Dropping in to end dropouts. Register now!

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Congrats, 2015 graduates and future graduates for finishing another school year!

Baylor Philanthropy Lab supports CIS-HOT Mentoring Program

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Learn more about our Binder Doctors from Marlin

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Make a difference in a child's life. Be a mentor!

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Provide students with the academic help they need. Be a tutor!

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Developing youth equals building the community

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Serve your community. Get things done! Join AmeriCorps!

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Preparing in-school and out-of-school youth for the workforce

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Play2Learn Afterschool: A fun, safe learning environment

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Helping high school students transition to college

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Welcome to Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas!

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas (CIS-HOT) is a local affiliate that serves students in 30 schools in 12 school districts: Chilton, Clifton, Connally, Fairfield, Itasca, La Vega, Marlin, Mexia, Teague, Waco, and West ISD as well as Waco Charter School. Our mission is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. Learn more about us.


Lyssette: Overcoming Homelessness

Kids drop out of school for many reasons — homelessness, pregnancy, early parenthood, lack of food, and having to take care of themselves at a very young age, are just among the many obstacles countless students face. Meet Lyssette, one of our amazing students who faced all these and yet, at the end of the school year, is among the proud 2015 graduates.

Be Our Next Batch of AmeriCorps!

Serve a year with our CIS-AmeriCorps program and change more than just your own life. We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 AmeriCorps program. Visit our AmeriCorps page for more details.

Watch this video of AmeriCorps members reflecting on why they joined CIS-AmeriCorps and what they have gained from the experience:

AT&T Donates $895,485 to CIS-HOT

From left to right: Debbie Keel (AT&T Regional Manager), James Parsons (CIS-HOT CEO), Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan, Jr., Congressman Bill Flores, and State Representative Charles

From left to right: Debbie Keel (AT&T Regional Manager), James Parsons (CIS-HOT CEO), Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan, Jr., Congressman Bill Flores, and State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson

On September 26, 2014, AT&T presented a check to CIS-HOT in the amount of $895,485 to expand our work in five new rural area high schools — Chilton, Clifton, Fairfield, Itasca, and Mexia. The check presentation took place at the new McLane Stadium and coincided with Over The Edge Media Day.

Click the links for more details about the AT&T CIS-HOT grant and the AT&T Aspire signature education initiative.

Tutoring Makes a Difference!

If you are a Baylor University student and are eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program, join our tutoring team! It’s a great way to get financial aid for your studies and at the same time make a difference in a child’s life. Watch this interview with former tutor Logan Adcock who talks about how tutoring made an impact not just in the life of the students he helped, but in his personal life as well.



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    Welcome 2015-2016 School Year!


    By James Parsons, Chief Executive Officer Since 1989, Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas has served more than 100,000 at-risk youth with an array of programs designed not only to provide support but also to develop skills that will last a lifetime. As …

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    Inspired to Serve


      By Linzy Evans I had the privilege of joining the CIS family about seven-and-a-half years ago when I moved to Waco to pursue a music degree. I wanted a part-time job that would be flexible and rewarding at the same time. I started working …

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