August 2011 Newsletter from CISNC

August 10, 2011

A Word To Our Readers

As always, Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) is pleased to share with you news from the state office, grant opportunities and important dates and times for upcoming trainings and events. This month's newsletter is full of useful information to our network, some of which, like grant deadlines, is time-sensitive. We encourage you, too, to keep up-to-date by visiting our website regularly for more information to keep students of all ages in school, ready to graduate and prepared for life. Feedback and newsletter submissions can be directed to Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin. We welcome your input!

"Build A Backpack" In Full Swing: We Want to Hear from You!

Did you know that CISNC has teamed up with Walmart to conduct the largest Walmart back-to-school supply drive in North Carolina's history? That's right! Launched on July 17, "Build A Backpack" is now in full swing at all 138 Walmart locations across the state.

School supplies can be expensive, especially for middle and high school students. "Build A Backpack" provides an easy way for North Carolinians to help make a difference in their own communities. Because 97% of the students Communities In Schools serves are economically disadvantaged, individuals who donate supplies can feel good knowing that their contributions will be put to good use. Even one pack of pencils can make a vital difference.

CISNC has identified 79 of North Carolina's 100 counties that will benefit from the "Build A Backpack" drive. So far, we have heard great reports from our local partners, but welcome other input—the good and the bad. Later this month, we will be asking for an inventory of collected items. Stay tuned for instructions.

In the meantime, thank you for helping us ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful in school! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Training & Events Coordinator April Clark or Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin.

Clip Coupons and Give Back: P&G/CIS GIVE Education Partnership

Communities In Schools is excited to announce its partnership with Procter & Gamble (P&G) to launch GIVE Education, an inspirational new campaign designed to increase awareness of the student dropout crisis and to raise funds to help keep millions of at-risk students in school.

The GIVE Education campaign is asking the entire nation to take a few simple steps to join our cause and help keep kids in school. On July 31, P&G GIVE Education brandSAVER coupons were distrubted in newspapers across the country with discounts for P&G products. For every coupon redeemed from this brandSAVER through August 31, a two cent donation will be made to CIS to help continue our work in supporting our nation's youth. The more coupons redeemed, the bigger the donation—which is why we need all the support we can get! Thank you for spreading the news of this campaign to your network and for redeeming those P&G coupons!


School The Nation Contest

Do you know a school in your area that could use $10,000? Click here to enter the School the Nation Contest, part of the P&G GIVE Education Campaign. The winning school will receive a grand prize of $10,000, and three first-place schools will each receive $5,000. Enter to help your local school!

"Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" July Video

Check out the July "Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" video and get a glimpse of what makes Camp Challenge such a successful and important summer program offered by CIS. Camp Challenge, put on by the North Carolina Bankers Association, is a summer camp for high-achieving, low-resource middle school students, where kids learn age-appropriate personal finance skills and explore public speaking, entrepreneurship, personal development, citizenship responsibilities, conflict resolution and business concepts. Campers also enjoy traditional summer camp activities like horseback riding, archery, swimming and hiking. This summer, CISNC was granted two weeks at Camp Challenge with 100 students attending each week.

What a wonderful testimony offered by Lori Gilcrist, Executive Director of CIS of Mitchell County:

"I can't thank you enough for all you do to make Camp Challenge available to our kids. It was as though I had a different group of kids on the bus going home to Mitchell County than I had coming to Camp Challenge. From the moment I picked them up on Friday they were full of enthusiasm, plans and goals and gratitude. None of them would have had a camp or enrichment experience this summer without Camp Challenge. You've given us something to build on with these kids in the school year ahead. I believe they will look back on Camp Challenge as a life-changing experience. Thank you for Camp Challenge.”

If you're among the affiliates who sent students to Camp Challenge this summer, we want to hear from you! We'd love to share testimonials like these with our friends at the N.C. Bankers Association.

Linda Harrill Appointed to IEI Education Council

CISNC is pleased to announce the appointment of President and CEO Linda Harrill to the Education Council for the Institute for Emerging Issues. The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a public policy organization focused on the future vitality of North Carolina. IEI brings diverse perspectives together to tackle emerging issues in an interconnected, long-term way, inspiring and motivating others to work toward positive change.

