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CIS meets students where they are and does whatever it takes to help them succeed.

We are embedded on school campuses year-round, providing the support and resources students need to reach their potential and achieve their dreams.

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💚1 in 5 children will experience a mental health disorder each year
💚 Mental health impacts a child’s ability to learn, build relationships, and cope with challenges.⁠

Many students CIS serves are experiencing adverse childhood experiences while lacking necessary resources to access the mental health care necessary to cope with various traumas. CIS of Houston is on campus every day providing licensed mental health specialists to walk alongside students in their educational journey.

We know that not everyone has equal access to mental health services, and with your help, CIS can expand access to quality mental health services for children across Houston-area schools:


Mental Health Awareness Month reinforces the need for mental and behavioral health services from elementary school through college. Early intervention is the key to success in getting students on a healthy track mentally, physically and emotionally.

“Students with unmet mental health needs risk school failure, social isolation and dropping out unless their problems are addressed by caring adults,” says Shubrha Endley, LCSW-S, CIS Director of Mental Health and Wellness.

This May, all donations to CIS will directly fund our mental health services in schools. Learn more about the CIS of Houston Mental Health Initiative:

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 05/01/2024

On April 20, the “Wellness on Wheels” (WOW) bicycling program started by CIS of Houston’s Rene Gonzalez at Milby High School had their first spring wellness ride!

Over 50 CIS students and over 20-30 school staff, family members, and volunteers participated in the 15-18-mile ride in Houston's East End.

Special THANK YOU to Helmets from Heaven for donating 200 helmets to the WOW program at the event. as well as a shoutout to the volunteer police officers for escorting our riders and a local community member for donating food, water and snacks!

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/29/2024

- The Coady family has provided Shadow Oaks Elementary School in Spring Branch Independent School District with endless support throughout the school year!

They've gifted our staff with an ice cream bar, donuts and kolaches, breakfast tacos, BBQ for Go Texan Day, and lunch during Teacher Appreciation Week.

THANK YOU Coady family for your continued support. We appreciate YOU! 💙

45 Years of Empowering At-Risk Students In Houston Celebrated in a $850,000 Night For Communities In Schools 04/25/2024

to our "Night in Wonderland" CIS Gala in celebration of our 45th anniversary!

We are so thankful to everyone who attended and helped CIS of Houston raise over $850,000 to support students across the Houston area!

Read all about it in PaperCity Houston:

45 Years of Empowering At-Risk Students In Houston Celebrated in a $850,000 Night For Communities In Schools What: Communities in Schools of Houston "A Night in Wonderland" Gala Where: The Post Oak Hotel PC Moment: It would be difficult to select one moment among

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/23/2024

Funder Spotlight: Let's take a look at Hess Corporation's ongoing impact at Edison Middle School ⬇️

For over a decade, Hess Corporation has been a supporter of CIS, notably through their "Adopt-a-School" program with Edison Middle School in Houston Independent School District. This longstanding partnership has directly impacted Edison students, providing crucial support and mentoring opportunities. Additionally, through their mentoring program, in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters Beyond School Walls, Hess employees mentor 25 CIS case-managed students throughout the year. The program, now in its seventh year, has had a profound impact on Edison students through:

✅ Helping students achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of high-risk behavior, and educational success.
✅ Meetings twice a month during lunch at the Hess Tower in Downtown Houston.
✅ The mentoring sessions are opportunities for students to engage with volunteer employees from Hess Corporation in meaningful ways.
✅ Activities include sharing meals, reading books together, participating in science and board games, discussing college and career information, receiving supportive guidance, and academic support.

Hess Corporation's ongoing dedication to CIS and Edison Middle School underscores their commitment to empowering the next generation. Through their support, they are helping students build brighter futures and creating a positive impact that will last a lifetime.

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/19/2024

We would like to spotlight our wonderful group of mentors who visit CIS students at Housman Elementary School in Spring Branch Independent School District once a week during their lunch!

It is because of volunteers like you who make a difference for our students. THANK YOU for all that you do.

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/17/2024

Students at Lone Star College-Tomball Health Science Building participated in a mindfulness event sponsored by CIS to decorate rocks that were placed around campus to brighten others' days!

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/16/2024

CIS students at Milby High School in Houston Independent School District who participate in the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) program raced in the Tour de Houston ride on April 7th!

Ten CIS students from Milby trained all year for this 60-mile ride with their CIS Student Support Manager Rene, who founded the Wellness on Wheels program, and were joined by a team of riders including a parent.

We are so proud of those who participated and achieved this great accomplishment!

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/15/2024

Our CIS Student Support Manager at C. Martinez Elementary School in Houston Independent School District held a "CIS Space Club" for students to create their own special solar eclipse viewers using cereal boxes!

How cool are these designs? Talk about creations that are out of this world. 🌎🔭

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/12/2024

At McNamara Elementary School in Houston Independent School District, CIS Student Support Manager, Jessica Zapata, created a "kindness project" for her students to participate in.

Students decorated stickers with positive affirmations and colorful pictures. Jessica then shared their creations with OSO Coffee Co. who put the stickers on customers' coffee cups and coffee sleeves to help brighten up their day.

