March 2012 Newsletter from CISNC

March 09, 2012

A Word To Our Readers

Get ready for a busy spring and summer ahead! Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) kicks off its Regional Mentoring Summits this month, is working hard on its signature fundraising event slated for June 2 and continues to support its affiliates across the network, with a 19th affiliate in the pipeline this spring to achieve National Accreditation according to CIS Total Quality System (TQS) Standards. Best of all, as our latest end-of-year data show, we are serving the kids who need us most and showing results!

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

CIS Network in N.C. Helped 98% of Potential Dropouts Stay in School; 92% of Seniors Graduate

This month, CISNC released its network data from the 2010-2011 school year in two easily-accessible documents, CISNC’s Quick Facts 2010-2011 and the 2010-2011 Impact Report.

Of the 143,615 youth served by the CISNC network during the 2010-2011 school year, 52,195 were at-risk high school students. The event dropout rate for those high school students who were followed for their progress in school was just 1.96%. Of CIS high school seniors, 92% graduated. Furthermore, last school year, the CIS network in North Carolina kept 98% of its students from dropping out of school. CIS graduates alone will save the state $6,941,000 per year in increased taxes and decreased health, social services and crime and safety costs.

While the outcomes themselves are impressive, they take on even greater meaning in the context of the student population on which our numbers are based. With 97% of the students we serve being economically disadvantaged and 74% being minority students, these are young people who, without the intervention of Communities In Schools, would likely fall far below the state average for student success.

Congratulations to all of our 38 local CIS affiliates statewide on such encouraging results. Because of your tireless work to surround students with a community of support, you are saving the State of North Carolina millions of dollars each year.

The release of these data comes on the heels of the announcement made in early February by the Department of Public Instruction to the State Board of Education that the number of students who dropped out of school in 2010-2011 was at a record low. According to that release, “the rate of 3.43% is the lowest grade 9-12 dropout rate ever recorded in North Carolina.”

For more information or Talking Points developed by the state office, contact Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin.

CIS National Board Chair Elaine Wynn Featured on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

Check out MSNBC's "Morning Joe" education reform segment from March 2. CIS National Board Chair Elaine Wynn does a great job explaining CIS' wrap-around, comprehensive approach to serving kids, allowing teachers to teach and legislators to raise resources. Great PR for Communities In Schools!

Sponsorships Open for Chefs Inspiring Success

Sponsorship opportunities are currently open for CISNC's inaugural cook-off fundraiser and kick-off to Triangle Restaurant Week 2012, "Chefs Inspiring Success," June 2, 2012. 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. CISNC is committed to student success in our state and is achieving that mission every day. As we work to build a stronger state and nation—one where all youth deserve the opportunity and support they need to graduate from high school, prepared for college, career and life—we invite you and your company to join us in this mission by publically pledging your support of the “Chefs Inspiring Success” event and more importantly to one of the strongest nonprofit organizations in North Carolina, Communities In Schools of North Carolina. We all have a role to play in the mission of surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Click here for more information on sponsorships.

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. 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 that 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. Click here for the 2012 Camp Challenge application packet. Applications are due April 15, 2011. Any questions can be directed to Field Services Specialist/Youth Development Trainer Christopher Capel.

Interactive Tool Showing Childhood Poverty in NC

In North Carolina, 1-in-10 children under the age of 18 lives in a high-poverty community. These children are less likely to have access to the supports they need for healthy growth and development—resources like high-performing schools, quality medical care, safe outdoor space where they can play or even grocery stores stocked with nutritious foods.

But this is just part of the story. The data also highlight areas in North Carolina where children are most likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods. While urban counties account for the largest numbers of children living in concentrated poverty, children in rural, northeastern counties are two to five times more likely to live in high-poverty areas than their peers. Of the 10 counties with the highest rates of children living in concentrated poverty, half are clustered in the northeast, where eroding family economic security caused by high rates of unemployment put families at risk.

