CIS is a national, not-for-profit, model that originated in New York in the 1970s with the goal to bring community resources into public schools where they could be accessible, stable and organized.
The motivation behind this model is to reach out to those students who may find themselves living out a disproportionately impoverished life, who are more at risk for missing school or dropping out altogether, and to bridge the gap between an academic struggle and a diploma and a future that is accessible and achievable.
CIS Rome-Floyd County serves students in Rome City Schools and Coosa Middle School.
Established in 1993 as a collaborative community initiative and was chartered in 2002, CIS of Rome-Floyd is a partnership between the school systems, business and industry, social service agencies, civic groups, post-secondary institutions, parents, and mentors/volunteers.
CIS Focus Areas: To support youth by improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement, decreasing truancy, and facilitating college and career readiness.
CIS Key Initiatives: Mentoring, volunteerism, parent involvement, college/career preparation, literacy, and the Performance Learning Center.
THE CIS FIVE BASICS
Communities In Schools believes that every student needs and deserves these five basics:
1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
2. A safe place to learn and grow
3. A healthy start and a healthy future
4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
5. A chance to give back to peers and community
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