Our Mission

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a lasting impact on our community. Teacher turnover in Washington state reached a record high of %19.76 in 2022. This is the highest turnover rate our state has ever witnessed. While K–12 schools have since returned to in-person teaching and normalcy slowly settles in, there remains a significant disparity between the number of caring staff in schools and the quantity of students in need. We at Communities in Schools of Whatcom-Skagit are tackling this crisis by placing caring mentors in schools that help each student meet their needs and goals so they can stay in school and achieve in life. We are working closely with local nonprofits and community organizations to ensure we have up-to-date information on current services available, so we may connect students and families to the appropriate resources to help them thrive during this challenging time.

Your donation supports these efforts and keeps our community connected throughout this continued public health crisis.

The Problem

Thousands of kids across the state carry adult-sized burdens to school every day: unmet basic needs, homelessness, bullying, systemic racism, the emotional effects of trauma, untreated medical conditions, language barriers, learning disabilities.

Local communities may have ample resources to address these challenges, but students and families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services.

How We Help Students

Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside 11 schools in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed.

In partnership with local communities, we do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize and meet their full potential.

Making a Difference

At Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit, our 227 case-managed students show outstanding progress towards their personal goals.

  • 100%
    Stayed in School
  • 71%
    Improved Attendance
  • 96%
    Improved Behavior
  • 81%
    Improved Coursework

* Outcomes reflect data from last school year

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