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RECENT NEWS

CIS of Southern Nevada to Participate in “Shaq-to-School” Event

On July 8, 2022 at Rancho High School, hundreds of students built Shaq-packs with school supplies, made possible by The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation. Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada (CIS), participated in “Shaq-to-School” on Friday, July 8 at Rancho High School. The program... Learn More

CIS of Nevada supported students achieve a 92 percent graduation rate for the 2020-2021 school year

Longtime CIS corporate partner, Bank of America, congratulates the Class of 2022 on their accomplishments!

Communities In Schools Nevada celebrates its students for achieving a 92 percent graduation rate for the 2020-2021 school year, 13 percent higher than the statewide average graduation... Learn More

CIS of Nevada Selected as 2022 Noble Deeds Recipient

In the tradition of Noble Deeds Day, created by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve in 2019, Noble Studios’ philanthropic program, Noble Deeds, is excited to announce that  will receive nearly $200,000 of pro bono digital marketing services in 2022. CIS of Nevada was selected from more than 50 applica... Learn More

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

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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

Anthony Herrera
TRIO Upward Bound Nevada State College

Johnny Dominguez 
Q3 Student Partners

Allison Foster
Assured Partners