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Communities In Schools of Philadelphia History

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. (CIS of Philadelphia), a charitable 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of the largest of over 200 local affiliates of Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS), the nation’s largest stay-in-school network in the country. Since its inception in 1986, CIS of Philadelphia has grown to annually serve over 14,600 students attending kindergarten through 12th grade, and post-secondary schools. CIS of Philadelphia administers afterschool, alternative education, service learning, social services, technology, workforce development, and early warning dropout prevention programs, all in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, agencies of the local, state and federal governments, and a large number of other non-profit organizations and community-minded businesses. Our staff and partners strive to connect youth and their families with critical community resources, tailored specifically to meet their needs. Our business model is one that has proven to decrease dropout rates and increase on-time graduation rates, while producing lifetime benefits for students who will earn more, develop skills to enter the workforce, and will become productive citizens in the community. Please click here to review our most current IRS 990 Form. For past forms please click here

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania History

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia 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 four 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, and Pittsburgh-Allehgeny County.

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 35 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.