DONORS & PARTNERS
Thank you to the CICS partners organizations that help us fulfill our mission. Here are a few of our trusted partners.
School Management Organizations
Charter School Support & Advocacy
Community Outreach & Parent Involvement
Career Preparedness & Mentoring
Programming & College Preparatory Enrichment
A partnership that began with a small pilot program for children of military personnel at CICS Longwood is expanding to a second CICS campus in 2012-2013 thanks to the generous partnership of Union League Boys & Girls Club. Executive Director Mary Ann Mahon Huels made an immediate connection with the elementary school students at Longwood. This sparked further conversation with Program Committee of the ULBGC Board. Together, they looked more closely at the need in the communities surrounding CICS campuses and began developing a plan to build on this strong initial collaboration with CICS.
CICS serves more than 9,000 students, occupies dozens of facilities, and has identified a pressing need for high quality programming during out-of-school time. The challenge is finding resources to pay for many of the programs available when charter schools are funded at 75% of the per capita rate provided to traditional public schools in Chicago. Through the astounding generosity of the ULBGC, CICS students now have access to great programs focused on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. Staff from both organizations have worked together on grant proposals and continue to explore opportunities that will help CICS students realize their full potential.
Chicago attorney Mike Sullivan is excited about the potential. A long-standing advisor to CICS, Sullivan is also Board President of the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs and encouraged the two organizations to talk about how they could work together. “It is great to see this kind of collaboration on behalf of the children of Chicago,” he said. “I look forward to seeing it grow and evolve to meet the needs of kids in our most challenged communities.”