Charity Navigator

4Star 125x125Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) is proud to announce that we have earned Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the highest possible rating and indicates that CIS adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.
Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that CIS exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets CIS apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction!

CIS Helps Liyjon Graduate from High School


CIS is so proud of our awesome CIS student who graduated from Margaret Long Wisdom High School, formerly Lee High School, and has hit the news bigtime…Liyjon DeSilva!

Liyjon has received the revered “full ride” Posse Scholarship and is now attending Carleton College this Fall!

A very big “thank you” to Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell from Windsor Village United Methodist Church for their significant contribution and for having Liyjon speak at the Church over the summer.

CIS Board member and Baker Botts attorney, Lauren Gore, has made significant deposits in Liyjon’s life by mentoring Liyjon for the past year. Thank you Lauren!

ABC13 News, CNN, and the Houston Chronicle have all covered Liyjon’s story. The story has spread and has also been picked up by over 20 media outlets in the US and in other countries.  We are beyond proud of Liyjon and the significant difference CIS makes in students’ lives every day!

Our Top Corporate Fiscal Sponsors

Check out our top 10 corporate donors for the 2015-2016 school year:

Thank you to our top corporate donors!

Summer Internships

Legal Internships

HBA/CIS Legal Interns with Harris County Judge Deborah Mayfield (165th Civil Court)

The Houston Bar Association (HBA)/Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) Summer Legal Internship Program partnered with 19 legal firms and organizations to hire 23 legal interns, who successfully completed the internship program. Most of our CIS legal interns have never been downtown Houston. Therefore, this legal internship is a significant experience allowing students to dream of a possible career path and future. During the 8 week initiative, high school interns attended seminars that addressed employment skills and introduced them to the legal profession. Federal Judges Jennifer Walker Elrod (Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals) and Vanessa Gilmore, (US  District Court, Southern District) hosted our CIS youth in addition to Judge Debra Mayfield (Harris County, 165th Civil Court) who also served as the presiding judge for the annual Mock Trial, a culminating event for the legal interns to illustrate their debating skills.

CIS high school students were transformed by this professional experience.  Frank Valdez, CIS Intern and a Junior at Lamar High School, commented, “The HBA/CIS Legal Internship was an invaluable experience. It gave me the opportunity to explore my interest in law by gaining work experience at a law firm, meeting amazing mentors, and receiving advice that will help me be successful in anything I do in life.”

Nursing Internships

nursingCommunities In Schools of Houston (CIS) partnered with Houston Methodist Hospital and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital to provide internships for 54 CIS students over this past summer.  The purpose of the 8-week CIS Summer Internship was to expose students to a professional setting in health care, provide them hands-on experience working with patients, and allow them to join a health care team. Students had the opportunity to earn the Patient Care Assistant (PCA) certification.


Many of the students who participated in the program will be the first to attend college, and many lack professional mentors in their lives. This annual summer program motivates students to stay in school and to pursue college and postsecondary work. The internship also provides an understanding of the nursing field in order to make an informed career choice. The students develop specific employable skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, customer service and professional etiquette.


Furthermore, the nursing intern students received direct exposure to a variety of careers within the nursing profession. The professional experience transformed many of the students, empowering them to grow in self-exploration, career exploration and career planning.

A special thank you to our Donors (6/1/16 – 9/1/16)


CIS Stay In School Gala Luncheon (Save-the-Date)

Thursday, March 2nd Luncheon @ Houston Country Club09-20-16-cis-savethedate01

For more information, visit our website.