Communities in Schools helps students stay in school by providing a supportive community, says CEO

SAN ANTONIO – The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a supportive community, enabling them to stay in school and succeed in life.

Recently they received a huge multi-million dollar donation that can mean a lot to our schools in Bexar County.

Jessica Weaver, CEO of Communities in Schools-San Antonio, joined Leading SA on Sunday to discuss the program and what it means for schools in San Antonio.

“Our mission statement is to surround students with a supportive community and ultimately empower them to stay in school. And how we do that is we bring in full-time professional staff, our backgrounds, our social work, and our counseling, and we bring them into the schools. And so what we’re doing is we’re coming inside, partnering with our school counselors and our teachers, and providing support services to students with whatever challenges they may be facing,” said Weaver.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not made life easier for local students and their families.

“The last two years have been difficult for everyone. And so this gift was really great. An expansion boost that has been asked of us and so many of our districts have asked us to move to more schools,” Weaver said.

Weaver explained that the multi-million dollar donation would mean more awareness in schools.

“Our parents will see that we’re in more campuses and really this opportunity to be able to reach out to someone who can really help them through any kind of challenges their child or family may be facing,” Weaver said.

Communities in Schools is a nationwide program, but the San Antonio chapter addresses a unique issue.

“And I think for San Antonio, what you know, what’s unique for us is that we have so many school districts. So it’s not that you’re, you know, you can see if there are things happening in all areas or if there are trends and those trends are really everywhere. So it’s one thing, it’s disengagement. But the children went without their continued learning. And so there’s no way it didn’t affect them,” Weaver said.

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You can watch Weaver’s full interview in the video player above.

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