Surrounding students with a community
of support, empowering them to stay
in school and achieve in life.
Surrounding students with a community
of support, empowering them to stay
in school and achieve in life.
About Communities In Schools of Miami

About Us

Communities In Schools of Miami does whatever it takes to help at-risk students stay in school and succeed in life. Based directly inside schools throughout Miami-Dade County, Communities In Schools connects children and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student's specific needs. What makes CIS of Miami innovative and effective is our evidence-based Integrated Support Services Model that employs both whole school and targeted strategies to impact school and individual student outcomes. After a rigorous third party research conducted by ICF International, it was determined that the CIS Model is the only nationally proven program to decrease drop-out rates, increase on-time graduation rates, and improve math and reading performance in 4th grade students. The CIS Model places a Site Coordinator to work directly in the school to coordinate and deliver services. Typical services include mentoring, tutoring, counseling, case management, life skills development, job and career readiness, and other needed services provided from partnering social service agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, and CIS of Miami staff. This broad safety net of support forms the basis of our three current programs.

Our Story

For over 25 years Communities In Schools of Miami has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools — where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. "It's relationships, not programs, that change children," Bill once said. "A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community." Understanding the importance of Bill's message, the Communities In Schools model was brought to Miami in 1989.

Today, Communities In Schools is the nation's largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students' needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it's food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.



"A comprehensive study confirms Communities In Schools as one of the most effective dropout prevention organizations in the country."
About Communities In Schools of Miami
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