Communities In Schools of Renton Programs
Since 1995 Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR) Mentor Program has matched community volunteers with Renton students in grades 3-12 who may be at risk of school failure. The program focuses on helping kids further improve their self-esteem, identity, and vision for their future as they journey through their academic career.
The CISR Mentor Program serves students who may be failing classes, have high absenteeism, feel disengaged from school, have difficulty relating to peers positively, lack positive role models, and/or may be dealing with severe cultural difficulties typical of newly arrived immigrants and at risk academically. Students served by CISR most often are low income, ethnic minority students, and living in single parent households.
Family Liaison Program
The Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR) Family Liaison Program connects disadvantaged Renton students and their families with the appropriate community resources to meet their basic needs and address issues which impact school performance. Each CISR Family Liaison works within the school to address the non-academic needs of students who are at-risk of school failure.
Academic Liaison Program
The Academic Liaison Program is based on the CISR Model, providing evidence-based integrated student services. An Academic Liaison/site coordinator is placed in the school to assess needs, build partnerships, broker services and provide direct support to students exhibiting one or more Early Warning Indicators. The Academic Liaison Program provides whole student support, increases the student’s ability to succeed in school, improves transition to high school and keeps them on track to graduation.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
A teacher referred a family to the CISR family liaison after Parent/Teacher Conferences. This single mom had just lost her job. The family liaison was able to gather gifts for her two children and give her a donated Fred Meyer gift card. The mom explained she needed help paying her utility bill in order to keep the power on. Through the new emergency fund set up by two local churches, the CISR family liaison was also able to pay a portion of her utility bill so the lights stayed on. When she came to pick up the gifts and check, she started crying. She didn’t know what she would have done without the help. She shed tears of appreciation and relief.