The mission of Communities In Schools Memphis (CISM) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISM is part of the national Communities In Schools network, known as the leading and most effective dropout prevention organization in America; the only one that is proven to decrease dropout rates and increase on-time graduation rates. CISM works to remove the non-academic barriers that prevent student success in the classroom. In partnership with local school districts, CISM provides daily school-based interventions to students in grades K–12 to address academic failure, truancy, behavioral issues, social service needs, and more.
“In order for us to be successful in our efforts, we must align our work with key community wide initiatives designed to help change the trajectory for students in our schools. Through their intentional focus on data-driven outcomes, Slingshot has helped to increase awareness of our local efforts and the need to strengthen community level engagement in school turnaround efforts.”
Sonji Branch, Executive Director