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Communities In Schools of Philadelphia History

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia was founded in 1986 and has grown to annually serve more than 8,600 public school students attending Philadelphia’s high schools and kindergarten through 8th grade schools. CIS of Philadelphia administers over 15 programmatic initiatives, all in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, agencies of the federal and state governments, and a large number of other non-profit organizations and community-minded businesses. CIS of Philadelphia is growing to include neighboring areas outside of the Philadelphia school system as well.

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania History

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia is is one of six regional affiliates across Pennsylvania. At the state level, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania is one of 27 state affiliates, plus the District of Columbia, that comprise the Communities In Schools national network. Established in 1994, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania currently encompasses all six local Communities In Schools affiliates in 137 program sites, serving over 25,764 students throughout Pennsylvania. In addition to Philadelphia, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania network affiliates are located in the Capital Region, the Lehigh Valley, the Laurel Highlands, Pittsburgh-Allehgeny County and Southwest Pennsylvania.

Communities In Schools National History

Established in 1977, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading community-based organization helping young people stay in school and prepare for life. Communities In Schools spans 27 states and the District of Columbia, and serves over 2 million young people per year.

For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has championed the connection of needed community resources with schools. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, Communities In Schools provides the link between educators and the community. The result: Teachers are free to teach, and students — many in jeopardy of dropping out — have the opportunity to focus on learning.