In the last two years, we have seen a 20% increase in the number of students experiencing mental/behavioral health issues. With children as young as 8 exhibiting signs of distress, Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) works to fill in the gaps: from food, clothing and housing to counseling, parent education and advocacy. Every school day, CISDR staff works on 58 campuses in nine school districts across Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Hunt and Kaufman counties. Their important work frees teachers to teach and focus on their students holistically.
With these high-risk children in mind, we invite you to the 8th Annual CISDR Golf Tournament on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas. Since 2011, the CISDR Golf Tournament has been the largest fundraising event for our organization, and we are well aware that the success of the tournament is due in large part to the support from organizations and individuals like you. Come join us for an afternoon on the links, and help us in our mission to surround children with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Since 1985, CISDR has served those children whom our education system labels as “least likely to succeed” as a result of events beyond their control. In 2017-18, 52,381 students had access to CISDR on their campus every day (supplies, food, clothing, etc.) and 7,535 students benefited from individualized support (tutoring, counseling, home visits, parent intervention, etc.) Of these 7,535 students: 85% improved in academics, behavior and/or attendance, 98% were promoted to the next grade, 97% of eligible seniors graduated, and 99% stayed in school. These results, validated by the Texas Education Agency, show our effectiveness in keeping these students from falling through the cracks.
In response to the growing mental health crisis in our schools, we have expanded our focus on issues such as suicide and self-harm, relational isolation and disengaged parents, and the impact of parental opioid abuse on school age children. To date, we have trained over 900 teachers, counselors, parents and other caring adults in Mental Health First Aid, helping them to recognize the signs and symptoms of distress and put the phrase “see something, say something” into action. But we couldn’t do this without the support of people like you. By sponsoring the CISDR Golf Tournament, you will help us strengthen the “safety net” around our most vulnerable children.
Please join us in making a positive impact on the lives of our students. Please contact us directly with any comments or questions you may have, 214-827-0955 ext. 267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.