April 2012 Newsletter from CISNC

April 10, 2012

A Word To Our Readers

Spring is officially here and Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) is proud to continue to serve the North Carolina Communties In Schools network with trainings, grant opportunities and even a brand-new Online Store. Planning for the next "Build A Backpack" school supply drive in partnership with Walmart is underway—stay tuned for more details! Be sure to be on the lookout for a four-page, special-edition advertising insert spread that will appear in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte Business Journals on April 20—circulation 30,000—highlighting many of our local programs. Additonally, we look forward to enjoying the western North Carolina mountains in early May for a gathering of our Executive Directors.

As always, feedback and any newsletter submissions can be directed to Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin. We welcome your input!

CISNC Launches New Online Store

CISNC is proud to launch its new Online Store in partnership with KatieWoodInc., based in Lincolnton, NC. The store features loads of affordable product offerings—from apparel, letterhead and banners, totes, headware and much more—and each product can be customized to the Communities In Schools logo, the Communities In Schools of North Carolina logo or any local-level North Carolina affiliate logo. More product offerings coming soon! Check it out and please send any suggestions or feedback to Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin. We hope the NC-based store will serve all your CIS marketing needs!

The Monti & WUNC Present "The American Graduate"—April 13

This Friday, April 13, come out to Motorco Music Hall in downtown Durham for a storytelling event/radio show taping put on by The Monti and WUNC. "The American Graduate" will feature stories from five individuals personally affected by the dropout issue. Be part of the live audience and conversation around this important issue. Tickets are $15. Click here to purchase your ticket.

CISNC President & CEO Featured on "News & Views" Show

Check out the N.C. News Network's "News & Views" radio segment from March 25. CISNC President & CEO Linda Harrill does a great job explaining our wrap-around, comprehensive approach to serving kids and shares the latest from the North Carolina network.

"Chefs Inspiring Success" Event Postponed

CISNC's inaugural cook-off fundraiser and kick-off to Triangle Restaurant Week 2012, "Chefs Inspiring Success," originally slated for June 2, 2012, has been postponed to a later time. CISNC, along with CIS of Durham and CIS of Wake County, will still participate in the Triangle Restaurant Week Marbles Kids Museum on Sunday, June 3. Stay tuned for more information.

Gap Searches For The Next Faces Of GapKids And BabyGap

Does your baby’s giggle light up the room? Does your toddler say the cutest things? Does your child like to be a big helper? GapKids and babyGap clothes are brighter than ever as Gap begins its coast-to-coast search today for the brightest babies (ages 4 and under) and kids (ages 5 to 12) with its 6th Annual North American Casting Call Contest. This year, as part of the submission process, Gap is asking parents to upload a photo of their child as well as a brief description of how their child brightens up the world. Being “bright” can mean anything—from a simple smile that brings joy to someone’s day to a community service project that makes a difference. Around July 30, 2012, the four winners will be unveiled and will be featured in a Gap marketing campaign. Each winner will receive a $1,000 Gap GiftCard as well as a $10,000 grant in their name from Gap to Communities In Schools. Click here to enter your child!

H. Glenn Williams Power of One Award Deadline Extended—April 15 Deadline

Last call for nominations for the H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards! Click here for the nomination form. Please attach a one-page narrative (12 point type, reasonable margins) describing how the nominee has made a powerful difference in the lives of children. Nominees are not required to have been involved with CIS, but should have demonstrated contributions of time and/or resources to educational efforts and children in North Carolina. Nominations must be received by CISNC by April 15.

Call for Camp Challenge Applications—April 15 Deadline

The North Carolina Bankers Association and CISNC are partnering once again to bring Camp Challenge, a financial literacy and leadership development summer camp, to rising CIS 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is truly a life changing experience, as can be seen in the July 2011 "Overcoming Obstacles" video. Three weeks this summer are open to CIS students only at a cost of $10 per child. There will be about 100 student slots for camp each week, which means that 300 CIS students will have the opportunity to grow and develop their leadership skills and expand their horizons. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Camps are either full or nearing capacity so submit your applications ASAP.

July 8 - 13, 2012

July 15 - 20, 2012 - FULL

July 22 - 27, 2012

Click here for the 2012 Camp Challenge application packet. Applications are due April 15. Any questions can be directed to Field Services Specialist/Youth Development Trainer Christopher Capel.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Afterschool Grants—April 16 Deadline

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)’s Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) supports out-of-school time programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in hands-on scientific activities and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF’s home state of North Carolina. Since 1996, BWF has awarded 150 grants totaling $22 million to 70 organizations that reach nearly 35,000 North Carolina students.

