ABOUT US

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) overcomes the barriers that derail kids, giving them hope and the belief they can succeed in school, graduate and be prepared for life.

Our mission is simple.

CIS surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.

Communities In Schools, Inc. is the nation’s largest and most effective organization in addressing the dropout crisis. We place CIS Site Coordinators within the school who connect the right services to the right kids at the right time.

Here in Kalamazoo, thanks to anonymous donors, graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools have the gift of up to 100% of their college tuition covered at any of Michigan’s state colleges, universities, or private colleges affiliated with the Michigan Colleges Alliance. Known as The Kalamazoo Promise®, this scholarship has been a catalyst for our community to step up as never before. We meet people every day who, inspired by this awesome gift, are giving back—as volunteers, donors, partners, and staff—to make certain students are able to use the Kalamazoo Promise® to achieve their dreams.

“If you think of education as a pathway, we’re just getting rid of all the bumps in the road that get in the way of using The Kalamazoo Promise®.”

– Pam Kingery, Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo

Thanks to dedicated community support, CIS surrounds kids with whatever it takes so they can start strong and keep moving forward.

The work of Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo is supported by the Kalamazoo Public Schools, the City of Kalamazoo, the Michigan Department of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers), local foundations, and individual donors like you.

Form 990 is available upon request. Please contact Emily Kobza, Senior Director of Development & Business Engagement, by emailing ekobza@ciskalamazoo.org or calling (269) 337-1601.

We’re making an impact locally.

9,310

STUDENTS

Benefited from a service coordinated by CIS

20

KPS SCHOOLS

Served by CIS, at the elementary, middle, and high school level

551

VOLUNTEERS

Changing students’ lives every day

90

PARTNERS

Working with CIS to deliver services and resources to students in schools

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We are passionate about what we do.

We are a diverse, energetic and compassionate team working with you to help students fulfill their potential and pursue their dreams.

We are passionate about what we do.

We are a diverse, energetic and compassionate team working with you to help students fulfill their potential and pursue their dreams.

“Thank you CIS. Without you, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan would not be able to provide Grief and Loss groups to the children at the level and consistency we currently do.”

CATE JARVIS, MA

School Grief Support Counselor

LOOKING FOR A CAREER AT CIS?

LOOKING FOR A CAREER AT CIS?

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