COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Communities In Schools of Chicago works with 200 organizations that are based across metropolitan Chicago. These organizations are called our community partners; they are committed to joining us into supporting the academic, social-emotional, physical and mental well-being of Chicago public school students by providing programs and services — at no cost to the students — that address the prioritized needs identified by their school leaders.   Some community partners provide short or long-term programming inside of schools, during the school day, while others offer special programs, performances and opportunities for students to explore the city and surrounding communities.

With community partnerships that focus on the arts, health and wellness, behavioral and mental health, and college and career readiness, our allies in dropout prevention are diverse, from Broadway in Chicago, licensed-therapists in private practice and several museums, to HEART, and Girls In The Game.

We know that our impact on schools is as strong as our partners’ impact on students, so we support our partners in many ways. Through our NAVIGATE training series, we offer training and support to our community partners, helping to strengthen their skills in curriculum development, classroom management, program assessment and more. Several networking opportunities throughout the year hosted by CIS of Chicago enhance collaboration and resource sharing among our partners. And our Community Partnership Team members work closely with our school specialists to match schools with their top program priorities.

Please scroll below to read a profile about one of our community partners and to see list of the community partners that served students during the most recent academic year.  To read the NAVIGATE blog for community partners, click here.

COMMUNITY PARTNER PROFILE
SitStayRead

SitStayRead, a curriculum-based literacy program, has been a CIS of Chicago community partner since 2011.  The program that works with Chicago Public Schools and uses trained volunteers and certified Reading Assistance Dogs to improve reading fluency, make reading fun, and inspire children to become lifelong readers. The organization’s curriculum was designed with the University of Illinois Chicago’s Center for Literacy. SitStayRead is connected to a total of 16 schools serving 2,474 students throughout the city and three of those schools were through a partnership with CIS of Chicago.

SitStayRead is one of CIS of Chicago’s many classroom-based programs that form long-term relationships with our schools. Their philosophy is that when students read to a dog, their confidence increases and they are more excited about reading.  A live dog is present in the classroom and dog-themed books are read. Writing assignments provide a real-world connection — students read about a dog, see a dog and touch a dog.

With an understanding of SitStayRead’s requirements, CIS of Chicago serves as “initiators” when connecting new schools. Kate McIlvain, program director at SitStayRead, believes CIS of Chicago’s knowledge of schools and understanding of the organization’s requirements alleviates the stress of screening new schools.

At the end of each year, students in the program get “Summer Reading Fun Packs” that include a t-shirt, two books and writing supplies. The students get one higher-level and one lower-level book to share with their family and friends, so they can share their excitement about reading. A major donation has allowed SitStayRead to give away more than 8,000 books in 2016, sending each student off to summer with four books!

“We love continue to have CIS of Chicago as a partner to continue to grow and add schools as partners.” 

Learn more about this community partner by visiting their website.

2016-2017 SERVICE PROVIDER PARTNERS

The following 200 community partners committed energy and resources to impacting the lives of Chicago public school students during the 2016-2017 academic year by partnering with Communities In Schools of Chicago.

