Communities In Schools of Nevada - Annual Report 2020-21 School Year

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Annual Report

2020-21 School Year

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A Word From the

Board Chair & CEO Raymond Specht & Tami Hance-Lehr

Dear Friends, Let’s start with the end in mind — caps and gowns, diplomas and possibilities, a sense of accomplishment and the butterflies that come with the unknown. Graduation is a storied moment and rite of passage. And yet we know that for close to 70% of Nevada’s children, who live at or near the poverty line, that path is more complicated, riddled with barriers and inequities. Our shared aspiration for every student is that they graduate career and college ready, prepared to achieve in life. This common goal is the focus of the State Improvement Plan required under the Every Student Succeeds Act, adopted by the Nevada Department of Education, and in the strategic plans for each of the four school districts we serve in Clark, Elko, Humboldt and Washoe counties. For students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged, there are persistent opportunity gaps, which are clear when you look at the disaggregated graduation rates for Nevada in the 2020-21 school year. Given our work in Title I and high-need schools, where a significant share of the school population is living in poverty, we celebrate the students we serve who have gone on to graduate. Our students, with the support of their Communities In Schools site coordinators, have persisted. Whether it’s improving their attendance, behavior or coursework — or being promoted to the next grade and ultimately graduating — they have demonstrated the power of what happens with the right support. This last year collectively we achieved a 92% graduation rate, which is 11 points higher than the statewide average. Imagine if we scaled our evidence-based intervention to reach every Title I school in Nevada. We could close opportunity gaps in a systemic and sustained way. That is our focus, and with supporters like you, we believe we can make it a reality. We know the power that relationships have in the lives of our children, which is why our site coordinator workforce is now stronger than 100 individuals across the state. This network of caring adults are working every day to mobilize our network of community partners to implement solutions and eliminate barriers in the lives of our students. Given the ongoing mental health effects of the pandemic, widened achievement gaps, and other traumas our young people are living through, having someone on campus who shows compassion and earns trust is more important than ever. As you read through our annual report, we hope that you take the time to appreciate the difference you make. However you engage with the Communities In Schools mission, you are part of a vital community of support for our children. Thank you for believing in the power of what we can do when we come together. Thank you for believing in the promise of education for all. Yours, in service,

Raymond Specht Board Chair

Tami Hance-Lehr CEO & State Director

Table of Contents A Word from the CEO & Board Chair.........................................2 Board of Directors....................................................................4 Who We Are............................................................................5 Our Impact..............................................................................6 Our Communities and Our Students......................................7-12 Our Stewardship................................................................13-14 Our Partners ......................................................................... 15 Financial Snapshot ................................................................ 16 Connecting Kids and Family Support Center ...................... 17-18

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Board of Directors Edward Cecchi Community Advocate

Jennifer Oswald NV Energy

Phyllis Gurgevich Nevada Bankers Association

Becky Petring Nevada State Bank

Christopher Hume PLAYSTUDIOS

Melissa Schultz Nevada Gold Mines

Tom Edington Western Pacific Insurance

Jennifer Hutter Community Advocate


Nileen Knoke Cox Communications

Lisa Turner The Luke Fitzgerald Group at Keller Williams

Raymond Specht Specht Leadership Consulting

Vice Chair

Punam Mathur Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation


Alyssa Anderson Las Vegas Sands Corporation


Krystal Allan Sinclair Broadcast Group, News 3/CW Las Vegas Elizabeth Blau Blau & Associates

Ramiro Lopez NBC Universal - Telemundo LV Jerrie Merritt Bank of Nevada

Tiffany Tyler-Garner Children’s Advocacy Alliance Joyce Woodhouse Education Advocate

Jim Nelson Community Advocate

Southern Advisory Council

Western Advisory Council

Northeastern Advisory Council

Jim Nelson, Chair Meghan Bailey Jameson Bauman Ramona Esparza Beverly Givens, Ed. D Stephanie Kirby Andrea Martinez Leo Moschioni Ronalyn Napier Paula Zier

Becky Petring, Chair Kitty Bergin Victor Carella Wendy Gregory Blakely Hume Denise Kolton Dr. Kristen McNeill Gerardina Rodriguez Jodi Stephens Melissa Uhrich Tom Warley Megan Waugh Katie Weir Erin Wootan Jenny Yeager Annie Zucker

Lisa Turner, Chair Vicki Blair Raechelle Bogdon Ashley Dewey Iolanda Gillins Arlene Heitt Lauren Landa Nicole Lewis Melissa Schultz Bobbi Shanks Emma Smith

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Who We Are Communities In Schools of Nevada

Communities In Schools of Nevada is the fifth largest state office within the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. CIS of Nevada uses an evidence-based model, implemented by trained site coordinators, to connect students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources. This involves working directly with schools, communities and families to identify their unique needs and surround students with a caring network of support. Operating in 75 school sites in Western Nevada, Southern Nevada, and Northeastern Nevada, CIS of Nevada serves over 70,000 students. Nationally, CIS provides services in more than 2,900 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia, serving 1.7 million young people and their families every year.


