Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Communities In Schools' Dropout Prevention Success

SSIR profile highlights use of hard data and soft skills to reduce dropout rate.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

Communities In Schools (CIS), the leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, announced today that its success at reducing the dropout rate was featured in the Summer issue of the prestigious Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) in the “What Works” column.

The award-winning magazine, written for and by leaders in the nonprofit, business and government sectors, covers academic theory and practical ideas for achieving social change. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, SSIR views collaboration as key to solving environmental, social and economic justice issues.

The article details how Communities In Schools uses a mix of hard data (research and evaluation) and soft skills (caring site coordinators) to reduce dropout rates and improve graduation rates.

“The SSIR is one of the most influential publications in the social sector, so we’re honored to be profiled,” said Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali. “I’m particularly pleased that they recognized the unique combination of research-based practice and deeply rooted compassion that is the hallmark of our site coordinators.”

You can read the complete article here:

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in nearly 2,400 schools, in the most challenged communities in 27 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves more than 1.2 million young people and their families every year. It has been shown through an independent evaluation to be the nation’s only dropout prevention organization proven to both increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. Visit our website at


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    Communities In Schools
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