Our work is best shared through the stories and images of our students, and testimonials from others touched by the work we do. We invite you to click on a story below… and be inspired. If you have a story or a comment about how Communities In Schools made a difference in your life, please share it with us.


Success Stories to Read

When Ray first got connected with Communities In Schools, he was struggling to get to where he needed to be academically. He was behind in credits and did not really have the belief that he deserved more. Ray learned about some of the programs and resources available to him through Communities In Schools from one […]

Merci was initially referred to the program in need of help with her math classes, but we quickly discovered that math was only a small fraction of the services that could benefit Merci and her family. Upon connecting with Merci’s mother, we were informed that her family was struggling to find stable housing and our […]

Kailaya was referred to CIS for mentoring and college preparation support. We first learned about Kailaya during her freshman year, and over time she has been involved in several CIS programs at her school ⁠— girls mentor groups, resources, and assistance with planning her post-high school career. With help from the CIS Site Coordinator, Ms. […]

Katrina had a rough start at her high school. She was failing a few classes, struggling to attend class and stay in class each day, and she was caught up in high risk behavior among her group of peers. Going into her junior year, Katrina was worried about how she would make up the credits […]

Antony deserves to be recognized as an outstanding pupil. He is an Independent, resilient young man with much potential. A natural leader, Antony has become a role model to his peers through his involvement with The Healthy Youth program at Oakland High School. He participated in educational demonstrations to his peers which were a huge […]

Jae enrolled in CIS programs at Mt. Tahoma High School during his sophomore year of school. He was faced with many challenges his freshman year and he was hopeful to get support to help him succeed. Jae struggled to balance life, sports and school and was interested in our tutoring and mentoring programs. Although Jae’s […]

Zyonna’s teacher referred her to Mt. Tahoma Site Coordinator Ms. Tracy so that we could get her resources to help her pass her math class. Zyonna had never had an issue with her grades, so it was hard for her to accept help at first, but she was so grateful for her tutor by the […]

Dustin entered our program as a freshmen in need of resources to help his family during a difficult period in their lives. His mom had recently been forced to leave her job to undergo treatment for cancer and they were struggling with the stress and medical expenses that resulted. He got connected with our Mt. […]

When Katrina fist started our program, she was failing most of her classes. She was referred to our Mt. Tahoma Site Coordinator, Ms. Tracy, for help with catching up. After talking with her, Ms. Tracy discovered that Katrina dreams of going to Cornish School of the Arts. We set a goal with Katrina to pass […]

Kenya joined CIS programs at Oakland High School as a Healthy Youth Council member and has emerged as an undisputed leader this year. Coming from a non-traditional family structure she has overcome many obstacles and is making great strides both professionally and personally to excel throughout life. Kenya has an amazing outgoing and infectious personality […]