The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve
What We Do
Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami) works to empower at-risk students in our District's most challenged schools. We accomplish
this by partnering with the schools and bringing in programs and resources that are proven to keep students in school and motivated to graduate.
Examples include mentoring, tutoring, life skills development, case management, counseling, job readiness, and much more. Services are offered at
no charge to students and their families.
Communities in Schools of Miami's programs are powered by many dedicated individuals and groups including volunteers, mentors, tutors, teachers,
AmeriCorps members, partners, donors, staff, the Board of Directors, students and parents.
Communities In Schools of Miami is part of a national network of affiliates in 26 states and the District of Columbia. The network serves nearly 2
million students in more than 3,000 sites, making it the nation's leading community-based organization that helps kids achieve in school and prepare
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"Communities in Schools" in Miami is one of the nation's largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school.
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||Student Mack Godbee and CIS of Miami Site Coordinator Natasha Santana-Viera go over Godbee's report card.
NPR's "All Things Considered" Highlights Diplomas Now At Miami Carol City Senior High
NPR's "All Things Considered" featured Diplomas Now
at Miami Carol City Senior High. The national
news story discusses how the Diplomas Now team and teachers use data on attendance, behavior and course performance to get students back on track to
graduation. One sophomore, Mack Godbee, said he "would have ended up dead" without Diplomas Now. He had been involved in a gang, skipped classes and didn't
study. Instead, thanks to Diplomas Now mentors, his life is very different, and Godbee says: "I want to be a different person. I want to be that kid that
makes straight A's and B's on his report card. Be in school every day on time. Be on that honor roll list. Go on field trips."
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Diplomas Now is a proven approach that helps the toughest middle and high schools in America's largest cities ensure that students graduate ready for
college or career. It is the first fully integrated approach that improves a school's curriculum and instruction while it provides the right students with
the right support at the right time.
Diplomas Now partners with 40 schools in 14 cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. In 2010, Diplomas
Now won a prestigious federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, enabling it to expand and to participate in a rigorous, independent evaluation. Our
founding investor is the PepsiCo Foundation.
First Lady Michelle Obama Visits the NFLYET
First Lady Michelle Obama visits our after school site to continue her fight against childhood obesity by ensuring that children are staying healthy
throughout their day, including after the school bell rings.
At the NFL YET, Communities In Schools of Miami is responsible for all the educational programs, including providing 30-minutes a day of fitness
programs, providing healthy snacks, and deliverying the Family and Youth Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education Program through our partnership
with HOST (Healthy Out-of-School Time).
The NFL YET is managed through a partnership with Miami Dade Parks and Recreation, Gwen Cherry Foundation, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami. It is
sponsored by The Children's Trust, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dade County, Miami Dade Cultural Arts Affairs, Volunteer Florida, Peacock Foundation, and
the Miami Foundation. Read More »
CBS4 Super Kids - Cassandra Gonzalez
CIS of Miami Site Coordinator, Mariafe Rivera from Homestead Senior High, was ecstatic when her nomination of Cassandra Gonzalez was selected for
the CBS4 Super Kids segment. "Cassie is such an inspirational young women who inspires me every day with her positive demeanor," shared Mariafe.
CBS4 launched Super Kids to bring focus to the incredible young people in our community who overcome odds to thrive and succeed. Super Kids is a
campaign that spotlights the uplifting and amazing life stories of Super Kids in South Florida, including our very own Cassie.
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Focus on South Florida: Elizabeth Mejia
The Communities in Schools in Miami program is the nation's number one dropout prevention program. Its executive director is at the forefront of mentoring,
counseling, and overseeing 3,500 at-risk youth. Elizabeth Mejia has been meeting these responsibilities and more, for years. Mejia talks about how she went
from being homeless to helping so many.
Need some suggestions for your summer reading list? Discover two new books that were penned by members of the CIS community.
Elizabeth Mejia, Executive Director of CIS Miami, shares her
personal life journey in her recently released, "Life From The Stoop," a touching memoir about overcoming adversity. Although the journey
is one riddled with chaos, it is also filled with love, determination, and faith.
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In his latest book, "From the Rearview Mirror," Communities In Schools Founder and Vice Chairman Bill Milliken reflects on events that
have helped shape his life, important lessons he has learned and how these experiences contributed to the Communities In Schools movement.
"From the Rearview Mirror" is available on Amazon.com »