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Communities in Schools of Nassau County Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Youth Development Programs

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, 3000+ received short-term support, and 610 teens received intensive services in 2014-15,

Geographic areas served: Nassau County Florida

Programs: Tutoring, individual coaching and mentoring, before- and after- school academic programs, summer remediation, life skills, workforce readiness, community service projects, life skills and healthy choices, drug and alcohol prevention interviewing skills and individual coaching.

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So far CIS has been great! My son is thoroughly loving it. I see it already making a difference in his grades. This is the first year for him, he's a 6th grader at Hilliard Middle Senior High School. Dr. D and her team are AWESOME! If you have a struggling child(ren) I highly recommend this program. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volounteer at Hilliard Middle School, I have learned about the needs of our children in dealing with life issues and I applaud the efforts of all of our volounteers everywhere.

Alice25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer in the CIS program at both Callahan and Hilliard middle schools I have been able to witness first hand the impact their programs have on at risk kids. I have seen attitudes towards school improve. CIS is there to provide support for these students and I know it is having a possitive affect on their lives. I am proud to do my small part in working with CIS as a Life Skills facilitator.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CIS is the best organization to help local children "in need".
CIS provides a climate of safety and support in an educational environment - much needed in our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to Communitites in Schools of Nassau County I have seen an increase in student production and decrease in the students involved discipline referrals. Dealing mainly with athletes, this program is a great avenue for student athletes to keep their required grade point averages up to be eligible to participate as well as teach study skills that will help in their academic futures, teaching them learning skills that will follow them through life. Without this facet in our school systems, our community would suffer greatly from the fallout that would be generated. A great program and asset to Nassau County!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Communities In Schools is an amazing experience. It's one of those rare volunteer opportunities where you feel both fulfilled and appreciated, and that your time and efforts do make a difference. I've been involved in a variety of activities and projects, and the dedication shown by Susan Milana, the CIS staff and everyone I've worked with is truly inspiring. Their efforts enable the program to provide a remarkable range of support and services--as well as opportunites--to our schoolchildren, their families and our community. I'm glad I can be part of it all!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, I feel the passion this organization provides to the middle & high school students we serve. We are not just a "drop out prevention" program but we assist students with all of life's challeneges. We want students to succeed in life!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I've had the pleasure of experiencing the positive effects that the mentoring and supplemental programs have on developing our youth. a particularly impactful experience were the times I participated in their career development program. Bringing community business leaders together with students in order to better prepare the youth for future job opportunities, served to both educate the potential employees and potential employers while honing skills. Providing hope for those who may not otherwise achieve their potential is the essence of what this organization provides to our community.

Advisor

Rating: 4

Each year, I get an opportunity to review the record of CIS Nassau with the ED. They reach kids who lack almost any effective support at home, and provide feedback and encouragement to stay in school and learn. They don't always succeed, but most of the kids they serve stay in school and improve their grades. They need more resources to reach more kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most awesome thing they have come up with to help people.I had alot of help when i attended

Client Served

Rating: 5

Communities in School helped me bring my grades up so that I could pass to the seventh grade. I have Bipolar and Depression and wasn't thrilled with school but Ms. Tammy helped me get back on track and I was promoted to the seventh grade. If there was no Communities in School I wouldn't have been able to get the help I needed to pass. Please continue to support them so other kids may get the benefit I received from them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has participated in CIS for the past two years. His weaknesses are math and reading. The one-on-one instruction that he receives in math has made a significant impact upon his performance in the class and on assignments/tests. Each person has their own way of learning, what tricks help things sink in and what tools to employ to get through assignments. Your instructors have the know-how to impart their learning techniquies to CIS students to make a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Brooke was in the tutoring class and it was a wonderful. they worked with Brooke thoughout the school year and helped her with any questions she had that did not get answered in class. She was able to finish the year with A, B and C's which is amazing. I love this program and hope it continues in the years to come. Darlene Armstrong

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is one of the at-risk youth in Nassau County. This program has made a WORLD of difference in not just his grades, but his attitude as well. He has stayed out of trouble alot more also. Judy (the CMS sight coordinator) is great! She keeps me informed of not just his activities but anything else such as meeting etc. that may interest us or be beneficial to my son's continued improvements. This really is a great program and I urge anyone that needs additional help with their child's behavior or grades to check it out. Thanks!

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I've been volunteering with Communities In Schools (CIS) of Nassau County since approximately 2008. Students are challenged by many aspects of life, including dynamics of academic standards, home, ecomonies, and, of course - the challenges of just being a kid! Communities In Schools lessens those challenges for these students, giving them the ambition and drive to overcome; to focus on what is important; to enjoy success, realizing they can achieve regardless of barriers that may be in their way. And you do not have to just take my word for it - emperical data shows student success, moreover, across the board. It's great to be on the side of the coin that assists in developing the future; it is much better, however, to see the kid proud, accomplished, and most of all, smiling!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a parent of a former CIS student, I have not only seen the benefits of this program through my child. I get to see it everyday as I come to work as a volunteer. Each day dozens of kids come to after school academic assistance, where they each are making their own strides each and everyday. I know that what CIS Nassau provides for each student now will make a huge impact on their future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved since i was 24 yrs old, I knew that i wanted to direct my time and effort to a charity that involved kids. After seeing the many different great organizations out there, i knew CIS was a place for me. The direct contact, support, mentoring and involement you can have with kids is what it is all about. Theis organization is impacting the youth of today and helping them to be succesfull in life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

um...o have benn i c.i.s. for a year now this year will be two years.it helped me alot last year.it got be on a,b, horoll.it encheraged be to do more of my work and projects.it helped me do better in school.and in many more things.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

C.I.S is a big help my mom is a teacher and i have to get here early, it also helps when i get home late and cant do my homework i have teachers to help me in the morning and after our home work is over we can play games with friends i enjoy all the teachers and friends! last year i helped tutor the smaller kids it was fun. i like having something to do in the morning.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of two children in middle school. This is my sons third year in the after-school homework club and my daughers first year. I don't know what I would do without it!! Mrs. Pimpkin is wonderful and easy to work with, any problems or issues that the kids encounter are handled quickly and proffesionally. It's good to know that we have someone like her and this organization to help our children (and their parents) get through some of the most difficult and transitional years of their lives!

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired teacher and have been a paid homework tutor with CIS for the past two years. The sixth grade students I have helped not only completed their daily homework, but have utilized the time to read Accelerated Reading books, start reports early, practice multiplication tables and prepare for statewide testing through booklets and computer work.