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Zelma Woodson, Principal, Jenner Academy of the Arts
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CISC celebrates the organization's 25th anniversary year. Since our founding in 1988, more than 730,000 Chicago Public School students have accessed essential programs and services to help the learn and succeed in life.

Key Dates
2012-2013
CISC adds 21 new partner schools to its network.

2009-2010
Communities In Schools of Chicago, in partnership with City Year, Talent Development of Johns Hopkins University, and Union Park Schools, helps open Chicago’s first Diplomas Now campus. The Diplomas Now model provides a range of support services to students at Chicago Talent Development Charter High School on the city’s West Side.

2007-2008
Communities In Schools of Chicago connects programs and services to more than 60,000 students.

Communities In Schools of Chicago partners with 152 schools — one quarter of the Chicago Public Schools system.

2006-2007
Communities In Schools of Chicago reaches $2,000,000 in annual revenue.

2003-2004
Communities In Schools of Chicago launches the McCormick Agency Impact Initiative to expand and deepen our work with service providers to improve the coordination and quality of programs connected to Chicago’s children.

2001-2002
Communities In Schools of Chicago doubles its number of school partners from 50 to 100.

Communities In Schools of Chicago creates the Veteran School Network (VSN) for schools that have partnered with us for five years or more. Trained in service coordination, veteran schools receive referrals and technical assistance from Communities In Schools of Chicago.

1998-1999
Communities In Schools of Chicago partners with 50 Chicago Public Schools and more than 100 service providers.

1997-1998
Communities In Schools of Chicago connects programs and services to more than 20,000 students.

1995-1996
Communities In Schools of Chicago adopts a new program model and selects the first group of eight active schools. Under this new model, Communities In Schools of Chicago helps our partner schools coordinate programs and services that address students’ needs. We also train school staff to build and sustain effective partnerships with service providers.

1994-1995
The Communities In Schools of Chicago Board of Directors determines that the organization could better serve Chicago youth and families by acting as a bridge that links existing community resources and programs with students and schools in need instead of case-managing individual students.

1988-1989
Communities In Schools of Chicago begins working at Collins High School. Communities In Schools of Chicago provides leadership and life skill instruction, job readiness training, health and counseling services, mentoring, remedial education assistance and cultural enhancements to the school’s most at-risk students.

Later, Communities In Schools of Chicago expands its reach to 700 students in 18 schools.

1987-1988
Communities In Schools, the country’s largest network of independent dropout prevention organizations, comes to Chicago.


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