Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Dear Friends,
Because of your support, more students are graduating from LAUSD high schools, college- and career-ready. We are excited to share that 91% of CIS of Los Angeles students graduate on time with their class. This is a number that is a full 20% higher than the district’s average. Here is a story from Selena, who graduated from one of our high schools a few years ago:
“My name is Selena Juarez. When I was in the ninth grade at Hamilton High School, my grades were low, as was my motivation to improve, and I had no aspirations beyond high school. When Communities In Schools came into my life, they opened the door for me to hope. As my site coordinator, Miss Karina, began to build a relationship with me, I realized that I was not alone – she shared much of my background – and that I could achieve beyond the low expectations I had set for myself.Miss Karina was there for me through the daily struggles of being a teenager, she kept me accountable for my grades, and when I got to senior year, she helped me to navigate the seemingly impossible tasks of applying to college and finding scholarships to help me pay for school. In June of 2012, I crossed the stage of Hamilton High, proudly wearing my CIS stole and ready for life beyond.

Today, a proud alumna of CIS, I am a junior at Cal State L.A. majoring in business management. I have been fortunate enough to receive a full-ride scholarship, and I work part time as an administrative assistant at the CIS office! I have many goals for the future, and one of them is to give back to CIS to thank them in some small way for what they have done to help me become a first-generation high school graduate and college student, and for what they are currently doing to help my younger brother and sister do the same.

This Giving Tuesday, will you join me in giving back?”