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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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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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We’re so proud of Beautiful and Rylei! Not only were these two students recently named Chicago Do The Write Thing Challenge ambassadors for 2024-25, but they also had the opportunity on Friday to share their thoughts with Anita Blanton FOX 32 Chicago.

Beautiful and Rylei also have an exciting trip coming this summer. In July, they’ll travel to DC to attend the National Campaign to Stop Violence - Do the Write Thing Recognition Week, where their written works will be bound in the Library of Congress!

Visit our news page — cisofchicago.org/news — to watch their full interview with Fox 32.

We’re so proud of Beautiful and Rylei! Not only were these two students recently named Chicago "Do The Write Thing" Challenge ambassadors for 2024-25, but they also had the opportunity on Friday to share their thoughts with Anita Blanton FOX 32 Chicago.

Beautiful and Rylei also have an exciting trip coming this summer. In July, they’ll travel to DC to attend the National Campaign to Stop Violence - Do the Write Thing Recognition Week, where their written works will be bound in the Library of Congress!

Visit our news page — cisofchicago.org/news — to watch their full interview with Fox 32.
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Our annual event was a huge success, and we were thrilled to have a compelling video during the evening to engage our audience in CIS' mission and impact -- thanks to Massive Mission.

Learn more about all the cool ways they're helping businesses and nonprofits make their cases with video assets at www.massivemission.com/
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Do you have the tools you need to recognize and respond to youth experiencing a mental health crisis?

Sign up for our Youth Mental Health First Aid training at the link below! We’re offering sessions on May 17 and June 11.

#allinforkids #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

https://www.cisofchicago.org/mhfa/

Do you have the tools you need to recognize and respond to youth experiencing a mental health crisis?

Sign up for our Youth Mental Health First Aid training at the link below! We’re offering sessions on May 17 and June 11.

#allinforkids #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

www.cisofchicago.org/mhfa/
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We can’t wait to gather with friends and supporters this week to build brighter futures for Chicago’s young people. Special thanks to one of our media sponsors, Massive Mission, for helping us develop a unique video for the occasion! 🎥

We can’t wait to gather with friends and supporters this week to build brighter futures for Chicago’s young people. Special thanks to one of our media sponsors, Massive Mission, for helping us develop a unique video for the occasion! 🎥 ... See MoreSee Less

This week, 2023 Chicago Ambassador for the National Campaign to Stop Violence - Do the Write Thing challenge had her voice heard by some of our nation’s leaders! Summer Bell from Eberhart Elementary School shared her award-winning essay with the Attorneys General from across the United States as part of the annual Symposium of the National Association of Attorneys General, held in Chicago this year. Our very own Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul got a chance to congratulate Summer and her mom. Summer also proudly shared the stage with Attorney General Schwalb from Washington, D.C., and Attorney General Yost from Ohio.

Communities In Schools of Chicago is proud to support Do the Write Thing and amplify the voices of young people as they share their thoughts on youth violence, its causes, and the solutions. Students write; we listen.

This week, 2023 Chicago Ambassador for the National Campaign to Stop Violence - Do the Write Thing challenge had her voice heard by some of our nation’s leaders! Summer Bell from Eberhart Elementary School shared her award-winning essay with the Attorneys General from across the United States as part of the annual Symposium of the National Association of Attorneys General, held in Chicago this year. Our very own Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul got a chance to congratulate Summer and her mom. Summer also proudly shared the stage with Attorney General Schwalb from Washington, D.C., and Attorney General Yost from Ohio.

Communities In Schools of Chicago is proud to support Do the Write Thing and amplify the voices of young people as they share their thoughts on youth violence, its causes, and the solutions. Students write; we listen.
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