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Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

UNLOCKING STUDENT POTENTIAL

For 35 years, Communities In Schools of Chicago has cultivated student potential throughout the city. Each year, our team at CIS of Chicago surrounds tens of thousands of young people with support so they can stay on their path to high school graduation and achieve in life.

When our young people succeed, our whole city succeeds. When they reach their potential, the future is bright.

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 CIS team members, who linked community partner programming that addressed student and school needs.*

*Data from the 2022-23 school year

PROVIDING HOLISTIC SUPPORT

Chicago’s public-school students and their families have endured unprecedented challenges since the start of the decade. A global pandemic, increased violence, and rising economic insecurity have taken a significant toll on our schools. The U.S. Surgeon General recently named mental health as an area of serious concern for today’s youth and issued a call to action for all caring adults.

CIS of Chicago responds to these challenges by ensuring that students have access to the supports they need to strengthen their mental health and overall wellbeing. Our team does this by providing direct services to individual students, as well as coordinating the supports provided by community partners, to bolster entire school communities.

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School Partnership Specialist Kimberly recently received hand-written notes and pictures from students at one of our Southwest Side schools, detailing their experiences with CIS programs, and we cant help but smile at these creations from our young people.

Its notes like these that brighten our days! ☀

School Partnership Specialist Kimberly recently received hand-written notes and pictures from students at one of our Southwest Side schools, detailing their experiences with CIS programs, and we can't help but smile at these creations from our young people.

It's notes like these that brighten our days! ☀
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Meet Shontierra, one of our Community Partnership Specialists at CIS of Chicago!

Shontierra has been on the team for about a year and a half, and she helps support our community partners who offer programs in academic enrichment -- and she connects those partners to schools and students who need them most.

My very favorite thing is when I receive a photo from a program that I helped make happen at one of our schools! Shontierra said.

Thanks for all that you do to support our young people, Shontierra!

Heres a photo of her visiting one of our community partners, The Anti-Cruelty Society.

Meet Shontierra, one of our Community Partnership Specialists at CIS of Chicago!

Shontierra has been on the team for about a year and a half, and she helps support our community partners who offer programs in academic enrichment -- and she connects those partners to schools and students who need them most.

"My very favorite thing is when I receive a photo from a program that I helped make happen at one of our schools!" Shontierra said.

Thanks for all that you do to support our young people, Shontierra!

Here's a photo of her visiting one of our community partners, The Anti-Cruelty Society.
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Meet Sam, a Donor Relations Coordinator at CIS of Chicago!

One of Sams favorite parts about her role is interacting with students at Inspiring Futures. Inspiring Futures is a unique field trip opportunity that CIS coordinates for students at partner schools where they visit corporate offices, meet with professionals for a mentoring activity, and learn more about career paths there.

I see myself in a lot of the students we serve, Sam said, and it motivates me further to do well at my job.

Meet Sam, a Donor Relations Coordinator at CIS of Chicago!

One of Sam's favorite parts about her role is interacting with students at Inspiring Futures. Inspiring Futures is a unique field trip opportunity that CIS coordinates for students at partner schools where they visit corporate offices, meet with professionals for a mentoring activity, and learn more about career paths there.

"I see myself in a lot of the students we serve," Sam said, "and it motivates me further to do well at my job."
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Meet Jacob, a CIS Student Supports Manager!

Jacob has been with the team for almost a year and enjoys biking, gardening, and cooking new recipes in his free time. Jacob said his favorite part about the job is listening to all the funny things the kids say – you know they say the darndest things.

Were grateful to have you on the team, Jacob.

Meet Jacob, a CIS Student Supports Manager!

Jacob has been with the team for almost a year and enjoys biking, gardening, and cooking new recipes in his free time. Jacob said his favorite part about the job is "listening to all the funny things the kids say – you know they say the darndest things."

We're grateful to have you on the team, Jacob.
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Meet Clare, our Associate Director of School Partnerships!

Clare supports our network of 200 school partners and makes sure they are connected to the resources they need to help young people achieve in school and in life.

Whats Clares favorite part about working for CIS? Getting to work alongside a team of hardworking individuals who are constantly thinking creatively about how we can better serve students, schools, and communities! she said.

Were happy to have you on the team, Clare.

Meet Clare, our Associate Director of School Partnerships!

Clare supports our network of 200 school partners and makes sure they are connected to the resources they need to help young people achieve in school and in life.

What's Clare's favorite part about working for CIS? "Getting to work alongside a team of hardworking individuals who are constantly thinking creatively about how we can better serve students, schools, and communities!" she said.

We're happy to have you on the team, Clare.
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Congrats, Wellness4Every1, on being this years Spirit of Giving Award Winner in our community partner category. 

Well-deserved!🎉

Congrats, Wellness4Every1, on being this year's Spirit of Giving Award Winner in our community partner category.

Well-deserved!🎉
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