Who makes CIS work?
The students themselves guarantee CIS success. This
program helps kids help themselves.
Parents give their approval and support to each child's
participation in CIS. They become involved, volunteer their time and often
benefit themselves from parenting classes and other family-skills
The superintendent is the crucial player who approves
CIS' presence in each community. He or she invites CIS to explore the
feasibility of establishing a program in the public schools.
The principal leads the school's partnership with the
CIS team, chairing meetings to introduce CIS to teachers and
administrators and making CIS an integral part of the life of the school.
Teachers know their students better than anyone else at
the school. The refer young people for needed services and create lesson
plans with other members of the CIS team.
Social Service Providers
Career and college counselors, health
professionals, drug-education specialists and many others all work
together to treat each student's needs holistically.
These people provide invaluable resources to the CIS
program: employee mentors, job-shadowing opportunities, part-time and
summer jobs for students and in-kind donations of supplies and equipment.
Local Government Leaders
These leaders help create access to public agency
services. A mayor, county council chair or school board representative can
be a powerful advocate for this process.
Volunteers from religious congregations play an
important role in CIS. Often many churches, synagogues and mosques open
their doors for after-school activities.
These volunteers serve as tutors, mentors and role
models for young people. The spirit of volunteerism is essential for any
community-based program. This helps to forge the vital one-on-one
relationship that will connect with children.
For more information on how you can participate in CIS,
334-7134 or 334-7143.