2019 Annual Report

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WE ARE CIS OF Board of Directors | 04

Letter from Leadership | 05

Our Impact | 06

From the Desk of a Site Coordinator, part 1 | 07

Our Locations | 08

MID-AMERICA. 09 | Service Spotlight

11 | Major Funders

13 | School Photos

14 | From the Desk of a Site Coordinator, part 2

15 | Get Involved



Board of DIRECTORS Officers Neta A. Jeffus, CFP - Chair Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Topeka, KS

Laura Kaiser - Immediate Past Chair Private Sector Overland Park, KS

Whitney Casement - Secretary Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP Topeka, KS

Cindy S. Wilson, CPA - Treasurer KCP&L Westar Energy, Evergy Companies Topeka, KS

Members Elaine Johannes, PhD Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

Don Turnbaugh Cisco Systems, Inc. Overland Park, KS

Alex Delaney Indepsys Technology Group, LLC Lawrence, KS

Sarah Shipman Kansas Department of Administration Topeka, KS

Paul Carttar Carttar Consulting, LLC Lawrence, KS

Larissa Long Private Sector Lawrence, KS

Jesse Brinson Called to Greatness Ministries Lawrence, KS

Marianne Waxse Partner Development & Management Travel and Transport, Inc. Olathe, KS

Joey Baker Missouri Department of Education & Secondary Education | SkillsUSA Jefferson, MO

Howard Keim, PhD - Member on Leave Community Engagement Institute Hesston, KS

To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to succeed in school and achieve in life.




CIS of Mid-America President & CEO



CIS of Mid-America

In many respects, FY19 was a typical year for Communities of Mid-America: powerful service delivery; excellent outcomes for students, families, and schools; and strong non-profit management were all accomplished as usual. However, in addition, a 14-member group representing all levels of the organization pulled aside on multiple occasions throughout the year. Their purpose? To engage in a deeply thoughtful, generative process of strategic planning for CIS of Mid-America’s next three years. The group assessed the sector and regional landscapes, whether related to service demand or funding feasibility. They asked existential questions about CIS of Mid-America’s vision, goals, and purpose. They posed hard questions about sufficiency and individual or group interventions versus systems change. Ultimately, the group created – and the board approved – a three-year strategic plan for FYs 2022. Interestingly, the first year of the plan calls for a mix of goal achievement and further exploration and decision-making. As one group member remarked, “We still don’t know all we need to know on a couple of key fronts. Why shouldn’t strategic exploration and resulting decisions be one of our strategies for the coming year?” Our special thanks go to the board and staff members who served on this strategic planning task force. Among the many CIS of Mid-America accomplishments during FY19 are early implementation of our tribal services in Anadarko, Oklahoma, focusing on students from the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, as well as successfully securing funding from the Missouri Legislature in support of our Missouri Small and Rural Schools Project, which will begin with a two-school implementation in Boonville, Missouri. There is a lot to be excited about. Readers will get a small taste in the pages of this annual report. Opportunity surrounds us…opportunity to serve, to succeed in our goals, perhaps to succeed in a broader vision of who and how we serve. There’s room for you to join us in this inspiring time, and we’d love for you to be a part of what we do. Thank you for your support.

Malissa Martin President & CEO

Neta A. Jeffus, CFP Board Chair




Hire and train Site Coordinators, bring the CIS model to schools in need and mobilize partners to provide resources.


Analyze multiple sources of data to identify the key needs of the school and individual students.


Site Coordinators continuously monitor student and school progress and adjust supports as needed to optimize results.


Trained professionals who work with school administrators to assess needs, develop a plan, and build a team to provide supports to schools and students.


Site Coordinators lead their School Support Team to develop a plan to prioritize supports that address academic and non-academic needs.


Continuous assessment of partners and student supports by the CIS affiliate to demonstrate results and improve practice.


Schools, businesses, and community agencies all work together with Site Coordinators to deliver supports to students and families.


Site Coordinators and partners deliver tiers of support to the school, students, and their families.


We increase graduation, reduce dropout, and improve attendance for schools in need.

Our NUMBERS SERVING STUDENTS CIS provided support services for 37,072 students. 3,534 students received targeted, individualized services. 81% of students were on free/reduced lunch. 36% were White; 30% Black; 22% Hispanic/Latinx; 9% Multi-Racial; 1% Asian; 1% American Indian; and, 2% Other.