Hire and train site coordinators, bring the CIS model to schools in need and mobilize partners to provide resources.

Site Coordinators

Trained professionals work with school administrators to assess needs, develop a plan and build a team to provide supports to schools and students.

Collaborative Partners

Schools, businesses and community agencies all work together with a site coordinator to deliver supports for students and families.

Needs Assessment


Analyze multiple sources of data to identify the key needs of the school and individual students.


Proven Success


Continuous assessment of partners and student supports by the CIS affiliate to demonstrate results and improve practice.

Monitoring & Adjusting

Site coordinator continuously monitors student and school progress and adjusts supports to optimize results.


Site coordinators lead their school support team to develop a plan to prioritize supports that address academic and non-academic needs.




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Integrated Student Supports

Site coordinator and partners deliver tiers of support to the school, students and their families.

Academic Assistance

Basic Needs

Behavioral Interventions

College & Career Prep

Community & Service Learning


Family Engagement

Life Skills

Mental Health

Physical Health

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Our Impact




of our students with an attendance goal met or made progress towards their goal

of our students with a behavior goal met or made progress towards their goal

of our K-11 students were promoted to the next grade




of our students improved their college readiness

of our students improved their career readiness


of our students with an academic coursework goal met or made progress towards their goal

of our students with a social and emotional learning (SEL) goal met or made progress towards their goal

92% of our seniors graduated or received a GED

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Our Communities Southern Nevada The 2020-2021 school year highlighted the importance of the work of Communities In Schools (CIS) as students, families, school staff, and community members came together to demonstrate flexibility and perseverance in the face of adversity and new challenges. The school year began with all Clark County School District (CCSD) schools in a distance learning virtual setting. CIS of Southern Nevada creatively adapted its model to provide critical wraparound services for the students and families at the 53 schools we serve. In September, we launched the School Support Clinic to bring needed services to students that are normally provided on the school campuses. These clinics are specifically for families serviced by CIS of Southern Nevada and by appointment. Our partners at the clinic were Eye Care 4 Kids, Future Smiles, Spread the Word Nevada, Three Square, City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and others. Our Site Coordinators continuously showed their commitment to do “Whatever It Takes” to help students succeed by: •

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Participating in distributions including Three Square food boxes, Spread the Word care kits and Serving Our Kids weekend bags. Work included home deliveries for students without transportation. Reaching out to students, weeks before school even started, to assist with various needs including enrollment, technology access, connectivity assistance, attendance and wellness support. Facilitating Spanish translation of documents, phone calls and communication on behalf of staff and administration. Whitney Cole, our Site Coordinator at William H. Bailey Middle School, hosted a “Dare to Dream” virtual assembly for the entire school population via a virtual platform. The assembly covered topics including anti-bullying, drugs, low self-esteem, social media and making good choices and positive friendships. Karen Macias, our Site Coordinator at Lois Craig Elementary School helped host Nevada Reading Week by distributing books and other goodies to over 200 families. Recognizing the impact of distance learning and student mental health needs Rancho Site Coordinators Gabby Tisdol and Carmen Martinez, along with the counseling department, introduced a Social Emotional Learning workshop teaching a new coping skill strategy. Partnering with CCSD on the “Lifeline” pilot to address student emotional support needs that felt largely unmet during distance learning. Site Coordinators served as members of the school Multidisciplinary Leadership Team (MLT). These teams met with the students and families at the school sites, through home visits or online through Go Guardian to check-in and provide any needed supports.

