Our vision is that every student must graduate.

CIS of Chicago alumna, Zari, met Student Supports Manager, Ms. Simone Woods, at the start of her senior year in high school. Zari says she didn’t have much direction at that time, but with Ms. Woods’ support, she received guidance, stability, and focus — and graduated from high school on time.

Impact In Our Community

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Chicago Public Schools students benefited from programs and services provided by or connected through CIS of Chicago.*

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students in grades K-12 were served by Student Supports Managers. Together, they created a plan to develop the skills and access the resources these students need to reach their full potential.*

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schools were served by our Partnership Specialists, who linked community partner programming that addressed student and school needs.*

*Data from the 2020-21 school year

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Our Partnership Team hosted Summer Institute yesterday for 100+ leaders from CIS' community partner network! The day of learning and collaboration provided organizations with the resources to execute impactful student programming this school year.

Community organizations play a critical role in student learning, and our team was honored to host Summer Institute for the tenth year running.

Check out our interview with CBS Chicago at the link below. Senior Director of Partnerships Robin Koelsch shares more about CIS' role in linking enriching resources and programs with Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago community organizations come together to meet student, educator challenges with new school year coming
Between COVID, rising prices, and staffing shortages, the need is great.
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What message resonates most with you today? 

Heres a throwback to some Hope Notes that CIS supporters shared with Chicago Public Schools students -- but they are just as meaningful for adults, too.

#motivationalmonday #allinforkids

What message resonates most with you today?

Here's a throwback to some Hope Notes that CIS supporters shared with Chicago Public Schools students -- but they are just as meaningful for adults, too.

#MotivationalMonday #AllinforKids
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CIS of Chicago is thrilled to expand our network of school partners this year from 175 to 200. This tremendous growth means that CIS of Chicago now serves over 30 percent of all Chicago Public Schools!

As the new school year approaches, we’d like to highlight some of our new school partners and share a little more about their unique school communities.

First up are new partner schools on the Far South Side.

-- Christian Fenger Academy High School prepares its students for the demands of post-secondary education, meaningful careers, and effective citizenship.
-- Percy L. Julian High School provides an arts-integrated education built on justice, joy, and anti-racism.
-- Theophilus Schmid Elementary School is recognized for continued academic growth and a wide range of extracurricular programs for all students.
-- Charles H. Wacker Elementary School prides itself on being a small, personalized, and student-centered learning environment.

Welcome, Fenger, Julian, Schmid, and Wacker, to the CIS of Chicago family! #allinforkids

CIS of Chicago is thrilled to expand our network of school partners this year from 175 to 200. This tremendous growth means that CIS of Chicago now serves over 30 percent of all Chicago Public Schools!

As the new school year approaches, we’d like to highlight some of our new school partners and share a little more about their unique school communities.

First up are new partner schools on the Far South Side.

-- Christian Fenger Academy High School prepares its students for the demands of post-secondary education, meaningful careers, and effective citizenship.
-- Percy L. Julian High School provides an arts-integrated education built on justice, joy, and anti-racism.
-- Theophilus Schmid Elementary School is recognized for continued academic growth and a wide range of extracurricular programs for all students.
-- Charles H. Wacker Elementary School prides itself on being a small, personalized, and student-centered learning environment.

Welcome, Fenger, Julian, Schmid, and Wacker, to the CIS of Chicago family! #allinforkids
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This is your friendly reminder to take a moment today for some slow breaths in and out!

Elementary students from Cardenas, a CIS of Chicago school partner, demonstrate how in the video below.
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CIS Freshmen Rising Coordinator Brian supports ninth graders as they make the transition from elementary school to high school, and he provides them with ongoing guidance. 

At the end of this school year, Brian asked his students what they learned about themselves, what strategies they will keep as sophomores, what they achieved, and what takeaways they had from the Freshmen Rising program.

Students reported that the support helped a lot -- everything from the motivation that Brian provided, the time management skills he helped them develop, and the goal-setting to just being a person they could talk to when they needed support.

#AllinforKids

CIS Freshmen Rising Coordinator Brian supports ninth graders as they make the transition from elementary school to high school, and he provides them with ongoing guidance.

At the end of this school year, Brian asked his students what they learned about themselves, what strategies they will keep as sophomores, what they achieved, and what takeaways they had from the Freshmen Rising program.

Students reported that the support helped a lot -- everything from the motivation that Brian provided, the time management skills he helped them develop, and the goal-setting to just being a person they could talk to when they needed support.

#AllinforKids
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You may have heard the news that we are hiring for multiple positions, but have you checked out all of the benefits?

In addition to making a difference in the lives of Chicago students, CIS team members are a part of a people-first workplace where ownership, innovation, and career growth are encouraged!

Learn more about our organization and open positions on our website: https://www.cisofchicago.org/join-our-team/

You may have heard the news that we are hiring for multiple positions, but have you checked out all of the benefits?

In addition to making a difference in the lives of Chicago students, CIS team members are a part of a people-first workplace where ownership, innovation, and career growth are encouraged!

Learn more about our organization and open positions on our website: www.cisofchicago.org/join-our-team/
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We wish you a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Fourth of July holiday, from our CIS of Chicago family to yours! 

#fourthofjuly

We wish you a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Fourth of July holiday, from our CIS of Chicago family to yours!

#fourthofjuly
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Our Board of Directors and team members across the organization work together to ensure that CIS of Chicago maintains its position as the leading nonprofit in Chicago dedicated to removing barriers so that students can unlock their potential and stay on the path to graduation.

Emphasizing good governance practices and building diversified funding streams ensures that CIS of Chicago remains financially strong so that it can create brighter futures for our city’s young people. Today we’d like to recognize one of our dedicated supporters, Jackson. Not only is Jackson helping CIS build a robust balance sheet, but they are enabling people across the country to achieve their own financial freedom. 

Thank you, Jackson, for supporting Chicago students on their path to success in school and life! #allinforkids

Our Board of Directors and team members across the organization work together to ensure that CIS of Chicago maintains its position as the leading nonprofit in Chicago dedicated to removing barriers so that students can unlock their potential and stay on the path to graduation.

Emphasizing good governance practices and building diversified funding streams ensures that CIS of Chicago remains financially strong so that it can create brighter futures for our city’s young people. Today we’d like to recognize one of our dedicated supporters, Jackson. Not only is Jackson helping CIS build a robust balance sheet, but they are enabling people across the country to achieve their own financial freedom.

Thank you, Jackson, for supporting Chicago students on their path to success in school and life! #allinforkids
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Congrats to the Class of 2022! We know this year hasn’t been easy, but you stayed strong, pushed forward, and made it to graduation day -- and we couldn’t be prouder. We wish you all the best as you live out your dreams! 🎓

#allinforkids #graduation #2022graduate
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