COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NASSAU COUNTY INC

Rating: 4.82 stars   103 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Crime & Law

Location: 516 South 10th St #205 Fernandina Beach FL 32034 USA

Mission: Surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.
Target demographics: youth ages 11-18 struggling for any reason in today's challenging world.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5200 youth who had access to our services at their school, and 600 teens received intensive services in 2013-14,
Geographic areas served: Nassau County Florida
Programs: tutoring, individual coaching and mentoring, before- and after- school academic programs, case management, summer remediation, life skills, workforce readiness, community service projects, interviewing skills and individual coaching.
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EIN 59-3191350
904-321-2000
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Outstanding program. CIS staff works extremely well with students and teachers. Always willing to go the extra mile. Well informed about all their resources.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful, informative and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

When I was a High School freshman ,Susan Milana visited my Life Skills class. She took one on one time with ALL students, helping us prepare resumes, perform mock interviews, and such. This helped me tremendously with many diffrent employment oppurtunities Ive experienced. Susan also took me under her wing, seeing my potential. I was hired as a Student Intern at CIS and helped with many office duties, as well as donor events. Susan and the other mentors taught me many things. In fact Susan and her entourage inspired me, despite my less than desirable background and home life, to rise above and make something of myself. I am now currently enrolled in college and living my dreams, something Susan always encouraged in me. CIS is a wonderful program, and the Nassau branch is ran in my opinion by the most caring and compassionate individual. I will always remember my experience and knowledge gained there. And once established I will be a donor to their cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Susan Milana

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly Improve and expand its outreach to program. Hopefully to focus more on 'troubled' deliquent teens. Just as I was myself. Susan turned my life around, and helped me realize my potential and that I had no need for the self-destructive behaviors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

For 10 years, I have been a board member and held various offices at CIS of nassau County FL. It is my hot-button local involvement among a number of others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the programs first hand. Having my entire family volunteer. Watching the results for our school system improve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to explain more clearly who we are. It is an ongoing challenge.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being associated with the improvement of public education in our County.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Giving of their time and talents for little or no treasure. Most are overqulified.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish an endowment. Focus on delivery, not dollars.

Ways to make it better...

I would have given more of a consistent effort.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and awareness.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Susan Milana is outstanding!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been donors to CIS for several years. Early in 2009, we started volunteering as tutors in the after school program at the middle school in our area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working one-on-one w/students and seeing them succeed. It is worth every minute of the time I spend to know that I helped make a positive difference in a student's life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with CIS Nassau for many months and am very proud to be a part of this organization and all the people who work so hard to make it a sucess. Working in the office does not always give one the oppportunity to see what CIS Nassau does, but after attending events that included both the children and their parents, it was heartwarming to see how excited and appreciative they are. To see these kids bursting with pride to be recognized for thier accomplishments and improvements is very moving. It is also moving to have parents approach me as a volunteer and want to shake my hand and thank me for being part of CIS Nassau. This team, the Board, the staff, the volunteers, the students and the parents are truly an impressive group of people working together for a great thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the expression of pride on the faces of both the staff and the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

focused on the kids and their success and well-being.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with Communities In Schools of Nassau County for about 1 year. I was previously employed by the organization and am currently serving as a VISTA Volunteer. I have seen first hand what a diiference Communities In Schools makes and am proud to be associated with such an amazing non-profit organization!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the difference it makes in chidrens' lives!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with CIS since it began in Nassau County. I have seen its success in the life of the students it serves. I have also seen the benefit to the schools that have CIS workers. They are a vital part of the school's services to ensure the success of a student.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed the success of CIS in both the lives of students, their families and the schools. Many students would not be as successful in school withouth CIS.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Witnessing the smiles on the faces of the students and their families when they are recognized for their successes. Many times this is the only time a parent comes to the school.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are dedicated to the students and ensuring that they are successful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve more students and families in Nassau County.

Ways to make it better...

there was a stabilized funding source to ensure that services will always be available for students and schools that want them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

stabilzed funding sources to ensure that services and programs are available for the students, families and schools that need them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Susan Milana and her staff are miracle workers to accomplish what they do with the limited funding available.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experience with Comminities in Schools was positive. Once students made the decision to check out the services provided, they were glad they did. Unfortunately, freshmen in high school are reluctant to seek help because they believe they are "all grown up" and can manuever through high school independently. That may be true to a degree, but everyone needs help with something at some point in their life. Communities in Schools is a great tool for the students smart enough to utilize its services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that the students participating in the tutoring programs felt the skills they developed were worthwhile.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I LOVE being a part of the Communities in Schools of Nassau County, FL. I volunteered last year as a tutor with at-risk children and am looking forward to committing to this volunteer effort again this year. Every student - regardless of criteria as defined by legislation, i.e, labels of "at-risk" - deserves extreme effort from all persons in order to gain achievment in academics. Issues of our society are simply too great to ignore. These kids, through programs of CIS, can and do achieve better understanding, certainly learning, and foremost appropriate growth to becomming that which will be a better prosperous society. To borrow the phrase "knowledge is power" is redundant. To excel that character development coupled with strong academics - again as fostered by all those involved in the CIS community - is truly worth being involved with. Thank you Communities in Schools of Nassau County for all you do! educationrocks09@aol.com aka Shelley

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the youth being served.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seemingly acquire more funding to expand the services being offered!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the youth - and those few staff I've worked with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

beyond wonderful, truly professional, extremely dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

I knew the "new" math that is taught to todays youth!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

NEVER get rid of this supplemental educational program - it is simply too vital to all those involved!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

CIS of Nassau County does an amazing job at connecting at risk youth with leaders in the community. I was encouraged to be able to be a part of connecting students to HOPE. CIS offers hope to students who otherwise may feel as though there is none.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the experience I had in helping shape the young lives of students, my life was shaped in the process!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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