Change a child's life, volunteer with us today!

CIS-SA could not meet the needs of the over 7,500 students we serve without compassionate volunteers and community partners and the range of talent and expertise they bring.  Our paid staff leverages over 14 times their number in volunteers, enabling CIS-SA to remain extraordinarily cost efficient. 


 CIS-SA is a school-based program working with students; therefore, all volunteers must clear a background check.  Before you begin the application process, please print and complete the DPS Computerized Criminal History (CCH) Verification Form.  You will need to upload the completed CCH form and a copy of your driver's license for the online application process. 


NEW Volunteers! Click below to learn about becoming a new CIS-SA Volunteer: 

Five Easy Steps for Becoming a New CIS-SA Volunteer

New CIS-SA volunteers should complete an online volunteer application.  Here's the link:  CIS-SA Online Volunteer Application


RETURNING Volunteers! You will need to complete a simple 2-step process to return to your campus: 

Step 1. Provide a copy of your current driver's license or state issued ID and your DPS Computerized Criminal History (CCH) Verification Form

Step 2. Email this information to our Volunteer Manager, Ilsa Garcia, 





There are many ways that you can get involved!  Check out the opportunities below.


Are you patient, enthusiastic and dependable? Do you enjoy a good game of one-on-one basketball or Connect-Four, or just a good conversation with a young person? Interested in changing a child's life?  If so, CIS-SA is looking for you!  We need responsible, consistent adult role models to serve as mentors for students in elementary, middle and high school. Often students are surrounded by negative influences, such as poverty, drug abuse and gang involvement.  Mentors can provide them with the positive influence and hope necessary to deal with their problems.  Mentors may participate in a number of activities with students, such as helping with homework, playing games, reading together, playing sports, or just hanging out and talking. 


Do you have great academic skills that you could share?  If so, CIS-SA is looking for you!  We need responsible, consistent role models to serve as tutors for students in elementary, middle and high school.  Our students need extra academic support.  Tutors can provide them with the positive reinforcement in an academic area. 

 General Volunteer

General Volunteers can be parent volunteer who helps out at a school, a guest speaker not associated with an agency, or a volunteer that helps with a special program, such as Days of Caring.  CIS-SA can use general volunteers in many ways to make a difference in the lives of our youth. 


Communities In Schools of San Antonio welcomes the opportunity for college students to complete their field practicum with our agency. We gladly accept interns from various colleges and universities surrounding Bexar County. We are looking for individuals who would like to work with students from the elementary, middle or high school level. We offer experiences with at-risk youth in the areas of counseling, social work and case management.

Applications for internships are accepted year round. To apply for a placement with CIS-SA, please visit our Careers page for details. The documents needed to start your Internship process include:

  • Cover Letter explaining why you would like to intern with CIS-SA and what you would like to get out of the experience
  • Resume

We accept applications for Fall & Spring internships/practicums. Please note that CIS-SA is currently not offering summer internships. For any questions regarding the Internship Program, please contact Melanie Awtry at

Community Partner

Community Partners are individuals who work for other agencies or businesses and would like to partner with CIS-SA.  Community Partners can be guest speakers, group facilitators, job shadow sponsors, or provide other services for CIS-SA students. 

Board Members and Friends of CIS-SA

Board Members and Friends of CIS-SA are established members of the CIS-SA family.