Communities In Schools – The Coastal Bend
The program promotes and facilitates delivery of community social services, health, educational services, enrichment and other support services to youth and their families.
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 30 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 42 schools (Pre k to High School) with a large at-risk population (to inner city neighborhoods to rural communities) through partnerships with 13 independent school districts and one private school in Nueces, San Patricio, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Aransas and Brooks counties.
Performance Measures Among CIS-tracked students:
- 97% Improvement in Academics, Attendance and/or Behavior
- 94% Graduated
- 89% Promoted
- 98% Stay in School
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.
Communities In Schools of Texas Six Components Activities Guide
Supportive Guidance and Counseling: Services 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 Engagement: Services and activities that support and help to increase the participation of parents in the students’ educational experience.
College and Career Readiness: Services and activities that promote career awareness, job readiness, skills training, preparation for the workforce and assistance in the attainment of employment.
Enrichment: Services that provide positive social, cultural, recreational, interpersonal skills and experiences to enrich and expand students’ understanding of life and involvement in community.
Academic Support: Services that support all educational areas as needed to promote student achievement and success in their school experience.