Communities In Schools of Jacksonville 2019-2020 Impact Report

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SURROUNDING

STUDENTS

WITH A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT

2019–2020 IMPACT REPORT


Since 1990, Communities In Schools of

Jacksonville has helped more than 110,000

individual students. Many of our students face

serious challenges, ranging from academic and

social struggles to hunger and homelessness.

Our staff works both inside and outside the

classroom to help these students find new

paths to success through our case management,

literacy, and afterschool programs.


A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

When our 30th anniversary gala in January 2020

came to a close, we could have never anticipated that

our community, country and entire world was just

months away from facing a drastic new reality due to

the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like our students, Communities In Schools of

Jacksonville rose above our circumstances and

adapted our services to continue pressing forward in

our mission.

In a matter of weeks, we moved our critical programs to virtual formats, conducted

socially distanced safe home visits, and ensured the well-being of our students by

providing food, emergency assistance, and access to technology.

The pandemic has exacerbated issues like poverty and violence – which

disproportionately impact vulnerable communities – while further illuminating the

systemic inequities that the majority of our students and families face every day.

Our staff and students showed immense fortitude during these trying times, and

we’re thrilled to report that their hard work has paid off. In fact, 98 percent of

our seniors graduated in 2020 – despite the overwhelming challenges they faced

academically and socially.

This impact report further examines our students’ success over the unprecedented

2019-2020 school year. Although it’s impossible to predict the long-term effects of

the pandemic, we are confident that, with a steady support system, our students will

continue to succeed.

I want to thank all of our supporters for stepping up during this uniquely difficult

time and ensuring that our critical programs continue to make a difference in the

lives of thousands of local students.

Leon Baxton

CEO, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville


OUR IMPACT

98%

of CIS seniors

graduated in 2020

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

2020-2021 Revenue

350

staff members connected students

with critical resources

37

schools were supported by CIS out of

195 public schools in Duval County

7,258

Duval County Public School students

were served in 2019-2020 school year

54.2% City Funding

17% School District funding

9.8% UW Funding

9.4% Private Foundations

and Individuals

2.8% Corporate

4.5% Federal

2.3% Event

2020-2021 Expenses

32% Case Management

8% Literacy

48% Afterschool

12% Admin/Misc


OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

When schools closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, our team worked rapidly to ensure our

students still received critical resources safely through virtual and socially distanced in-person

delivery of services. From March through August 2020, our staff accomplished the following:

45 CIS program staff

have visited schools to

help distribute meals to

students.

We’re contacting more

than 2,000 students in our

afterschool program 2-3 times

per week to check in and

provide assistance.

19 CIS site coordinators are

conducting SAFE home visits

to ensure students’ wellbeing

& help them stay on track with

their schoolwork.

Our site coordinators have

helped deliver dozens of

laptops to students who could

not pick them up.

CIS staff have been connecting

students in need with our

partners, such as United Way

Full Service Schools, to help

them deal with new stresses and

anxiety from the pandemic.

More than 1,500 students

in our case management

program have been contacted

by CIS staff to check in and

provide assistance.

Over the past two months,

AmeriCorps tutors have

completed more than

1,300 hours of service and

professional development.

We hosted 29 virtual

summer camps, which

offered virtual enrichment

activities, virtual field trips and

virtual college visits.

Weekly virtual team

meetings were held to ensure

the staff was prepared and

felt safe delivering services.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING

Since launching our virtual volunteering initiative in April, we have received

143 book reading videos, 8 career guest speaker videos, and 58 activity

videos to help enrich our students’ lives. For more information on how to

participate, visit CISJax.org/volunteer.


OUR PROGRAMS

Our staff works both inside and outside the classroom to help these students find new

paths to success through our case management, literacy, and afterschool programs.

Not only do our programs help keep students on track for graduation, but they are

designed to connect students with resources that serve the needs of the entire family.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Our Case Management Division connects full-time

site coordinators with Duval County students

who are at risk of falling behind or dropping out.

The programs in this division provide access to

many important services, including individual

and group-session counseling, home visits, and

coordinated parental involvement.

BY THE NUMBERS

2020-2019

25

Schools Offered

CIS Case

Management

98%

of CIS Seniors

Graduated

in 2020

92%

of CIS Students

Promoted to

Next Grade Level

“CIS gave me a place where

I felt like I belonged. On

days when I didn’t know

where to go or who to turn

to, I knew that CIS was

always open to me.”

– Isabeau


AFTERSCHOOL

Many of the toughest challenges for students

occur after the school bell rings. Elementary and

middle school students find a safe environment

at our Afterschool Program. The free program

allows students to complete their homework

under teacher supervision and gives them the

opportunity to connect with their classmates

through sports, symphony, robotics and more.

BY THE NUMBERS

2020-2019

22

Schools Offered

CIS Afterschool

Program

99%

of CIS Students

Promoted to

Next Grade Level

85%

of CIS Students

Who Missed < 21

Days of School

“I was nervous about

starting middle school, but

I joined the CIS afterschool

program and got to learn

all about robots. I love all

the things I’ve been able to

explore with CIS.”

– Emma

LITERACY

Our literacy initiative, Duval Reads, provides

intensive one-on-one and small group literacy

tutoring for students in elementary school. Our

AmeriCorps tutors work in the schools on a

full-time and part-time basis with their assigned

students. They also connect with students

virtually when necessary to provide an engaging

experience that enhances learning from home.

BY THE NUMBERS

2020-2019

12

Schools Offered

CIS Literacy

Program

95%

of CIS Students

Promoted to

Next Grade Level

100%

of CIS Students

Improved Their

Reading Scores

“It was hard falling behind

in reading, but Ms.

Charlotte helped catch

me up. I was even named

student of the year

at my school!”

– Joseph


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