The mission of Communities In Schools of the Gulf South is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. At CIS Gulf South we train and place highly qualified Site Coordinators (Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors) and supporting staff directly into schools. Our job is to connect students and their families to basic and critical community resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.
Tutors work consistently with one or more students to address academic needs as well as provide support and encouragement. CIS tutors work in conjunction with the CIS Site Coordinator or an assigned school representative to provide academic support based on current classroom assignments, topics, and needs. CIS tutors also help students build study techniques that will permit them to study effectively and become independent, self-directed learners.
Mentors- Mentors serve as caring and consistent role models for students. Our program is focused on relationship building and the student’s preferences and interests guide what each session entails. Sessions vary by grade level but typically include activities such as spending time getting to know each other, playing games, making arts and crafts, working through challenges, offering school/ education advice, and much more.
By serving with CIS, students gain experience working with the youth of New Orleans inside of schools. Students learn the necessary tools needed to build relationships with young people and inspire personal and academic growth.
School-aged Children (K-12th grade)
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Donneisha Wilson, LPC
Director of Volunteers
Chief Program Officer