January 2012 Newsletter from CISNC

January 18, 2012

A Word To Our Readers

As 2012 kicks off, Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) is proud to begin its 23rd year of service to the students of North Carolina. We are grateful for your faithful support of our work to keep students of all ages in school, prepared to graduate and to excel in college, career and life. We anticipate a busy and exciting year ahead and invite you to renew your partnership with us as we continue to serve as the leading dropout prevention organization in North Carolina.

If you are new to our Monthly Newsletter, we welcome you, as this is one of the best ways to stay connected with the work of the state office. We encourage you, too, to regularly visit our website for more information. Feedback and any newsletter submissions can be directed to Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin. We welcome your input!

Vote Communities In Schools as the Nation’s Top Education Nonprofit!

As Communities In Schools staff members, we are privileged to be part of the leading dropout prevention nonprofit, working every day to surround the more than 140,000 students we serve in North Carolina with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We know CIS is one of the nation’s best education nonprofits, and now is our chance to let the rest of the nation know through AT&T’s contest, "The $80,000 Vote for Education."

This contest allows people to vote for one of three education nonprofits: Communities In Schools, KIPP or Teach For America. Between now and February 14, visit the Connect for Good page on Causes.com to vote for Communities In Schools. You can vote once a day, every day. AT&T will be donating $80,000 in prizes, and the organization with the most votes will receive $50,000. Vote for Communities In Schools, and promote the link to your affiliate’s supporters and friends: http://www.causes.com/causes/639835-connect-for-good/actions.

11th Annual National Mentoring Month—January 2012

January is an important month as it is recognized nationally as National Mentoring Month. Our nation spotlights this month to raise awareness of the importance that every child have a caring relationship with an adult. Spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service, this year's campaign—themed “Invest in the Future. Mentor a Child.”—captures the long-term benefits for young people, their mentors and their communities that an investment in quality mentoring can offer. Click here for the press release issued by CISNC announcing Gov. Bev Perdue's proclamation of National Mentoring Month in North Carolina.

What can you do to celebrate this month? Here are some tips from MENTOR to share with your partners:

Become a mentor in your community.

Learn more about mentoring.

Partner with a mentoring organization, such as Communities In Schools.

Take time to honor an important mentor in your life on January 26, which is "Thank Your Mentor Day."

Tell a friend, or better yet bring a friend to your next mentoring appointment.

For access to PSAs and collateral materials celebrating National Mentoring Month, and for help with media promotion, contact Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin. Together, let's promote the magic of mentoring!

Spanish Versions of "Eat Well, Stay Active, Have Fun" Guide Now Available

The Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health last year produced "Eat Well, Stay Active, Have Fun: A Guide for Mentors." The guide is now available in Spanish. If you are interested in receiving copies of the Spanish translation, free of charge, please send an email to mentor@hsph.harvard.edu with the number of copies you think you would like (a rough estimate is fine). Feel free to also request additional copies of the original guide if you need them.

"Be Our Guest, Celebrate Success!" MLK Day Appreciation Breakfast A Success

More than 70 people gathered on January 16, MLK Day 2012, at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh as CISNC celebrated, appreciated and honored those who make our work possible—our generous corporate and foundation supporters and friends—as well as the living testaments to the mission of CISNC—the students themselves. Three of our "Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories" videos from 2011 were screened, and we were inspired by remarks given by students in two of these videos—namely Jarvis Williams from CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Rose Lockler and Sequoya Tucker from CIS of Robeson County. If you haven't viewed the year-end medley video we launched in Decemeber, check it out! These are the faces of CIS—the children, young people, mentors and adults whose lives are changed by being part of Communities In Schools. Your support of CIS helps kids across the state overcome all kinds of obstacles and realize their dreams. Their success means a better future for all of us. We thank you!

Chefs Inspiring Success—June 2

CISNC presents its inaugual cook-off fundraiser, "Chefs Inspring Success." This event is closely modeled after The Food Network’s "Iron Chef" television program. Head chefs from top restaurants in the Triangle will be invited to come together to compete for the title of "2012 Chef Inspiring Success," in what will become an annual competition and fundraiser. Save the date for June 2, 2012, as "Chefs Inspiring Success" event will be the kick-off to Triangle Restaurant Week 2012, June 4-10. The evening will be memorable with live music, tasting stations, a Parade of Tables and the presentation of the H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards.

Call for H. Glenn Williams Power of One Award Nominations

Nominations for the H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards, to be awarded at the "Chefs Inspiring Success" event, are now open. 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 March 31, 2012.

Reminder: Invite Your Legislators!

Just a reminder to our local affiliates to invite your legislators to your events, or even to tour your programs within the schools. There is no better to way to educate our state representatives and senators than to show them the success of Communities In Schools in transforming the lives of our state's young people.

Camp Challenge Applications Due April 15

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. The Camp Challenge staff, along with their stakeholders, has been so impressed by CIS and our students that they have granted us three weeks this summer:

  July 8 - 13, 2012

July 15 - 20, 2012

July 22 - 27, 2012

These three weeks 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. Please spread the word about Camp Challenge with staff who interface with middle school students and families. This is truly a life changing experience, as can be seen in the July 2011 "Overcoming Obstacles" video. Applications are due April 15, 2011. For more information or to receive an application, please contact Field Services Specialist/Youth Development Trainer Christopher Capel.

