Inside every student is a graduate.

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What We Do

Year after year, Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) 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 supports K-12 students in 39 Richmond City and Henrico County high poverty neighborhood schools. Through early interventions and enrichment opportunities, CIS works with the community inside schools to help students succeed.

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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. One-on-one relationship with a caring adult.
  2. Safe place to learn and grow.
  3. Healthy start and a healthy future.
  4. Marketable skill to use upon graduation.
  5. Chance to give back to peers and community.

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Last year  2,500+ volunteers + 350 community partners joined CIS 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.

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