Inside every student is a graduate.

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What We Do

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.

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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. 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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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.

Success Stories

Raquan Ballou

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.
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