Communities in Schools

  • Education


Primary Contact
Vivian Ashmawi
Executive Director
Contact via email

Mission statement

For more than 30 years, Communities in Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Affiliate Projects

Affiliate projects are independent projects that are significantly aligned with the strategies of The Bicentennial Plan, and while not derived directly from the Plan 2020 planning process, have been accepted as mutually reinforcing activities.

Communities in Schools is working on the following projects:

Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping students in school. CIS brings community resources inside public schools. Site coordinators located inside the school assess students’ needs and provides resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. CIS partners with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Be it food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, CIS is there to help.

In 2013-2014, CIS reached 1.5 million K-12th grade students nationally and 18,000 students in Clark, Lake and Wayne Counties in Indiana. Over the course of the next few years, CIS of Indiana is focused on responding to central Indiana schools interested in seeing our proven model expanded into their classrooms. In the fall of 2016, we will begin our partnership with MSD of Decatur Township working with nearly 1,100 students within two elementary schools. Additionally, we have begun discussions with other Indianapolis school districts to look at further expansion. Our goal is to add at least one additional school district annually.