EXPANDING SERVICES 52 schools partnered with CIS of Mid-AmericaÂ


2,971 volunteers gave 15,629 hours of their time


816 community partners provided support services

Our IMPACT ACHIEVING GOALS 73% made progress toward attendance goals 87% improved behavior 81% made academic improvements

STIMULATING GROWTH 98% of students stayed in school, 93% were promoted

REACHING GRADUATION 93% of seniors graduated



From the Desk OF A SITE COORDINATOR I have been working closely with this family on and off for most of the school year. The last couple of months, the parents have been fighting a lot. The fighting has gotten so bad, that the mother has had to leave the house and sleep in her car at night. She reached out to CIS and multiple school staff about needing to get her own place to be away from the dad due to the constant verbal fights that have occurred. She was concerned about the affect it would have on her children to hear the verbal altercations between their parents and to see their mother leave at night. The mom hoped that we could help her establish a new residence for her and the children, both of whom were already receiving casemanagement services. We were able to find her an income-based apartment that she could afford each month. In addition, we paid the deposit on the apartment so that the family of three could move in quickly. The father is still in the children’s life, even though they are no longer living with him. I have noticed a difference in the children's behaviors since they got into their new home. The little boy still has outbursts at times, but CIS is monitoring him and providing incentives when he has good days. The mother is thankful to have her children, and herself, out of the traumatic environment they were previously living in.

“I hope you know how much I really do appreciate you and all you have helped me with. God blessed me to have met you." - Mother of CIS Student -

Mario's STORY

I have a 90%.

During the second week of school, a fifth grader, Mario, entered my office, frustrated and crying. When asked what was wrong, Mario said he could not understand math. He felt defeated and was ready to give up. I knew that I could not let that happen. I worked with him to develop a plan to keep him engaged and build back his confidence. I arranged for a tutor from a local college to help him with his math. Mario and I agreed that we would meet at the end of each day to review his daily work and quizzes. About a month after we implemented this plan, I found a note in my office from Mario saying: "I have a 90%."




Communities In Schools of Mid-America is the only multi-state affiliate within the Communities In Schools national network. Each year, we provide supports to nearly 40,000 students, located in more than 50 schools. Below is a list of schools in which we served during the 2018-2019 school year.

Kansas CHANUTE Chanute Elementary School Chanute High School

MARYSVILLE Marysville Junior/Senior High School

DODGE CITY Dodge City High School

LAWRENCE Kennedy Elementary School

EL DORADO El Dorado Middle School

LIBERAL Liberal High School

EMPORIA Emporia High School Logan Avenue Elementary School Walnut Elementary School

OTTAWA Ottawa High School Ottawa Middle School

FORT SCOTT Fort Scott High School

OVERLAND PARK Shawnee Mission West High School

GARDEN CITY Garden City High School

PARSONS Parsons High School

PITTSBURG George Nettels Elementary School Lakeside Elementary School Meadowlark Elementary School Pittsburg Community Middle School Pittsburg High School Westside Elementary School SALINA Lakewood Middle School Salina Central High School SHAWNEE Shawnee Mission Northwest High School TOPEKA Highland Park High School Jardine Elementary School Ross Elementary School State Street Elementary School Topeka High School Topeka West High School

Missouri KANSAS CITY Alta Vista High School Benjamin Banneker Elementary School Central Academy of Excellence High School Central Middle School Crossroads Preparatory Academy East High School

Frontier School of Innovation Elementary School George Melcher Elementary School KC Neighborhood Academy Northeast Middle School Northeast High School Southeast High School

Iowa WATERLOO Central Middle School George Washington Carver Academy Middle School

Oklahoma TULSA Daniel Webster Middle School Daniel Webster High School Eugene Field Elementary School

Kendall-Whittier Elementary School Sequoyah Elementary School Will Rogers Junior High School Will Rogers High School



Service SPOTLIGHT Developmental Relationships Project Starting in August 2018, Communities In Schools of Mid-America began offering an enhanced mentoring program at 10 of its middle schools. This program, called the Developmental Relationships Project (DRP), piloted the Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship's Framework. This framework identifies five elements, expressed in 20 specific actions, which make relationships powerful in young people’s lives. By connecting CIS case-managed students with mentors on a frequent and regular basis, the organization worked to reduce the delinquency occurrences and enhance the quality of life for some of its most under-served and under-resourced students. Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/cisdrproject

