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Twitter Town Hall: Supporting Students After Graduation, Hosted by The 74 & Communities In Schools

Event to Mark Launch of New CIS Alumni Leadership Network

By Communities In Schools May 19, 2016

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the country is taking a huge leap forward from No Child Left Behind and focusing now on “college and career readiness for all.” In alignment with this new objective, Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s leading and most effective organization at preventing high school drop outs, is launching its first-ever Alumni Leadership Network (ALN) to provide post-graduate personal and professional development support for the organization’s alumni.

To mark the launch of the ALN, Communities In Schools and The 74, a nonprofit, non-partisan news site covering education in America, will be co-hosting a Twitter Town Hall focusing on the continued support high school graduates need as they enter college and the workforce, and where they can turn for help.

WHAT: Twitter Town Hall on the continued support students need after they graduate from high school and begin navigating college and career, and how organizations and students are building those communities of support. Whether you graduated two years ago or twenty, you most likely remember the mixed sense of euphoria and uncertainty.  Please join us to share your thoughts! 

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 3-4pm EST

WHO: Carolyn Phenicie, education reporter for @the74; CIS alumnus Rey Saldaña, San Antonio City Councilmember and chair of the Alumni Leadership Network and other CIS alumni including:

  • Naedean Herrera, alumna, CIS of San Antonio
  • Selena Juarez Raymundo, alumna, CIS of Los Angeles
  • Jamal Tate, alumnus, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
  • Cyril Jefferson, alumnus, CIS of High Point
  • Talitha Halley, alumna, CIS of Houston
  • Elijah Jung, alumnus, CIS of the South Plains

HOW: Follow #TownHallTalk on Twitter. Monitor the conversation here.  Participate by tweeting your thoughts and answers, or retweeting and favoriting content using #TownHallTalk

More About the Alumni Leadership Network

Launching on Thursday, May 19, CIS’s new network is led by alumnus Rey Saldaña, a Stanford University graduate who currently serves on the San Antonio City Council. “The Alumni Leadership Network is a vital program to help Communities In Schools alumni stay on track after graduation,” said Saldaña. “For alumni who are first-generation high school graduates, they may not have anyone to guide them. The Alumni Leadership Network can help provide support so that our students continue to have success.”

The ALN’s community will live on LinkedIn and members will get access to exclusive offerings such as:

  • Monthly online trainings on smart spending, job skills and public speaking;
  • Paid leadership opportunities;
  • Access to networks – both within and outside CIS.


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About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.