“IEI is thrilled to welcome Linda to the Education Council. Given her leadership at Communities In Schools of North Carolina and her vast experience in transforming public education for the better, Linda will no doubt be a tremendous asset in identifying and tackling North Carolina’s biggest challenges,” said Anita Brown-Graham, Director of IEI.

Click here for more information.

26 Seconds Campaign

Did you know that every 26 seconds in America, a student drops out of high school? State Farm has launched a campaign to address this startling statistic and engage those who can most directly affect change: young people themselves. The campaign, titled “26 Seconds,” will use interests—like music, sports and video—to engage youth. It provides an online venue for youth to express feelings on the issue and creatively share thoughts and talent, encouraging them and their peers to make graduation a priority so they become more than a statistic. The campaign relies strongly on the creative talents of young people. Their stories, songs, videos and testimonials will raise awareness in ways we can only imagine. Young people will lead the effort by committing to stay in school and influencing their peers to do the same. Please help spread the word and involve youth!

OJJDP Seeks Nominations for Awards at its National Conference

As part of its 2011 National Conference, "Children’s Justice and Safety: Unite, Build, Lead," the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations and agencies that have significantly improved the juvenile justice system during the prior calendar year. The conference will be held on October 12-14, 2001, in National Harbor, MD.

During the conference, OJJDP will present awards in the following categories:

Donn Davis Public Service Award

OJJDP's Organization of the Year Award

Overcoming Adversity Youth Award

Spirit of OJJDP Award

OJJDP must receive all nominations by August 19, 2011. Click here to access nomination forms for the above categories.

EOY Report Due September 2, 2011

The CIS End of Year Report is due on September 2, 2011. Please also remember to attach your site, staff and Board lists. Affiliates that have used CISDM in accordance with TQS can run their EOY Report from the database. A webinar has been recorded on to do this and can be viewed on CISNet, under "Resources: Completing the EOY Report Using CISDM." If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Nevin Daryani.

N.C. Dropout Recovery Pilot Program—August 15 Deadline

During the 2011 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly passed Session Law 2011-259 directing the State Board of Education (SBE) to establish a Dropout Recovery Pilot Program to be implemented in New Hanover County and three additional North Carolina school districts to be identified by the SBE. The purpose of the pilot program is to provide flexible scheduling, blended learning environments and individualized, self-paced learning options that will re-engage high school dropouts and increase graduation rates in the pilot districts. The pilot program requires interested local boards of education to partner with a non-profit or for-profit entity. The education partner shall provide educational services and programming; the local board of education shall provide program funding in accordance with Session Law 2011-259. The SBE shall approve education partners prior to admitting districts to the pilot program. This application provides the information necessary for local school administrative units to apply for participation in the pilot; by submitting a completed application, applicants request both admission to the pilot program and SBE approval of the education partner. Local school administrative units may choose to partner with any non-profit or for-profit entity. Applications from local boards of education are due to the State Board of Education by 5:00 pm on August 15, 2011. Click here to access the application.

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: Access to Care Grants—August 15 Deadline

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry seeks to support and promote services, education, and research with potential to improve the oral health of infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. HSHC Access to Care Grants are matching/challenge grants of up to $20,000 per year to support local service initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children. Special consideration will be given to programs that have demonstrated success and/or have potential for replication in other communities. Initiatives demonstrating collaboration with other institutions and organizations will be given priority consideration. HSHC funds may be applied to cover costs of clinic supplies and instruments, patient and parent education materials, take-home supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities and other activities with clear, direct impact on child oral care. Application deadline: August 15, 2011. Click here to access the application.

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums—August 15 Deadline

Funded by the McArthur Foundation, Learning Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning. Funding of up to $100,000 will be awarded to select libraries, museums and tribal organizations. Appication deadline, August 15, 2011. Click here to apply.

2011 Promise Neighborhoods Grants—September 6 Deadline

The vision of the Promise Neighborhood program is to ensure that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by: 1) Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood; 2) Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center; 3) Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies; 4) Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and 5) Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including a rigorous evaluation of the program.