Site Coordinators, like Anamile Vasquez, at Bridger Middle School helped both students and school staff navigate an extremely challenging year. Anamile’s principal, Laura Willis 7 | CIS of Nevada Affiliate Name AnnualAnnual ReportReport 2020-21 Year

Executive Director

Debbie Palacios

said “All of CIS, but especially Anamile, have done so much for our families. I cannot thank you enough. CIS is such an important factor in our school. We look forward to next school year. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” In the midst of a complex and difficult school year we were grateful for opportunities to partner and collaborate with the community including: •

The launch of Superhero Thursday, a collaboration with Sinclair Broadcast Group, News 3/CW Las Vegas in the Fall of 2020. The Superhero Thursday segment with Krystal Allan shows that not all superheroes wear capes. The segment started with CIS site coordinators (Jackie Puno, Chelsea Iacovetto, Cheryl Arteaga, Agustin LunaPlascensia and Cornell Williams being featured to show the difference they make at their school. An exciting holiday surprise of $40,000 from the Raiders Foundation and players partnership “All In For You Crew” including an $800 Amazon “shopping spree” to five single parent/guardian families nominated by CIS Site Coordinators. More than 130 middle school boys participated in a MENtor Hike the end of February (prior to schools closing) with MENtors from the community sponsored by The Hakkasan Group. Toe Tag Monologues performed relatable skits that focused on choices in life. The 9th Annual “Power Within” was held in person again for the first time at the Red Rock Casino. CIS of Southern Nevada recognized community partners who help create positive change and three students who have demonstrated their own power within to overcome obstacles and make remarkable improvements scholastically and personally during the 2020-2021 school year. The 2021 Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada Martin Serrano Unsung Hero Award recipient was Vianey Abad-Marcedo.

We concluded the year by providing school-wide services to 56,149 students and individual case management services to 2,722 of those students across 53 schools. While this year has brought its own unique challenges, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the CIS mission, in surrounding our students with a community of support, as they pursue the goal of graduation and success beyond.

Debbie Palacios Executive Director

Our Students A Las Vegas Success Story: Desert Pines High School

London Gibson is a Communities In Schools alumna, she is a graduate from Desert Pines High School, class of 2021. London has been involved in the CIS Program since August 2017. Her relationship with CIS began while she attended Monaco Middle School. Miranda Trobiani, her first Site Coordinator, offered her much needed emotional support as she dealt with detrimental life events. Miranda describes London as a resilient, courageous, and strong student. Miranda knew that London needed to continue to receive encouragement and support to help her be successful. Unfortunately, as she transitioned out of middle school, London’s journey placed her in a non-CIS participating high school her freshman year. She faced personal issues that led her to depression, anxiety, and a suicide attempt. London enrolled at Desert Pines High School her sophomore year and upon her arrival, she learned that the Communities In Schools Program was offered at her school. London recognized the CIS logo and what it meant. She knew that CIS had been there for her once before and quickly connected with Jhoana Duarte, CIS Site Coordinator. The relationship grew thanks to the immediate help and support Jhoana offered to her. London had not been on the path to graduate and in addition London was still dealing with mental health concerns. Jhoana knew that she had to make sure London received the emotional support needed and support with failing grades. Jhoana developed a plan and set goals constantly checking in with London. Jhoana also connected London with mental health professionals. Thanks to the open-door policy that Jhoana offered, London showed great progress in all aspects of her life. London’s resiliency and hard work placed her at graduation. London took all the advice, did all the leg work, and maintained positivity to achieve success. London believes that “everyone should have CIS at their school” and said CIS has made a huge difference in her life. She is a strong advocate for CIS, becoming a CIS Ambassador and representing CIS at important events: • •

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CIS Superhero Thursday segment with Jhoana in Spring 2021 A Roundtable Conversation: How Intergovernmental Cooperation and Federal Investment Enabled CIS to Advance Equity and Close Opportunity Gaps in August 2021 Today for Tomorrow Gala in September 2021 The Giving Machine Opening Ceremony in November 2021 Spirit of Nevada TV segment in December 2021

In addition, London encourages her classmates and friends to do well in school. She stays connected to the Desert Pines High School community, participating in events like DPHS Alumni Panel and shares her success story with students. London applied for financial aid and is planning on attending college. London currently works at Amazon and applied to the AmeriCorps program in Southern Nevada to give back to her community. In her free time, London volunteers, babysits family members and helps support her mother as much as she can. London is an amazing individual that continues to amaze us all!

