Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, Inc.

All In For Kids

aka Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA)   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  https://www.cislosangeles.org

Mission

The mission of Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Since 2007, CISLA has worked to fulfill a vision that students in Los Angeles public schools receive the support they need to develop emotional, social and academic skills required to graduate high school ready for meaningful employment and higher education. CISLA is an independent affiliate of Communities In Schools, the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mr. Elmer G. Roldan

Main address

c/o Creative Artists Agency 2000 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA

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EIN

26-0404220

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

California has the highest child poverty rate in the U.S., today with more than 1 in 5 children who are poor. (Children’s Defense Fund CA, 2021) Conditions of poverty impact children for a lifetime, from their access to education to their likelihood of graduating and their chances of thriving as adults. The pandemic exacerbated these challenges, particularly for children of color. In December 2020, The Annie E. Casey Foundation reported that African American, Latinx and multi-racial households with children were disproportionately impacted by food insecurity, housing insecurity, access to health insurance, and social-emotional distress. In October 2021, The LA Times reported that, since the pandemic started, the gap in grades has increased by as much as 21 percentage points between Black and Latinx students and their peers. Impacts of these trends have been significant in Los Angeles, where 80%+ of students in LAUSD live at or below the poverty line, and 88%+ are students-of-color.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CISLA Integrated Student Supports Program

As an independent affiliate of Communities In Schools (CIS), CISLA’s Integrated Student Supports Program is a nationally proven model that partners locally with schools to provide three tiers of service:

1: School-wide Services
2: Targeted Group Programs
3: Individualized Case Management

In this model, CISLA’s youth development and social work professionals build trusted relationships with students and implement activities that support the Whole Child, such as: academic, career and college support; mentoring and social-emotional, positive behavior and leadership workshops; Restorative Justice practices; and parent engagement.

CISLA works with Title I K-12 schools and students across Los Angeles’ historically underserved neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Pico-Union/Westlake, South LA, Watts, and areas of the Westside.

A 2012 economic modeling study found that every $1 invested in the CIS program in California returned $38.40 in public and private benefits.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Young adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 2007

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of case-managed seniors who graduate on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

CISLA Integrated Student Supports Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA) exists to address access to quality education for low-income students in order to break the cycle of poverty. Our work focuses on increasing graduation rates for the most vulnerable students at our partner schools. We work to meet essential needs so each child can do what many take for granted every day – to come to school feeling safe, supported and ready to learn.

To live our mission, we serve students and their families from Los Angeles’ historically underserved neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Pico-Union/Westlake, South LA, Watts, and areas of the Westside. Our students are among the 80%+ of LAUSD children and youth living in poverty. They are predominately Latinx (72%), African American (22%) and Dual/English language learners (37%).

CISLA recognizes that our students are impacted by the broader context of poverty in which they live and experience school. We work with many partners to serve students, providing diverse supports (academic, socio-emotional, basic necessities, health, etc.) to address the imbalances caused by systemic inequality and to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed. Committed to educating the Whole Child, CISLA has built school partnerships that develop social-emotional wellness, executive function and life skills necessary for learning. CISLA’s core philosophy is echoed in the Harvard Center on the Developing Child's findings on Resilience:

"The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. These relationships…build key capacities—such as the ability to plan, monitor, and regulate behavior—that enable children to respond adaptively to adversity and thrive."

As an independent affiliate of Communities In Schools (CIS), CISLA’s Integrated Student Supports Program is a nationally proven model that aligns with guiding principles of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Standards for School Social Work Services and California’s Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Framework.

Our three tiers of service are:

Tier 1: School-wide Services
We work with school leaders to identify schoolwide critical priorities and formalize interventions in a School Support Plan.

Tier 2: Targeted Group Programs
We lead community-responsive group programs to engage students and parents on issues impacting their education.

Tier 3: Individualized Case Management
We work with educators to identify vulnerable students, create Student Support Plans and serve as case managers for each student.

In this model, our youth development and social work professionals build trusted relationships with students via activities such as: academic, career and college support; mentoring and social-emotional, positive behavior and leadership workshops; Restorative Justice practices; and parent engagement.

A 2012 economic modeling study funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and Capital One found that each $1 invested in the CIS program in California returned $38.40 in public and private benefits.

Moreover, in 2021, the U.S. Dept of Education cited the CIS model as an example of effective supports for low-income students, “students of color, and other underserved students [who] faced non-academic barriers to achieving their full potential in the classroom.” (COVID-19 Handbook, Vol 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs)

CISLA’s capabilities are rooted in our community-based teams and partnerships. CISLA ensures our teams are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of our students and families. CISLA School Site Directors and Coordinators are extensively trained social service professionals, with many holding advanced degrees in key fields such as Social Work, Counseling, Family Therapy, etc. and/or bringing years of experience in the education sector. Moreover, a majority come from the communities we serve or ones with similar demographics, bringing their own lived experiences to serving CISLA students and families (such as being first-generation college students, immigrants, etc.). CISLA provides on-going professional development training throughout the year on critical topics including: Trauma-informed Care; Equity and Inclusion; LGBTQ Community; Student Sub-populations Data Projects; and Self-care Practices. CISLA is a collaborator by design. We accomplish our work via a Master Service Agreement with LAUSD, enabling our teams to provide sustained support to students via long-term school partnerships. We partner with 70+ organizations across Los Angeles to meet the diverse needs of students.

Today, CISLA supports 12,500+ children and youth at 14 schools across Los Angeles, targeting 5-10% (~900) identified as most vulnerable for individual support. In the last four years, our graduation rates for case-managed students are consistently 95%+ (~20 points higher than LAUSD). This is significant, considering that 1) our caseloads target the highest need students in highest need schools and 2) research shows the pandemic more severely impacted high-needs students in the last two years.

In fall 2019, CISLA launched a K-12 feeder in Watts, just as school closures that next spring severely impacted this community. In fall 2020, we launched at two more elementary schools in a 100% remote setting.

When COVID hit, CISLA adapted our full program model to a virtual setting and rapidly expanded emergency relief efforts. Since March 2020, we have distributed ~$500,000 to the highest-need students and their families to stabilize homes.

And, when schools closed, students in the schools we served could not access their education because of historic underinvestment in broadband infrastructure in their neighborhoods. CISLA was one of the first organizations to raise the alarm with our partners. We have been working with nonprofit, district, city, county and state leaders to create new digital policies that work for our most underserved children.

Financials

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Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Damián Mazzotta

The Long Term Partners

Term: 2021 - 2022

Jennifer DiGrazia

Ariel Investments

Thierry Dubois

Exelint International, Co.

Daisy Esqueda

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Inara George

Community Partner​

Ray Jimenez

Zero Gravity Management

Virginia Lee

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Damián Mazzotta

Community Partner

Cynthia Mosqueda

El Camino College

Ama Nyamekye

Good Influence Consulting

Yvener Petit

EY-Parthenon

Jeremy Plager

7 Deuce Entertainment

Philip Sanchez

City National Bank

Gary Schoenfeld

Fashion Nova

Shannon Silber Shapiro

Firework Foundation

Mary-Jane Wagle

Community Partner

Donna Weiss

Community Partner

Lori Werderitch

Greenberg & Glusker

Cole Zucker

Green Creative

Bill Courtney

Director Emeritus, Community Partner

Zac Guevara

Director Emeritus, Community Partner

Michelle Kydd Lee

Director Emeritus, Creative Artists Agency

Brian Loucks

Director Emeritus, Creative Artists Agency

Brian Loucks

Director Emeritus, Creative Artists Agency

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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