NEWS

Our Response to COVID-19

A Message from Our CEO During this unprecedented time in our community and nation, we want to update you on how Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is responding to the COVID-19 threat. We want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our students, families, and team members are our top priorities. During […]

‘We’re here to develop the whole child’: Social and emotional intelligence are key for students of color

Editor’s Note: A new school year brings new hopes. Hope that mental and emotional growth are exponential. That test scores soar. That everything just clicks. Students of color might consider themselves lucky if just one of those items can be checked off the list. In this four-part series, we’ll look at common educational hurdles faced […]

Engaging Millennial employees with philanthropic volunteer opportunities

If it feels like your co-workers are getting younger and younger, it’s probably true. According to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the Pew Research Center, Millennials overtook Generation Xers in 2016 as the largest slice of the American labor pie. Negative stereotypes abound about Millennials. You know the ones: Millennials are entitled. They flit from job […]

Building School Connections on Chicago’s Southeast Side

On the isolated, but close-knit Southeast Side of Chicago, George Washington High School has a neighborhood enrollment rate of 61 percent – bucking an accelerating trend in Chicago education. But residents say more work must be done to strengthen the cohesion of local public schools. Through our school and community partner programs, CIS of Chicago […]

2019 Tenacity Awards

The Carnahan Family Tenacity Awards recognize hard-working students who have overcome educational threats – academic stumbles, low attendance, poor behavior or tremendous personal challenges – which could have derailed their grade completion or graduation. With support from CIS of Chicago’s intensive program, these students persevered to work through challenges and improve their school performance. Since 2014, […]

Dear Mayor: CIS of Chicago Assembles Group to Propose Recommendations for CPS

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Communities In Schools of Chicago joined thousands of Chicagoans in thinking deeply about solutions to challenges that relate to our organization’s mission in the education space. Closely aligned with our work, our On The Table conversation focused on the transformative power of healthy, supportive relationships to enhance students’ social and […]

Breaking Down Walls in Engaging with Schools

“Social justice” — what does it mean, and how can we keep it in mind as we engage with students and schools? In January 2019, CIS of Chicago hosted a Lunch & Learn with several of our community partners to discuss what it means to be social justice-informed in our work with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  Our […]

Building Furniture And Building Passion

Before you can help students do better in school, its good to find out what motivates them. That’s the approach our Supports Manager LaDonna took with Zeek. Zeek was going through a rough patch with his attendance and grades. When LaDonna found out he loved to make things, she found an opportunity to engage him […]

2018 Tenacity Awards

The Tenacity Awards recognize hard-working students who have overcome educational threats – academic stumbles, low attendance, poor behavior or tremendous personal challenges – which could have derailed their grade completion or graduation. With support from CIS of Chicago’s intensive program, these students persevered to work through challenges and improve their school performance. Since 2014, CIS of […]

Honoring Our Partners

The Al G. Ward Spirit of Giving Award recognizes an individual (or, occasionally, a group of people) from one of our schools or community partners who has: consistently gone beyond expectations to positively impact CPS students through a commitment to creative partnership; and has carried out this work largely under the radar, doing it day in […]