Partners Sound Off: The Impact of Collaborating with CIS of Chicago

CIS provides access to schools and expands our reach.

CIS of Chicago community partners said that one tangible benefit of the partnership is gaining access to CIS’s school network. CIS of Chicago has built meaningful connections with 175 Chicago Public Schools — and has a team dedicated to understanding these schools’ most important needs. Community partners are paired with schools who have prioritized their service offerings.

CIS provides strategic connections.

CIS Partnership Specialists are skilled at building strong relationships, which mean they have deep knowledge of each school’s goals and each community organization’s goals. More importantly, they serve as advocates for partners.

CIS community partner, Guitars Over Guns, leading a virtual program for students.

CIS helps tailor programming to our student audience.

For community partners, it can be challenging to prepare content and make sure that programs address students’ social and emotional needs and lived experiences. CIS Partnership Specialists help partners tailor their programming and improve the curriculum’s cultural relevance.

CIS offers support, in times when it’s needed the most.

CIS’s Partnership Team provides a series of trainings throughout the year for both school and community partners that support their professional development. These range from anti-racism training to best practices in program delivery. But according to partners, it’s not only the content that’s most valuable.



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