Communities in Schools developed guiding principles called the Five Basics. These are values that guide our approach to providing relationship-based support.
Today, we live in a society where having the traditional nuclear family is far less common than as previous generations. It’s in the change to an alternative family structure that the existence of strong relationships and support are getting lost. Today, we live in a country where a third of teens, which represents a whopping 8+ million, and a fifth of younger children, about 5 million, lack high-quality relationships with their parents.
In response to these facts, CIS recognized a need in these children’s lives to have a high-quality relationship- be that with a role model, mentor, or simply a caring adult. Programs don’t change kids, relationships do.
It is found that these high quality relationships are necessary for succeeding in schools and preparing for life.
Take a look at this video to get a better understanding of how being a mentor can instill positive changes in a child’s life.