2020: A Year in Stories


1. Nonprofit undergoes paradigm shift

The Nevada Independent interviews eight Team Members statewide after school closures.

2. The ‘how’ has changed, but our ‘why’ remains the same: Ensure kids stay in school and graduate

CEO and State Director, Tami Hance-Lehr, shares three leadership recommendations for students across Nevada in The Nevada Independent.

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

Las Vegas Review-Journal highlights the Connecting Kids Nevada initiative led by COVID-19 Task Force where CIS managed the Family Support Center that fielded 45,000 calls and connected 18,000 families to reliable internet.


4. Superhero Thursday: Cornell Williams helps brighten students’ day at J.E. Manch (Video)

Cornell William, CIS Site Coordinator at J.E. Manch Elementary, helps his students overcome barriers and brings communities together in Clark County.

5. Communities in Schools goes to great lengths to assist at-risk CCSD students

Cheryl Arteaga, CIS Site Coordinator from O’Callaghan Middle School, talks to The Las Vegas Sun about her work and how she wished CIS was at her school when she was a child facing similar obstacles as her students.

6. LIGHTS IN 2020: Many in Southern Nevada stepped up to help during pandemic

Las Vegas Review-Journal creates a roundup of charitable COVID-19 efforts in its “100 Acts of Kindness” list. CIS of Nevada was honored to be included as part of the Direct Care to Kids initiative (see #63).


7. Audio Diary: Running A School Food Pantry

Carolina Juárez, a bilingual CIS Site Coordinator at Glenn Duncan Elementary School, talks with KUNR Nevada Radio about delivering food and supplies to the homes of Washoe County families most hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

8. Communities in schools continue to feed families during pandemic (Video)

CIS of Western Nevada talks with KOLO 8 News Now about transitioning to drive-thru food services to serve hungry families across Reno schools.


9. Capable in Crisis: UNLV Clinic Continues Mental Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

The PRACTICE Mental Health Clinic at UNLV responds to the COVID-19 outbreak by offering virtual mental health services to CIS of Northeastern Nevada students. CIS has partnered with UNLV to provide telemental health services to rural students across Nevada since 2012.

10. What it means to be ‘Nevada Strong’ – our partners demonstrate what it means to work together to serve students most in need during these unprecedented times

Sarah Goicoechea, Executive Director for CIS of Northeastern Nevada, shares how it truly takes a village to give our students what they need to succeed in life in her quarterly column for Elko Daily Free Press.