Our Mission

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities In Schools of Spokane County: Serving Students and Schools

In Spokane County, 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 live in poverty. Communities in Schools works directly inside schools, building relationships that empower disadvantaged students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

We believe every child deserves these five critical basics:

  1. A personal relationship with a caring adult
  2. A safe place to learn and grow
  3. A healthy start and a healthy future
  4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  5. A chance to give back to their community

With your help, CIS has resources and the potential to help every at risk child in our community.

Bank of America Neighborhood Champion

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We’re thrilled to share that we are one of Bank of America’s 2020 Neighborhood Champions here in Spokane. Many of the young people we serve were already facing challenges which have only grown in light of the coronavirus and the need to quarantine. This grant will help us continue to serve youth in Spokane and ensure they have the tools they need to overcome this difficult time. This is such a unique opportunity for funding and leadership training and we can’t wait to build on our work to continue supporting local youth in our community! 

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The Problem

Thousands of kids across the state carry adult-sized burdens to school every day: unmet basic needs, homelessness, bullying, systemic racism, the emotional effects of trauma, untreated medical conditions, language barriers, learning disabilities.

Local communities may have ample resources to address these challenges, but students and families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services.

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How We Help Students

Communities In Schools of Spokane County is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside 50 schools in Spokane County, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed.

In partnership with local communities, we do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.

Making a Difference

At Communities In Schools of Spokane County, our 667 case-managed students show outstanding progress towards their personal goals.

  • 87%
    Improved Attendance
  • 94%
    Improved Behavior
  • 84%
    Improved Coursework

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