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Communities In Schools Recognized in President Obama's Speech

Monday, March 1, 2010
Daniel J. Cardinali, CIS National President writes:

It was my great pleasure to represent you at a gathering of national education leaders with President Barack Obama at a White House event this morning. While I was quite pleased to hear the President?s commitment to reducing the dropout rate and to helping young people graduate from high school prepared for success?as evidenced by his plan to provide $3.5 billion to improve under-performing schools and $900 million in school Turnaround Grants?I was especially gratified to hear him recognize the work of Communities In Schools by name.

(Video coverage of the full White House event is available at, with the President?s recognition of Communities In Schools programs shortly after the 27:00 mark. )

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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Larry King Live - Source: CNN Added On October 7, 200

McConaughey's mission 2:42 Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves show high school students how to lead healthy lives.

Matthew McConaughey appeared on Larry King Live, Thursday, Oct. 8th at 6pm PST/9pm EST, to discuss the j.k. livin Foundation which has been running afterschool fitness and wellness programs for the last year in Los Angeles and recently Austin, Texas. This is the first national interview specifically for the foundation to spread the word about it's mission and programs with Communities in Schools. See footage of Matthew, Camila, and the kids in action at Venice High.

Monday, June 08, 2009
Council District 11 - Giving Back

For the nearly 200 volunteers gathered at Venice High School, the majority of them youth, Saturday, June 6, was a day of change, of rebirth and of moving forward. It was a day for giving back.

The day's activities were organized by Communities In Schools Los Angels West, part of the nation?s largest dropout prevent organization, whose sole mission is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools, in order to help young people stay in school, successfully develop their talents, and prepare them for productive and positive lives...Full Story

Published: Saturday June 06, 2009


Matthew McConaughey trades in his surf board for some gardening tools Saturday during Service Day at Venice High School in Los Angeles. The actor's j.k. livin foundation partnered with several local non-profit organizations for the event, in which students and volunteers painted, landscaped and cleaned up the area around their high school.

Matthew McConaughey speaks about CIS LA West in this clip from the Clinton Global Initiative:

CISLAW Newsletter:

October, 2009
Message from the Executive Director

The new school year begins with guarded optimism amidst immense challenges. The largest state budget cuts to education in decades have crippled the schools in many ways. In an effort to balance a failing state budget, the school district has been asked to do more with more

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