Our work, and the work of our partners, is guided by the "Five Basics." Developed by CIS founder Bill Milliken, the Five Basics are a set of essentials that every child needs and deserves. (For more information about the CIS Five Basics, please click here.)
We believe that EVERY CHILD needs and deserves:
Our partners and volunteers provide students with these services in two ways: through school-wide supports that are available to all students, and through supports targeted for specific individual students. School-wide supports, called Level One, are short-term measures provided on an as-needed basis, such as school assemblies, clothing or school supply drives, career fairs, health screenings, grief counseling, or field trips. Supports for specific students, called Level Two, are directed at students with specific needs and/or dropout factors. These services typically include an enrollment or assignment procedure and are sustained interventions lasting several weeks, months, or an entire year. Such services include tutoring, mentoring, individual counseling, before- and after-school programs and community service. This combination of Level One and Level Two services makes sure students are getting the right academic and personal support they need to stay in school and achieve in life.
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