“Children and youth deserve a caring community that empowers them to achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. In order to do so, racism and other inequalities in our educational system and society must be acknowledged and addressed. The Communities In Schools of Washington network exists to build on student strengths and overcome systemic barriers through advocacy, partnerships and individualized social-emotional supports.”

CIS of Washington Network DEI Statement

At CISBF, it is important we represent the students and families we serve. We believe that trans-formative relationships are the key to unlocking a student’s potential.  We will succeed by including in our strategies, ingraining in our culture, and reflecting in our behaviors, principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion.  As a result, we break down immediate and systemic barriers to create and sustain equitable outcomes.

“A growing body of research shows that diversity in schools and communities can be a powerful lever leading to positive outcomes in school and in life.”

U.S. Department of Education

We are committed to create a workplace that is inclusive of everyone, where every person can be their authentic self, and where authenticity is celebrated as a strength. CISBF is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. CISBF’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected across our agency. Diversity, equity & inclusion is more than a commitment at CISBF—it is the foundation of what we do.

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Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.

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Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

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Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed to participate while being respected, supported, and valued.

CISBF partners with organizations and businesses interested in surrounding our students with a community of support! CISBF will not partner with any organization that actively discriminates against employees and/or its volunteers based on: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or other ideologies.

Please review the Downloads section below for local Benton-Franklin fact sheets on youth risk and youth suicide. Feel free to email us at info@cisbf.org to inquire how you can make an impact on the lives of the youth we serve!

LGBTQIA+ Information & Resources for Educators, Parents/Guardians, Advocates & Youth

The majority of young people spend many of their waking hours at school, surrounded by teachers, administrators, and peers who may have different views and opinions than they do. For LGBTQIA+ youth in particular, school can be a tricky place to explore who they are and how they identify, especially if they face harassment, discrimination, or a lack of resources. Each CISBF office in the schools we serve is a safe place for ALL students. If a student, parent and/or guardian needs support and/or resources but is in a school without CISBF, they may contact the Site Coordinator at the school closest to them for information. The Trevor Project is also available to offer nonjudgmental support to all LGBTQIA+ young people who may be in crisis, or need immediate help. You are not alone; click here!