Nonprofit Spotlight: Communities in Schools

On today’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Shaunna Finley, an education expert, strategic partner and a curriculum developer and facilitator for Communities in Schools.

Working directly in 2,500 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools builds relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life. Their school-based staff partner with teachers to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. From immediate needs like food or clothing to more complex ones like counseling or emotional support, their organization does whatever it takes to help students succeed.

Throughout this episode, we discuss how Communities in Schools is making a difference in the lives of students, particularly those who are struggling. And Dr. Finley shares the mission of Communities in Schools and how the organization connects students and families with support within their district.

She shares lessons learned during the pandemic and how Communities in Schools is walking through this new journey with students, parents and the community when it comes to recovering, re-engaging and re-Imagining the future of education.