Action for Children North Carolina has created an interactive map visualizing communities where our children are most likely to live in concentrated poverty. Click through the map to access total poverty data by census tract. Circle size indicates the number of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods. Circle color indicates the proportion of children living in concentrated poverty, with deeper shades of blue representing a larger share of that county's child population. Please share this useful tool widely.

PBS STEM Video Game Challenge—March 12 Deadline

UNC-TV received a grant to promote the National PBS STEM Video Game Challenge and is partnering with Franklin County Schools (FCS) and the N.C. Cooperative Extension. Click here for details related to the PBS STEM Video Challenge and the prizes that will be awarded. Entries will be accepted through March 12, 2012.

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants—March 13 Deadline

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announces September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants. CNCS focuses its efforts in areas where national service can make a major impact, including education, energy conservation, health, economic opportunity for economically vulnerable individuals; increasing service by and for veterans and military families; and providing disaster services. The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance initiative grants are made to eligible organizations engaged in service activities that meet vital community needs and honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, or who rose in service as a result of that tragedy. CNCS expects to make annual awards in the range of approximately $50,000 to $150,000. Grant applicants are required to provide a grantee share at an amount equal to 25 percent of the total program budget. Click here to view the complete grant announcement.

The Great American NO BULL Challenge 2012—March 14 Deadline

The Great American NO BULL Challenge is the first, student-led National Video Contest and Teen Video Awards show that brings awareness to the issue of cyberbullying in America. The goal of the NO BULL Challenge is to join America's students, educators, counselors, organizations, communities and corporate partners together in an effort to enable real change at the student level. The NO BULL Challenge is the largest, youth-led national campaign in America's history to combat cyberbullying. They use the power of social media to inspire 25 million middle and high school students to build each other up, instead of tear each other down.

How can you get your affiliate involved? Beginning January 15, students in 6th-12th grade will have two months to create a 2-5 minute video with an anti-bullying theme. Students will submit their video to the NO BULL Challenge no later than March 14 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Beginning March 15, each student will rally their friends, family, educators and community to vote for their video. To learn how Communities In Schools is participating in this campaign network wide and to get the official contest rules, please contact National Office Field Operations Specialist Ashlee Crabb. Click here to learn more about this campaign.

Call for Nominations for the Tanner Awards for Excellence In Teaching—March 26 Deadline

Do you remember that one special teacher? The one who made learning special, who though demanding obviously cared about you and encouraged you with his/her teaching? CIS of Rutherford County is proud the 2012 Tanner Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The Tanner Awards are not “teacher of the year" awards. They are intended to recognize and reward demonstrated excellence in a teaching career. The award carries a $1,000 stipend for the first award and $500 for the second award for recipients to use in their classroom. Completed nominations should be either emailed to CIS of Rutherford County Executive Director Charlotte Epley; mailed to CISRC at P.O. Box 2134, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139; or dropped off at the CISRC office at 201 Bob Hardin Road, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. For more information, call 828-288-0228.

Call for Nominations for the H. Glenn Williams Power of One Award—March 31 Deadline

Nominations for the H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards, to be awarded at CISNC's "Chefs Inspiring Success" event on June 2, 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.

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.

CIS Employee Honored as "Employee of the Year" by Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Mark Koval on being honored recently at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Gala as Employee of the Year for his work with Communites In Schools. Well done!

CIS of Moore County Receives $7,000 from Liberty Mutual Life Insurance

Congratulations to CIS of Moore County on recently receiving a $7,000 charitable donation from Liberty Mutual Life Insurance. "We work diligently each day to improve the quality of life for each of our students,” said Cynthia Bradley, Executive Director of CIS of Moore County. “Through the generosity of Liberty Mutual, we can continue providing them with the necessary resources, guidance and support to succeed in school and achieve in life.” CIS of Moore County serves all 23 schools in Moore County with an array of services and networking.

CIS of Durham Run—March 17

CIS of Durham is the beneficiary of The Equinoxalizer 4-Miler on March 17 at 8 a.m., beginning and ending on the lawn of the Durham Performing Arts Center. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the event, and parents with strollers are welcome.

