Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools

The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning. CIS builds relationships with students, teachers, families, and multiple community resources, with a singular focus, improving academic achievement.

CIS of Chesterfield currently serves students at 5 Chesterfield County Public Schools. We serve students at Chesterfield Community High School , Salem Church Middle School, Bellwood Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, and Ettrick Elementary.

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  • CIS of Chesterfield is a nationally accredited affiliate of the Communities In Schools National Program. CIS National serves nearly 1.3 million young people in more than 3,400 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
  • CIS is a committee of the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation


  • Winner of 1998 Governor’s Partnerships in Education Award
  • Winner of Virginia Association of Partners in Education Award in 2000
  • Winner of Virginia Mentoring Partnership statewide award 2004
  • Recognized as one of eight innovative programs in the Unied States by the National School Board Association for the implementation of the YMCA After-School Program at Bellwood Elementary – a unique partnership between CIS , Title I and the Midlothian Family YMCA
  • Nationally Accredited Affiliate – November 2010


  • More than 1,300 graduates received high school diplomas with support from CIS since program began in 1993
  • 3,211 students received CIS services in the 2010-2011 schooly year. 575 of those students received intensive case-managed services


  • Bellwood, Chalkley and Ettrick elementary schools
  • Salem Church Middle School
  • Chesterfield Community High School, countywide high school program that also includes a countywide middle school program
  • Chesterfield Community High School evening program

    Governing Body

  • The CIS Board of Directors is composed of members from both the public and private sectors
  • The CIS Board of Directors is responsible for
    • securing financial and in-kind services to support CIS programs
    • developing and providing community resources to enrich programs for students and families
    • recruiting and training mentors and other volunteers
    • developing school to work opportunities including job shadowing, internships and career days
    • developing service learning opportunities
    • providing appropriate and meaningful student recognition awards


  • Competitive Grants
  • Businesses
  • Foundations
  • Individuals
  • United Way Donor designation through Central Virginia Campaign, Local Government and Schools Campaign and Combined Federal Campaign


  • Approximately 150 community volunteers spend one hour weekly with an individual student, grades K-through 12Job Shadowing
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond Capital One Financial Services
  • Central Virginia Food Bank DuPont Spruance Plant
  • Virginia State University Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Chesterfield County Government CDBG Office


In all programming, CIS of Chesterfield promotes the CIS Five Basics.


Every child needs and deserves:

  1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  2. A safe place to learn and grow
  3. A healthy start and a healthy future
  4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  5. A chance to give back to peers and community

For more information, call Jay Swedenborg at (804) 717-9305

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