Communities in Schools Pennsylvania has relocated in Harrisburg and is planning an open house 4-6 p.m. April 29.
“We were housed at 800 N. 3rd Street (The APC Building) for more than 10 years,” said Nathan Mains, president of CISPA. It was about 900 square feet, he said, and the decision to move was prompted by a desire for more space because of growth and the addition of a local affiliate.
The new location is at 2101 N. Front St., Building 1, Suite 100, and has about 2,400 square feet. Mains said the space allows the staff to conduct network-wide training in-person within the suite versus renting outside space.
“In addition, it is updated with video conferencing and features a completely open office environment versus enclosed offices,” Mains said. “We are already feeling the positive effects of this new layout through greater communication and collaboration among the team.”
Communities in Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, bringing coordinated, integrated student services into public schools to meet the needs of at-risk students. CISPA comprises six affiliates serving more than 90 school sites and more than 24,000 students.
According to a news release, 82 percent of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. Of Pennsylvania’s nearly 600 high schools, 54 are among the nation’s lowest performers — those where fewer than 60 percent of freshmen progress to their senior year on time. Every school day, nine students drop out of high school in Pennsylvania.
CISPA said just half of Pennsylvania’s dropouts in 2011 receiving their diplomas would have resulted in more than $65 million in economic growth, $5.5 million in increased tax revenue, $230 million in increased home sales, $11.3 million in increased auto sales and $38 million in increased spending.