Clark County Schools We’re In Elementary Schools

Bell, Rex Cambeiro, Arturo Cortez, Manuel J. Cox, Clyde C Craig, Lois Decker, C.H. Detwiler, Ollie Diaz, Ruben Elizondo, Raul Fitzgerald, H.P. Griffith, E.W. Hewetson, Halle Hickey, Liliam Lujan Hollingsworth, Howard E. Jeffers, Jay W. Kelly, Matt Long, Walter V. Lowman, Zel & Mary Manch, J.E. Martinez, Reynaldo McWilliams, JT Mountain View Petersen, Dean Red Rock Reed, Doris Ronzone, Bertha Roundy, Dr. C. Owen Sunrise Acres

Tate, Myrtle Taylor, Robert L Thiriot, Joseph E. Vegas Verdes Ward, Gene Williams, Tom Williams, Wendell P. Woolley, Gwendolyn Wynn, Elaine

Middle Schools

Bailey, William H. Bridger, Jim Johnston, Caroll M. Monaco, Mario C. & Joanne O’Callaghan, Mike i3 Learn Academy Smith, J.D. West Preparatory Academy

High Schools

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Our Communities Northeastern Nevada

Executive Director

Going into the 2020-2021 school year we knew this would be a year of flexibility and adaptability. We ended the year supporting our students, schools, and community through three different learning modes (virtual, hybrid, and in-person). We navigated the best way possible to ensure students had access to the resources they needed to succeed in school. Due to the challenges of the year and considering the safety of our community, we were unable to host our annual fundraiser A Nite at the Races, instead launching the “All in for Kids” Spring Campaign as our annual fundraiser. This was a new fundraising format and we raised over $9,500. We are thankful to our community for supporting us and look forward to returning to our annual A Nite at the Races in the future.

Sarah Goicoechea

week. We hope to continue this added support for as long as resources allow. Our long-standing partnership with UNLV: the PRACTICE continued to provide students with access to tele-counseling. We know this has always been an emergent need and this year would be no different. Fifty-three students enrolled in the UNLV Tele-Counseling program with a total of 386 appointments attended. This program continues to remove the barriers of accessibility, transportation, and cost to address student mental health needs.

As we closed out the year, there were bits of normalcy returning. For example in Humboldt County we celebrated the achievements of the school year with a Color Run at each of our three Our affiliate expanded with the addition of French schools. Seeing the joy in students and staff was a Ford Middle School in December 2020 and adding great way to end the year. another superhero CIS Site Coordinator to serve All our students made great strides in rising students. Despite this year’s challenges, we above the challenges. CIS of Northeastern moved forward with our vision of ensuring ALL Nevada staff also continued to learn, adjust and students in Humboldt County and Elko County had adapt continually. We are grateful to our funders, access to basic needs. We created a community community partners, and communities who have resource room that houses basic needs including supported us along the way. Serving our schools clothing, winter coats, shoes, hygiene items, and community is what drives all of us when we get blankets, and school supplies. While our “normal” up each morning. Our CIS Site Coordinators were looked different, our vision was unchanged, and determined to continue providing our supports in we continued building on our vision. the best way possible. They showed up with a smile Our Community Partners always support us and were a positive presence during a school year in a big way and this year was no different, that did not look like one we had seen before. I am providing invaluable support during this time thankful for their heart and passion. of some uncertainty. Our partners Ignite Life Chiropractic, Shabonya Dutton State Farm Insurance, Thanksgiving Dinner for Kids, Koinonia Construction, Great Basin College Phi Theta Kappa, Nevada State Bank, Greater Nevada Credit Union and Nevada Gold Mines continue to step up Sarah Goicoechea by ensuring resources like food, school supplies, Executive Director hygiene items, winter coats, shoes, socks and underwear are available for all students. Our resources do not stop there. Our hunger program had an enrollment of 465 children, and we provided 6,816 WeekEND Food Bags. We identified expanding needs to address hunger prevention and with emergency funds we were able to add the support of Family Food Boxes which provided additional food to families to make it through the 99 | CIS of Nevada Affiliate Name AnnualAnnual ReportReport 2020-21 Year

Our Students

An Elko Success Story: Spring Creek High School

Gabby Lunsford is a senior at Spring Creek High School and she is having an amazing year! Looking back to when Gabby was a sophomore, Gabby dealt with many different things going on in her life. This made attending school and focusing on classes difficult. She was very behind in everything and it was starting to affect her mental health. At the start of her junior year, the decision was that she would attend the Alternative Education Program at the high school and do all of her classes online so she could focus on catching up her classwork. By the end of her junior year, she had done well enough that she was mostly caught up with just a few more online classes to complete. All of Gabby’s hard work made it easy for her to decide to return to in-person classes at Spring Creek High School her senior year. Gabby was enrolled in the CIS Academy class so she could have extra support in recovering any incomplete classwork while maintaining her current classes. What an amazing student! With all of Gabby’s motivation and determination this year, it is hard for one to imagine that she ever struggled in previous school years. Now she has A’s and B’s in all of her classes and has completed two online classes already in her first semester. Looking into her last semester of school, she just has one more online class and her regular second-semester classes, and she will be able to graduate.

