Year after year, Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS-R) keeps students in school and on track for graduation.
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 to stay on track at school.
CIS-R supports K-12 students in 40 Richmond City and Henrico County high poverty neighborhood schools. Through early interventions and enrichment opportunities, CIS-R works with the community inside schools to help students succeed.
Over 20,500 students are connected to CIS-R services each year.
How We Do It
From kindergarten through high school graduation, we are guided by a set of 5 Basics—essentials that result in healthy development. When these basics are present, kids find success. Working alongside school staff, parents, volunteers, and business partners, Communities In Schools of Richmond extends the 5 Basics to as many students as possible.
1,300 volunteers and 219 community partners joined CIS-R to deliver the 5 Basics.
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
When her youngest son Raquan started struggling with school, Mrs. Ballou knocked on the CIS-R office door. Site Coordinator Shawn Peebles worked with her oldest son, helping him move toward graduation at Armstrong High School. Raquan’s teachers reported that he was a likable student, but that he was struggling to stay focused and maintain passing grades.