Communities in Schools of Chicago receives $4 million grant from Mackenzie Scott to help provide support for 50,000 CPS students

Billionaire philanthropist Mackenzie Scott continues to distribute her fortune at an impressive rate – and one of Chicago’s largest education nonprofits is reaping the benefits this week.

Communities In Schools of Chicago has secured a $4 million grant from Scott that will help provide additional support to more than 50,000 Chicago public school students, the organization announced Thursday.

The donation – part of a much larger $133.5 million gift from Scott to the national organization Communities In Schools – comes at a time when schools are entering their third year in the face of unprecedented challenges in the amid the pandemic, including social isolation and economic and mental health crises. The new funding will allow Communities In Schools of Chicago to continue providing services to at-risk students aimed at helping them stay on track and perform well in school.

“This donation, from one of the world’s most astute and influential philanthropists, further confirms the importance of the work of our team supporting 50,000 students each year,” said Jane Mentzinger, CEO of Communities In Schools of Chicago, in a statement. “Ms. Scott’s philanthropy consistently reflects her commitment to promoting equity for all students. CIS Chicago is exactly that.

For nearly 35 years, Communities In Schools has provided academic and other support resources to at-risk students at its 175 CPS partners. Services include supportive counseling and counselling, individual support and group interventions, additional mental health training for teachers, staff and parents, and offering resources to struggling students and families. amid the pandemic.

The goal of Communities in Schools is to form transformative relationships with students that will help them reach their full potential.

“By surrounding them with a trusted network they can turn to no matter where they are in their journey, we empower students to face and overcome personal challenges and structural barriers, so that they can take charge of the future they want for themselves, their communities and each other,” the organization’s website reads.

Rey Saldana, President and CEO of Communities In Schools National, released a statement saying, “Today is an important day for students who are underserved, underfunded and need support to build a future. better”

“This unrestricted giving allows us to fight inequality in public education and reimagine the way schools operate and present themselves to all students,” he continued.

Scott, the world’s third-richest woman, has donated more than $8.5 billion to charity since her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, according to Forbes.

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