CIS is beyond proud of Gabby. Her Site Coordinator enjoys their weekly check-ins, just to hear all of Gabby’s stories and goals that she is accomplishing. There are still challenges Gabby faces but she doesn’t let it get her down or distract her from what she feels is essential in her life. She will do great things and CIS is so proud to be able to help her on this journey. Elko County Schools We’re In Elementary Schools Northside Southside Flag View Intermediate

Middle School Adobe

High Schools

Humboldt County Schools We’re In Elementary Schools

West Wendover Winnemucca Grammar

Middle Schools Winnemucca French Ford

Elko Spring Creek

Not only has Gabby accomplished all of this, stayed motivated to come to school regularly, and focused on her mental health, she also has plans to go to college and has applied for multiple scholarships. Gabby has her future educational goals planned out. She has plans to attend Great Basin College for the first two years and then eventually she wants to attend veterinarian school and spend the rest of her life doing what she loves, helping animals.

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Our Communities Western Nevada Like communities across the country, the pandemic has had an unprecedented effect in western Nevada. However, students and families our affiliate served during the 2020-21 school year were affected in a much more pronounced way. For a population that already experiences generational poverty, unemployment, and food and housing insecurity, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been exponentially worse, causing compounded trauma for our children. Amidst these challenges, coupled with distance learning, hybrid schedules, disengagement, and risk of dropout, our Site Coordinators – along with help from our community partners – rallied to go above and beyond in providing valuable services to our students. Basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene and school supply distributions became critical, and community and staff didn’t miss a beat. Together with our valuable school administration partners, community partners, amazing Advisory Council, affiliate staff, and CIS Nevada team, we were able to serve thousands of students in Washoe County. In spite of the pandemic, our affiliate continued to grow. We added two new schools – Sparks High School and Virginia Palmer Elementary School. With these two new schools, Lucius Dennis, Hannah West, and Lesley Lechuga Gomez joined our team as new Site Coordinators. Their ability to jump in and hit the ground running were examples of our entire team’s tenacity, dedication, and resiliency in doing whatever it took for our students. We are also thankful to the northern Nevada community for stepping up in helping during our annual Fill the Bus event that took place in July 2020 as a virtual event. We raised over $9,000 in monetary contributions, in addition to school supply donations worth approximately $18,000. The generosity continued through our holiday donation drives, including meals and turkeys for families during Thanksgiving, along with more meals, holiday gifts, and warm clothing donations in December. We were overjoyed to host Cappy Hour in April 2021, highlighting all the superheroes in our affiliate family and the broader community. The event showcased Jake Chapin, principal at Natchez Elementary School (located on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation) and two of Natchez’s students 11 | CIS of Nevada Affiliate Name AnnualAnnual ReportReport 2020-21 Year

Executive Director

Nicole Willis-Grimes

who shared their knowledge of their Paiute native language. Additionally, we celebrated the accomplishments of Mia Johnson, a 2021 graduate of Hug High School. We raised almost $30,000, 29% more than our goal. Joined by businesses, principals, representatives from our school board, and other supporters, it was heartening to see so many people show up for our kids. The end of the year results proved our hard work and dedication paid off. We provided: • • • • •

139,331 students with Tier 1 services 3,363 hours helping our Tier 2 and Tier 3 case-managed students Over $115,000 worth of food Almost $15,000 worth of school supplies Almost $50,000 worth of clothing

As a result of helping remove barriers through our services and with critical assistance from our community partners, we saw excellent results from of our case-managed students: • • • • •

82% met their attendance goal 92% improved their behavior 77% met their academic goal 91% achieved their social-emotional learning goal (SEL) 93% graduated, with an additional two students attending summer school in 2020 to fulfill their credit requirements

With the continued support of our community, dedication of our teachers and school administrators, and the hard work of our Site Coordinators, we are helping Washoe County students stay in school and be prepared to achieve in life after graduation.

