Communities In Schools of the Coastal Bend was chartered as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1986 by a group of business, educators, and community leaders concerned with the school's dropout rates in our community. The founders believed the dropout rate could be reduced by delivering and coordinating the delivery of campus-based social services to potential dropouts. For the past 26 years, CIS has successfully been operating in the community. From a modest beginning of three (3) schools, CIS now provides leverage and coordinates the delivery of school-based social services in 24 schools (Pre k to High School) with a large at-risk population (to inner city neighborhoods to rural communities) through partnerships with nine independent school districts and one private school in Nueces, San Patricio, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Aransas and Brooks counties.
CIS has provided comprehensive case management services to over 56,236 students and thier families since its inception. CIS is a year round program with services based on an individual assessment of the participant, family and school.
The program promotes and facilitates delivery of community social services, health, educational services, enrichment and other support services to youth and their families.
The CIS Basics
Every child needs and deserves:
- a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult;
- a safe place to learn to grow;
- a healthy start and a healthy future;
- a marketable skill to use upon graduation; and
- a chance to give back to peers and community.
Some Facts about the CIS Corpus Christi Program
- 1986 year to date CIS has casemanaged more than 22,159 students
- 1986 year to date CIS has service through "one time service" over 108,000 students
- 1986 year to date CIS has expanded services from 3 schools to 38 schools
- 1986 year to date CIS has expanded services from one county to 5 counties (Nueces, Kleberg, San Patricio, Jim Wells, and Brooks)
Performance Measures for 2011-2012
Among CIS-tracked students:
- 92.60% Improved attendance, behavior or academic preformance
- 86.10% Of eligible Seniors graduated
- 97.98% Stayed in School and promoted to next grade
One of Americans Top 100 Charities
Worth magazine, in its December/January 2002 issue, chose Communities In Schools as one of the "100 charities most likely to save the world," out of more than 800,000 American Charities. Worth's criteria for selection were "skill, innovation, effectiveness, and strategic insight," resulting in a list of 100 charities "that are essential for creating a caring society."
Communities In Schools of Texas Six Components Activities Guide
Supportive Guidance and Counseling:
Sevices that support and address students' needs to assist in bringing about positive results in their lives.
Health and Human Services:
Services that support and promote health awareness, healthy life styles and provide for basic needs.
Parental and Family Involvement:
Services and activities that support and help to increase the participation of parents in the students' educational experience.
Services and activities that promote career awareness, job readiness, skills training, preparation for the workforce and assistance in the attainment of employment.
Services that provide positive social, cultural, recreational, interpersonal skills and experiences to enrich and expand students' understanding of life and involvement in community.
Services that support all educational areas as needed to promote student achievement and success in their school experience.