Through Safer Students, Stronger Schools (4S), Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) is increasing awareness, educating school leaders and providing much-needed student support. Investing in Safer Students, Stronger Schools can impact hundreds of thousands of Texas students and build a stronger Texas.

Safer Students, Stronger Schools
Safer Students, Stronger Schools

4S Advisory Council Members

Brint Ryan, 4S Campaign Chair
Lynn McBee
Bob Mong
Roland Parrish
Eric Reeves
Paul Stephens

Priorities & Giving Opportunities

On-Campus Support

The equation is simple: more Site Coordinators reach more kids. Today, we are only in a fraction of schools across our five-county service area, with dozens of schools on the waiting list. Our goal is to be in every school using the best practice of 1 Site Coordinator to 65 CISDR students. In some of our schools today, we have Site Coordinators with a caseload of up to 100 students. At schools such as these, we need additional Site Coordinators to meet the high demand and get students the support they need.

Mental Health First Aid

The relationship built and maintained between a Site Coordinator and their students is key to success — but students have to be referred to CISDR before they join the program, and so it’s crucial we identify those students in need as early as possible. With Mental Health First Aid training, we train teachers, coaches and educators to identify the warning signs and causes of concern with their students. Those who have graduated from our evidence-based intervention training serve as a critical resource in our school community to identify students needing support.

Crisis Intervention Specialists

In addition to our Site Coordinators, we have a clinical team made up of licensed professionals that give specialized support to students needing more intensive support services. Our goal in the “Safer Students, Stronger Schools” Campaign is to have one clinical person allocated to every district we serve.

Grow the Endowment

Invest in the future of CISDR as our leadership team focuses on broad expansion across North Texas, putting more Site Coordinators on more campuses to reach more students. Investment in the endowment allows the leadership team to focus on what really matters — our students.

Our students need your support. Please join us in making our schools the “safe place” our students need, and deserve.

4S In the Headlines

Reintegrating Students During COVID-19 & Managing Their Mental Health

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Article by Curtisha Taylor, LCSW-S March 2020 changed the lives of everyone in ways that none could have predicted. While we were coming off of the wave of celebrating a…

The Meadows Foundation Commits $200,000 to Support Youth Mental Health Services

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 Rising rates of youth depression, anxiety, behaviorally defined disorders like ADHD and ODD, substance use disorders, and suicide threaten the health, safety and wellbeing of youth. Meanwhile, mental health professionals…

Communities In Schools Dallas Announces $500,000 Grant

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Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) received a grant in the amount of $500,000 from The Harold Simmons Foundation to support CISDR’s Safer Students, Stronger Schools Campaign (4S).…

CISDR Receives $500,000 from W.W. Caruth Jr. Fund at CFT

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Communities In Schools Dallas Region Announces Half Million Dollar Grant W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas to support mental health services in schools (Dallas, TX) December 23,…

Mental health issues are not just confined to our schools. They touch our entire society.

Texas Governor Abbott Greg Abbott2019 State of the State Address

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