Communities in Schools



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Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools of Houston is a campus-based Dropout Prevention program. CIS works with the school system on over 100 campuses to provide direct social services to at-risk students and connect students with available community resources. By surrounding them with a community of support, CIS empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS believes that every child deserves and needs the Five Basics to succeed academically and beyond. The Five Basic principles of CIS are:

 1.  A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

Children need positive role models to create expectations for success, offer encouragement and provide academic support. CIS provides children who are at-risk with a responsible adult to foster their positive growth and development.
2.  A safe place to learn and grow

Through after-school and summer programs focused on academics and life skills, CIS is dedicated to ensuring that students have a safe and appropriate environment in which to learn and achieve their potential.
3.  A healthy start and a healthy future

Many school-aged children lack basic medical services and nutritious food – essential for healthy development. CIS provides access to health and dental care, food programs and counseling services for thousands of students who might otherwise go without.
4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation

When students see that they have options in life, they get excited about their future. CIS works with students on career development and readiness, and helps create pathways to college.
5. A chance to give back to peers and community

CIS works with students to build their confidence, develop their talents and leadership skills, and strengthen their involvement in community service and service-learning activities.


CIS places a full-time social service provider on the school campus to deliver a variety of services and provide referrals to other agencies as needed to ensure that every student we touch receives these Five Basics.



Your CIS Project Manager

Melanie Phillips, LMSW
Project Manager, Communities In Schools of Houston
Youens Elementary
12141 High Star Dr., Room T-245A
Houston, TX 77072


My name is Melanie Phillips and I am the new CIS Project Manager at Youens Elementary. I am so excited to be working with you and your Youens student this year! I am originally from Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and recently graduated from UT-Austin with my Master’s in Social Work. I am here to help you connect with community resources and to help your children reach their goals by providing supportive guidance and counseling, opportunities for growth and development and ensuring that their needs are met. Please feel free to call or visit me if you would like to discuss signing your child up with CIS. I look forward to meeting you soon!


CIS Enrollment Documents:                                                


Parent Consent Form-English


Parent Consent Form-Spanish


Family Profile-English


Family Profile-Spanish




Community Resources