Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


Dear Supporters and Friends,

This morning, we joined with principals, teachers and counseling staff to welcome back to school over 16,000 students in public middle and high schools across our city.  Some students were excited to return to school, while others were understandably nervous to simply travel to school because of increased violence in their community over the summer. Whether it is with excitement or trepidation that students arrived at school today,  CISLA site coordinators were there and will be there every day – before, during & after school –  surrounding our students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


A HUGE thank you to those who participated in our Back to School Backpack Drive – we have received over $15,000 in donations and supplies!  We have begun delivering backpacks to schools and will continue to over the next several weeks, ensuring that students start school with the learning tools they need to succeed. If you haven’t yet participated, we invite you to join us by clicking here or below.


Because of your support and volunteerism, this past June, 96% of CISLA seniors graduated on time with their class! We look forward to continuing our partnership with you as we enter this next year.


With gratitude,

Deborah Marcus

Executive Director



Partner Spotlight: Windsong Trust and United Way

Thank you to two of our most consistent multi-year funders for your renewed investment.


The Windsong Trust has renewed its investment with a generous $360,000 grant for the 2015-2016 school year. Windsong Trust is a major supporter of education for underserved youth in LA, and has been a CISLA partner since 2013, when their investment established our program at Webster and Twain middle schools.

For the fifth year in a row, CISLA was awarded a $30,000 United Way Pathways Out of Poverty grant for its work around parent and family engagement in our six middle schools.