Nicole Willis-Grimes Executive Director

Our Students A Reno Success Story: Hug High School

Mia was a case-managed senior at Hug High School. Before connecting with Communities In Schools, she experienced a lot of challenges at home. Her grades would suffer, and she had difficulty engaging and focusing on school. She didn’t have the best relationship with her mother who had been facing her own obstacles, including drugs. Several of her friends, knowing about Mia’s difficulties at school, asked whether she knew Alex and Robert – the two CIS Site Coordinators at Hug High School. Her friends shared information about Communities In Schools, how the Site Coordinators had helped them with getting organized, finishing school assignments, and even connecting with services outside of school. “When I was introduced to Robert and Alex, I had this warm welcoming feeling, this feeling that you can come to them whenever you needed to talk about anything or if you ever needed anything, even the things that are hard to talk about,” Mia said. “They made me feel that it wasn’t just their job to help, but that they really cared about me as a person.” After getting to know them better, Robert and Alex became true mentors for Mia. They helped her focus on positive things that she had going for herself, including fulfilling her case-management academic goals. They continuously recognized

her accomplishments despite the difficulties she was having with her mom and schoolwork, not letting her define herself by these challenges. Soon after getting on Robert and Alex’s caseload, Mia began seeing improvements in her grades. She was moving on to higher academic goals, including graduation. In the Spring of 2021, Mia was accepted into Truckee Meadows Community College where she plans to major in Human Development and Family Studies. She continues to tell her friends about her CIS experience, and Robert and Alex in an effort to inspire them to focus on their accomplishments, to keep going in spite of life’s challenges, and to stay in school. Washoe County Schools We’re In Elementary Schools Anderson Glenn Duncan Juniper Libby Booth Natchez Virginia Palmer

Middle Schools Desert Skies Sparks Traner Vaughn

High Schools Hug


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Our Stewardship In Gratitude

Communities In Schools of Nevada is deeply grateful to all who support our work. This list reflects major donors to CIS of Nevada in the 2020-2021 fiscal year and may include support to more than one area. This list is limited to contributions of $1,000 or more; however, we also extend our deepest appreciation to the hundreds of donors, who support us with critically needed smaller gifts. Every dollar makes a difference for every child, and we are committed to the highest standards of transparency, efficiency and stewardship.


Bank of America COVID-19 Task Force/Nevada Community Foundation Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation Engelstad Family Foundation Nevada Gold Mines Renown Health Tesla USAA Financial Services Company William N. Pennington Foundation Windsong Trust


Draper Family Foundation Barbara Jones La Bonita Grocery and Meat Market Las Vegas Raiders MGM Resorts International Morris A. Hazan Foundation Jim & Joyce Nelson NV Energy Foundation Panda Cares Justice Miriam Shearing Blaine & Dena Tripp, Tripp Family Investments, LLC The Venetian | Las Vegas Sands Corporation


100 Women Who Care Alan & Christy Molasky Charitable Foundation Andress Family Foundation Annette & Jeff Adams Anthem, Inc Assistance League of Reno-Sparks Bank of Nevada Bill & Wendy Hornbuckle Chris Teachman Christopher & Dawn Hume 13 | CIS of Nevada Annual Report 2020-21

The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints City of Las Vegas Click Bond, Inc The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Cox Communications Credit One Bank Cynthia & Gary Ellis Dana & Gregory Lee Deana Bergquist & John McGraw Edward Cecchi & Dr. Regan Holdridge Elaine Wenger-Roesener Elko Federal Credit Union Findlay Toyota Frontier Philanthropy LLC Gaudin Motor Company GCW, Inc Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Great Basin Federal Credit Union Greater Reno Church of Christ Harold Edelstein Foundation Hello! Las Vegas Destination Management Jennifer & Karl Hutter Jesse Stuart John Ben Snow Foundation KJS Family Foundation Koinonia Construction, Inc. Lexicon Bank Lionel Trust Mamie & David Peers Mann Foundation Nevada State Bank New York Life Employee Foundation Newmont Mining Corporation Northern Nevada Regional Hospital Pace Coalition Pacific Premier Bank Palacios & Associates Law Firm Reno Elks Lodge #597

Our Stewardship Pioneers continued

Russel Rosenblum & Anne Mazzola, Rosenblum Family Foundation Salvation Army Shaquille O’Neal Foundation Shulman Family Foundation Stuart Family Charitable Trust Sinclair Broadcast Group, News 3/CW Las Vegas Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation State Farm Insurance State of Nevada: Governor’s Office of Economic Development Switch Tandem Design & Affiliates TFP, Inc. Toyota Financial Savings Bank Toyota Financial Services Union Pacific Foundation United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierras Urban Roots Vegas Maskateers Walmart Wells Fargo Foundation Western Pacific Insurance, LLC


