Communities In Schools

 

 

In Caddo Parish, approximately 70 percent of students live in poverty. That is around 26,000 children who struggle to have food, clothes and many other things most take for granted. A licensed partnership between Volunteers of America North Louisiana and Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, works to surround students with community support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

The CIS Model

For the 2018-19 school year, seven Communities In Schools site coordinators worked directly inside six Caddo Parish Schools:

Booker T. Washington High School Oak Park Elementary School
Fair Park Middle School Creswell Elementary School
Broadmoor Middle School J.S. Clark Elementary School

More than 90 percent of the students in each of these schools lives in poverty.

 

Outcomes

 

For the 2018-19 school year, Communities In Schools operated in six Caddo Parish schools.

 

  • more than 3,400 were served with school-wide services, such as a clothing closet, tutoring or food back packs thanks to our partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.
  • 330 children received intensive case management services. Of those:
    • 69% met their attendance goal.
    • 66% met their behavior goal.
    • 72% met their academic goal.
    • 99% stayed in school.

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about our Communities In Schools program, please contact Carolyn Hammond, Children and Families Division Director. If you would like to volunteer, please CLICK HERE to complete our online volunteer application.

2018-19 CIS Advisory Council 

John Dean

Bonnie Moore

Dr. Lamar Goree 

Shannon Smith

Kristin Gustavson

Judge Carl Stewart

Dr. Bernard Kimble

Keith Burton

 

Funding Partners

The Communities In Schools program is funded in part by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, The Grayson Foundation and First Presbyterian Church Shreveport.