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COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF HAMPTON ROADS

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Results: Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads Successes: Some notable regional accomplishments for the 2016/2017 school year include- * 87% improvement in academics * 78% improvement in attendance * 85% improvement in behavior * 79% of students that received targeted and sustained services graduated * Communities In Schools provided services for 5,796 children * Communities In Schools operated in 9 different Elementary, Middle, and High Schools across Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Hampton, Virginia (form attached) For the 2017/2018 school year we have entered 11 schools throughout Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. We will be serving up to 7000 students this school year and case managing about 10% of those. We are excited about our growth this school year and hope that your organization can be a part of the success in Hampton Roads.

Target demographics: At-risk students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,800 students in Hampton Roads

Geographic areas served: Hampton Roads Public Schools in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Hampton

Programs: Encourages high risk or troubled students to complete their formal education, prepare for work, and become self-sufficient members of the community; over 6800 students were served.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is an awesome program that help adolescents get back on track with their education. Dr. Sinclair is working extremely hard to ensure the kids get what they need to pursue their education. It takes a village to help the kids of the world and Dr. Sinclair has prove that with Community in Schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has assisted me with numerous resources and opportunities. The help and support these individuals give is beyond what any dollar can provide. I enjoy their social media pages as they keep opportunities coming in and allow us to see what type of things they are doing in the schools. I am an advocate that every school will benefit from this program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Our Site Coordinator has been a great addition to the team at our school! She works well with the staff, the students, and the families. She has helped to put on different events that have gotten parents and students involved and engaged. She has also been able to make connections with business partners that have brought in additional resources to help our students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I intern with Communities In Schools and enjoy being able to be a part of an organization that takes the time to listen to the needs of the students they serve. I love being able to be a part of an organization that takes pride in giving the needed resources they have available to make sure their clients excel at all cost to the best of their ability. It is a great feeling to be able to give of yourself and also give empathy and a listening ear to those whom need one. Communities In Schools has also opened doors for their staff and interns to volunteer, advocate, and excel in our careers whether its on the job or furthering our education in college. They also challenge the kids in offering them programs in which they can grasp how to develop relationships in the communities and other organizations gaining knowledge and work skills all at the same time. Communities In Schools is a great asset to all whom they serve, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads is an outstanding organization that provides hope, opportunity, and support to many students. As an intern, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside a passion-filled site coordinator and witness first hand the influence this organization has on schools, students, and the community. Mrs. Mathis-Spellman is committed to the students and works tirelessly to meet the needs of the students, school, and community. Her presence has had a positive effect on behavior, attendance, and the overall rapport between parents and the school. The students light up every time that they see her and enjoy working with her. This opportunity has opened my eyes to the various barriers that students face, and made me grateful to be a part of the solution. Supporting this organization is investing in a student’s success and future!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads has made a great impact on the students within my community. The cite coordinator is awesome and shows the students that she cares and loves them. Also she is willing to help everyone not just the ones on her case load. CIS provides schools with additional support and resources to assist students that are in need. CIS has been a blessing to many families and we are thankful that they have partnered with SPS. It is great to have support from individuals that have a passion to help families and ensure that students basic needs are being met. The smiles they help bring to the faces of our students and the improvements in behavior and academics are priceless.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

C.I.S. of HR is a great organization. Hope and Tierra are assets to this organization, they go above and beyond to assist my son Sheldon Moss with resources. My son has positive influences at home, but having a neutral party to converse with and obtain advice is great, therefore; I appreciate them. Thank you for presenting him with additional opportunities... it takes a village... at times. I think each member of this team are making a difference in the communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Communities In Schools is a great organization. The services they provide inside the schools are extremely beneficial to not only the schools, but the families as well. The relationships that the Site Coordinator share with the students are unbelievable. I witnessed Site Coordinators reach student that others in the school or community were not able to reach.

Mia R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Communities in schools has opened horizons and helped students in ways I have not seen in schools without these services. The impact can be seen in students!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads has a unique mission to bring the community into schools to remove barriers for students who are at risk of dropping out. The relationships between a school, its students, and the surrounding community is vital to empower and achieve student success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly love this organization and the exposure it gives our students. It is important to see students receive opportunities they wouldn't otherwise receive. This organization has definitely given my child numerous opportunities that I did not know existed.

Shakiya S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I currently work with Communities In Schools Hampton Roads, but I began as a volunteer. I volunteered to service teen parents within the school by offering them parenting education and providing community resources that they may not have been aware of. As a volunteer I heard the stories of these youth and the struggles they faced as young parents, but also as students who simply needed support and encouragement. I wanted to be a part of the organization and support it's mission of building relationships and helping students succeed. I applied for the position when it came available and was offered the opportunity and I took it! Who wouldn't want to be a part of a great transformative process in a student's life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for Communities In Schools for 4 years. This is my second year working for CISHR. The team that I work with are dedicated to upholding our national motto: "To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life". We are passionate about the students that we work with and the communities we serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization with excellent leadership an proven results. I bet you know a student who can testify!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach at The Performance Learning Center which partners with Communities in Schools. We have changed the lives of many students. I had a student who was extremely shy and self- conscious and had not thrived in the bigger high school. He did well here and is now in community college. His mother told me at graduation that this school had saved him and in turn saved her as well. This is why I do what I do.
Sherri Pritchard
History Teacher
Hampton Performance Learning Center

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CIS HR has a major impact on our community and on our youth. The work they are doing every day in the schools and in the community is admirable and a neccessity! I support CISHR and hope they get the recognition they deserve!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the best drop out prevention organizations to be apart of.. We care, We track and we provide targeted services.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An exceptional organization providing a necessary service to our school communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CISHR hired me four years ago and has really given me the opportunity of growth and development throughout the years. The impact we have on the school systems and the impact we have on students and families is a great feeling that allows me to comfortably sleep at night. There is no better feeling when waking up in the mornings and not feeling as though you are going to work, but you're doing something more powerful and meaningful not just for yourself but for your community.