Communities in Schools of Miami is an affiliate of the nation's largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, surrounding students with a community of support to empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. We mobilize communities to address both academic and non-academic barriers to learning to help our students. Our unique, proven model positions site coordinators inside schools to mobilize community resources and deliver them directly to kids inside their schools.
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In the U.S.,1 in 5 children under the age of 18 live in poverty, shouldering more than they should have to. Communities In Schools of Miami works directly inside schools, building relationships that empower students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.
We believe greatness exists in every child. We see potential coursing through them, a promise waiting to be realized.
At Communities In Schools, we help students see their potential so they can start to realize it in ways big and small. Always at their side to understand the problems they face, we work hand-in-hand with their schools, communities, and families to create access to the resources and opportunities that help them overcome life’s current and future barriers. Together, we clear the way for their success, so they can lead the way to a brighter future.
There is a vital need for students to successfully read and comprehend at an early age. Our literacy program, Miami Reads, provides intensive one-on-one and small group reading tutoring to students in elementary school.
Integrated Support Services
Our Integrated Support Services program, Bridges to Graduation and Beyond, embeds site coordinators directly in the schools, working with students who are at-risk of falling behind or dropping out of school.
With activities that lie at the heart of the Communities In Schools philosophy, the Bridges to Graduation and Beyond program places full-time site coordinators on school campuses throughout Miami-Dade County. Site coordinators are embedded in public schools. A site coordinator works individually with 90 to 100 students. These students are counseled individually and in group sessions throughout the year enabling them to realize their goals and providing them with the life skills they need to succeed. Home visits and parental involvement are essential parts of the program, and site coordinators connect students to needed community resources.
While site coordinators work individually with select students from the school's student body, hundreds of others are reached through school-wide services such as career fairs, men's and ladies' seminars and literacy programs.
There is a vital need for students to successfully read and comprehend at an early age. Our literacy program, Miami Reads, provides intensive one-on-one and small group reading tutoring to students in elementary school. The program's goal is to increase students' reading comprehension by at least one letter grade. Our tutors work in the schools on a full-time and part-time basis with their assigned students.
Major funding for Miami Reads is provided through Volunteer Florida from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Significant matching funds are provided locally by The Children's Trust, Peacock Foundation, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
After School Programs
The After-School Division is two school-based sites. Each quality, free after-school program site provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities. The program takes place Monday through Friday for four hours each day. The program focuses on six core areas – academic enrichment, sports and recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, parental involvement and community service.
Each afternoon, students are welcomed into a general meeting place, checked in by quality after-school staff and enjoy a nutritious snack. Students then spend up to 75 minutes each day working on academics under the supervision of a certified teacher and after-school staff members.
Primary funding of the after-school programs is provided through The Children's Trust.
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This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.