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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.

Latest News

Success Stories

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A Path of Purpose
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My Do the Write Thing Experience: Reflections from a Past Ambassador
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1 week ago
Communities In Schools of Chicago
Members of our program team are in Las Vegas this week for the @communitiesinschools annual Student Supports Institute. The purpose of the SSI is to bring together program staff from CIS affiliates from across the country to connect and share best practices to help students succeed socially, emotionally, and academically. CIS is a learning organization, and the SSI is one of many collaboratives our National org hosts to promote that important goal.

Slide 1: Our teammates (from right) Shipra, Stephanie, Razz, and Robin with our National CEO and President @rey4sa and one of our awesome CIS Nevada alums.

Slide 2. Our Chief Operating Officer Judith with our beloved founder Bill Milliken and his wife Jean.

Slide 3: Day 2 of SSI is underway!!!

#allinforkids

Members of our program team are in Las Vegas this week for the @communitiesinschools annual Student Supports Institute. The purpose of the SSI is to bring together program staff from CIS affiliates from across the country to connect and share best practices to help students succeed socially, emotionally, and academically. CIS is a learning organization, and the SSI is one of many collaboratives our National org hosts to promote that important goal.

Slide 1: Our teammates (from right) Shipra, Stephanie, Razz, and Robin with our National CEO and President @rey4sa and one of our awesome CIS Nevada alums.

Slide 2. Our Chief Operating Officer Judith with our beloved founder Bill Milliken and his wife Jean.

Slide 3: Day 2 of SSI is underway!!!

#allinforkids
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Meet Jeanette, one of our CIS Student Supports Managers! Jeanette supports a caseload of students on the Southwest Side who need extra help with their attendance, behavior, grades, and social-emotional learning skills.

We asked Jeanette what she enjoys most about her role. I love having the opportunity to learn and grow with my students, she said. Building relationships with them and seeing their growth, even if it’s in the smallest way, is a gratifying feeling.

Relationships and impact are two of our core values at CIS, and were grateful for our team members who help bring these values to life across the city -- each and every day.

Meet Jeanette, one of our CIS Student Supports Managers! Jeanette supports a caseload of students on the Southwest Side who need extra help with their attendance, behavior, grades, and social-emotional learning skills.

We asked Jeanette what she enjoys most about her role. "I love having the opportunity to learn and grow with my students," she said. "Building relationships with them and seeing their growth, even if it’s in the smallest way, is a gratifying feeling."

Relationships and impact are two of our core values at CIS, and we're grateful for our team members who help bring these values to life across the city -- each and every day.
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This week, our School Partnership Specialist Marlena had the opportunity to see a CIS connection in action at Harold Washington Elementary!

There, a member of OBAP - Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals spoke with middle-school students about his career as an AP mechanic with Southwest Airlines and the pathways one could take to pursue a job in aviation.

According to Marlena, the students loved hearing about all of the perks of working for an airline, and many were excited to learn about the camp offered through OBAP. ✈️

This week, our School Partnership Specialist Marlena had the opportunity to see a CIS connection in action at Harold Washington Elementary!

There, a member of OBAP - Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals spoke with middle-school students about his career as an AP mechanic with Southwest Airlines and the pathways one could take to pursue a job in aviation.

According to Marlena, the students loved hearing about all of the perks of working for an airline, and many were excited to learn about the camp offered through OBAP. ✈️
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2 weeks ago
Communities In Schools of Chicago
Mr. Hughes grew up on the South Side and is a CPS graduate. For the past 2 school years he’s been our Student Supports Manager at @westcottelementaryschool 

One of the powerful protective factors in the lives of young people is having caring adults in their lives. Mr. Hughes plays this role at Westcott by being a mentor, motivator, and trusted listener for many students.

Learn more about our team’s work at schools across Chicago by visiting us at cisofchicago.org

Mr. Hughes grew up on the South Side and is a CPS graduate. For the past 2 school years he’s been our Student Supports Manager at @westcottelementaryschool

One of the powerful protective factors in the lives of young people is having caring adults in their lives. Mr. Hughes plays this role at Westcott by being a mentor, motivator, and trusted listener for many students.

Learn more about our team’s work at schools across Chicago by visiting us at cisofchicago.org
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This week, our Database Administrator Justin Brown celebrated one year at CIS of Chicago! We caught up with him this week and asked him to share what he enjoyed most about his role.

Before CIS, I would say using data to make smarter decisions, Justin said, but since working at CIS, I really enjoy meeting everyone and having the opportunity to paint the picture of all the hard work they are accomplishing -- and use data to help them… make smarter decisions!

We appreciate you, Justin! And are thankful for your expertise in helping us all make data-driven decisions that are responsive to and anticipate the needs of our students, families, schools, and partners.

This week, our Database Administrator Justin Brown celebrated one year at CIS of Chicago! We caught up with him this week and asked him to share what he enjoyed most about his role.

"Before CIS, I would say using data to make smarter decisions," Justin said, "but since working at CIS, I really enjoy meeting everyone and having the opportunity to paint the picture of all the hard work they are accomplishing -- and use data to help them… make smarter decisions!"

We appreciate you, Justin! And are thankful for your expertise in helping us all make data-driven decisions that are responsive to and anticipate the needs of our students, families, schools, and partners.
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CIS community partners are having major impact at Chavez Multicultural Academic Center this spring!

The Peace Exchange is leading sessions on conflict resolution, the Chicago Chess Foundation is teaching students important social and emotional skills through the game of chess, and Girls Who Code are helping girls learn computer science. 

This week, a cooking club is also starting up, thanks to the work of our CIS Student Supports Manager at Chavez, Otti.

CIS community partners are having major impact at Chavez Multicultural Academic Center this spring!

The Peace Exchange is leading sessions on conflict resolution, the Chicago Chess Foundation is teaching students important social and emotional skills through the game of chess, and Girls Who Code are helping girls learn computer science.

This week, a cooking club is also starting up, thanks to the work of our CIS Student Supports Manager at Chavez, Otti.
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1 month ago
Communities In Schools of Chicago
BSJ and Robin repped CIS of Chicago at today’s kickoff of Do the Write Thing 2024! The national writing program provides middle school students a creative outlet to explore and share their insights into the impact of community violence and be catalysts for positive change. Thanks to our co-partners @lathamwatkins for hosting us as always!

We are looking for volunteers to read and judge this year’s student pieces. It’s a modest time investment for a great cause. Interested in learning more?

Visit cisofchicago.org/volunteer-to-be-a-dtwt-reader/

#dtwt

BSJ and Robin repped CIS of Chicago at today’s kickoff of Do the Write Thing 2024! The national writing program provides middle school students a creative outlet to explore and share their insights into the impact of community violence and be catalysts for positive change. Thanks to our co-partners @lathamwatkins for hosting us as always!

We are looking for volunteers to read and judge this year’s student pieces. It’s a modest time investment for a great cause. Interested in learning more?

Visit cisofchicago.org/volunteer-to-be-a-dtwt-reader/

#dtwt
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