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More than 20,000 Denton and Wise County public school students are in at-risk situations for failure and of dropping out of school. With the help of Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT), part of the nation's largest dropout prevention network, many will beat the odds this year and stay in school. CISNT, a non-profit administered through guidelines by the Texas Education Agency(TEA), is part of an innovative national approach established to combat the dropout problem.More
We deeply believe that programs don't change lives, relationships do. In fact, that statement was originally made by Communities In Schools founder, Bill Milliken.
In the book, The Last Dropout, written by Communities In Schools founder Bill Milliken,our dropout prevention model of placing one CIS professional in a school with a high population of at-risk students is explained in easy to understand detail. The resources that the community pours into the lives of at-risk students through our CIS staff member and hundreds of volunteers is the key that makes the difference. So while it is important to understand the programs we operate to help an at-risk student succeed, we can never forget that the relationships make the long-term difference.
The mission of CISNT is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. In an effort to help at-risk students overcome barriers and achieve their goals, CISNT believes that every child deserves five basics:
A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
A safe place to learn and grow
A healthy start and a healthy future
A marketable skill to use upon graduation
A chance to give back to peers and community
These five basics are the foundation of all CISNT programs and services.We provide four basic program models to achieve our mission:
All CISNT program models utilize the Communities In Schools Six Component Service model to address barriers to success:
- Supportive Guidance and Counseling
- Health and Human Services
- Parental and Family Involvement
- Career Awareness/ Employment
- Enrichment Activities
- Educational Enhancement
**Programs are made possible by generous contributions by City of Denton, City of Lewisville, Office of Juvenile Justice Division, Town of Flower Mound, United Way Denton County, United Way Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Wise County and many, many other sponsors.