The students were so excited to create these stickers for the community and spread a little kindness!


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Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/09/2024

An excited group of 4th graders from Chambers Elementary School in Alief Independent School District took a field trip to the Houston Symphony for an enriching experience!

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/05/2024

We had a magical time last night celebrating our 45th anniversary at our "Night in Wonderland" CIS Gala! Thank you to everyone who attended and made this event possible.

We are thrilled to share that CIS of Houston raised over $850,000 to support students across the Houston area!

Special thank you to our chairs, Lauren and John Brollier, and Cassie and John Milam, with honorary chairs Kirby and Scott McCool and Judy and Charles Tate.

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/03/2024

Our CIS Student Support Manager at Fleming Middle School, Ashlie Pinnock, started a Boxing Program for students!

Ashlie started the program to help students learn mental resilience, self-discipline, quick thinking, and strategy planning skills - which ultimately allows students to reduce their anxiety and depression. It can also improve their mood and self-esteem.

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 04/02/2024

Happy International Children's Book Day!

Isaacs Elementary School in Houston Independent School District held a Books Between Kids event to help students build their own home libraries. What is your favorite children's book? Comment below!


Did you know - April is .🎉

During the 2022-2023 school year, CIS of Houston had 1,609 volunteers and community members supporting our campuses with 25,763 combined service hours!

Where will you be volunteering this month? Click the link to get involved with CIS:


Our CIS Student Support Manager, Sarah Barahona, in Spring Branch ISD celebrated by sporting shirts throughout with “Social Worker” written on them to highlight the profession to her students. One heartwarming moment occurred when a student referred to Sarah as "teacher", and when she corrected them the student replied, "...but you are a teacher! You teach us things. Things like our feelings and emotions."

Check out what Sarah had to say about what social work means to her in the graphic above. ⬆️

Photos from Houston Boychoir's post 03/29/2024

We're thrilled to partner with Houston Boychoir to bring music programs to our CIS campuses!


We are one week away from the CIS "A Night in Wonderland" Gala on April 4, and we're highlighting our "Mad Hatter" Underwriters for their amazing contributions to this year's event!

Sharon G. Dies
The Marie and James H. Galloway Foundation
Beth & Bob Gower
Marathon Oil
Gary R. Petersen

We appreciate your dedication to CIS of Houston and our students!

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 03/26/2024

In honor of , we've reached out to members of our CIS of Houston team to share their perspectives on the significance of social work.

Check out what Sophia and Stephanie had to say!


this school year marks the 45th anniversary of CIS of Houston?

We've continued to grow and deepen our impact over the years as we’ve remained committed to helping students and their families succeed. We provide on-campus integrated student supports that empower students to thrive academically and achieve success in life.

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 03/22/2024

- Students at Holub Middle School made Valentine's Day cards and shared why they love CIS, while students at Killough Middle School did Valentine's Day themed arts and crafts to take home.

Did you know that participating in art and creative pursuits are proven to have a positive impact on your overall mental health and wellbeing? It can even improve social skills for young people as well as boost self-esteem. ❤️

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 03/21/2024

Over 140 students attended Give Kids A Smile Day on February 23!

In partnership with UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry, this day-long event provided CIS students with dental services. CIS coordinated transportation to the clinic for students and their guardians to ensure they received the necessary care.

There was even a therapy dog to help ease the nerves of students!

Thank you to UTHealth School of Dentistry for being such a great partner, as well as one of our Dental Program funders, Highland Homes, who joined us to volunteer for the day!

Photos from Communities In Schools of Houston's post 03/20/2024

As we celebrate , we asked some of our CIS of Houston staff what social work means to them. Swipe to see see what Jackline and Layla had to say! ➡️


Our CIS "A Night in Wonderland" Gala is quickly approaching on April 4, and we're taking a moment to highlight our generous "Queen of Hearts" Underwriters for their contributions to this year's event!

CenterPoint Energy
Judy & Charles Tate

Thank you for your dedication to CIS of Houston and our students - we appreciate you!


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Mark your calendars! Our "A Night in Wonderland" CIS Gala is happening on Thursday, April 4, 2024!

Join us as we celebrate our 45th anniversary with valuable and impactful programming highlighting the work of CIS across Houston-area schools - it will truly be a night to remember. PLUS, you can dance the night away to live music by Klockwork!

Gala Chairs are Lauren & John Brollier, and Cassie & John Milam, and our honorary chairs Kirby & Scott McCool and Judy & Charles Tate.

For detail, visit


Congratulations to Esther Kwak, LCSW, for receiving the "Students at the Center Award" at our recent CIS board meeting!

Esther is the first Mobile Mental Health Specialist for CIS of Houston, and is known to always bring creativity, immense knowledge, and compassion to her role in supporting students and families in their well-being journeys.

As a licensed clinical social worker she is able to adapt her interventions to the developmental needs of students ranging from elementary to high school ages. Since she joined CIS in 2019, the Mobile Mental Health Team has expanded by 4 additional licensed mental health professionals. Esther also collaborates with our Student Support Managers in 8 schools within HISD.

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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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