Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads


The maze of public and private services can be overwhelming to struggling students and their families. A community may have an abundance of resources, but people rarely connect these resources to the schools and students that need them. Using proven strategies we connect local resources to schools and students. We connect schools with community resources through our school-based site coordinators. As part of our efforts to ensure that vulnerable students who are at-risk of dropping out remain in school, we remove barriers to success.

The Issues
  • 14.5 million kids under 18 live in poverty.
  • Without community support, these kids are more at risk for missing school, dropping out and failing to earn a high school diploma.
  • By helping these students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building stronger, healthier and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.
The Solutions
  • Working directly in 21 schools in 6 cities, CISofHR builds relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life.
  • Our school-based staff partner with teachers to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools.
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  • Counseling

At Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads, we work in schools full time to remove barriers by building one-on-one relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life. This allows us to see the unique needs of each student and collaborate with teachers and community partners.

Whether it’s clean clothes, help with school work or emotional support to help a child cope with and recover from a traumatic event, we connect students with the relationships and resources they need to succeed.

Tier 1: School-Wide Services

Our school-wide services and resources are designed to foster a positive school climate and address school-level risk factors. They are short-term interventions that are provided on an as-needed basis. These services or resources are open to all students. Examples of Tier 1 resources or services include motivational speakers for school-wide assemblies, career or college fairs, and school-wide anti-bullying programs. In a third party study of our case management process by MDRC, , we confirmed that our program works. Leading indicators include improved attendance and an increase in graduation rates. It also includes and increase in students having more involvement in supportive activities as well as improvement in nonacademic outcomes – compared to schools without Communities In Schools.

Tier 2: Targeted Group Support

Our targeted group support activities are designed to help groups of students who are dealing with similar barriers. We implement programs and rely on our expert partners to provide support in areas where we don’t have specific expertise. Those areas include: math and reading tutoring, anti-bullying programing, mentoring groups, backpack meals, risky behavior initiatives and smoking cessation.

Tier 3: Individual Case Management

Our case management service is our most intense level of service and where we spend the majority of our time working with students. In conjunction with school staff, our interventions are guided by an integrated process of developing individualized support plans with each student and family and using that to guide, track, evaluate and adjust to fit the needs of each student we serve. Regular check-ins during school, supportive one-on-one sessions, home visits and referrals to outside support is crucial to ensure our students succeed.