- Communities In Schools is a registered nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization located on the campus of Aurora University at 1433 Prairie St. in Aurora and partners with East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129, Indian Prairie School District 204 and Oswego School District 308 to deliver daytime and afterschool programs to children. It is the mission of Communities In Schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
- CIS is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization and coordinates a range of services, from health care to tutoring, to keep kids in school and get them to college. In 2008-09, CIS was able to help 91% of the students it monitored reach the next grade. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are coordinated by nearly 200 local CIS programs in 25 states and D.C. We have our very own local CIS programs right here in Aurora.
- We bring a wide variety of Community resources into the schools and create a community of support to eliminate obstacles to a student’s success.
- Our Daytime Services program provides over 4,000 counseling service hours each year to students. In addition to this, low income children are helped through the coat drive and Holiday Cheer program coordinated with the Aurora Fire Department, providing winter coats and needed services.
- Our after school programs help keep students motivated to stay in school. These include our “MyTime” program now in its sixth year involving 11 middle schools from four school districts. The program involves homework, tutoring, recreation and a social outlet to interact with friends and meet new ones. Combined resources from the Fox Valley Park District, City of Aurora, Aurora University and CIS create a win-win situation for each student and for our community.
- On Wednesday, August 3rd Marchel Rogers and his family helped our staff and volunteers to compile 4,000 school supply kits for our 22nd Annual Back to School Fair with Project Unity on Saturday August 6th at the John Harkness Center. Marchel is the brother of Moshe Rogers who was shot and killed when Marchel was 15. The Annual Fair began 22 years ago to honor Moshe Rogers and Armando Mendez who was also shot and killed in February 1995. The teenagers’ deaths became a rallying point for the community to end youth violence in Aurora. “Aurora continues to step up to the plate. Our community knows how to respond and make a community better,” stated Marchel Rogers.
For additional information about CIS programs contact Karen Harkness at (630)692-9524