Get Involved


Make a gift to CIS Gulf South as an individual or organization.

Only YOU can keep caring adults in schools to help students succeed. Communities In Schools of the Gulf South serves 17 schools with 22 staff members and we need to raise $30,000.00 per school each year to maintain our services. CIS Gulf South has an active Go Fund Me campaign to help close our funding gap.

Communities In Schools of the Gulf South also accepts in-kind donations! If you are interested in making an in-kind donation please email us at to tell us more about what you would like to donate.



There are Three Ways to Volunteer

Communities In Schools of the Gulf South offers three different types of volunteer opportunities.

  1. Done-in-a-Day
  2. Mentoring
  3. AmeriCorps

Done-in-a-Day Volunteer Opportunities

Communities In Schools of the Gulf South has opportunities for community members to volunteer with us. For those with limited free time, Done-in-a-Day opportunities provide a chance to give back by working on a specific project. Done-in-a-Day volunteer activities are also ideal for corporate and civic groups to engage in service.


Examples of Done-in-a-Day volunteer projects include:

  • Preparing in-kind donations for distribution (school supplies, food bags for breaks, holiday gifts)
  • Assisting with CIS special events (soliciting raffle items, promoting events, volunteering day-of)
  • Providing school beautification (planting, gardening, painting, clean-up)

Interested in volunteering with CIS Gulf South for a Done-in-a-Day opportunity?

Contact Rebecca Rubenstein to learn about volunteer opportunities:

Click the button below to view a calendar of volunteer opportunities.



CIS Gulf South is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors. Expanding youth mentoring in New Orleans has been a top priority for CIS Gulf South. Extensive research has shown that youth who have adult mentors have a far greater likelihood of succeeding no matter their personal circumstances.

Our equation is a simple one -
one adult, one child, one lunch a week= 2 Lives Changed


Volunteer as a CIS Gulf South Mentor

The Communities In Schools of the Gulf South Mentoring Program gives adult volunteers and youth the opportunity to engage in a mentoring relationship in a structured and safe school-based environment.

To become a mentor you must:

• Be at least 21 years of age
• Complete a mentor application and interview
• Pass a background check and reference check
• Submit a copy of your driver's license
• Complete a 3-hour mentor training
• Commit to a minimum of one year as a mentor

Why Mentor

Research has shown that a young person who has a mentor is more likely to:
• Improve self-esteem
• Stay in school
• Improve academic and social skills
• Feel encouraged to develop positive behaviors, attitudes and ambitions

Research has shown that adults who serve as mentors experience:
• Improved health and self-esteem
• A sense of purpose
• A much-needed break from their busy professional lives

To apply to be a mentor, please fill out the below application and email it to Rebecca Rubenstein, National Programs & Mentoring Coordinator at


AmeriCorps members at Communities In Schools of the Gulf South: The CIS Gulf South AmeriCorps program provides support to help students succeed in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Guided by the evidence-based CIS Gulf South model of Integrated Student Supports (ISS), corps members work inside public schools. During their 5 or 10 month commitment, corps members engage in a variety of activities including mentoring, one-on-one counseling, providing psychosocial assessments, group counseling, and implementing a social skills group curriculum.

AmeriCorps members are required to be currently attending graduate school for counseling or social work and must be in the practicum or internship semester. AmeriCorps members assess the mental and behavioral health needs of 300 students in their assigned school. Members are provided with an evidence-based program designed specifically for implementation in schools.

Since 2007, more than 75 AmeriCorps members have served at CIS Gulf South.

engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1,000,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Volunteer Louisiana was established in 1993 in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to rekindle the spirit of service and citizenship among the citizens of Louisiana. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser continues the commitment to service in Louisiana. The mission of Volunteer Louisiana is to build and sustain high quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana's citizens and promote an ethic of service. Volunteer Louisiana facilitates the AmeriCorps funding for CIS Gulf South.

Send a cover letter and resume to Brittney Thomas, Director of Student Services, at

For information on the new program or to fill out an application, click below.

Work For Us

Communities In Schools of the Gulf South, Inc. welcomes applications from qualified individuals who are committed to the success of children in public schools.

To apply for an open position at CIS Gulf South, please fill out the application below and email your cover letter and resume to



Current Openings


Communities In Schools of the Gulf South, Inc. seeks a qualified counselor or social worker to implement its evidence-proven model of integrated student services on the campus of an Iberia Parish Public School and/or Lafayette Charter School that serves students in an elementary or middle school setting. The Site Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and coordinating CIS activities and programs on the campus. The Site Coordinator interfaces with campus personnel and coordinates school functions with the CIS program and CIS administration. The Site Coordinator will provide assessments, referrals, and counseling or supportive guidance and connect numerous community service providers to the students who need them. Superior communication, organization, and team building skills are required. Minimum of an LMSW or PLPC is required. Full-time year-round position with benefits.

Click HERE to apply.