Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
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.
Communities In Schools (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. Through all this work, CIS of Chicago empowers students to feel safe and secure, unlock their potential, and ultimately achieve in school and life.
Impact In Our Community
Chicago Public Schools students benefited from programs and services provided by or connected through CIS of Chicago.*
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.*
schools were served by CIS team members, who linked community partner programming that addressed student and school needs.*
*Data from the 2021-22 school year
CIS’ Partnership Team, in collaboration with Macy’s and Soles4Souls, helped meet the fundamental needs of students and families this winter season. They hosted an event
“Attendance is always a priority for schools, but even more so now.” CIS of Chicago’s Senior Director of Intensive Student Supports, Shipra Panicker, and our Senior
To meet the growing needs of schools and students, CIS’ Partnership Team leverages the power of community resources and connects programs and resources directly to