Ace Law Group Andre Carrier Assured Partners of Nevada Boyd Gaming Corporation Caryne & John Shea Choice Mutual Community Foundation of Western Nevada Daniel Ayele Denise Moyle Dennis & Nick Verner Design History Erika Pope Franklyn Weichselbaum Gabrielle Poole Gillins Financial, LLC Great Basin College Greater Nevada Credit Union Hall Foundation, Inc Hanna Sauer Ignite Life Chiropractic

Jennifer Blackhurst Jessica Milazzo Joy Global Kitty & Donald Bergin Lamoille Community Presbyterian Church LB & Carol Schweitz Leanne Bonner-Welch & Heidi Georgeson Linda Peterson Lisa Bassewitz Mcewen Mining Nevada Inc MD Labs Mara Anna & Michael McNeill Microsoft Corporation National Honors Society Neal Orabka Nicholas & Debra Rossi Nicole Willis-Grimes Pat Matava Phil and Jennifer Satre Charitable Foundation Project 150 Raymond Specht Real Estate Pro LLC Reno Host Lions Rey Saldaña Robert Diamond Roger Allec Rotary Club of Las Vegas Summerlin Shawn Cardinal & Tom Jingoli Southern Highlands Country Club Spread the Word Nevada St. John’s Presbyterian Church Staci Tabi Stacie Guenin Sunstate Companies, LLC Susan Stanton Tami Hance-Lehr & Ben Lehr TEK Inspections Thelma B. & Thomas P. Hart Foundation The Warren Group Thomas Warley Verve Church Vicki Fertitta Victor Carella Western Nevada Supply Co. Wynn Resorts Employee Foundation

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Our Partners Partners make our work possible

Communities In Schools of Nevada actively partners with more than 100 organizations and programs across the state, that provide critical help in our efforts to provide integrated student supports to students in need. Ensuring strong collaborations with partners is at the core of our unique service model, which places the needs of each child and school community at the center of our efforts. Collaborations allow CIS of Nevada to secure and coordinate goods and services for the students most in need of them.

Southern Nevada

Adam’s Place After School All Stars Air1’s Dare to Dream American Lung Association AmeriGroup Real Solutions Andson Foundation Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Anti-Defamation League Assistance League Baby’s Bounty Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada Boys Town Capability Health Clinic Catholic Charities Clark County School District-FACES/ Newcomer/Refugee Support Services/School-Community Partnership Program/Safe Routes to School/Title I HOPE Clean the World Foundation Cowabunga Bay Create a Change Now Delivering with Dignity Dress for Success Southern Nevada East Valley Family Services The Embracing Project Eye Care 4 Kids Family & Child Treatment of Southern Nevada (FACT) First Person Care Center Foster Kinship Future Smiles Girls on the Run Goodie Two Shoes Goodwill of Southern Nevada Got Core Values Green Our Planet The Harbor Help of Southern Nevada HOPE Christian Health Center H.O.P.E. Counseling Center Hope of Nevada HopeLink Immunize Nevada Impact 4 Good 15 | CIS of Nevada Annual Report 2020-21

JAG Nevada Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada JYD Project Las Vegas Hospitality Association Las Vegas Library District Legal Aid Center of SNV Lice Clinics of America Multicultural Wellness Center NAIOP Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Nevada PEP Nevada State College/Nepantla No Place for Hate Olive Crest One Stop Career Center Outside Las Vegas Foundation Positively Kids Prevent Child Abuse Nevada Project 150 Project DOT Project REAL Public Education Foundation Puentes Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center Rite of Passage Seeds of Hope Serving Our Kids Shane Victorino Foundation SHERO

Sinclair Broadcast Group, News 3/ CW Las Vegas

The Smith Center Southern Nevada Health District Speedway Charities Spread The Word Nevada Spring Mountain Treatment Center Teach for America Three Square Food Bank Trauma Recovery Yoga United Citizens Foundation United Way of Southern Nevada University of NV Corporate Extension UNLV-Counseling/Engelstad Scholars/ GEAR UP/TRIO/The PRACTICE Vegas PBS Volunteers in Medicine Yoga Haven Zappos

Northeastern Nevada

Catholic Charities Elko County School District Elko County School Resource Officers The Family Resource Center The Food Bank of Northern Nevada Great Basin College Humboldt County School District P.A.C.E Coalition United Way of Sierra Nevada University of Nevada School of Medicine Outreach Center/AHEC UNLV: THE PRACTICE

Western Nevada

Awaken Blessed Positivity Carrington College Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada Community Health Alliance Eddy House Food Bank of Northern Nevada For Kids Foundation Future Smiles Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada Girls on the Run Good Shephard’s Clothing Closet Health Plan of Nevada Healthy Smiles Healthy Child Hope Community Church Join Together Northern Nevada Nevada Youth Empowerment Project Northern Nevada Hopes Northern Nevada Literacy Council Note-Able Music Therapy Plato’s Closet Quest Counseling Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern Nevada The Literacy Project Savers Sparks #1041 UNR School of the Arts UNR School of Social Work Urban Roots Wolf Pack Coaches Challenge

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Communities In Schools of Nevada’s fiscal year began July 1, 2020 and ended June 30, 2021.

