During the 2021-22 academic year, CIS of Chicago focused on re-acclimating our students to in-person learning and supporting school partners, community partners, and families with navigating the return to the school building.
Through the dedication of our mission-driven team, the collaboration of our partners, and the generosity of our supporters, CIS of Chicago continued to form trusting relationships with students who needed extra help to stay on the path to graduation. Mia was one of the nearly 58,000 students who benefited from our organization’s work.
– Shipra Panicker, Senior Director of Integrated Student Supports
We provided students with individual and group guidance, in collaboration with schools’ behavioral health teams, through our Intensive Program. Services addressed barriers to healthy youth development.
– Robin Koelsch, Senior Director of Partnerships
We served as a trusted partner for nearly a third of Chicago public schools through our Partnership Program.
We connected community partner resources and programs with schools who needed them the most.
The 2021-22 school year brought opportunities – students reunited with teachers, young people surrounded by their peers, and CIS school-based staff back in the classroom, providing direct services. But challenges from COVID-19 remained, in addition to heightened stress from other issues like community violence and economic insecurity, making the need for CIS of Chicago’s work greater than ever.
students benefited from connected programs and services
students and families received essential needs items like school supplies, hygiene products, and direct cash assistance
programs and services were connected to students
Intensive Program sites
of case-managed students graduated or were promoted
of case-managed students dropped out
CIS of Chicago celebrates young people and the caring adults in their lives with two annual awards: the Al Ward Spirit of Giving Award and the Carnahan Family Tenacity Awards.
– Katherine Finnegan, President, Finnegan Family Foundation
– Bon and Holly French
CIS supporters remained unwavering in their support of Chicago students as schools reopened in 2021-22. They attended in-person school visits and witnessed CIS’s work in action. They opened their corporate offices to students for mentoring and career development sessions. They engaged in supply drives to ensure that students and families had the materials they needed to succeed. They participated in quarterly Investor Calls and stayed informed about issues affecting schools and communities. And they attended our Annual Event honoring student tenacity.
CIS supporters gave their time, talent, and financial support to the organization so that students could reengage with their learning, stay on the path to graduation, and find continued success in school and life. Because of their engagement and dedication to our mission, our team was able to continue providing support to tens of thousands of young people.
CIS of Chicago’s Board of Directors works directly with our leadership team to ensure that the organization cements its position as the leading nonprofit empowering the city’s young people to graduate prepared for continued success and fulfillment. We share our gratitude to the following board members for their service during the 2021-22 academic year, their leadership, and their dedication to our mission.
|Mark Brady (Board Chair)||Managing Director, Investment Banking||William Blair & Company, LLC|
|Jim Welch (Board Vice Chair)||Co-CEO||Nexgen Packaging LLC|
|Michelle Brown (Board Treasurer)||CEO||Eighth & Quincy|
|Brian Moncrief (Board Secretary)||Managing Director, Credit Group||Ares Management Corporation|
|Dr. Sherron J. Bibbie||Retired Principal||Chicago Public Schools|
|Don Bielinski||Managing Partner||SMB Interim Management LLC|
|Craig A. Bondy||Managing Director||GTCR LLC|
|Jodi Caro||General Counsel, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer||Ulta Beauty|
|Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D.||Professor, Medill School||Northwestern University|
|Barbara M. Ford||Partner||Phoenix Strategic Advisors|
|John M. Greening||Associate Professor, Medill School||Northwestern University|
|Jonathan Guryan||Lawyer Taylor Professor of Education and Social Policy||Northwestern University|
|Brian Good||Private Investor and ESG Advisory|
|Ryan D. Harris||Partner||Kirkland & Ellis LLP|
|John M. Hawn||Retired – Former Director of Operations||YUM! Brands, Inc.|
|Torrence L. Hinton||President||Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas|
|Alain LeCoque||Principal, Chicago||Colliers International Group Inc.|
|Ralph Leslie||EVP, CFO, & COO||The Pew Charitable Trusts|
|Bradley H. Meyers||Managing Director||GCM Grosvenor|
|Valli Perera||Retired Partner||Deloitte|
|David Schuppan||Senior Partner||Vistria Group|