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CIS is IN schools, on campus, surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

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Phone Number: 512-462-9772
Address: 3000 South IH-35 Suite 200
Austin, TX 78704
Many Central Texas students do not have the foundation they need to succeed in school and life. They come to school hungry, they encounter violence at home, or they don't have a home at all. You can make a difference for kid in our local schools.

With help from donors like you, CIS ensures these students don't slip through the cracks by placing highly trained, caring adults in schools to support them, and to make sure their basic needs like emotional support, food, clothing, and shelter are met; keeping them engaged in learning so they reach their goals.

Help AMPLIFY your impact on kids though the summer by supporting CIS summer enrichment programs!

For three weeks after school ends, CIS offers summer enrichment opportunities on all of our campuses. With arts and crafts, nature hikes, swim days, sports, and career & college readiness experiences, Communities In Schools' dedicated staff stay connected with kids, leading activities that are educational, enriching, and fun.

Due to limited income and limited access to transportation, these sorts of specialized activities are rarely available to the students in our programs, but kids need these educational and enrichment opportunities to stay connected and maintain essential skills and knowledge during the summer. Your gifts can help kids expand their horizons and keep them engaged with school and learning.

$60,000 raised through Amplify can help provide the staff and pay expenses associated with our summer enrichment program for hundreds of CIS students.

Impact Statement

At Communities In Schools of Central Texas. we work on school campuses year-round to change the picture of education for kids. We do this by working with schools and community partners to provide students and families with vital resources.

Our work supports student achievement and eliminates barriers to success. Last year, 99% of the students referred to Communities In Schools stayed in school.

Needs Statement

Join with others in our community to change a student's life.

$_____: Your gift of any size helps CIS students toward success in life
"I've learned how to persevere, work hard, get through struggles, and make moves like nobody's business." -- Brandon, high school senior

"I want to be an advocate for high school students. I went through a lot, but I had Communities In Schools, mentors and teachers to help me." - Nadia, former CIS student now enrolled at Texas State University

"Our kids often need to know someone really does care - not lip service - face to face time investment. Communities In Schools delivers on this." - Reagan High School teacher

Match Amount

$10000

Matching Funds Description

A generous individual has offered to match each scheduled gift to Communities In Schools of Central Texas dollar-for-dollar, as much as $10,000!

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.

Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.
Most Communities In Schools volunteer opportunities are located on a school campus. Volunteers are matched to meet weekly with a student during the school year, beginning in the fall and continuing until the end of the school year.

READING BUDDIES
Students who are behind in reading levels by third grade are more likely to drop out of school before graduating. Reading Buddies provide extra support and encouragement to students, helping them gain literacy skills, build confidence, and develop a lifelong love of learning. Reading Buddies also serve as mentors for the student, building a trusting and consistent relationship over the course of the semester.

Requirements:
- 1.5 hour training
- Criminal background check
- Weekly commitment for the school year

SMARTKIDS
Our afterschool programming is on-site at four different public housing communities Mondays-Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to work with elementary students in a lively, fun and enriching afterschool environment. Volunteers engage students in academic support, activities, and serve as positive role models.

Requirements:
- 1.5 hour training
- Criminal background check
- Must be able to commit to 1.5 to 3 hours per week for a full academic school semester
- Must be able to volunteer between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

TUTORING
As a Communities In Schools tutor, you will work with a student once a week during the school day. Tutors help struggling students achieve academic success through support and encouragement.

Requirements:
- 1.5 hour training
- Criminal background check
- Must be able to commit to 1 hour per week for a full academic school semester
- Must be able to volunteer between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

ORGANIZE A DRIVE FOR STUDENTS IN NEED
Work with friends, co-workers, or an organization to collect items for students in need. The most needed items are:

Sock, underwear, belt drive
Hygiene kit drive & assembly
Board game & puzzle drive
Gift card drive
Comfort kit drive and assembly

SUCCESS COACHING
Success Coaches meet with high school students individually to discuss goals and aspirations, current successes, and opportunities for improvement. Success Coaching is scheduled 3-4 times per school year and each session lasts for 3-4 hours. Success Coaches spend 10-15 minutes with approximately 20 different students on each success coaching date.

Requirements:
- Complete a one hour training session
- Must be 21 years or older and pass criminal background check
-Commit to volunteering 3-4 times during the academic school year for 3-4 hours per session (9-12 hours per school year)

Are you ready to join our volunteer team? Please complete the Volunteer Application.

CONTACT:
Phone: 512-464-9767
Email: volunteer@ciscentraltexas.org