Grantee Spotlight: Communities in Schools


Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community
resources, tailored to local needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start
and future, a marketable skill upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community, Communities In Schools has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.

Communities In Schools of Wayne County used 2011/12 funding from the SKF to support the work of the 15 site-coordinators placed in Richmond Community Schools. 5034 students were enrolled in the schools and had access to school wide services including basic needs, mentoring and tutoring, family support, physical and mental health services and enrichment activities. 450 students received long-term sustained interventions to address attendance, behavior, and academic achievement. 66% of the 202 students targeted for attendance improved, 72% of the 196 students targeted for behavior improved, and 57% of the 338 students targeted for academics improved.

The support of the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is key to helping maintain levels of services as funding streams are shifting. The opportunity to partner with a matching grant raised significant awareness of CISWC as well as financial resources. We were able to secure two $10,000 contributors (Paul & Pat Lingle & Belden) to turn the $20,000 into a 2-1 match. CISWC secured nearly $60,000 through the matching grant drive.

SKF Foundation Board Thoughts:

Research indicates that every dollar invested in Communities in Schools of Wayne County creates $14.50 of economic benefit for the community. Seeing this kind of result as well as the heartfelt dedication of the staff made investing in CIS an extremely easy decision. We are very proud of the way CIS carried out the matching grant and the way that they were able to leverage our funding to find two additional community partners to match dollars 2:1.



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