Volume 2. Issue 2.
February 2020
Racial Identity and Mental Health :
We Knew Then, and We Still Know Now
by Adam Powell, President & CEO
Countless contributions from notable African Americans are routinely missing from Black History Month. Their omission is an unfortunate consequence of having only one meager month to dedicate to such endeavors. Drs. Mamie P. Clark and Kenneth Clark are two noteworthy figures that have "Gone the Way of March." Although most Americans do not know their names, the Doll Study cited in Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka was their brainchild, as was the establishment of a community-based mental health center in Harlem.

"Safer Schools, Stronger Students" Video
Through the "Safer Students, Stronger Schools" Initiative, Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) is increasing awareness, educating school leaders and, in some cases, providing much-needed student support. Please click the video thumbnail below to learn more.
Investing in Safer Students, Stronger Schools can impact hundreds of thousands of Texas students and build a stronger Texas by supporting four key initiatives:

  • Meeting Demand for students who need our campus-based professional services.
  • Providing Mental Health First Aid training to surround students with a community of support.
  • Adding Licensed Mental Health Professionals for intense support and services.
  • Growing the CISDR Endowment to provide long-term stability to our program.

C3: Collaborate. Communicate. Coordinate.
Over the course of 30+ years, we have found that in order for nonprofits to have the most significant impact, we must join forces as providers. In 2017, CISDR launched the C3 Consortium, a network of community partners providing services to students and families in the Dallas region. C3 Partners meet every other month to discuss trends, needs, and challenges, so that we can provide the most comprehensive, cost effective, inclusive and relevant services to the community.

Tee Off with CISDR on September 28!
CISDR invites you to join Title Sponsor Flowserve and Presenting Sponsors Ryan and AT&T in sponsoring the 9th Annual CISDR Golf Tournament on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving. Since 2011, the CISDR Golf Tournament has been the largest fundraising event for our organization, and the success of the tournament is due to the support from organizations and individuals like you.

CISDR Participates in Adolescent Symposium
CISDR once again had the pleasure of participating in the 44th annual Adolescent Symposium of Texas hosted by Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. Our Senior Clinical Services Coordinator, Maddie Worley, was tasked with chairing the brand new registration subcommittee, who worked to create a smooth and enjoyable check-in process for the almost 900 attendees from all over the DFW area. CISDR hopes to continue to be a part of the committee and the event.

Support CISDR with Amazon Smile
There are many ways to support Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region. In addition to making a donation, volunteering on a campus, and getting trained in Mental Health First Aid, you can use the link below to select CISDR as your Amazon Smile charity of choice. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of your purchases to us. Every bit helps to support our students!

Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Adults
In addition to our Youth Mental Health First Aid sessions, CISDR now offers Adult Mental Health First Aid, as schools and community members have asked for help identifying issues with parents, adult family members, and other adults who may be experiencing issues and in need of assistance. Please click the button below, or go to cisdallas.org/mhfa to register today for any of the following sessions:
March 2020
  • Friday, March 13: Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Friday, March 20: Adult Mental Health First Aid (NEW)

April 2020
  • Monday, April 13: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Stay Connected to Our Community!
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Our Mission
The mission of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.