Guiding Principles

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania believes every child needs and deserves these “Five Basics”:

1. A one-on-one caring relationship with an adult

Many children do not have strong relationships with caring adults. We recruit and train thousands of volunteers to be mentors and tutors to young people in need and at risk. These volunteers become someone the children can trust, depend on and look up to.

2. A safe place to learn and grow

Our after-school programs give kids an alternative to risky environments and activities. Often focused on math and reading, they help kids catch-up with their classmates and maintain confidence and skills.

3. A healthy start and a healthy future

Kids can’t learn if they have a throbbing toothache, can’t see the blackboard, or are hungry. Our site coordinators connect young people with a host of services providing health and dental care, eyeglasses, even weekend food backpacks for kids who depend on school meals.

4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation

Our high school programs focus on helping at-risk students master basic analytical and social skills, and develop attitudes and ethics necessary for success in the workplace.

5. A chance to give back to peers and community

Little makes a young person feel more valued by their communities than when given the chance to give back. Through community service, young people understand the give/get interconnection between themselves and the greater community.