For more than a decade, Communities In Schools of Walton County has been helping local students graduate from high school. Our vision is to involve the entire community in providing resources needed to improve the total quality of our children’s lives.
Join the Honor Roll! Your $15 monthly gift will help us surround students with a community of support!
With your support, we can reach more of the nearly 20 percent of our students in Walton County who may be at risk of dropping out and setting a pattern of failure in their lives.
Communities In Schools provides services to students efficiently and cost-effectively (average cost is $167 per student annually) thanks to the support of volunteers, donors and supporters across the community..
Approximately 97% of the young people we serve stay in school and remain on track to graduation. Give a tax-deductible gift today and make a lasting difference in the life of a child.
Contribute with confidence: Communities In Schools is cost-effective and produces measurable outcomes across the nation. Communities In Schools has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier nonprofit evaluator. We also earned the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Seal for accountability. Communities In Schools is recognized by Philanthropedia, a nonprofit aimed at helping donors give with a more strategic focus, as one of the top organizations in the country working with at-risk youth.
Locally, CIS operates nine sites inside schools. Our sites are Loganville High School, Monroe Area High School, Walnut Grove High School, Carver Middle School, Loganville Middle School, Youth Middle School, Social Circle Elementary School, Social Circle Middle School and Social Circle High School. A site team including school administrators, counselors, business and community leaders and parents develops an annual site plan to meet the individual needs of each school. A site coordinator inside each school coordinates a range of school-wide services and works one-on-one with selected students to remove non-academic barriers to success.
Our work does not go unnoticed. Two years in a row, the investment magazine Worth named Communities In Schools (CIS) “One of the Top 100 non-profits likely to save the world.”
Why should you help?
Until now, much of our local funding for Communities In Schools has come from government sources and a few select grants. Reliance on this type of funding has limited our ability to consistently work with students who need us most.
Last year, 98 percent of CIS-tracked students in the nation stayed in school at an annual cost of only $167 for each student served. By giving to the Campaign for Communities In Schools of Walton County, you will allow a child in our community currently in academic crisis to receive personal attention and support, mentoring, tutoring, assistance in social development, and leadership skills. Communities in Schools of Walton County must succeed in raising funds from individual donations in order to expand and strengthen our work.
Communities in Schools helps connect students with the community resources they need so they can focus on doing well in school. When students face issues like hunger, inadequate clothing and housing, unsafe environments, lack of motivation, lack of adult support and other personal issues, it is difficult for them to succeed in school. CIS also focuses on preparation for the workforce with job shadowing, internships, career days, school programs, college admissions assistance and more. Community service programs offered through CIS help students see themselves as having something to offer to the world. Here are a few examples:
Backpack Buddies: CIS partners with FISH to implement the Backpack Buddies program in schools who have high levels of poverty. FISH volunteers prepare a packet of food that students who are at risk for hunger crisis can take home for the weekend.
Clothing Assistance: CIS helps connect students with resources for shoes, coats and basic clothing, as well as professional clothing for internships, interviews, and college visits.
A Caring Adult: CIS ensures that every child has access to the CIS Site Coordinator in each school we serve. This person monitors student progress and connects students with resources they need within the school and in the community.
Attendance Interventions: Schools with high truancy face many problems in academic achievement and state and federal standards. CIS supports schools with programs to promote attendance.
Student Motivation: CIS has been very effective in bringing in guest speakers from the community to help motivate students to do their best, both at critical test times and throughout the school year.
Workforce Skills: CIS sponsors life skills and workforce prep programs offering business etiquette and networking training for students who are preparing to graduate and enter the workforce. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for job shadowing and internships with local organizations.
With your support, Communities In Schools of Walton County can surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school in achieve in life! Please donate today!
Communities In Schools of Walton County
Post Office Box 611
Monroe, Georgia 30655
View our current Form 990