Our Mission

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

What We Do
Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami) works to empower at-risk students in our District's most challenged schools. We accomplish this by partnering with the schools and bringing in programs and resources that are proven to keep students in school and motivated to graduate. Examples include mentoring, tutoring, life skills development, case management, counseling, job readiness, and much more. Services are offered at no charge to students and their families.

Communities in Schools of Miami's programs are powered by many dedicated individuals and groups including volunteers, mentors, tutors, teachers, AmeriCorps members, partners, donors, staff, the Board of Directors, students and parents.

Communities In Schools of Miami is part of a national network of affiliates in 26 states and the District of Columbia. The network serves nearly 2 million students in more than 3,000 sites, making it the nation's leading community-based organization that helps kids achieve in school and prepare for life.

25th Anniversary Gala
Join us Saturday, April 26th for our annual fundraiser featuring a Reception, Dinner and Entertainment in support of the children of Communities In Schools Miami.

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CIS Miami Gala

Bowling with Al Golden, UM Football Coach

Bid on a rare opportunity to have two families (5 people per family) bowl with Al Golden and his family at Splitsville at Sunset Place. Lunch will be provided. Families with children in grades 9-12 are not eligible to bid due to NCAA restrictions. A date in May or June will be mutually determined. Email your bid to info@cismiami.org, and you will be promptly contacted. Starting Bid: $800.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits the NFLYET

First Lady Michelle Obama visits our after school site to continue her fight against childhood obesity by ensuring that children are staying healthy throughout their day, including after the school bell rings.

At the NFL YET, Communities In Schools of Miami is responsible for all the educational programs, including providing 30-minutes a day of fitness programs, providing healthy snacks, and deliverying the Family and Youth Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education Program through our partnership with HOST (Healthy Out-of-School Time).

The NFL YET is managed through a partnership with Miami Dade Parks and Recreation, Gwen Cherry Foundation, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami. It is sponsored by The Children's Trust, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dade County, Miami Dade Cultural Arts Affairs, Volunteer Florida, Peacock Foundation, and the Miami Foundation. Read More »

CBS4 Super Kids - Cassandra Gonzalez

CIS of Miami Site Coordinator, Mariafe Rivera from Homestead Senior High, was ecstatic when her nomination of Cassandra Gonzalez was selected for the CBS4 Super Kids segment. "Cassie is such an inspirational young women who inspires me every day with her positive demeanor," shared Mariafe.

CBS4 launched Super Kids to bring focus to the incredible young people in our community who overcome odds to thrive and succeed. Super Kids is a campaign that spotlights the uplifting and amazing life stories of Super Kids in South Florida, including our very own Cassie. Read More »

State Farm Insurance Awards $5,000

CIS of Miami received a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to be used to provide financial literacy courses and a Financial Literacy Boot Camp, in collaboration with City National Bank to more than 150 students.

State Farm Insurance believes that providing and improving financial education at the secondary school levels can build a foundation through which young people can make sound financial decisions that will shape their lives and futures for the better, said Jose Soto, Public Affairs Specialist for State Farm Insurance.
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Spotlight Student

Murline took her SAT but elected to retake them in January in an attempt to increase her score. She is also trying out for the track team's shot-put position. She's looking forward to the Christmas break to be with her family and friends.

Spotlight Sponsor Lehman Auto World: "Motor-vation for Education"

Lehman Auto World to Donate $100 from Car Purchases to Communities In Schools of Miami

Lehman Auto World has partnered with Communities In Schools of Miami to give dollars for scholars. For every vehicle purchase made through CIS' Friends & Family Referral Program, Lehman Auto World will donate $100 to help at-risk students stay in school and graduate on time. Complete this Referral Form and get that car you have been needing while supporting a great cause.

Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) held a mixer at The Hoxton, Miami's first Urban Beach House. Guests enjoyed complimentary hors d'oeuvres over casual camaraderie and conversation.

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Economic Impact
Return on Investment
New study reveals economic impact of Communities In Schools.

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CIS Bookshelf
Need some suggestions for your summer reading list? Discover two new books that were penned by members of the CIS community.

Elizabeth Mejia, Executive Director of CIS Miami, shares her personal life journey in her recently released, "Life From The Stoop," a touching memoir about overcoming adversity. Although the journey is one riddled with chaos, it is also filled with love, determination, and faith.
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In his latest book, "From the Rearview Mirror," Communities In Schools Founder and Vice Chairman Bill Milliken reflects on events that have helped shape his life, important lessons he has learned and how these experiences contributed to the Communities In Schools movement.
"From the Rearview Mirror" is available on Amazon.com »

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Communities In Schools of Miami
11965 SW 142nd Terrace #102 :: Miami, FL 33186
Phone (305) 252-5444 :: Fax (305) 252-4664