Some 25 centuries ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about an individual’s obligation to contribute to their community. Aristotle taught his students that the “virtue of the citizen” is relative to the success of the community of which they are a part.
CSMI Education Management has always believed in the power of partnerships, and the common good that is achieved when the members of a community are engaged with one another. Our commitment to community is one of the central tenants of our business.
In fact, our relationship with the community is a symbiotic one, one that ultimately brings the greatest value to the students we serve. This is because we not only partner with communities we serve - they also partner with us. We have seen the incredible things that can be achieved when parents, neighbors, and local business people take an interest in the schools serving their communities.
This is why we create and foster partnerships with non-profit organizations, as well as with business leaders in the communities we serve. In nearly every case, the local businesspeople in historically-challenged communities are eager to connect with the organizations that are working to educate the children in their lives.
The benefits of business-community engagement are two-fold, providing positive returns to local organizations and increasing company performance through improved reputation and invigorated employee morale. Employee engagement allows our team members to connect with local community members, creating a personal bond between individuals that is rooted in service. Additionally, partnerships with social service agencies, police departments, health organizations, and community counseling groups all allow us to give back to the people around us in ways that matter. Additional examples of community engagement include employee volunteer days, in-kind and financial donations, and long-term nonprofit partnerships.