Our Focus

We believe that relationships, not programs, change the trajectory of at-risk students’ lives.

So, at Communities In Schools of Memphis, we amplify the power of each student’s potential by connecting them to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We’re by their side every day, supporting them in ways that go beyond the classroom. And, across communities, we knit together a powerful network of partners—including businesses, volunteers, social service agencies, healthcare providers, and educators—that help them stay focused today, so they can go further tomorrow.

Whatever it takes. However, they need us. We’re in schools to keep kids in school.

Our Footprint

Across Shelby County, we partner with 16 schools to surround 8,485 students with a community of support.


16 School Partners


28 Trained Staff


8,485 Students Served


Our Approach


We know that at-risk students are not statistics and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges they face. That’s why the Communities In Schools model is designed to be adaptable to their unique needs.

Whether it’s helping them find a safer place to sleep or opportunities that prepare them for the college and careers of their choice, we connect students with the support they need to learn at their best.

Our commitment to the students we serve also keeps us focused on results. In thousands of schools across the country, we know that our approach works because it’s backed by 40 years of experience and rigorous research.

Results show that our case-managed students who receive the most intensive supports are beating the odds.

Impact Reports

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For CIS of Memphis case-managed students in the 2017-2018 school year:


95% of students stayed in school


91% of seniors graduated


79% of students met/made progress towards attendance goals


88% of students met/made progress towards academic gains