Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CIS) is a community schools initiative with the mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS places full-time bilingual social workers inside of schools to support and advocate for students and families living in poverty. We provide basic needs and social-emotional support designed to ensure families are stable and children and youth can get to school, engage in school, learn and be successful. A lack of stable, genuinely affordable housing in our community disrupts family stability and contributes to chaos that leads to trauma for kids and families. The latter making it difficult for students to learn and stay on a positive life path.
We serve students and families in 11 Santa Fe Public Schools