Triangle Restaurant Week Benefitting CIS of Wake and Durham Counties—January 23 - 29

If you reside in the Triangle area, be sure to participate in the winter edition of Triangle Restaurant Week (TRW), January 23-29. TRW is a weeklong celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the entire premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants. Restaurants will be offering a special fixed price, 3-course meal each and every day they are open during the event. Proceeds from TRW go to benefit CIS of Wake County and CIS of Durham County, depending on where you dine. Check out these awesome promotional videos TriangleBlvd produced for CIS of Wake and Durham:

  CIS of Wake TRW video

CIS of Durham TRW video

Triangle Restaurant Week Kickoff—January 22, Marbles Kids Museum

To kick off the winter edition of Triangle Restaurant Week, join TRW for an evening of food, fun and entertainment at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, on Sunday, January 22. A $5 donation (optional) will provide attendees with light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment provided by TRW restaurant participants and kickoff sponsors. To top it all off, 100% of all profits from the event will be donated to Communities In Schools! Come early, come hungry and come thirsty!

Congratulations to Two Newly Accredited Affiliates

Please join CISNC in congratulating our newest affiliates—Lexington/Davidson County and Wilkes County—for achieving National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities In Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standards. North Carolina now boasts 17 accredited affiliates—and more on the way! Thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to reach this important milestone.

Congratulations to Newly Certified Site Coordinators

Congratulations to those who completed the Communities In Schools Site Coordinator Certification Program (SCCP), meeting all the certification requirements in December. They are as follows: Hazel Taylor of CIS of Carteret County, Dwayne Burks of CIS of Gaston County, Mitzi Cartwright of CIS of Randolph County, Traci Fleming and Donna Wiseman of CIS of Rowan County, Edith Penny of CIS of Rocky Mount and Donna Varner Davis of CIS of Thomasville.

CIS of Great Smoky Mountains Train Ride Fundraiser Postponed

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Train "Ride for Education: A Tribute to Elvis," originally scheduled for Saturday, January 21, has been postponed until September. Stay tuned for more details about this fundraiser closer to the time of the event.

Job Announcement: Executive Director of CIS of the Rocky Mount Region

Communities In Schools of the Rocky Mount Region is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic Executive Director to oversee all aspects of this nationally-recognized program. Click here for the job announcement and more details about how to apply.

CIS of Brunswick County Little Princess Ball—February 4

Join CIS of Brunswick County at the Brunswick Center at Southport and the South Brunswick Islands Center on February 4, from 3 - 5 p.m., for a special afternoon filled with dancing, face painting, games and much more. Open to all girls kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escort. Little princesses are encouraged to dress in a pretty dress, ball gown, or their favorite princess costume. Kid-friendly refreshments will be provided and each girl will take home her very own tiara and wand. For ticket information, please call 910-253-2670 or 910-457-3494.

Upcoming National Webinars

  January 26, 1 - 2 p.m. - Ogilvy & Mather National Public Engagement Campaign Update

February 2, 1 - 2 p.m. - National Update for CIS Boards and Executives

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.

Upcoming Free Guidestar Webinars

January 25, 1 - 2 p.m. - Strategic Philanthropy in the "New Normal"

February 1, 1 - 2 p.m. - Fire Up Your Board for Fundraising: Turn Their Passion into Action

February 10, 1 - 2 p.m. - Using Referrals to Increase Donations

To register for these or any other upcoming webinars, please visit Guidestar.

Upcoming NCBCE Webinar

This webinar is part of a series of sessions co-hosted by the N.C. Business Committee for Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The topic of this interactive webinar is to learn more about Career & College Promise, Gov. Bev Perdue’s commitment to helping every qualified student gain access to an affordable college education. Join Dr. June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman, State Board of Education and Dr. Scott Ralls, President of the NC Community College System, to learn more about this opportunity for North Carolina students. Space is limited.

January 30, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

To register, please click here.

Upcoming Free Summer Food Service Program Webinars

According to the 2009 American Community Survey, nearly 29 percent of young children in rural America are living in poverty. In these tough economic times, many more young people in rural areas may depend on school nutrition programs. The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program—administered by States—that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer. Learn more about this program and how it may help your students by attending one of several webinars offered throughout the next few weeks:

January 24, 6 - 7 p.m.

February 2, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

February 23, 3 - 4 p.m.

To register for these or any other upcoming webinars, please click here.

27th Annual Emerging Issues Forum—"Investing in Gen Z: Guaranteeing Our ROI"

February 6 - 7, Raleigh Convention Center

Gen Z is the most highly connected, globally aware, and digitally savvy group in our history. While they may be named for the last letter of the alphabet, they represent the future of North Carolina. They are revolutionizing the workplace, the marketplace and our communities. Are we ready? Join us as we explore Gen Z's impact on our economic and workforce development, how increased connectivity raises the bar, and how we can ensure their and North Carolina's overall wellbeing.

Click here for a flyer with more information. To register, click here.

24th Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum—“Connecting the Dots of Collaboration”

  February 19 - 22, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

The 24th Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community and families, especially to assist those in at-risk situations. This year's forum is sponsored by CISNC, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and the University of North Carolina - Wilmington Watson School of Education.

To register, click here.

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