Volume 1. Issue 4.
May 2019
Wrapping Up a Successful School Year
As the 2018-19 school year comes to an end, Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. (CISDR) staff are hard at work helping thousands of students to stay in school and achieve in life. This spring, 418 high school seniors have benefited from individualized CISDR support services such as tutoring, counseling, home visits, and parent intervention. The CISDR campus staff play a vital role in preparing these seniors to graduate and be ready for college and career success.
While the end of the school year is exciting, for many high-risk students, summer vacation can hinder regular access to caring adults, such as teachers and counselors. To help strengthen the community around these students, CISDR's SafetyNet Project provides Mental Health First Aid training to to recognize the signs of students at risk of harming themselves or others. We invite you to read more below and find out how you can get involved, to make sure that every child is surrounded with a community of support.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? In the last two years, we have seen a 20% jump in the number of students having mental health issues. With kids as young as 8 in crisis, we are training teachers, parents and other caring adults like you in Mental Health First Aid. Learn to recognize the signs of distress and put the phrase “see something, say something” into action.

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Tuesday, July 23
Help us make a difference in the lives of high-risk children and register today at cisdallas.org/mhfa, or if you'd like to schedule an on-site training for your organization, please contact us at connectcis@cisdallas.org.
Get Involved with Leadership Council!
We are looking for highly motivated young professionals to join CISDR Leadership Council. Members will support CISDR’s critical work in the community for students and their families, as well as actively engage other young people to support CISDR, fundraising and advocacy. By joining Leadership Council, you can participate in important community service while gaining an sense of philanthropy, developing leadership skills, and gaining a high quality volunteer experience.
We invite you to learn more about the vital work of our organization. Please contact monicao@cisdallas.org to learn how you can join Leadership Council and help make a difference in the life of a child.
Women of AT&T Build Garden for Botello
CISDR has partnerships with many community organizations, such as the Women of AT&T (WOA). This year, WOA launched a their new "WOA Seeds" program. This is a gardening project in which a local Women of AT&T chapter helps to create a garden for a local school or community center. As a CISDR partner, the Dallas Chapter of WOA reached out to us to extend this opportunity to one of our Dallas ISD campus sites, Felix Botello Elementary in Oak Cliff.
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from WOA and the Botello community, as well as support from students and teachers, the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday, May 20. This new garden will help students learn, grow and serve their community. We greatly appreciate the Women of AT&T’s continuing commitment to CISDR and the Dallas region as a whole.

To learn more about how you or your organization can partner with us, please email connectcis@cisdallas.org.
Kites Fly for Communities In Schools
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday, May 4 to the 16th Annual Vibha Kite Festival at North Lake College in Irving, of which CISDR was the local nonprofit beneficiary. It was a beautiful spring day, with just the right amount of wind. Kites starting flying around 2:00 pm, and by 6:00, more than 500 of them were soaring through the sky. Thousands of families enjoyed a sunny afternoon and clear evening, along with a variety of program activities from the event’s main stage.
Vibha Dallas had strong support for the event, with both children and adults alike raising money. CISDR set up an area within the Vibha booth at the event, with staff answering questions from attendees about our organization and the programs and services we provide. Special thanks to CISDR board member Neelima Gonuguntla for connecting CISDR and Vibha and making this partnership possible!
Golf Tournament Set for September 30
Online registration is now open for the 8th Annual CISDR Golf Tournament, to be held September 30 at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving. Join Title Sponsor Flowserve and Presenting Sponsor Ryan for an afternoon on the links. Players will enjoy an 18-hole scramble with a gift packet, boxed lunch, banquet dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony. Click the button below to register today, or email jamesf@cisdallas.org for more information.
Support CISDR with Amazon Smile
Graduation season is in full swing, and if you're online looking for the perfect gift, consider signing up for Amazon Smile. Use the link below to designate CISDR as your charity of choice. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of your purchases to us.

This program costs nothing extra to you, and every bit that Amazon donates helps to support our mission!

Upcoming CISDR Trainings & Events
June 2019
  • Saturday, June 15: Youth Mental Health First Aid

July 2019
  • Tuesday, July 23: Youth Mental Health First Aid

September 2019
  • Monday, September 30: 8th Annual CISDR Golf Tournament
Stay Connected to Our Community!
Thank you to for taking the time to catch up with CISDR. Please visit cisdallas.org to learn more about us, and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Our Mission
The mission of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.