the military.

Target demographics: At heart, Communities In Schools is a dropout prevention organization. CIS works with children and youth from 3rd grade through age 21 living in Allegheny County.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,700 children and youth (2008-2009)

Geographic areas served: Allegheny County

Programs: CIS provides the link between schools and the community by bringing caring volunteer resources into the schools to address children’s unmet needs. CIS in-school services are available to any school to help improve their students’ attendance, academics, parental involvement, and community outreach. Services can be delivered to an entire school or to an educationally at-risk student population. The services are delivered through a CIS coordinator, who works in the partnering school. Whether a student needs tutoring, mentoring, job readiness, job placement, new eyeglasses, nutrition services, counseling, or any other service, the CIS coordinator identifies the child’s needs and appropriate resources available in the community, and follows up to make sure the student gets what he or she needs. Current schools for 2009-2010 include:

  • Allegheny Valley School District, Springdale Jr/Sr High School
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Allegheny Traditional
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Rooney
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Westinghouse

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 foreveryursx3

Client Served

Rating: 5

In my opinion, i really like this school, & i wouldnt trade it for any other school. The students are nice but i dont really talk with anyone. I come & try to get as much stuff as possible done. I really like the teachers! Everytime you walk in the door, the first things out of their mouth is "Hey, how are you doing today?" or "How are you feeling today?" i like the fact of being able to work at your own pace. It takes a lot of stress off because you dont get in trouble for not having something done right a way. I also like the fact of it being all year round because then you can get all your work done faster, earn more credits sooner, & graduate faster. You also get breaks for holidays like a regular school. It is also very nice to be able to take a break when you want, & be able to go get something to eat without gettin in trouble. Anyone can do it, its not hard & for only 4 days a week for 2-3 hours. Not only that, they help get you grants to colleges, they take you to tour colleges & everything like that. Ever since i started at this school, i actually look forward to going everyday.

5 slip6669

Client Served

Rating: 5

I find that CIS Academy is a very nice school to go to. Here they treat you as an adult and like you are your own person. When your here you are in an atmoshpere that is comfortable and refined. Once you come in the door they great you with a "Hi how are you doing" and giving confidence boosts with everyone and always able to help some that needs help with a problem or anyone that needs a pasword for a test or a signature for a completed test so i find that CIS Academy is a awsome place to go.

4 Chuck

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The over all environment is very pleasant. The teachers and staff are wonderful caring people whose only goal is to help the students succeed. The quiet and comfortable learning facilities are very beneficial to the overall feel within the Academy. Personally I have not only learned a lot as a student but in the time that I have spent in CIS Academy I have experienced personal growth in school and in my community.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

School's In Communties has help me see my potential as a student. In the spring time I will be enrolled in the school's dual enrollment program with CCAC. I really enjoy all the people who not only work at the school but the environment is by far a better place for me instead of my home school.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am presently a graduate student at IUP and serving as an intern in Community Counseling here at CIS. I have wittnessed first hand how this program has influence the children it serves. CIS gives students an opportunity to excell where they may have failed in the past. I wish all school districts were involved in this program it is simply wonderful.

16 aks

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The CIS management and staff obviously really care about the life, both present and future, of every child it works with. The staff is invested in the success of each youth. They are trying innovative ways to reach the students, through field trips, flexible schedules, and one on one learning.

16

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoy going to CIS. CIS is a great school for students who have trouble in their public school. They have a very good set of rules for the sudents. I do not like coming to school every other day from 8 to 4. I really like that we do stuff here like a normal public school. I would definitely recommend this school for any student.

15

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I switched schools from EF to CIS, I started to show up to school on a regular basis. My grades are a lot better now and I'm going to graduate on time. When I first started CIS, I was behind about 3 and a half credits. Now after attending only about 6 months, I am actually ahead on credits but I'm still learning a lot.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

At CIS Academy, I'm learning more than what I was learning at my other school. I'm understanding what they are teaching me because they work with me. There's nice teachers, they communicate with you. We do nice things like we make books and we have group time. I just like to be here, and I am happy here.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization excels at making a difference in the lives of the youth they work with. Their reputation and respect within the community is growing under the leadership of their new Executive Director.