National Indian Education Association CIS of Mid-America is excited to announce a new partnership with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA). The "Tribal Communities In Schools Project: An Integrated School Support Model for Serving Native Students" is serving tribal students in the Anadarko Public Schools. The program aims to improve outcomes for Native students by implementing a community-wide integrated student support (ISS) approach that provides academic, social, and other supports in order to ensure college and career readiness, and lifelong success. Thanks to this relationship, we were able to bring the Communities In Schools program to every school within the Anadarko Public Schools district. Starting in August 2019, we began serving 1,500 students, of which nearly 1,200 are Native, located in all five schools in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/cisniea

Missouri Small & Rural Schools Project The "Communities In Schools Missouri Small and Rural Schools Project" is a new effort by CIS of Mid-America to partner with local school districts to meet the growing and diverse needs for student supports in smaller communities across the state. Once the initial pilot programs have been established in Boonville, the hope is for other districts in the state to partner with CIS of MidAmerica to bring in our proven effective model of student supports. Boonville school leaders recognize the growing needs for student supports in their schools and the potential this pilot project holds for helping them face these needs effectively. "The Boonville R-1 School District is excited to participate in the Missouri Small and Rural Schools Project in collaboration with Communities In Schools. This project will provide opportunities for our school district to leverage community resources and assets to meet the needs of our students. Our hope is to identify barriers to student success and then find avenues to provide ongoing student support. Our school district is extremely fortunate to engage in this needed opportunity,” said Sarah Marriott, Superintendent at Boonville R-1 School District. Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/cisboonville



Thank you to our MAJOR FUNDERS $1,000,000+ State of Kansas - Department for Children and Families

$250,000+ Communities In Schools National Foundation for Tulsa Schools - Tulsa, OK* George Kaiser Family Foundation* Kansas City Public Schools - Kansas City, MO National Indian Education Association (NIEA)* SchoolSmart KC - Kansas City, MO The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation - Tulsa, OK* US Department of Education "Native Youth Community Project"*

$100,000+ Anonymous Foundation Unified School District 501 - Topeka, KS United Way of Greater Topeka - Topeka, KS

$50,000+ Newby Family Fund/Greater Kansas City Community Foundation - Kansas City, MO QuikTrip Foundation/Tulsa Community Foundation - Tulsa, OK State of Kansas Unified School District 250 - Pittsburg, KS Unified School District 290 - Ottawa, KS Unified School District 413 - Chanute, KS Urban Strategies, Inc. - St. Louis, MO Waterloo Community Schools District - Waterloo, IA

$25,000+ Cloud L. Cray Foundation - Kansas City, MO Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas - Iola, KS Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas - Pittsburg, KS TechSoup United Way of Douglas County - Lawrence, KS *Indicates a combined gift




$10,000+ American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Anne & Henry Zarrow Family Foundation - Tulsa, OK Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence - Lawrence, KS* City of Pittsburg - Pittsburg, KS Crossroads Academy - Kansas City, MO Douglas County Community Foundation - Lawrence, KS Earl Bane Foundation - Salina, KS Finnup Foundation Trust - Garden City, KS Frontier School of Innovation - Kansas City, MO Guadalupe Educational Systems, Inc. - Kansas City, MO Kansas City Neighborhood Academy - Kansas City, MO Kansas State Department of Education - Lawrence, KS* Unified School District 497 - Lawrence, KS Unified School District 503 - Parsons, KS United Way of Dodge City - Dodge City, KS United Way of El Dorado - El Dorado, KS United Way of Franklin County Association - Ottawa, KS Westar Energy Foundation - Topeka, KS

$5,000+ Active Network, LLC. American Eagle Outfitters Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation Bank of the West City of Lawrence - Lawrence, KS Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa - Cedar Falls, IA Community Mercantile "Round Up 4 Change" - Lawrence, KS Deluxe Corporation Foundation Direct On Site Care, LLC. - Pittsburg, KS Finney County United Way - Garden City, KS Project Elf - Tulsa OK Raymond C. Gibson & Marguerite Gibson Fund/Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Richard Miller Family Foundation - Pittsburg, KS The Signatry/Bicknell Family Foundation - Overland Park, KS Topeka Community Foundation "Greater Topeka Fund" - Topeka, KS Topeka Active 20/30 Club/Topeka Community Foundation - Topeka, KS United Way of the Flint Hills - Emporia, KS WATCO Companies - Pittsburg, KS

