Center for Supportive Schools (CSS)

Goal: $ 5000

No of Donation: 100



Goal: $ 5000
Amount Raised: $ 5315
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 100
Category : Education
Url :
Contact Number : 6092529300
Address : 911 Commons Way
State : Princeton
City : NJ
Country : US
Zipcode : 08540


Too many students in the United States feel uninspired, disconnected, even alienated at school and haven't developed the leadership, academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed. Left unaddressed, school disengagement can result in chronic absenteeism, poor academic performance, bullying, drug and alcohol use, and risky sexual behavior. CSS helps to create safe, supportive, engaging, and inspiring schools that keep students engaged -- a critical step in school and life success.


The Center for Supportive Schools (CSS, formerly known as the Princeton Center for Leadership Training) has a 35-year history of partnering with K-12 schools throughout the United States to train and mobilize students to be lifelong leaders who make schools better for themselves, their peers, and younger students. As a result, schools become safer, more supportive, engaging, inspiring learning environments and students become strongly connected through caring relationships with adults and one another; and highly skilled in the leadership, academic, social, and emotional skills that are proven to result in school and life success. In 1979, Dr. Sharon Rose Powell developed a program to support, ease, and make successful students' transition from middle to high school by tapping into the power of older students to create safer, more supportive, engaging, and inspiring school environments for incoming freshmen. Dr. Powell founded CSS with the goal of taking this program, Peer Group Connection (PGC), to scale by partnering with school districts and building their capacity to implement and sustain the model. Since then, CSS has expanded its services to include a wide variety of evidence-based K-12 solutions that provide opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth to youth and families. CSS's solutions address a basic problem: our schools are failing our low-income students, because too many students feel uninspired, disconnected, even alienated at school and are unequipped with the leadership, academic, social, and emotional skills they need to succeed. Research indicates that 70% of high school dropouts say that not feeling motivated or inspired to work hard was a major factor in their decision to drop out (Bridgeland, DiIulio, & Morison, 2006). Our mission is to develop, disseminate, and promote peer leadership, advisory, and other evidence-based K-12 solutions that enable and inspire schools to more fully engage students in learning, better connect students to their schools, motivate and equip students to make decisions responsibly, and accelerate academic achievement. Our solutions enable and inspire students to become more engaged learners; develop positive social, emotional, and health behaviors; navigate pivotal transitions; and address the overwhelming stresses of youth. CSS's solutions take root within schools and make a lasting, sustainable impact that persists long after our involvement. We accomplish this by investing significant time into developing a strong stakeholder group within the school and then by working with school faculty and staff using an intensive train-the-trainer strategy, user-friendly curricula, and technical assistance. The impact of our work can be seen in the experiences of tens of thousands of students, educators, and parents annually. CSS has served nearly 300 schools in thirteen states as well as in Asia and South America. We also create customized solutions in response to the specific needs of schools. We have designed custom solutions for over 150 public and private schools throughout the United States.
Center for Supportive Schools (CSS) inspires and enables schools to leverage the leadership potential of students so that they team up with faculty and staff to create the vibrant environments needed for academic, social, and emotional learning.

Long-Term Impact

CSS's work has been proven to lower dropout rates; increase grades; decrease discipline referrals; and reduce high-risk behaviors. Our impact can be seen in the experiences of 30,000 students every year across 300 schools currently implementing one of our programs.

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