SSEP awards support creative, hands-on science education activities for K-12 students. Nonprofit organizations serving North Carolina primary and secondary school students are eligible to apply. Programs range from afterschool programs, year-round science experiences, Saturday academies or summer camps. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years.

SSEP programs must enable students to participate in hands-on scientific activities and pursue inquiry-based avenues of exploration—an educational approach that BWF believes to be an effective way to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the scientific process. To increase academic achievement, programs must provide a well-defined structure that aligns with the school-day curriculum, well-trained staff, and student follow up. Click here for more information.

AT&T’s Local High School Impact Initiative —April 18 Pre-Qualification Deadline

The 2012 AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative Request for Proposals is now open! Click here for more details on the program. AT&T’s Local Impact RFP will provide funding for currently operating high school retention programs consisting of elements aligned to the What Works Clearinghouse Dropout Prevention Practice Guide. AT&T is looking to support organizations that are ready to expand to serve additional students or locations, or to add components to strengthen successful programs. Payments ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for 24 months (2012/14) are available for local programs that emphasize:

Service to high school students at-risk of dropping out of school

Particularly 9th graders or students in transition from 8th to 9th grade

Intervening quickly with targeted services to help these students re-engage

Increasing students’ chances of earning a high school diploma

Preparing students for college and/or career

Providing substantial data to demonstrate positive outcomes

The pre-qualification deadline is April 18 and the proposal deadline is April 27. We strongly encourage you to participate as the last round of Aspire grants were incredibly successful for CIS affiliates, with 15 receiving grants. The national office of Communities In Schools is hoping to help again this year with some proposal template language but will not have early access to the application questions as we did in the past. Please notify National Office Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Katie Cattell if you intend to apply and would like additional guidance and help from the national office following the pre-qualification round. CISNC has also applied for pre-qualification.

Call for Nominations for the Gloria Barron Prize—April 30 Deadline

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders in the United States who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 young people nationwide. Half the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Nominees, who may range in age from 8 to 18 years old, must have been the prime mover of the service activity for which they are nominated and must have demonstrated positive spirit and high moral purpose in accomplishing their goals. Nominations are invited from adults who have solid knowledge of the nominee and his or her work but who are not related to the nominee. This could include teachers, librarians, and civic or religious leaders, among others. Prize winners will receive $2,500 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project. Click here for complete program information, FAQs and the nomination form.

Target Grant for Arts and Culture in Schools and Early Childhood Reading—April 30 Deadline

Grants of $2,000 are available to nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools, libraries and public agencies working to provide early childhood reading programs and arts and culture programs in schools. Click here for more information and to apply.

State Farm Youth Service-Learning Grant Competition—May 4 Deadline

The Youth Advisory Board National Grant Program funds student-led service-learning projects throughout the United States. Specific areas of interest include natural and societal disasters, driver safety, environmental responsibility, accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap and financial literacy. Educators working in public K-12, charter and higher education institutions are eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to interact with students in public K-12 schools. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Applications must be submitted online by May 4. Click here for application guidelines. Affiliates partnering on the OJJDP Mentoring Grant may be interested in obtaining additional resources funded by this grant to complete their required service learning activities.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants—May 16 Deadline

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

Implementing New Or Expanding Existing Literacy Programs

Purchasing New Technology Or Equipment To Support Literacy Initiatives

Purchasing Books, Materials Or Software For Literacy Programs

Click here for more information and to apply.

America's Promise "100 Best Communities for Young People"—May 17 Deadline

Only three weeks remain to the early application deadline for this year's "100 Best Communities for Young People" competition! Register today to access the full application and receive important program updates. Click A training webinar will be held next Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m., covering how to register for the program, access your application and use the application site. To register for this training webinar, please email 100best2012@americaspromise.org and put "RSVP" in the subject line.

Returning applicants from 2011 need only update their 2011 submissions and re-enter them into the application system in order to be considered for the 2012 competition.

CIS Task Force for Hertford County Winner of the Governor's Award

Congratulations to the CIS Task Force for Hertford County on being selected to receive the Governor's Award for Volunteer Service in the Group/Team category on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Hertford County will proudly recognize county recipients for outstanding volunteerism on April 23, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at a recognition event to be held at the Hertford County Cooperative Extension Center in Winton. Well deserved!