$2,500+ Advisor's Excel/Topeka Community Foundation - Topeka, KS City of Garden City - Garden City, KS City of Parsons - Parsons, KS Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc. Don Turnbaugh - Kansas City, MO Evergy, Inc. - Kansas Franklin County Community Foundation - Ottawa, KS Friendship Baptist Church - Kansas City, MO Kalmar USA, Inc. - Ottawa, KS L. Marie Haun Charitable Fund for Children/Central Kansas Community Foundation - Newton, KS Miller Swim School - Tulsa, OK Neta Jeffus - Topeka, KS Paul Carttar - Lawrence, KS Security Benefit Life Charitable Trust - Topeka, KS Strategic Partners, Inc. - Parsons, KS Taco John’s - Chanute, KS Unified School District 490 - El Dorado, KS United Way of Greater Kansas City - Kansas City, MO United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas - Joplin, MO Wells Fargo Foundation *Indicates a combined gift







From the Desk OF A SITE COORDINATOR I first met Darren* five years ago during an 8th grade middle school/high school transition event. Always full of life and energy, Darren's personality made me recognize him as a young man I should connect with. After speaking with his middle school Site Coordinator, my intuition was confirmed: he was a caseload student. Darren had been in quite a bit of trouble in middle school, ranging from fights to disruptive behavior, suspensions, and discipline referrals. It was apparent that, if Darren was going to be successful in high school, he needed continued interventions through CIS. However, Darren has quite a bit of pride that became evident immediately. After meeting with him, and having to meet his parents for a school incident he was involved in, I saw first-hand that he was the boss of his mother and had little to no supervision at home. Darren was allowed to use tobacco and drive under age; he didn’t feel or realize that he needed help, even though he had already been suspended from school or on a referral for: truancy, harassment, disruptive conduct, assault, verbal abuse to staff, inappropriate use of technology and computers, refusal to serve minor sanctions, and leaving campus. In the middle of his sophomore year, Darren had an intense incident with the Dean of Schools. Thankfully, I was there and I stopped Darren from attacking the Dean and was able to calm him down and de-escalate the situation, preventing any further damage being done. That moment changed the relationship between Darren and me and he began to trust me more. He acknowledged his desire to graduate and we began working on a plan to improve his behavior and get him to graduation. Now, instead of leaving the school whenever he gets upset, Darren has a place to go and someone to talk to. Darren told me that I have played an important role in helping him make it through school and says that he would not have done it without me. I know that the road has been tough for this young man. However, I never gave up hope on him. I know the many times I have intervened and provided conflict resolution, along with intrinsic motivation, has had a direct impact in the success Darren has been able to achieve during his high school tenure. I am thankful to serve students like Darren.

I never gave up hope on him. - CIS Site Coordinator -

*name has been changed to protect student's identity



Get INVOLVED Receive Each month, CIS of Mid-America sends out a newsletter, featuring highlights from happenings across our multi-state network. Some of these highlights include: our most recent blog, our favorite success story of the moment, and links to news stories that you may have missed. Sign up to have this newsletter delivered straight to your email inbox by visiting our website and filling out the brief form at the bottom of any page.

Volunteer With a network of CIS programs in more than 50 schools, located in multiple states, there are always events and opportunities for you to volunteer! This year, we rolled out new volunteer management software called Better Impact. This website gives you the chance to view all current volunteer opportunities in your area. In addition, you can use the site to sign up to volunteer, fill out background paperwork, and receive notifications about the event you volunteered for. Find out more on our website, under the Get Involved tab.

Donate One of the easiest ways to support CIS of Mid-America is to become a recurring donor. Your monthly gift benefits us, as it becomes a source of support that we rely on to bring our programs to students across our network. Being a monthly donor benefits you, because you know that each month, you are doing what you can to ensure that our program continues to do the work that you believe in. Become a recurring donor today, by vising our website and clicking the Donate Button.

Connect Stay up-to-date with the most current information on what is happening in our network by connecting with us on social media! Additionally, you can show your support for the work we do by sharing our posts on your personal social media account. The more people who know who we are and what we do, the more support we receive, and that means the more students we can help! Communities In Schools of Mid-America is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, under the handle @cismidamerica.

Listen CIS of Mid-America is proud to announce the launch of our podcast "Letters from the Lunchroom." Each episode, we talk to people who have a relationship with our organization. From students to staff members, and alumni to volunteers, we know that people who connect with non-profits have a story that led them there, and we want to know that story. Since its inception, this podcast has had almost 4,000 downloads, with listeners located in 16 different countries. Find it everywhere that podcasts are found, or listen on our website under the Media tab.