Helping kids build better lives

Mentoring/tutoring, after-school programming, individualized intervention, family assistance with examples of the programs which meet the needs.

Communities In Schools offers an individualized approach to help children overcome roadblocks – opening doors that would otherwise be unachievable or unimaginable.
~Phyllis Campbell, CEO (former) Seattle Foundation

Different kids have different needs. Some need academic help; some need a stable home and food on the table, or someone who will listen and help guide the way. Others just need a pair of eyeglasses.

Helping kids move beyond their circumstances requires an individualized approach, not one-size-fits-all. We treat young people as individuals and coordinate support around their specific needs.

Coordinated, individualized approach; it’s what makes us effective.

Our approach to communities is the same – different communities have different needs and priorities. That’s why our services vary. Throughout Washington our services are a mix of the following:

  • Non-academic assistance: Connecting young people with a host of services — healthcare, housing, nutrition — resulting in students more prepared to learn.
  • One-to-one mentoring: Instilling the confidence to succeed, the belief that education creates opportunity, and setting the expectation for success.
  • Tutoring and academic support: Increasing academic performance and building confidence.
  • Family assistance & parent engagement: Ensuring children have a supportive home life, and that parents have access to the services they need.
  • Out-of-school enrichment & service learning: Strengthening the resiliency of children to succeed by expanding their understanding of what the world has to offer.

Demonstration of Need

Jurisdiction % of Population Under
Age 18 in Poverty
in 2015
2016 Membership
Grades k-12
2015
Graduation Rate*
2015 
On-Time
Graduation Rate *
2015-16
Free/Reduced
Lunch %
Bristol 35.2% 2,289 89.8% 88.6% 74%
Buchanan 33.6% 3,004 95.1% 92.9% 69%
Dickenson 33.0% 2,333 87.3% 83.6% 56%
Lee 36.0% 3,297 90.6% 83.0% 71%
Norton 37.5% 835 98.3% 96.6% 67%
Russell 28.2% 4,062 94.1% 95.0% 56%
Scott 24.5% 3,817 96.7% 94.8% 60%
Smyth 27.6% 4,595 94.5% 93.9% 57%
Tazewell 24.1% 6,113 92.4% 86.2% 53%
Washington 22.7% 7,355 97.1% 95.6% 48%
Wise 30.9% 6,024 94.3% 93.4% 57%
Virginia 15.0% 1,284,680 93.4% 91.7% 42%