Communities In Schools of Whatcom County was established in 2007 and had about 158 volunteers in 2014.
What sets Communities In Schools apart from other organizations is our site coordination model. Communities In Schools places a staff member inside a partner school to work with school staff in identifying students at risk of not succeeding in school and graduating. Communities In Schools staff collaborates with school personnel to assess school and student needs, establish relationships with local business partners, social service agencies and parents and volunteer organizations to provide coordinated community resources to meet those needs. Independent research shows that the Communities In Schools model works — children served by Communities In Schools show improved attendance, behavior and academic performance — and stay in school.
One is a Western Washington University student, math whiz, and is a leader in youth support services at Christ the King Church. The other is hoping to become a teacher, one of the warmest people I’ve ever met, and also active in youth support work.
These two women are amazing role models for the students and have encouraged students to feel more confident in their academic abilities. We are so lucky to have community members who give so generously of their time and expertise!