Not a single young person in the United States will walk away unscathed by the current economic downturn. Some children are already feeling the effects of the recession; they’ve watched their parents lose jobs, have had to move from their homes, or are lacking in vital resources such as food and health care. Currently, 87 percent of students served by Communities In Schools receive free and reduced-priced lunch.
Some children may not be feeling the pressure of today’s economy at this very moment. But when they graduate from high school and are faced with entering a dismal job market, they certainly will. View full article »
Today’s blog post was written by Narah Sanchez-Galvan, a senior at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. Narah is a member of Ladies First, a club run by Communities In Schools of Los Angeles dedicated to empowering young women and preparing them to succeed in college and the workplace. Narah won the opportunity to have her Ladies First experiences published on Beyond the Classroom through a blogging contest run by the club.
Contrary to popular opinion, not all high school seniors have a lot to look forward to. Family has always been important to me, and in the beginning of my senior year my family was struggling with more than we could handle. My uncle died and my father was diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease that was so serious that an emergency surgery was needed. It almost made me lose my mind. The only thing that kept me sane was Ladies First.
I had only known Site Coordinator Dana Henry as “that lady in the Communities In Schools office,” when she invited me to an after-school group that consisted of all girls who discussed topics that mattered to me. We spoke about our future careers, we had a workshop on how to write a personal statement for colleges, and we learned how to create an elevator pitch in case we met a person who could help us in the future. Meeting every week to talk about these and other topics created a bond among us. View full article »
America’s Promise Alliance held its second Building a Grad Nation Summit earlier this week. Hundreds of supporters in the education sector converged on Washington, D.C. to share best practices in the mission to support our nation’s youth in reaching their graduation goals.
Grad Nation is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working to end America’s dropout crisis. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was one of the featured speakers at the event, as well as the organization’s founding chairman, General Colin Powell. We were reminded, again, of the urgency and importance of preparing young people for college and the 21st century workforce, in particular as it relates to our country’s economy. View full article »
Today’s blog post is from Communities In Schools Human Resources Coordinator Jessica Adams.
Did history-makers like Susan B. Anthony recognize their potential? What women of today will be remembered tomorrow?
As March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month, we take the time to honor women in history who have managed to blaze an individual trail of leadership, change and innovation. Women such as Susan B. Anthony or Harriet Tubman are just a couple who come to mind. As I take time to think of why these pioneers are so noteworthy, I consider the path they may have taken that led them to go down in history … and I wonder: Did these history-makers always recognize their potential? What women of today will be remembered tomorrow? View full article »
Today’s blog post is by Ainsley Adao, the Communities In Schools national office’s graphic design intern.
The dictionary defines graphic design as “the art or profession of visual communication that combines images, words and ideas to convey information to an audience.” I’m quite familiar with this term.
My name is Ainsley Adao, and I am a graphic designer. I am a college student majoring in communication design and the current design intern at Communities In Schools’ national office. My job is to create anything from flyers to posters, print and web banners, brochures and many other published materials. I take the organization’s communications and make them visually appealing – if not beautiful. And I love it.
Working as the in-house designer at Communities In Schools has greatly helped this young designer develop work and designs skills. I’m grateful and fortunate that I’ve had this opportunity to work with such a great organization, and at the same time gain real-world experience within the graphic design field. I’ve been proud of the design work I’ve done for Communities In Schools, especially of my latest project—redesigning the look of the InsideCIS newsletter and laying out the March issue. View full article »