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Communities in Schools Pennsylvania Announces Continued Impr

Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school. When students drop out, they are more likely to end up in poverty, suffer poor health, be dependent on social services, and enter the criminal justice system

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Communities in Schools Pennsylvania Announces Continued Impr

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  1. CommunitiesinSchoolsPennsylvaniaAnnouncesContinuedImprovementGraduationRatesCommunitiesinSchoolsPennsylvaniaAnnouncesContinuedImprovementGraduationRates • Every26seconds,a youngpersoninAmerica drops outofschool.When students dropout,they are more likelyto endupinpoverty,suffer poorhealth,bedependentonsocialservices,andenter thecriminaljusticesystem • Harrisburg,PA,May 16,2014 -Askidsaroundthecountryaregraduating,CommunitiesInSchoolsofPennsylvania–part of thenation’s largest and mosteffectiveorganizationdedicatedtokeepingkidsinschool and helping themsucceed inlife–todayreleasedareport demonstratingtheorganization’s impacton dropoutrates,highlighted bylocalsuccessstories.Thereport was released as part ofanational publicawarenesscampaignfeaturing young peoplefromaroundthe countrywhohavegraduated fromhighschool asaresult of theirinvolvement withCommunities InSchools. • “Theworkwedohaschanged thelivesof thousandsofPennsylvanians,and welookforward to continuing ourservicesandempoweringstudentsto stay inschool.said RyanRiley,President ofCommunitiesInSchoolsPennsylvania,in thenewreport,entitled Changing thePictureofEducation inPennsylvania.“Our staffhasthetalent and pastsuccesstopositivelychangethefutureforevenmorestudentsacross the Commonwealth.” • Every26seconds,ayoung person inAmericadropsoutofschool.Whenstudentsdropout,they aremorelikely toendup inpoverty,sufferpoorhealth,bedependent onsocial services,enterthe criminal justicesystemand costtheU.S.billionsofdollarseachyear inlost revenueand increased spending on government assistanceprograms.TochangethepictureinPennsylvania,CommunitiesInSchoolsisservingnearly39,000 studentsin58schoolsthisyear,workinghand inhandwithdistricts,communities,partnerorganizationsandfamiliestosurroundstudentswithastrong networkofsupport. • According tothenewreport,CommunitiesInSchoolsPennsylvaniaachieved thefollowingduring the2012-13school year: • 5elementaryschools,12middleschoolsand 41highschoolswereserved. • Approximately39,000 studentswereserved byCommunitiesInSchoolsPennsylvania;33,489ofstudentsreceived LevelOnesupports(school-widepreventionservices) and 4,662ofstudents • received Level Twosupports(targetedand sustained interventions). • 69% percent ofseniorsreceiving targetedand sustained interventions(andfor whomdatawereavailable) graduated. • 75% percent ofthe studentsingradesK-11 whoreceived targetedand sustained interventions(and for whomdatawereavailable) werepromoted tothenext grade. • “WhenIlookatthe stateofeducationtodayand whatittakes toservethe wholechild— Communities inSchools isproviding thesolutionsourschools,studentsand communitiesneed”

  2. saidC.RussellMayo,Ed.D.,AllentownSchoolDistrict Superintendent. Toraiseawarenessabout CommunitiesInSchools,apublicawarenesscampaign isrunningnationwide,featuring shortvideosbyAcademyAward-winning filmmakerErrolMorrisand photosbyrenowned photographerDavid Harriman.Thesevideosand imagesareonlineatcommunitiesinschools.org. CommunitiesInSchoolsPennsylvaniaispartof thenationalCommunitiesInSchoolsnetwork,whichoperates inmorethan2,200schoolsinthemost challengedcommunitiesof26statesand theDistrict ofColumbia.Working closelywithschool districtsand partner organizations,CommunitiesInSchoolsserves1.3millionyoung peopleandtheirfamilieseachyear.Based directlyinsideschoolsthroughoutthecountry,CommunitiesInSchoolsconnectsstudentsand theirfamiliestobasicand criticaleducational andcommunity-based resources,tailored toeachstudent’sspecificneeds.Learnmoreabout CommunitiesInSchoolsPennsylvania atwww.cis-pa.org. Changing thePictureofEducationinPennsylvania isoneofmorethantwodozenCommunitiesInSchoolsreportsbeing releasedaround thecountrytodayintimeforgraduations. ATTENTIONJOURNALISTS:Forafull copyof the CommunitiesInSchoolsSpring 2014Report: Changing thePictureofEducationinPennsylvania,ortoarrange interviewswithlocalspokespersons,pleasecontact:Ryan Riley,610-800-8863/717-233-4330/Ryan@NoMoreDropouts.org.B-Roll isalsoavailableuponrequest. Contact: Ryan Riley Communities inSchoolsofPennsylvania 2101NorthFrontStreet Building1,Suite100 Harrisburg,PA17110 717-233-4330 SMICommunications@earthlink.nethttp://cis-pa.org/ ###

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