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Connecting Kids ‘Connecting Kids’ initiative ensures 100% of Nevada’s students participating in digital learning have access to a computer and the internet at home. In the summer of 2020, amidst the disruption and uncertainty of COVID-19, Nevada school leaders announced that all students would begin the academic year with online learning. School was starting in a few weeks, and an untold number of Nevada’s nearly 500,000 public school students would be excluded because they lacked internet or a computer. Statewide, school district leaders were initially unable to confirm that more than 120,000 students had access to reliable internet and a device to participate in digital learning. These 120,000 “missing students” needed to be found and connected.

A Shift to Remote Learning. An Urgent Need to Respond.

As part of Governor Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 Task Force, “Connecting Kids” was developed. Connecting Kids is a statewide public-private partnership between public school districts, charter schools, the Nevada Department of Education, dozens of community groups, businesses, state agencies, local municipalities, non-profit organizations, education advocacy groups, Chambers of Commerce, food banks, and more to ensure 100 percent of Nevada’s students had online access and devices. The Nevada COVID-19 Task Force coalition quickly established a virtual Family Support Center — run by Communities In Schools of Nevada — that served as a third-party entity capable of signing up eligible families for subsidized internet through Cox Communications. The COVID-19 Task Force invested about $200,000 to contract with a proven vendor to supply the software for the Family Support Center. To establish the center, Communities In Schools of Nevada worked closely with the Clark County School District, The Public Education Foundation, and the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, in particular Punam Mathur, Executive Director of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation.

The Hub for Solutions. One Family at a Time. The virtual Family Support Center — led by Communities In Schools of Nevada — staffed by up to 150 people who’ve never worked in a call support center before, operated 12 hours a day, with four shifts a day, six days a week. The center had to become fully operational with only a twoweek notice. It had to ensure every action integrated with school software systems used across 17 public and charter schools districts. It had to meet every federal and state legal requirement for privacy and child safety. It had to do all this during a pandemic. “We could not have done this without everyone coming together … pushing egos and obstacles aside … not accepting reasons to stop … and just saying, ‘We’re going to do this.’ I’m so pleased and honored to have been a part of this.” - Tami Hance-Lehr, CEO & State Director, Communities In Schools of Nevada 17 | CIS of Nevada Annual Report 2020-21

Copy taken from the Community In Schools National Community Matters Report (2021)

Family Support Center Connecting 100% of Nevada’s Students to Online Learning: A Collective Effort Communities across the state mobilized to get the word out about the Family Support Center. Volunteers, food banks, and community organizations distributed 300,000 postcards with the center phone number doorto-door and through food distribution centers. Unions and faith-based organizations shared the information with members. Media companies donated advertising space. Field agents from the Clark County School District, Clark County, and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas went door to door. The Public Education Foundation coordinated key resources. Cox Communications provided broadband access.

The Family Support Center fielded more than 45,000 calls from families and connected nearly 18,000 families to reliable internet. The Family Support Center fielded more than 45,000 calls from families and connected nearly 18,000 families to reliable internet. Families soon began calling the center for other needs as well. Center staff were fielding questions about SNAP benefits, social worker needs, and more. The center served as the essential hub for all efforts to connect with the missing students and their families, including receiving incoming calls, conducting outreach efforts, coordinating the critical resources being provided, and more. It helped coordinate more than 230 different community partners to provide critical resources.

Impact: 100% Students Connected to Learning The Family Support Center was a central part of “Connecting Kids’, a remarkably successful initiative to ensure 100% of Nevada’s students had the online access and devices needed to participate in remote learning. As a result of the extraordinary collaboration and partnership of Connecting Kids, every student participating in remote learning, in all 17 of the State’s school districts, as well as State- and districtsponsored charter schools, had confirmed at-home access to the internet and a computer by mid-December 2020. Copy taken from the Community In Schools National Community Matters Report (2021)

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In schools to help kids stay in school.

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