Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization bringing coordinated, integrated student services into public schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.  Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  To help our students achieve their greatest successes, we determine students’ needs and establish relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources.  Community resources provide the substance to our “Five Basics” model that has allowed our students to flourish over the last 35 years.

The 5 Basics:

  • A one-on-one caring relationship with an adult.
  • A safe place to learn and grow.
  • A healthy start and a healthy future.
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation.
  • A chance to give back to peers and the community.

Communities In Schools Pennsylvania (CISPA) is comprised of four affiliates, serving more than 164 schools sites, and a state office in Harrisburg.   In 2014, CISPA served over 40,600 students, and 97% met social & emotional learning goals, 76% met college readiness goals, and 97% stayed in school!

Since 2011,  CISPA has facilitated programs for Pennsylvania Schools and Community Coalitions addressing the need for drug and alcohol prevention throughout our communities through our Collaboration through Positive Messaging campaign known as 2inspire.

Communities In Schools has been recognized for its financial accountability/transparency and sound business practices. Review our most recent 990 (2014)