• Argelia Morales and Loretta Ortiz
    Communities In Schools Coordinators
    amoral12@sisd.net | lortiz07@sisd.net
    (915) 937-2831 | (915) 937-2832
     Office Hours: 7:45am-4:00pm

     

     

    Communities in Schools

    HELPING KIDS STAY IN SCHOOL AND PREPARE FOR LIFE

    The mission of Communities in Schools (CIS) is to help young people stay in school, successfully learn, and prepare for life. CIS helps at-risk students improve in academics, attendance and/or behavior, encouraging more students to stay in school, graduate and prepare for post-secondary life. CIS helps students address many issues or challenges that can prevent them from graduating and pursuing post-secondary goals. CIS takes a holistic (which means all-around) approach to help students by addressing their physical, emotional, and academic needs through a wide range of services. CIS gives students the opportunity for success by providing the following services:

    • Academic Support: Long and short-term tutoring in collaboration with the Americas High School's tutoring center The Blazer Center.
    • Crisis Counseling and Intervention
    • Mentoring
    • Supportive Guidance: Professional individual and group counseling services; other referrals to agencies made according to need.
    • College & Career Readiness: Provide information/resources on higher education and career opportunities that are available. 
    • Enrichment: Group and cultural activities promoting self-awareness, self-esteem, family bonding, community awareness, and developmental issues. Personal and interpersonal skills training.
    • Health: Presentations on HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, drug/alcohol abuse, and related topics.
    • Teen Parent Program: provide presentations to all teen parents on topics such as prenatal care information, nutrition, community services and resources, daycare assistance, and parenting classes. Monitor academic achievement and attendance.
    • Parental Involvement: Aimed at increasing the level of parental support in the education and well-being of their at-risk sons and daughters.
    • Employment/Pre-Employment: Addresses economic pressures on the student's household, or on the student, through counseling and referrals. Job seeking assistance provided as needed.
    • Emergency Resources: food pantry and clothes closet for students and their families.