Our Mission

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

A Statement from CIS National President and CEO Rey Saldaña

“For far too long, our communities of color have experienced racism, economic inequality, and discrimination. Unfortunately, those forces remain today and can show up in violent ways that result in the deaths of innocent people. Other times, they become embedded into the institutions our students rely on — law enforcement, justice system, education, housing, health care, employment practices — and cause generational harm.”

COVID-19 Update

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) will be adapting its services to (1) prioritize the safety of its staff and (2) to assist students and families safely through this difficult time.

CISP staff are working diligently to provide immediate support to children and families with increased vulnerability in our community including: identifying and referring basic needs resources, coordinating financial support, providing virtual check-in’s for students, and assisting the Peninsula School District with plans to align all integrated academic and social-emotional student supports.

In addition, we are partnering with and promoting the work of other local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and business leaders to prevent the further disruption of essential supports and services for students. Our goal is to provide multiple avenues where our community can help ensure that our most vulnerable citizens continue to be well-served during this difficult time.

Lastly, administrative office hours may fluctuate in coming weeks. To request assistance, please email:

laurel@cisofpeninsula.org or cathy@cisofpeninsula.org detailing your needs. We cannot guarantee provision for every instance, as the situation is rapidly evolving, but will be happy to coordinate resources and partners in the safest, most helpful way for the community during this time.

Ways You Can Help


With the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, many in our community are facing economic impacts due to closures and restrictions. 

If you are looking at the current state of our community and wondering what you can do to help, here is a way to support. If you would like to support students and families during school closures with access to basic needs, you can donate, and we will get supplies to our families in need.


Register on the Community Care Volunteer HUB website, designed to coordinate volunteers across the peninsulas.


The Problem

It is well-known that a large percentage of teachers in the U.S. believe student poverty is the #1 barrier to effective learning in the classroom. Just imagine wanting to go to school, but not having shoes to wear or just having spent the night in a trailer without heat. Imagine wanting to learn but being too hungry, sick, or tired to focus. This is the reality for so many of the students that we work with whose basic needs are not being met, which affects their health, well-being, and academic performance.

CISP works with students to help them get past their crisis and address their barriers to learning by making a front-end investment harnessing the available resources in our community, and matching targeted services to each student’s individual needs.

Mentor Picture

How We Help Students

Communities In Schools of Peninsula is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside 9 schools in the Peninsula School District, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed.

In partnership with local communities, we do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.

Making a Difference

At Communities In Schools of Peninsula, our 424 case-managed students show outstanding progress towards their personal goals.

  • 92%
    Improved Attendance
  • 75%
    Improved Behavior
  • 88%
    Improved Coursework

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