Southern Nevada


CIS of Nevada names Debbie Palacios, accomplished education leader and a former director with CCSD, Southern Nevada Executive Director

Superintendent Jara, others, offer congratulations to Palacios and recognize retiring Southern Nevada executive director, Cheri Ward, for her decade of service to the nonprofit. Tami Hance-Lehr, CEO and State Director for Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS), announces the appointment of Debbie... Learn More

CIS Students Achieve a 90% Graduation Rate for the 2019-2020 School Year

For students receiving case management, the organization’s most intensive intervention, the figure is 6 percent higher than statewide average; model shown to significantly close opportunity gaps for students living in poverty and students of color

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Superhero Thursday: Cornell Williams helps brighten students’ day at J.E. Manch

Each week, News 3 is proud to bring you a new segment called “Superhero Thursday.” Not all superheroes wear capes, but they can make a difference.

They’ll recognize a site coordinator doing whatever it takes to help students achieve their full potential, and this week we recognize Co... Learn More

All Nevada students can now access internet from home, group says

Las Vegas Review Journal

The organizers of an initiative to improve Nevada students’ access to distance learning said Tuesday that all state students now have access to a computer and internet at home.

Connecting Kids Nevada — a public-private partnership between dozens of commu... Learn More

With Schools Closed, CIS Scramble to Assist

Many of the 320,000 students in the Clark County School District rely on their schools for more than learning.

Nearly two-thirds of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced meals in the school cafeteria. And nonprofit groups typically deliver their services on campus.

S... Learn More

Inequality in Education (13 Action News Special)

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Bridging the Divide is a 13 Action News series that discusses race and equality in Las Vegas.

In this community discussion, we address inequality in education. How race, class and gender still impact how students are treated.

The full special can be seen .

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Nonprofit Undergoes Paradigm Shift

When Maria Ruiz learned a student’s mother had been laid off and food was running low in the household, she knew one thing might cheer him up — hot Takis.

So Ruiz, a site coordinator for Communities In Schools in Elko, stopped at a gas station for the spicy snack and scrawled a ha... Learn More

Light the World Giving Machines Now Open

Giving Machines, part of the #LighttheWorld annual campaign, are now open in Las Vegas at Downtown Summerlin. Imagine going to a vending machine and being able to purchase school supplies, a dental procedure, or a pair of eyeglasses for a Las Vegas student. Or food for a local family in need, materi... Learn More

The Power Within 2018

  Students with Communities In Schools work every day to break through obstacles placed in their way, and the CIS site coordinators within those schools help students along the way. Every year, CIS of Southern Nevada hosts The Power Within, an event to celebrate and recognize the huge strides ... Learn More

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Jim Nelson, Chair
Philanthropist/Community Advocate

Paula Zier
Public Education Foundation

Ronalyn Napier
Elementary School Principal

Stephanie Kirby
Eye Care 4 Kids

Ramona Esparza
Community Advocate

Jameson Bauman
New York Life

Leo Moschioni
Lexicon Bank

Beverly Givens, Ed. D
Community Advocate

Meghan Bailey
Inno Supps

Andrea Martinez
The Guinn Center