Through Safer Students, Stronger Schools (4S), Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region 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
Nancy Best
Lynn McBee
Bob Mong
Roland Parrish
Eric Reeves
Paul Stephens
Madhukar Trivedi, M.D

Priorities & Giving Opportunities

On-Campus Support

The equation is simple: more Site Coordinators reach more kids. We know there are thousands of students in North Texas who do not have access to a CIS Site Coordinator, and with the ongoing impact of COVID-19, more schools need our help than ever before. Communities In Schools is committed to hiring and training more passionate individuals to grow our impact and improve outcomes for public school students.

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 Communities In Schools 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.

Endowment Growth

Invest in the future of Communities In Schools 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. Donate to help us continue expanding our services across the region.

4S In the Headlines

CBS 11’s Erin Jones meets with Adam Powell and Curtisha Taylor to discuss the continued increase of youth mental health challenges across North Texas.

October 27th, 2021

Fox 4’s Shaun Rabb spoke with CEO, Adam Powell to discuss the rising prevalence of mental health concerns within K-12 schools.

October 14th, 2021

Adam Powell, CEO and Curtisha Taylor, Clinical Coordinator were featured on NBC 5 talking to Brittney Johnson about the youth mental health crisis in schools.

October 18th, 2021

Communities In Schools hosted a mindfulness session at Klyde Warren Park early October 2021 for #MentalIllnessAwareness week.

October 7, 2021

Fighting the Winter Blues

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By Gregory Southworth Adapted from Seattle Children’s Hospital   Winter can be a particularly blue time of the year for people. Darker, colder days and the post-holiday letdown often cause…

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is Back

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is a key component of the recently announced Safer Students, Stronger Schools (4S) campaign. After a hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the training has…

4S Initiative to Expand Student Mental Health Services Across the Region

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The Safer Students, Stronger Schools (4S) campaign began as a response to the growing youth mental health crisis in the United States. The approach itself represents one of the traditional focal areas…

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 impact this group is making on the students they serve is tremendous … Raising this money allows [Communities In Schools] to have a presence in more schools, and in turn, reach more students who need help in the Dallas area.

Brint Ryan, 4S Campaign ChairFounder, Chairman and CEO Ryan LLC

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