Circumstances and barriers for students vary widely across communities. Our local approach allows us to identify the unique needs in our community and leverage resources to make a difference in the lives of our young people.

Across our community, the identified priority local needs and risk factors vary for each school, family, and individual student. The CISP site coordinator is responsible for executing the CIS School support Plan and meeting the needs of the student population, aligning with the priorities of school leadership.  Each site coordinator works inside the school with principals, teachers and other student support personnel to forge community partnerships that bring resources into the school to help remove barriers to learning.To address these needs, our school-based site coordinators have implemented the following supports:

  • Work closely with the school support teams and school ledership to identify challenged students in needs of support;
  • Coordinate partners and service providers to address the potential sources of drop-out;
  • Coordinate supports to impact school-wide climate and culture
  • Case manage 5-10% of the student population depending on the number of students at the school

Our Services in Schools

School-based site coordinators empower students to stay in school through individualized access to needed resources, and ongoing encouragement and guidance to build confidence to reach their potential and achieve their dreams.

People always ask, "What does a Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) Site Coordinator do?" The day in the life of a Site Coordinator is never the same. One minute they are planning a parent information night right after getting off the phone with a potential volunteer to help kids with reading, then heading to a weekly meeting with the counseling staff, but on the way they are stopped by a teacher who needs a binder for the new student who arrived that morning. Each day is different, rarely predictable, but it is rewarding to know that community resources are being tapped into and utilized by the students and families who need them.
Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) Site Coordinators teach critical social competencies necessary for academic and life success such as: resiliency, self-management, and responsible decision-making skills. Recess groups, mindfulness activities, ‘Girls on the Run,’ calm rooms, and mentoring are a few strategies that they use with the students that they serve to help them gain skills. Through these experiences, the young people learn to manage emotions, control impulses, and set goals.
In-school and after-school academic mentoring is offered at nine schools in Peninsula School District. CISP Program and/or Site Coordinators run the program for kids who need a little extra help with reading and/or math at the primary level, and multiple subjects at the secondary level. CISP volunteer mentors are trained and paired with students, and the one-on-one attention helps students make dramatic academic gains!
As a drop-out prevention organization, Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) is uniquely committed to education and preparedness. Our therapy animal teams are passionate about supporting literacy, and a therapy animal team provides an engaging, non-judgmental, creative opportunity for all students to get excited about building their skills.
During CISP's Annual School Supply Drive every Fall, we gather new donated and purchased school supplies for students. CISP knows how school supply costs add up, so we make sure we always have a store room full for students that need a few more things to meet personal and classroom requirements. We are also equipped to give out hygiene products and healthy snacks to help kids get through the day.
Research shows that if kids receive three weeks of ongoing reading assistance during the summer months, they will be less likely to lose the momentum they gained during the school year. Last summer, CISP hosted four summer school programs, and each child received books at the end of the series to keep for their own! Thanks to partnerships with Children’s Home Society and FoodBackpacks4Kids, enrichment activities and nutritious lunches made the reading programs extra special!