Eligible applicants may be non-profit organizations and may select from Absolute (including outreach to Rural or Tribal Communities) and Competitive Priorities (including Early Learning, Internet Connectivity, Arts and Humanities, and Affordable Housing). Up to 10 planning grants will be awarded with a maximum amount of $500,000 for one year. It is estimated that 4-6 implementation grants will be awarded with a maximum amount of $6,000,000 for a total project period of 3-5 years. An applicant that has been serving children, and has already achieved significant results with those children, in a target geographic area prior to applying for a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant may propose to use planning grant funds to develop a plan to expand services and scale up beyond this initial area to serve children in a new neighborhood. Application deadline: September 6, 2011. Click here for the complete NIA, FAQs and dates for upcoming webinars.

In Case You Missed It: Webinar Recording of "Making a Case for Our Work—The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate"

In case you missed it, click here to view a recording of the recent webinar in which President of the Alliance for Excellent Education Bob Wise and Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali discussed new ways to make the case to local communities on why reducing the dropout rate is so important. The webinar covered strategies on how economic impact data on reducing the dropout rate specific to the nation, all 50 states, and 220 metropolitan statistical areas nationwide can be leveraged in communities to translate the impact of efforts by Communities In Schools affiliates to ensure more students are graduating high school ready for postsecondary and career success.

Sign Up for A Personalized "Charting for Success" Webinar Today

Want to know more about "Charting for Success (CFS) Curriculum"? The national office of Communities In Schools invites your affiliate to your own personal webinar to discuss CFS, a college readiness tool for CIS students. The goals of CFS are to:

Engage CIS students in planning and preparation for post-secondary training and education by providing career awareness and exploration activities;

Increase the number of high school graduates ready for college and post-secondary success through a variety of college access activities;

Help students transition to post-secondary education by teaching parents and students about the valuable link between high school and college success, providing information on college requirements, the preparation process and exploring the financial aid options that make college more affordable.

The CFS process provides a streamlined, comprehensive curriculum of college and career access information for the students served. It is an effort to create and model a college-going culture for the students. CFS lessons are intended to guide the students through the information and steps necessary to move toward a post–high school plan of action. The curriculum engages both students and parents in the planning and preparation for post-secondary education and/or training. Through the lessons, activities and events, the manual addresses the key steps for future academic and career success—academic preparation, college/career exploration, college financing and financial literacy.

CIS National is excited about the curriculum for CIS affiliates and invites you to schedule a webinar for your affiliate. Please contact, Arleen Peterson. The curriculum is located on CISNet under the tab "National Initiatives: Charting for Success."

Upcoming National Webinars

August 10, 2011, 2 p.m., Forecast of Federal Funding Opportunities and General Guidance for Submitting Applications

Facilitated by Megan Robinson, Managers, Government Grants. Presenters include Gwendolyn Dilworth, Program Manager with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and Nicole White, Education Program Specialist with Department of Education’sOffice of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS)

August 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Understanding Gooru

Gooru is a free web application that allows teachers to “search and teach”—search for web resources to teach a topic and find complete lessons, organized like a playlist with rich media such as videos, simulations and images. Similarly, students can “search and study”—search for any lesson to find personalized study guides that include digital texts, online assessments and explanatory lectures. Gooru is developed by Ednovo, a non-profit, education technology company. A great webinar for local school districts, principals and teachers.

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

Save The Date: CISNC Mentoring Summit

October 25, 2011, McKimmon Conference & Training Center, Raleigh, NC

In partnership with the Governor’s Office and United Way of North Carolina, CISNC is hosting a Mentoring Summit this fall. We are currently planning the workshops and identifying keynote speakers. If you have ideas on what you would like to see that day, please share them with us. Three regional mentoring summits will be take place the first half of 2012. Stay tuned for more information.

Free Training: Dropout Prevention Program for Middle and High Schoolers

September 8 & 9, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 512 Brickhaven Drive, Suite 203, Raleigh, NC

You are invited to participate in a free two-day training to learn skills and a program to help keep kids from dropping out of high school. The Together program began by serving Latino audiences but is now fully revised for English speaking families as well. Participants will receive the 200-page "Together/ Juntos Program Manual" in both English and Spanish as well as other newly revised resources and games. Space is limited. Click here to register.

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