Educational Institutions

Communities In Schools of the Big Country

  • Abilene, TX
  • www.cisbigcountry.org

Mission Statement

Communities In Schools of the Big Country (CIS) is a student services organization that empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life. We do this by providing services that empower at-risk students to improve their school performance while developing into NEXT generation career leaders.

We deliver our services through Campus Coordinators who are assigned to school campuses and tasked with three objectives: (1) build relationships with at-risk students, (2) partner with teachers to coach these students toward improving their school performance in the areas of ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR, and CORE PERFORMANCE and (3) develop these students into NEXT generation career leaders.

We measure our success by our ability to coach students from being AT-RISK of dropping out of school to IMPROVED SCHOOL PERFORMANCE to preparation for CAREER LEADERSHIP in the real marketplace. Each year, we coach approximately 1,000 students toward school performance improvement and college and career empowerment. During the 2014-2015 School Year:

• 75% of our students (696) improved their ATTENDANCE
• 88% of our students (816) improved their BEHAVIOR
• 83% of our students (780) improved their CORE PERFORMANCE
• 96% of our high school seniors (99) successfully graduated from high school
• 5 of our high school students earned a collective total of $7,500 for college through NEXT University, our College & Career Empowerment Program, to prepare for future CAREER LEADERSHIP

CIS Big Country was established in 2001 and currently serves 10 campuses in Abilene and Wylie Independent School Districts: Ortiz Elementary, Clack Middle School, Craig Middle School, Madison Middle School, Mann Middle School, Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Wylie Middle School, Wylie Junior High School, and Wylie High School.

Main Programs

  1. Integrated Student Supports
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Abilene, TX and surrounding area

ruling year

2001

Executive Director

Self-reported

Terry E. Johnson

Keywords

Self-reported

school,drop out,prevention,volunteers,community, at risk, graduation, case management

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Also Known As

Communities In Schools of the Big Country

EIN

75-2945230

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We measure our success by our ability to coach students from being AT-RISK of dropping out of school to IMPROVED SCHOOL PERFORMANCE to preparation for CAREER LEADERSHIP in the real marketplace. Each year, we coach approximately 1,000 students toward school performance improvement and college and career empowerment. During the 2014-2015 School Year:

• 75% of our students (696) improved their ATTENDANCE
• 88% of our students (816) improved their BEHAVIOR
• 83% of our students (780) improved their CORE PERFORMANCE
• 96% of our high school seniors (99) successfully graduated from high school
• 5 of our high school students earned a collective total of $7,500 for college through NEXT University, our College & Career Empowerment Program, to prepare for future CAREER LEADERSHIP

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Integrated Student Supports

Coaching students to improve school performance in the areas of Attendance, Behavior, & Core Performance.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Maintain a standard of helping 75% of our students improve school attendance performance, 85% improve in-school behavior, and 83% improve core performance.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Remove barriers in student's lives that are distracting them from learning in school (i.e. food, clothing, transportation, and school supplies). Provide core services that empower students to improve their school performance (i.e. success coaching and tutoring). Connect students to career empowerment internships to help them earn money for college while learning career leadership skills.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We place full-time Campus Coordinators on school campuses who are given the task of establishing relationships with at-risk students, removing their barriers to success, and coaching them toward improved school performance in the areas of Attendance, Behavior, and Core Performance. Our Campus Coordinators are part of a national network of trained Communities In Schools professionals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our Campus Coordinators assess each student's performance in the areas of Attendance, Behavior, and Core Performance when they begin working with them during the beginning of the school year. They are required to secure supportive documentation from teachers or school administrators to determine whether the student improved or not at the end of the school year.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are nationally accredited in the Communities In Schools network and have worked with over 10,000 students since 2001. Since our founding year we have only served students in Abilene Independent School District, but we are now working to expand our service area to include other districts in Region 14 and 15 (Texas).
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Abilene, TX and surrounding area

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Financials

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Communities in Schools of the Big Country
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Communities In Schools of the Big Country

Leadership

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Executive Director

Terry E. Johnson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Claire Mehaffey

Mehaffey & Watson

Term: June 2015 - May 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity