Job Posting

Check & Connect Mentor Team Lead Description: Full-time, Benefits eligible, exempt classification


Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County’s (CIS) Check & Connect program is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance student engagement at school, improve attendance and foster school completion. The Mentor Team Lead is responsible for providing personalized interventions for a caseload of Pre-K – 3rd grade students and their families to meet student needs in addition to leading the mentor team at the school site.

Essential/Primary skills needed and Job Functions:

  •   Previous experience coordinating services to students and families.
  •   Previous experience working with families in their homes.
  •   Ability to build relationships as part of an effective mentoring approach.
  •   Ability to motivate students to participate at school by personalizing interventions and targeting strategies to meet student need.
  •   Knowledge of existing resources and the ability to make referrals to the appropriate school and community based professionals or services.
  •   Ability to assist students and families to set personal educational goals-both immediate and future-oriented.
  •   Ability to help students and families solve and successfully meet the everyday demands of the school


  •   Ability to apply the concept of Persistence-Plus to support students and families by providing a sense of

    optimism and hopefulness for the student’s school performance.

  •   Strong ability to recruit and retain mentors that work with students and families.
  •   Strong ability to supervise, lead and coach Check & Connect mentors in working with students and families to improve outcomes.

    Education, Knowledge and Skills:

  •   Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or related field.
  •   Supervision experience highly desirable.
  •   Knowledge of the community and resources.
  •   Requires confidentiality, a strong work ethic, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  •   Experience with, and ability to navigate on-line data management systems.

    Position closes at 3pm on May 29, 2015

    Interviews will be scheduled between June 1 and June 12, 2015

    Submit a resume and letter of interest including contact information via e-mail to: Karen Blucher,

Looking for a New Team Member to Serve as our VISTA

Partnership Development Coordinator! 


WSU VISTA Fellow – CIS Partnership Development Coordinator    
Member Duties : The Communities in Schools (CIS) Partnership Development Coordinator will assist in breaking the cycle of poverty for students served by building the capacity of CIS through partnership/fund development, outreach and volunteer management. The VISTA will develop and contact a prospect list of businesses and individuals that will be targeted for CIS’s 25th anniversary campaign. Develop 25th anniversary campaign material and a strategy to spread information.


Some helpful information for applicants:


How do I apply? Go to the link below and click “Apply Now!”


Pay? Living Allowance, Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible, Mileage Reimbursement for Service Travel, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Education award upon successful completion of service, Training, Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage.


Experience? VISTAs will receive work/volunteer experience that will be unmatched.  They will be a part of a team developing foundational practices for an organization that has the ability to impact the entire city of Wichita and surrounding area.


Need more information? Call Karen Blucher at 316-973-5167

Wichita Schools Help Support CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick County

Communities in Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County is pleased to announce the continued support from the Wichita Area School District.  The Wichita Area School District will be providing funds to allow Communities in Schools Wichita/Sedgwick County to continue to provide support to students in this area.


Having served and supported students in this area for over 24 years, we currently serve over 13,760 students at 23 schools throughout Wichita and Sedgwick County.  Our focus is to surround students with a community of support by addressing both the academic and nonacademic needs of students in danger of dropping out.


Much of the work and contact with students at one of our schools is through our Site Coordinators.  These Site Coordinators work with each school’s administration to further the mission of CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick County in supporting the students.


The funding assistance from the School District will enable CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick County to continue to supply the specific attention and support to students in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area.  We are dedicated solely to working towards the success of students in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area.


HUGE thank you to Wichita, Derby and Haysville schools for continuing to support your beloved CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick County!

Break 4 Kids

Spring Break is around the corner and, for most of us, this is a time when we can think about fun vacations, catching up on household tasks or just relaxing. Unfortunately, for many of the children that we serve, this is an unwelcome break from school, primarily because they will NOT have access to two meals a day. Even though the economy has begun to show resurgence, there is still a need for food assistance programs targeting children and families. And, food insecurity, or the lack of consistent access to adequate food, is of particular concern during extended breaks from the school breakfast and lunch programs.

Once again, Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick Co. is launching a Break 4 Kids Food Drive. This year, our goal is to provide a week’s worth of food for our families. But in order to do this, we need your help!

