Communities In Schools of Seattle wins a $1.2 million federal award from the Full Service Community Schools Program, an initiative by the US Department of Education meant to encourage public schools to partner with community-based organizations who can provide a deeper level of support for students in need and at risk. Seattle won the highly competitive award, which funds only ten awards per year out of hundreds of applicants, with the help of the newly released results from a study evaluating the effectiveness of the Communities In Schools model.

Three years into the five-year study, ICF International, an independent research firm conducting the study, has reported several key outcomes that demonstrate the strength and success of our work, particularly as a result of our coordinated-service approach. Two key conclusions found were:

  • Communities In Schools has a greater effect on student attendance and graduation rates as compared to other youth-serving organizations.
  • By matching local need with local innovation, the Communities In Schools model results in higher graduation rates, attendance rates, and academic achievement.

The results of the national study confirm what Communities In Schools has always believed – Schools can’t do it alone. “To succeed in school, kids need support – help with homework, positive role models, and the expectation for success. If they’re not getting this at home then it’s up to the larger community to step up to make sure that child succeeds and that’s what Communities In Schools does” says Petrina Fisher, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Seattle. Winning the federal award reinforces what we already knew – that the power of individual community members, like you, makes a difference and helps kids succeed in school and in life.

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