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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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A Path of Purpose

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Solar eclipse viewing today from CIS HQ! ☀️🌑

Solar eclipse viewing today from CIS HQ! ☀️🌑 ... See MoreSee Less

Our Tech Operations Coordinator Sheila has been with CIS of Chicago for a little over a year, and the positive impact of her work is felt across the organization! We asked her what her favorite part of the job is, and she shared, Finding solutions to issues that arise, meeting all my coworkers, and being able to walk to work. We appreciate you, Sheila!

Our Tech Operations Coordinator Sheila has been with CIS of Chicago for a little over a year, and the positive impact of her work is felt across the organization! We asked her what her favorite part of the job is, and she shared, "Finding solutions to issues that arise, meeting all my coworkers, and being able to walk to work." We appreciate you, Sheila! ... See MoreSee Less

CIS community partner Girls in the Game hosted a Free Game Day at UIC College Prep, A Noble School, complete with volleyball drills 🏐, goal-setting activities, conversations around self-care, and opportunities to connect. Thanks, Girls in the Game, for a great day!

CIS community partner Girls in the Game hosted a Free Game Day at UIC College Prep, A Noble School, complete with volleyball drills 🏐, goal-setting activities, conversations around self-care, and opportunities to connect. Thanks, Girls in the Game, for a great day! ... See MoreSee Less

Our CIS team works to connect schools with unique experiences, like this field trip we linked to Zapata Elementary. Recently, fifth graders and sixth graders visited the Chicago Blackhawks Fifth Third Arena to learn how to ice skate! ⛸

The teams mascot made an appearance, the students had the opportunity to tour the locker room, and the field trip ended with with a treat of hot chocolate and cookies. What an experience for young people and their families.

Our CIS team works to connect schools with unique experiences, like this field trip we linked to Zapata Elementary. Recently, fifth graders and sixth graders visited the Chicago Blackhawks Fifth Third Arena to learn how to ice skate! ⛸

The team's mascot made an appearance, the students had the opportunity to tour the locker room, and the field trip ended with with a treat of hot chocolate and cookies. What an experience for young people and their families.
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Seventh and eighth graders from Sawyer E.S. went on a field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago to explore the exhibit, Native America: In Translation last month, and they had the opportunity to see the works of nine Native artists and learn about the legacy of colonialism across North America.

CIS Arts & Culture Partnership Specialist Katia Marzolf Borione helped connect Sawyer with the experience and was able to observe the learning in action! According to Katia, students were able to explore the images connections to their own lives and even participated in a hands-on paper collage project.

Seventh and eighth graders from Sawyer E.S. went on a field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago to explore the exhibit, Native America: In Translation last month, and they had the opportunity to see the works of nine Native artists and learn about the legacy of colonialism across North America.

CIS' Arts & Culture Partnership Specialist Katia Marzolf Borione helped connect Sawyer with the experience and was able to observe the learning in action! According to Katia, students were able to explore the images' connections to their own lives and even participated in a hands-on paper collage project.
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Its #SELday! And today were celebrating the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the growth and development of our students.

To help recognize the day, Lee, our CIS intern at Cardenas Elementary School, designed a Cup of Kindness display outside our office door, where students could share kind messages with each other. 

We love seeing #SEL in action!

It's #SELday! And today we're celebrating the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the growth and development of our students.

To help recognize the day, Lee, our CIS intern at Cardenas Elementary School, designed a Cup of Kindness display outside our office door, where students could share kind messages with each other.

We love seeing #SEL in action!
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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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