To participate in this event, you may pledge to fill a box(es) with the following items:

18 oz. Creamy Peanut Butter1
18 oz. Grape Jelly1
26 oz. Spaghetti Sauce Traditional1
16 oz. Spaghetti1
16 oz. Pork and Bean2
7.25 oz. Macaroni and Cheese3
Hamburger Helper1
Tuna Helper1
6 oz. Canned Tuna2
Canned Chili1
16 oz. Canned Fruit Cocktail Lite Syrup2
7.5 oz. Corn Muffin Mix2
15 oz. Whole Kernel Corn2
15 oz. Short Cut Green Beans2
15 oz. Spaghetti O's2
Cereal (Low in Sugar)1

Contact Daytha Rueger at 973-5178 or by March 2nd to make a pledge (Suggested pledge $50 per box)

Boxes need to be dropped off by March 9th at

Communities in Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County Inc.

412 S. Main, Ste 212, Wichita, KS 67202

(Call ahead for drop off times)

Thank you for helping make this effort a success!

Save the Date STAR Luncheon

The 2015 STAR Luncheon “Dream Big is scheduled for

April 28, 2015
Mid-America All-Indian Center
650 N. Seneca, Wichita, Ks 67203

Lunch Buffet at 11:30 a.m. – Program begins at Noon

The STAR (Student Triumph Awards Recognition) Luncheon provides an opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick Co. students. Each year, we honor students from each CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick Co. school who have made significant progress in the areas of academics, behavior, and attendance, and we honor a family who has overcome great obstacles for their children to achieve success.  In addition, one school receives an award for their community service activities. Our guests include business and community leaders, superintendents and school officials from Wichita, Valley Center, Haysville and Derby.


Contact Executive Director, Nancy Hinten of Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick Co. for further information at 973-5111.

2015 Rock the Keys Thanks YOU

2015 Rock the Keys Sponsors

As we near our 2015 Rock the Keys Annual Fundraising Event we wanted to give a big THANK YOU to our 2015 RTK Sponsors, shown above. We have a big night of FUN planned for you and are so happy you have chosen to be a part of our special night! Thank you to our Sponsors, Hosts, Board Members, Staff, Volunteers and Event Committee for making this night possible.


Tim and Brooke Aziere

Neil and Sharon Carlson

Tom Carson

Mark and Susan Douglass

Phil and Judy Frick

John and Barbara Fuller

Dale and Suzanne Graham

Michael and Freda Haynes

Mel and Susan Hussey

Barry and Carol Linnens

David and Terri Moses

Chris and Renee Reed

Greg and Barb Scafe

Wayne and Julie Toman

Pat and Susan Walston

Lori Wenrich











We are running out of tickets! Call 316-973-5110 to get yours or grab them HERE

Annual Fundraiser Rock the Keys Coming SOON!

The biggest night of the year is coming, you will not want to miss out!

RTK logo

January 24, 2015

Venue at Abode

6:30 pm Dinner & Silent Auction

8:00 pm Dueling Pianos & Live Auction

Rock the Keys benefits a great cause, students in our community. We know you will want to be a part of it, because helping students is important. Join 300+ guests, including men and women of all ages, for this year’s festivities.

Event Features

Dinner • Dessert • Live Auction • Silent Auction

Dueling Pianos • Cocktails • Wine Pull

Dueling Pianos

Write it down or just yell it out! Whether it’s a song request or some good old fashioned heckling, the event thrives on crowd participation. Requests are made through tips and song requests may be given priority with a larger denomination tip.

Call today to get your tickets or follow the link below….you won’t want to miss out!  316.973.5110

Get Your Tickets HERE

The Work of a Child, To Be Forever Cherished

CIS Thanks

Some of our 5th graders at Jefferson Elementary spent their art classes working hard on this piece that was displayed at the We Care Dinner put on by the Downtown YMCA here in Wichita. The We Care Thanksgiving Dinner & Coat Drive caters to over 1,000 meals for kids and adults during the Thanksgiving holiday.


We received feedback from the YMCA on how wonderful of a job our children did on this project and we are so proud! Thank you to the Downtown YMCA for this opportunity and thank you to our children who helped make this Thanksgiving a really special one for so many people!



We also appreciate everyone who participated in our 30 Days of Thanks during the month of November! Stay tuned for more upcoming Events and FUN!


We Need YOUR Help this Holiday Season

Looking to help out this Holiday Season?! Interested in supporting a family for Christmas?! We could use your help!


Adopt a Family

Businesses, individuals or groups can adopt a family or multiple families this holiday season.  CIS of Wichita/Sedgwick County will provide you with a Wish List of information for each family member, including the name, gender, age and clothing size.  All gifts must be purchased and delivered to our offices between December 5th and December 12th, 2014. 



To donate please contact Daytha Rueger at 316-973-5178