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Celebrating 40 years of
"Building Bright Futures"

The CIS Story

Communities In Schools of Eastern PA is continually broadening and accelerating its efforts to build more transformative relationships with students. While we currently serve nearly 37,000 elementary, middle and high school students in 40 schools across Northampton, Lehigh and Berks counties, we know this is just a fraction of the students in need.

Many of the students CIS serves are facing poverty, social isolation, lack of access to medical and mental health resources and more, all of which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Now more than ever, there is an overarching need to surround students from all backgrounds with the necessary resources to navigate these challenging times.

CIS addresses the most at-risk students in a unique way. We ask the question, “What is preventing this student from coming to school ready to learn?” The ways we respond are as unique as each child. Our work unlocks student potential, and breaks down barriers preventing them from achieving success.

With our evidence-based model of Integrated Student Supports, CIS is the only organization of its kind proven to both REDUCE dropout rates and INCREASE on-time graduation. Last year, 88% of our seniors graduated from high school, 90% of our students were promoted to the next grade, and 76% improved in academics.

Our goal is to be able to sustain and expand the programs we offer for another 40 years and beyond. We plan to deepen our services in high-need districts where we currently work, and widen our footprint in additional schools and districts to reach even more at-risk students.

Graduation Hat Throw

Save The Date! 
Building Bright Futures 40th Anniversary Celebration
5:30 pm Thursday, October 26, 2023
Olympus Corporation of the Americas


40th Video

Check out how we kicked off our 40th anniversary year in style!  Over 130 guests attended our kickoff event at Penn State Lehigh Valley.  Together, we look to "Build Bright Futures" for our students for the next 40 years and beyond!  

"Programs don't change children, relationships do."

-Bill Milliken, founder of CIS

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