Educational Institutions

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE COASTAL BEND

aka Communities In Schools   |   Corp Christi, TX   |  www.ciscoastalbend.org

Mission

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Gloria Taylor

Main address

PO Box 331203

Corp Christi, TX 78463 USA

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Formerly known as

Communities In Schools, Corpus Christi Inc.

EIN

74-2429445

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every nine seconds a young person in America drops out of school, losing his or her path to a better future. Because education and prosperity are inextricably linked, this crisis affects all of us. These are all our children. For over 33 years Communities In Schools of the Coastal Bend has been helping students stay in school and achieve in life. We believe that every student can succeed in school if given the opportunity, support and resources. For many children it is the first time in their life where they can learn to trust adults and be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Imagine wanting to go to school, but having no shoes to wear. Wanting to learn, but being too hungry to think. Wanting to graduate, but having to drop out because you need to get a job. This is the harsh reality for millions of kids in Texas.

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?

Drop Out Prevention

Communities In Schools of the Coastal Bend (CISCB) 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 29 years, CIS has been successfully operating in the Coastal Bend community. From a modest beginning of three (3) schools, CIS now provides, leverages, and coordinates the delivery of school-based social services in 34 schools (Pre K to high school) with a large at-risk population (to inner city neighborhoods to rural communities) through partnerships with nine independent school districts and one alternative school within Nueces, San Patricio, Kleberg, Aransas, and Jim Wells counties.

Communities In Schools program strives to enable each child to develop the emotional, behavioral, and academic skills needed in order to live happy, productive and successful lives. We believe that in order for change to be affected, consistent positive reinforcement and daily opportunities for growth and development must be provided.

This opportunity is provided to students, males and females, ages 5 – 18 years old to participate in our program. Students are referred to our program through various sources; parents, administrators, counselors, teachers, students themselves to name a few. Most of the children served by Communities In Schools have had little success in their academic lives due to identified emotional and behavioral problems, and often, family situations.

Communities In Schools mission statement is "The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround the students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

Communities In Schools offers a variety of programs that offer a continuum of care that enable children in at-risk situations to receive the necessary education and support counseling services. The programs offered include: Drop-out Prevention Services and 21st Center for Community Learning through grants from Texas Education Agency; Community Youth Development Initiative, Abstinence Afterschool Education Program, A brief description of the programs is noted below:

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$3

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

It may sound like an overwhelming issue, but the solution is simple. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level. That's exactly what Communities In Schools provides. Communities In Schools of the Coastal Bend is part of Communities In Schools, Inc., which is the nation's largest and most effective<br/>organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Whether a student needs a ride to school, mental health services or a much-needed meal, CIS connects them to the help they need to reach their full potential. By harnessing the available resources in the community, and then matching these services to each student's needs, CIS is breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering students to create better lives, better communities and a better world. In Texas, this research-based model is implemented by support from the Texas<br/>Legislature in partnership with CIS, Inc., the Texas Education Agency, and 28 local affiliates.

For over 33 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students flourish and go on to bright futures. Local CIS affiliates bring the unique model to schools in the local community by positioning site coordinators inside schools and partnering with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers to provide students with exactly what they need. Whether it's food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or simply a positive role model, CIS is there to help. The evidenced based model is successful because of one simple tenet: Communities In Schools works with local communities to support local kids with local solutions.

Communities In Schools serves students and families in 43 schools in 14 school districts within 7 counties. CIS places a professional site coordinator in the school to have direct access to the students needs and ensuring the barriers are being addressed.

CISCB establishes a baseline for each case managed students and monitores the progress every grading period.All case managed students have characteristics that place them at risk of dropping<br/>out. Some students have relatively moderate risk factors and needs, while others have more intense, complex and pervasive risk factors and needs. Site coordinators can best envision students on a continuum, with the students at the more moderate end<br/>needing more moderate levels of support and the students on the more intensive end requiring commensurately more intensive support from Communities In Schools CISCB site coordinators adjusts their services should the student is falling short of the goals that are established. At the end of the school year, the site coordinator documents the progress and reports the findings to the Texas Education Agency for validation.

CISCB has been providing services for over 33 years. From a humble start of working in 3 schools in 1986, CISCB now serves 42 schools in 14 different school districts across the Coastal Bend. In addition, CISCB has been Nationally accredited meeting all business and program standards.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Aransas, Brooks, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, and San Patricio counties.