Communities In Schools of Philadelphia is focused on helping children build the best life they can by helping them overcome obstacles. Every child is unique and requires an individualized approach in order to succeed. Whether a child needs extra academic help, a mentor, a health check-up, additional food supplies, or even employment training, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia is there to make sure each child gets exactly what they need. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for all young people.

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia has a multitude of programs throughout the state, including:

ELECT and Social Services

Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT) Teen Parent Classrooms are designed to assist pregnant and/or parenting students (females and males) in the completion of high school education and make successful transitions into self-sufficiency and parenthood. Intensive case management, parenting and child development training, health and nutrition seminars, academic and social service supports, life skills development, and home visits are provided.

Ladies of Learning: A mentoring program for parenting high school females that emphasizes college readiness.

Males Achieving Responsibility Successfully (MARS): A program that helps adolescent fathers and young men complete their high school education and transition into the workforce or post-secondary education.

Diplomas Now: An innovative school turnaround model that works with the city’s most challenged middle and high schools to deliver targeted interventions to specific students.

Out of School Time

21st Century Community Learning Centers: Named Students with Academic Goals (SWAG), the program serves 200 middle school students at four low-performing schools, and teaches skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills in STEM areas.

CIS of Philadelphia Servant Leader Scholars Program: Our Servant Leader Scholars are high school students who are immersed in social action and project-based learning. This year-round after school program is student-led and allows the scholars to address issues in their community through research, community mapping, canvassing, and planning community workshops. Scholars address issues around education, marginalized communities, health disparities, and economic equity. Past projects include the Diabetes Awareness Campaign and Building Healthy Relationship Workshops.

Licensed After School Child Care Centers: The centers serve children in grades K-5 weekdays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at two school district locations. These non-school hour programs are designed to increase safety and security; interrupt the attraction of harmful behaviors such as smoking, drinking, drug use, and sexual activity; and improve graduation rates and interest in school. The youth targeted are currently involved with or are potential Department of Human Services’ clients.

Workforce and School Support Services Alternative Education

Empowerment, Education and Employment (E3) Southwest Power Center: A program that serves youth ages 16-21 with educational services, employment readiness and placement services, and empowerment initiatives.

Integrated Student Services: A program that supports students in various low performing high schools with peer mentoring, literacy enrichment, SAT prep, resume development, mock interviews and peer mediation.

Performance Learning Center® (PLC) Southwest: A small, non-traditional high school geared toward students who are not succeeding in a traditional setting. The Center focuses on personal support and provides an intense academic program, anchored by an online instructional system and project-based learning.

In School Programs

Blueprints for Violence Prevention LifeSkills Training Program: LifeSkills Training (LST) is an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program to reduce violence and other high-risk behaviors.

Career Advancement & Retention Effort Services (CARE): Communities In Schools of Philadelphia operates CARE Services, an employment program which works with a consortium of organizations contracted to participate in the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive approach to youth workforce development.

Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE): CIS partners with the School District of Philadelphia to provide skills training across nine career areas.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): This program provides early intervention to students, allowing them to become academically prepared to meet the standards for high school graduation and success in post-secondary programs.

Integrated Student Services: Provides support to students in low performing high schools. Site Coordinators work with students who are at risk of not completing school, are chronically tardy and/or absent, have credit deficiencies, as well as external non-academic challenges.

Workforce Development

Health Tech: A program that gives students comprehensive exposure to the healthcare industry through a partnership with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Start on Success: An introductory work experience and internship program which prepares high school students who have physical, mental, or sensory disabilities for productive adult lives.

Urban Technology Project: A program designed to empower youth and their communities through meaningful technology experiences that link youth leadership development, education, and community building, partnered with the Digital Service Fellows AmeriCorps.

WorkReady Philadelphia: A year-round and summer youth employment program in partnership with the Philadelphia Youth Network.

To find out what programs are available in your local area, please contact the affiliate office closest to you.