Communities in Schools of Washington State Programs
Communities In Schools uses a school-based site coordinator model to partner with existing community service providers, businesses, volunteers, and other organizations to address the unique needs of each school and student. This ensures support is leveraged efficiently and targeted where it is needed most, resulting in strong outcomes. Last year, of the children served throughout the Washington network, 79% improved academic performance, and 73% improved attendance – key indicators that kids are on track to stay in school and graduate with their class. Of the youth served in middle and high schools, 98% stayed in schools, and 92% of high school seniors graduated.
The Communities In Schools of Washington state office strengthens services to children by providing local affiliate executive directors, staff, and boards with the knowledge, tools, and resources across four functions to build strong organizations providing effective site coordination to keep students in schools. These four functions are organizational capacity building, program delivery, partnership and resource development, and public relations and marketing.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Corporation for National & Community Service recently awarded Communities In Schools of Washington a grant for 20 AmeriCorps positions to perform site coordination services across the state. In addition, the Communities In Schools of Washington state office recently received accreditation from the national office. Seven affiliate offices have been accredited as well, and the remaining are in progress. Accreditation involves a rigorous evaluation process to ensure compliance with national quality standards proven to have the greatest impact on students at risk of dropping out.
Communities In Schools of Washington served nearly 46,000 kids last year, but for every student we kept in school, many more still needed help in districts without adequate support. Communities In Schools of Washington needs additional resources from private and public sources to allow for expansion of site coordinator services throughout Washington state.