           
COMMUNITY PARTNERTYPES OF PROGRAMS PROVIDED
826 CHI Arts
A Silver Lining Foundation Health and Wellness
About Face Theatre Arts
Adventure Stage Chicago Arts
Alice Stanley Jr. Arts
Ananda Hofbauer,AMFT Behavioral and Mental Health
Advocate Children’s Hospital Health and Wellness
American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Health and Wellness
Anti-Defamation League Behavioral and Mental Health
Art Encounter Arts
Art Institute of Chicago Arts
ASAP Health and Wellness
Auditorium Theatre Arts;Behavioral and Mental Health;College and Career Readiness
Ballet Legere Arts
Between Friends Behavioral and Mental Health
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago College and Career Readiness
Black Star Project Behavioral and Mental Health;College and Career Readiness
Blue Man Group Arts
Broadway In Chicago Arts
Bronzeville Children’s Museum College and Career Readiness
Bulldog Solution, Inc. Behavioral and Mental Health
Byrd's Paradise Behavioral and Mental Health
Capital One Behavioral and Mental Health;College and Career Readiness
CDPH – Immunization Program Health and Wellness
CDPH – Tropical Optical/Ageless Eye Care Health and Wellness
Chicago Cares College and Career Readiness
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center Health and Wellness
Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health Behavioral and Mental Health
Chicago Children’s Museum College and Career Readiness
Chicago Children’s Theatre Arts
Chicago Community Oral Health Forum Health and Wellness
Chicago Department of Transportation Health and Wellness
Chicago Fire College and Career Readiness
Chicago Fire Department College and Career Readiness; Health and Wellness
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Arts
Chicago Opera Theater Arts
Chicago Park District Natural Areas College and Career Readiness
Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion Health and Wellness
Chicago Police Department Behavioral and Mental Health; College and Career Readiness
Chicago Scholars College and Career Readiness
Chicago Sky College and Career Readiness
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Arts
Chicago Women’s Health Center Behavioral and Mental Health;Health and Wellness
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Arts
Chicago Zoological Society College and Career Readiness
Chill Health and Wellness
Ci3 Behavioral and Mental Health
Cinema/Chicago – Chicago Intl Film Festival Arts
City Colleges of Chicago College and Career Readiness
CodeCreate Arts
Child College and Career Readiness
Common Threads Health and Wellness
CommunityHealth Health and Wellness
Cook County Farm Bureau College and Career Readiness; Health and Wellness
Council on American Islamic Relations College and Career Readiness
Crisis Center for South Suburbia Behavioral and Mental Health
Delta Dental of Illinois Health and Wellness
Design Dance Arts; Health and Wellness
Detective Lester Rodgers Behavioral and Mental Health
DuSable Museum of African American History College and Career Readiness
East Village Youth Program College and Career Readiness
Economic Awareness Council College and Career Readiness
Emerald City Theatre Arts
Enrique Silva, LPC Behavioral and Mental Health
Ensemble Español Arts
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago Health and Wellness
Erie Neighborhood House College and Career Readiness
Escape Artistry Behavioral and Mental Health
Eve Chalom, RDMT Behavioral and Mental Health
Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble Arts
Field Trip Factory College and Career Readiness;Health and Wellness
First Defense Legal Aid College and Career Readiness
Forest Preserve of Cook County College and Career Readiness
Foundations of Music Arts
Free Lunch Academy Behavioral and Mental Health
Friend Family Health Center Health and Wellness
Future Founders Foundation College and Career Readiness
Gads Hill Center Behavioral and Mental Health;Health and Wellness
Gilda's Club Chicago Health and Wellness
Girls In The Game Health and Wellness
Green City Market and the Lincoln Park Zoo Health and Wellness
Guitars Over Guns Arts
Hartgrove Hospital Behavioral and Mental Health
HEART College and Career Readiness
Heartland Alliance Human Care Behavioral and Mental Health
Her Story Theater Arts
House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Arts
Howard Brown Health Center Health and Wellness
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Arts
HYPE Behavioral and Mental Health
I Am A Gentleman, Inc. College and Career Readiness
I Grow Chicago Health and Wellness
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence College and Career Readiness
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center College and Career Readiness
Illinois Liquor Control Commission Health and Wellness
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Behavioral and Mental Health
Imagination Theater Behavioral and Mental Health
Insight Project for Kids Health and Wellness
