Working directly inside K-12 schools full-time, CIS builds trusting relationships with at-risk youth, empowering them to stay on track to graduation. Their school-based staff work in partnership with teachers to identify and address challenges students face in school or at home. These may range from immediate needs like food and clothing, to more complex needs like counseling and mentoring. They coordinate with the community—businesses, health care providers and nonprofits—to bring outside resources inside schools and do whatever it takes to help students succeed. During the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99% of their case-managed students stay in school.