CIS of Robeson County Fundraiser A Success

CIS of Robeson County successfully completed its annual fundraising campaign, having met and exceeded its $50,000 goal. This year’s event featured a 7-minute video produced by the Mass Communications Department of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Department Chair Dr. Jamie Litty directed the video which was set up on laptop computers in different areas of the home used for the event. Board Members proudly manned each station so that small groups were able to view the many people, programs and activities that CIS of Robeson encompasses. Students provided stringed music, sponsors were recognized and all enjoyed the artwork that students provided as gifts to the sponsors.

Lowes Foods Supports CIS of Brunswick County

CIS of Brunswick County was recently chosen to be the beneficiary of the funds from this year’s "Food For All Holiday Season Campaign" conducted by Lowes Food. Lowes Foods of Southport has supported the work of CIS and the students and families of Brunswick County for many years. “It is our pleasure to give back to the community. We, as an organization, are conscious of the needs of the students of Brunswick County and are happy to support the work of CIS,” says Store Manager Mike Murrill, pictured here presenting Mark Koval, CIS of Brunswick County Resource Development Director, with a check from Lowes Foods of Southport.

Save The Date: CIS of Richmond County Community Outreach Luncheon—April 24

Executive Directors: You're invited to attend CIS of Richmond County's Outreach Luncheon on April 24 at 12 p.m. at Cole Auditorium on the Richmond Community College campus. Since CIS of Richmond County is a new affiliate, this will be the first big event to get the community involved. Consider attending and sharing how CIS in your community has made a tremendous impact! For more information, contact CIS of Richmond County Executive Director John Kirkpatrick at 910-582-7907.

“Jazzing Up Your Financial Statements” Webinar

April 19, 2 - 3 p.m.

Join CISNC Finance Officers Jackie Decker and Amy Fowler for a webinar geared toward presenting financial statements to your Board that are compliant with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and which your Board will understand. Executive Directors, finance officers and bookkeepers should participate. An official webinar invitation will be sent to the network in mid-April.

Upcoming National Webinars

April 25, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - The Federal Outlook: ESEA and What It Means For CIS

Please join CIS National President Dan Cardinali and network leaders for a webinar and discussion about the current campaign to fund local CIS sites through federal legislation.

April 26, 2 - 3 p.m. - Promise Neighborhoods

Join Megan Robinson, Communities In Schools Government Grant Manager; Michael A. McAfee, Director Promise Neighborhood Institute at Policy Link; Tim Johnson, Communities In Schools Athens and Promise Neighborhood Director; and Robin Veenstra-VanderWeele, Martha O'Bryan Center and Promise Neighborhood Director for this important webinar.

To register for these or any other upcoming webinars, please visit Communities In Schools' WebEx Event Center and click on “Register” next to the topic that interests you.

Regional Mentoring Summits

April 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 91 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Junaluska, NC

The Western Regional Mentoring Summit—themed "Dropout Prevention is Everybody’s Responsibility – Start as a Mentor"—will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jay Smink, Former Executive Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, and will feature three workshops: "Mentoring Children in Poverty," "Recruiting and Retaining Mentors" and "Training, Matching and Managing Mentors." The summit will focus on the importance of school leaders, involvement of various stakeholders, appropriate use of data, implementation strategies and how to create a climate for change and sustain a successful mentoring program. Several planning tools and check lists will be shared. Pre-registration is required by contacting CIS of the Great Smoky Mountains Executive Director Melissa Barker.

April 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Roanoke Electric Cooperative, 518 N.C. Highway 561 West, Aulander, NC

The Northeastern Regional Mentoring Summit—also themed "Dropout Prevention is Everybody’s Responsibility – Start as a Mentor"— will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jay Smink and offer five workshops: “The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring: Standards, Benchmarks, and Program Quality,” “Mentoring Gang Involved Youth,” “Recruiting Mentors,” “Mentoring Students in Poverty” and "Community, Parent, and School Connection." Pre-registration is required by contacting CISNC Trainer Susan Pennock.

CISNC Executive Director Spring Retreat

May 1-3, Cullowhee, NC (across from Western Carolina University)

Executive Directors: If you have not yet done so, please register for the Spring E.D. Retreat by contacting Senior Director of Field Services Laura Killion. Carpooling arrangements will be made in advance of the retreat.

Save The Date: N.C. Service-Learning Conference

May 11 & 12, Greensboro, NC

More information in the coming weeks!

Child & Family Advocacy Day

May 17, N.C. Museum of History, Longleaf Classroom, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC

The United Way of North Carolina and Action for Children North Carolina are joining forces for a day of advocacy on behalf of important issues facing North Carolinians. The day will include training on key issues, special guest speakers and an opportunity to visit legislators. For more information, contact Action for Children President & CEO Barb Bradley.

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