Communities In Schools of Central Texas

Organizational Overview

Communities In Schools of Central Texas
3000 South IH-35
Austin, Texas 78704

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Every Child Needs and Deserves

1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
2. A safe place to learn and grow
3. A healthy start and a health future
4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
5. A chance to give back to peers and the comunity

Many Central Texas children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom that impact their ability to learn. We advance our mission of building a community of support for local students at risk of dropping out of school by partnering with local businesses, social service agencies, and volunteers.

Whether it's food, schools supplies, counseling, academic assistance, or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is on campus to help. We empower students to stay in school, stay on track toward graduation, and achieve in life.

We provide individualized student support, parent engagement and education, and whole-school services, working in close partnership with teachers and leadership. Our unique, evidence-based model and our consistent, high-quality programming impacts individual outcomes. We are stustainable thanks fo a diverse mix of public and private funding.

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.

$2,500: Coach-a-Senior provides intensive graduation coaching for three seniors
$1,250: Sponsor-a-Student provides individual support to one student for a full year
$750: Support-a-Scholar provides group counseling to students who face emotional challenges that interfere with learning
$250: Nuture-a-Dream provides college and career exploration field trips
$100: Improve-a-Grade provides AmeriCorps mentors and tutors to raise test scores in core subjects

$_____: Great expectations; your gift of any size propels CIS students toward success in life

"I began mentoring at the middle school this year, and I am glad I did. I want to be a good role model for the younger guys and a leader in my program. This year I completed the ambassador step and received my Blue Shirt." -- Brandon, high school student in the Communities In Schools XY-Zone program

"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 Communities In Schools 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 Faculty Member
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.

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.

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

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.

- 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

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.

- 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

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 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.

- 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.

Phone: 512-464-9767
Amount: $10,000 and St. David's Foundation Grant Partner
Sponsored By: Individual donor, and St. David's Foundation

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 2017 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.