Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Communities In Schools (CIS) of Central Texas is a dropout prevention program that creates a network of volunteers, social services, businesses, and community resources that work together to break down barriers and help students succeed. The XY-Zone is a nationally recognized leadership development and peer support program for high school age males at-risk for school dropout. The XY-Zone challenges and empowers young men to aim high, get an education and break the cycle of poverty. Impact Austin's grant will fund expansion of XY-Zone to the Bastrop High School Campus. The Communities In Schools – Central Texas XY-Zone program also received the 2005 Impact Austin Education Grant in the amount of $105,500, which expanded the program to Crockett and Lanier High Schools. In addition to remaining in school, the young men enrolled in the XY-Zone significantly improved academic performance and behavior at school. Many also stopped or reduced risk-taking behavior and demonstrated increases in developmental assets.