CIS Student Support Specialists are embedded on Houston-area campuses year-round to do whatever it takes to help students in their times of need
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Meet Ashanti, who hopes to be a nurse one day and credits CIS for introducing her to new possibilities post-high school graduation.
Ashanti said, “CIS helped me out by giving me options. Before CIS, my plans were to graduate and that was going to be it. With CIS, I have somewhere to start after graduation.”
Ashanti is excited to start a career in the medical field, beginning with being a participant in the CIS/Houston Methodist Nursing Externship this summer.
Read Ashanti's story, and JOIN IN to help build brighter futures for ALL students! www.cishouston.org/graduation-2022
Houston, it is hot! But, “Anything is popsicle with CIS”.
Our LSC-North Harris team handed out refreshing treats to students as summer kicks off while reminding them of the various services and resources they can receive with CIS.
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“He asked me how he can become a CIS social worker one day.”
Juan’s CIS Student Support Manager, Rene, from Milby HS in HISD, was so excited to share this young man’s success throughout high school. He said, “CIS has supported him through his senior year. Juan said I was like his school father always encouraging him and pushing him to do better, and encouraging him to make good choices.”
Juan was an active member in CIS, Wellness on Wheels, Forte (step team), and the Varsity Baseball Team Manager. He also received a job from the CIS/HBA Legal Internship Program and looks forward to attending Texas Southern University in the fall.
He hopes to join the CIS of Houston Alumni Program to stay involved with the CIS community of support. We are so proud of this young man and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next—congrats Juan!
Empower students to reach their goals IN schools and beyond: www.cishouston.org/graduation-2022
Throughout high school Ana encountered many obstacles, like trying to balance her time between school, work, and playing sports. At times, being able to handle it all felt like too much for Ana, but when she visited with her CIS Student Support Specialist, also named Ana, she received advice on how to manage her time and persevere when things felt too overwhelming. Ana said, “Ms. Ana (CIS) has helped me through my journey by reminding me that everything I do is for a purpose... she has encouraged me when I felt like giving up and I am here thanks to her.”
Having CIS by her side throughout her senior year, Ana was able to overcome her barriers, stay determined and graduate from high school! Next school year Ana will be attending Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Congratulations Ana!
Join IN and celebrate our students’ success today: www.cishouston.org/graduation-2022
We have moved! The CIS Central Office has relocated a few doors down, and we are excited to welcome guests to a new location.
📍 Find us at our new address📍
1111 North Loop West, Suite 300
Houston TX, 77008
We want to wish all of our students a terrific summer break!
We recognize that without the daily structure and routine that the school year provides, some students may struggle to take care of their mental health and well-being. Our CIS Mental Health Professional at Memorial HS in Spring Branch Independent School District Christi Tullos, LPC-I, has provided some tips for students to stay safe and look after their mental health this summer.
Hats off to the class of 2022! We are so proud of their accomplishments and can’t wait to see them pursue their dreams. Meet one of our graduates, Rhy’ll, from Sharpstown HS in Houston Independent School District who is looking forward to college next year and pursuing a career in nursing.
“CIS helped me through high school by allowing me to realize that even if I'm going through things, it's always good to just talk about it instead of just keeping it bottled up and being mad about it. It's always good to have someone to talk to.
I'm really excited to go to college so I can pursue my dream of being a nurse. In August I plan to settle down and move into adulthood and see what college has to offer me. I will be attending San Jacinto College.”
Join IN to support students today: www.cishouston.org/graduation-2022
Congratulations to our CIS caseload students at Wells Middle School in Spring ISD for accomplishing another school year! Our students overcame their obstacles all year long and are celebrating their success. Our CIS Student Support Manager on campus, Lori, threw end-of-year celebrations for each grade and awarded certificates for their hard work.
As has come to a close, we want to highlight the foundations and organizations who fund our Mental Health Initiative throughout the year. Last school year we provided and coordinated mental health services on over 80 campuses across Houston thanks to the generous support of our community.
Now, more than ever, our students are in need of mental health support and we are grateful for those that have answered the call to fund this critical programming for CIS of Houston and the campuses we serve across the city.
Funders: Andrews Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., CenterPoint Energy, John S. Dunn Foundation, Edwards Charitable Foundation, The Elkins Foundation, Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation, The Lyons Foundation, John P. McGovern Foundation, Rockwell Fund, Houston Texans, and UnitedHealthcare.
Happy ! At Communities In Schools of Houston, we are committed to providing ALL students, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, with what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond.
This academic year, CIS Houston expanded the reach of the Mobile Mental Health Team to address the increasing needs of our students and families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team consists of 5 licensed mental health professionals who provide supportive counseling at specifically targeted campuses throughout the academic year. This team was instrumental in being able to reach students during the pandemic in need of mental health support while some partner agencies could not visit campus.
The Mobile Mental Health Team supports students across 35 school campuses in 6 major school districts (Aldine ISD, Alief Independent School District, Houston Independent School District, Spring ISD, Spring Branch Independent School District, and Southwest Schools (Public Charter School)).
Read the 2022 state of the CIS Mental Health Initiative: www.cishouston.org/news/mental-health-month-2022
As we attempt to process all that is happening around us, we also show up as helpers. We greet students as they nervously walk into the school building. It is moments like these when school communities turn to CIS for guidance, calm and strength.
Our team is equipped with the tools to speak with their students. We want to pass along this helpful resource to anyone who is navigating how to address these difficult conversations with children/teens.
Visit www.NCTSN.org for more information.
Our hearts break for our neighbors in Uvalde. We mourn for the students, educators, families, and community members who are experiencing this tragedy. CIS of Houston stands with Uvalde, ready to support and care for their community.
Join us in being ALL IN for students’ success this graduation season!
We’re excited to support our students as they cross the finish line and begin pursuing post-secondary goals like enrolling in college, technical school, joining the military, or starting their career. Let’s celebrate their years of hard work and all that is awaiting them in their next chapter!
Help us reach more students to empower them to reach their dreams IN school and beyond!
Donate today: www.cishouston.org/graduation-2022
Lone Star College Students “PAWS” for Mental Health
In an effort to provide some stress relief to students during finals week, our Lone Star College-North Harris team coordinated a Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) event for students with therapy dogs. Angel PAWS Pet Therapy Ministry volunteered their time and four-legged friends for the event and our team handed out self-care goodie bags and resources to students who came by.
We loved being a part of The Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research Luncheon today, honoring Dr. Anne S. Chao and celebrating Dr. Stephen Klineberg. We are grateful to work alongside the Kinder Institute in improving the great city of Houston.
Pictured: CIS Director of Program Operations, Sylvia Teague, with Dr. Stephen Klineberg
🚨 Cuteness Alert 🚨
Pets are proven to help relieve stress and anxiety, so when our Student Support Manager at Liestman Elementary in Alief Independent School District was able to provide a donation of guinea pig class pets for their campus they were excited about the possibility of teaching the kids compassion and responsibility while providing a sense of calmness. Students have been able to watch the guinea pigs grow throughout the year, and they have boosted the moods of students AND staff across campus—bringing fun and excitement in the midst of a long school year.
We love seeing all the creative ways our team members care for their student's mental health and social-emotional needs 💚
Communities In Schools of Houston supports more than 125,000 students and does whatever it takes to help them thrive. Student support specialists are in more than 155 campuses in Houston, Spring Branch, Alief, Aldine and Fort Bend school districts and Lone Star Colleges.
Communities In Schools taps a robust network of services from more than 400 social service agencies, local businesses and healthcare providers to support students at a moment's notice. Together, we are working to proactively identify and support students who may be trying to work through issues on their own.
As a 4-star rated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is proud to exceed industry standards for strong financial health and donor accountability and transparency, Communities In Schools of Houston relies on generous contributions to support students.
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