Inspire Girls Academy College and Career Readiness
International Museum of Surgical Science College and Career Readiness
International Music Foundation Arts
IWS Children’s Clinic Health and Wellness
James Bruce, Jr. PhD Behavioral and Mental Health
Jazz at Lincoln Center Arts
Jeannie McQueenie Arts
Jess Godwin Arts
Joelle Spiegel, LSW Behavioral and Mental Health
Junior Achievement College and Career Readiness
Kid First Chicago College and Career Readiness
Kitchen Community College and Career Readiness;Health and Wellness
KWOE Hope Foundation Behavioral and Mental Health
Lakeview Psychology Group Behavioral and Mental Health
LensCrafters Health and Wellness
LifeConsults, Inc. Behavioral and Mental Health
Literacy Works College and Career Readiness
Little Kids Rock Arts
Lizzie G Arts
Lookingglass Theatre Company Arts;Behavioral and Mental Health
Lotus Center Behavioral and Mental Health
Loyola University Medical Center-Pediatric Mobile Health Unit Health and Wellness
Lyric Opera of Chicago Arts
Magnetar College and Career Readiness
Marwen Arts
Megan Reedy-McGovern, LCPC Behavioral and Mental Health
Meghan McCarville, AMFT Behavioral and Mental Health
MeMA Music Arts
Michael Reese Health Trust Behavioral and Mental Health
Mikva Challenge College and Career Readiness
Mobile Care Chicago Health and Wellness
Moneythink College and Career Readiness
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Health and Wellness
Museum of Contemporary Art Arts
Museum of Science and Industry College and Career Readiness
National Museum of Mexican Art Arts
Natya Dance Theatre Arts
North Park Nature Center College and Career Readiness
Northerly Island College and Career Readiness
Northlight Theatre Arts
Northside Center for Relationship Counseling, P.C. Behavioral and Mental Health
Norwegian American Hospital Health and Wellness
Old Town School of Folk Music Arts
Open Books College and Career Readiness
Operation HOPE, Inc. College and Career Readiness
Overgrad College and Career Readiness
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum College and Career Readiness
Poetry Foundation Arts; College and Career Readiness
Prevention Partnership Behavioral and Mental Health
Princeton Vision Clinic Health and Wellness
Project Vision College and Career Readiness
RAINBOWS Behavioral and Mental Health
Rape Victim Advocates Behavioral and Mental Health;Health and Wellness
Respiratory Health Association of Metro Chicago Health and Wellness
Response Behavioral and Mental Health; Health and Wellness
Robert Crown Centers for Health Education Behavioral and Mental Health; Health and Wellness
Ronald McDonald School Show Behavioral and Mental Health; College and Career Readiness; Health and Wellness
RTC Behavioral and Mental Health
Rush University Medical Center Health and Wellness
Safe Humane Chicago Behavioral and Mental Health
SelfMind Behavioral and Mental Health
Shedd Aquarium College and Career Readiness
Silk Road Rising Arts
SitStayRead College and Career Readiness
SkyARt Arts
Smart Museum of Art Arts
Soulful Chicago Book Fair Behavioral and Mental Health
St. Bernard Hospital Health and Wellness
StoryBus College and Career Readiness
Storycatchers Theatre Arts
Strive for College College and Career Readiness
Super 7 Behavioral and Mental Health
The Anti-Cruelty Society College and Career Readiness;Health and Wellness
The Belt Railway Company of Chicago Health and Wellness
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Behavioral and Mental Health
The First Tee of Greater Chicago Behavioral and Mental Health
The HistoryMakers College and Career Readiness
The NED Show Behavioral and Mental Health
The Neguanee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Arts
The Peace Exchange Behavioral and Mental Health
The Schools Group Behavioral and Mental Health
The Simple Good Arts
The Viola Project Arts
Treat Your Space Behavioral and Mental Health
Tree House Humane Society College and Career Readiness
Tutoring Chicago Behavioral and Mental Health
UIC College of Sociology College and Career Readiness
UNICEF College and Career Readiness
University of Illinois Extension Behavioral and Mental Health; Health and Wellness
Urban Partnership Bank College and Career Readiness
US Army Corps of Engineers College and Career Readiness
Vision Service Plan Health and Wellness
Wellness for Everyone Arts
Westside Media Project Arts
White Sox College and Career Readiness
Willow House Behavioral and Mental Health
Working In The Schools (WITS) College and Career Readiness
Writers Theatre Arts
Yes You Can! Behavioral and Mental Health
You Are A Star Behavioral and Mental Health
Youth Outreach Services Health and Wellness
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Behavioral and Mental Health;Health and Wellness

40,000 students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 at schools served by CIS of Chicago’s partnership program, 1,720 more gained proficiency in reading and 2,240 more gain proficiency in math.