Author name: Veronica Ibarra

DEI Is More Than a Buzzword. It’s Core to Your Mission – and It Starts with Hiring.

By Jessica Pontoo, Director of Collective Impact, Communities In Schools of Memphis More and more frequently, the term “DEI” is becoming a common talking point in the workplace, particularly for HR teams and management. No matter what sector – public or private, nonprofit or commercial – diversity, equity, and inclusion belong in the conversation.  It’s […]

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Beyond Race and Gender: Creating Youth-Friendly Work Spaces

By JaMeko Williams, Director of Career Pathways An inclusive workplace should be the standard all businesses and organizations aim for. Environments that value the voices, views, talents, and unique characteristics of all employees and stakeholders are generally more desirable places to work and often outperform their competitors. Inclusive policies and practices in most cases focus

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Invisible Curriculum: How Early Workforce Exposure, Exploration, and Experiences Unlock Future Potential

Today’s students view the future much differently than prior generations. A combination of factors, from the pandemic to the rapidly changing digital world, highly competitive job market, and growing trend of self-start businesses, has made the need or desire to work a higher priority than a college degree for many high school students.  With that

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The Need has Never Been Greater: Helping Families Regain Faith in Education

By Sonji Branch, CEO The new normal  is a phrase we’ve all become accustomed to saying during the pandemic. It’s heartbreaking, really. Not because of mask mandates, social distancing, or any of the common things we’ve associated it with the past two years of pandemic life, but because of what it means for children growing

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CISM Receives Transformative Investment from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

By: Sonji Branch, Chief Executive Officer I’m pleased to announce that our organization is part of an unprecedented gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to the national Communities In Schools Network. Communities In Schools of Memphis (CISM) is one of two Tennessee affiliates of the national organization benefitting from the donation. In a time when the

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CISM Receives National Accreditation — Recognized as a Model by the Federal Government

Locally the organization supports more than 7,000 students and their families across 16 different school campuses Communities In Schools (CIS) of Memphis, an affiliate of CIS national, works within public and charter schools to help at-risk students stay in school and succeed in life. Recently, the local team achieved national accreditation by demonstrating compliance with

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