CIS of Randolph County Masquerade Ball—March 30

CIS of Randolph County invites you to its inaugural Mystery Theater and Masquerade Ball on March 30 at 6:15 p.m. at Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro. For more information about this fundraiser, contact CIS of Randolph County Executive Director Sandi Norman at 336-625-0008.

CIS of Caldwell County Run—March 31

CIS of Caldwell County is the beneficiary of the Hibriten Mountain Hill Run on March 31 at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at Hibriten Baptist Church in Lenoir. The run is approximately 3.7 miles with 1,000 feet of elevation. For more information, contact CIS of Caldwell County at 828-759-2852.

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 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.

Job Announcement: Project READS Part-Time Research Position—May 1 Deadline

The Harvard Graduate School of Education and CIS of Durham are currently seeking part-time interviewers to visit families of elementary school students from the Durham Public Schools in their homes. Interviewers will conduct interviews with parents and children and observe the home literacy environment. These home visits will take place from May to September. The interviewers will have discretion in scheduling the home visits during the specified interview periods. A paid training for the interviewers will take place in April. This position is ideal for graduate students interested in literacy and/or parent-child interactions, as well as students interested in gaining experience in interview and observation research methods. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and qualifications, curriculum vitae and 2-3 reference letters to Dr. James Kim at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education by May 1.

Summer Feeding Summit for Rutherford County

  • March 14, 9 - 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Forest City, NC
  • CIS of Rutherford County, Youth Empowerment and others focused on childhood hunger and education invite local leaders and organizations to attend a “Summer Feeding Summit for Rutherford County." The summit will provide the opportunity to find ways to serve students during the summer. Farmers, firemen, law enforcement, agencies, citizens, faith groups, food pantries, sports groups, service and social clubs, and anyone working with or concerned for students should attend. For more information on the summit, contact Tracy Williams with Youth Empowerment at 828-288-1021, or CIS of Rutherford County Executive Director Charlotte Epley at 828-288-0228.

    "Building A Grad Nation" 2012 Summit

    March 18 - 21, Washington D.C.

    The "Building a Grad Nation Summit" is the premier event of Grad Nation, a growing movement of dedicated organizations, individuals and communities working to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Addressing these critical issues requires all sectors of our communities working together in new, more coordinated ways. The Summit brings together community groups, educators, local and state leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, youth and others to share progress and inspire action. Building on the success of the first Summit in 2011, the 2012 summit will bring together hundreds of participants on March 18-21 in Washington, D.C., to share progress and inspire action. Millions of others will be engaged through online outreach and media coverage. The theme will be the strong connection between quality education and thriving, economically sound communities. Click here for more information and to register.

    Regional Mentoring Summits

    March 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College, 150 College Rd. NE, Bolivia, NC

    Sponsored by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, CISNC, Brunswick Community College and Brunswick County Schools, the Southeastern Mentoring Summit—themed “Invest in the Future, Be a Mentor”—will offer four workshops: “Understanding Generation Z” or “Elements of Effective Practice” in the morning and “Activities For Mentors” or “Mentoring Gang Involved Youth” in the afternoon. Click here for full workshop descriptions. Attendance is free and includes lunch. Seating is limited to 100. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 910-457-3494.

    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.

    Summer Food Program Potential Sponsors Trainings

    March 29, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Raleigh

    March 30, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Raleigh

    The N.C. DHHS’s Division of Public Health, CISNC, United Way of North Carolina, Food Banks Central & Eastern North Carolina and No Kid Hungry North Carolina need your help to feed more kids in need this summer. We are working together to expand the number of sites serving federally-reimbursed summer meals through the Summer Food Service (SFSP) program that DHHS administers. As someone serving your community, you may be working with the kids who most need help. Consider attending the 2-day Potential Sponsors Trainings to learn more. Register by March 15 by contacting Cynthia Ervin at 919-707-5774.

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