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Meet Maria, our Director of Institutional Giving! Maria loves listening to live music, exploring new art, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family. 

Whats her favorite part of the job? Sharing my enthusiasm for advancing education equity for young people, Maria said, and being able to build relationships with individuals who are invested in supporting our mission and impact.

Were happy to have you on the team, Maria!

Meet Maria, our Director of Institutional Giving! Maria loves listening to live music, exploring new art, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

What's her favorite part of the job? "Sharing my enthusiasm for advancing education equity for young people," Maria said, "and being able to build relationships with individuals who are invested in supporting our mission and impact."

We're happy to have you on the team, Maria!
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With a presence at more than a third of Chicago Public Schools, our impact is city-wide — and we love when we can provide 1:1 support to young people throughout their entire educational journey.

Today, two of our high school Supports Managers, Katie and Arnetra, visited a CIS elementary school and spoke with eighth graders attending their schools next year about what to expect and the types of support they provide.

Students were so engaged and asked a lot of questions, said Supports Manager Juanita.

With a presence at more than a third of Chicago Public Schools, our impact is city-wide — and we love when we can provide 1:1 support to young people throughout their entire educational journey.

Today, two of our high school Supports Managers, Katie and Arnetra, visited a CIS elementary school and spoke with eighth graders attending their schools next year about what to expect and the types of support they provide.

Students were so engaged and asked a lot of questions, said Supports Manager Juanita.
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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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2 months ago
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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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