Festivals of Speed Raised 50K for Communities in Schools

Festivals of Speed Raised 50K for Communities in SchoolsThe Festivals of Speed event returned to Amelia Island March 7-8, and resulted in $50,000 in much needed funding to Communities In Schools for additional services to more Nassau County children and teens.

“The Festivals of Speed kicked off with a luxury lifestyle event attended by 400, and featured a live and silent auction to benefit our children,” explained Susan Milana, CIS executive director. An upgraded MGB was the highlight of our charity auction and went home with a very happy bidder.”

“With this wonderful level of support from our community, the Omni Amelia Island, Hollywood Wheels and the Festivals of Speed, this event will be our most important and profitable fundraiser for years to come,” said Milana.

“We could not have been happier with the Festivals of Speed this year on Amelia Island, stated Joe Sabatini, Festivals of Speed President. “Attendance and car participants doubled from last year and we see further growth in 2015.”

Sabatini explained, “We could not have done it without the overwhelming support of the Amelia Island community, our charity, Communities In Schools, and the team at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Everyone came together in a grass roots effort to create a wonderful event for all to enjoy. Sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and every team member at the Omni are due a round of applause for their tireless efforts on behalf of this event.”

Festivals of Speed organizers emphasized that “we partnered with CIS because they provide much-needed services to thousands of children and teens right here in Nassau County, and many more across America.”

For more information about Communities In Schools, please visit www.cisnassau.org, or call Susan at 904-321-2000.

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6th Annual Family Fun Beach Run/Walk

Empowered 4 LifePeter’s Point on Amelia Island is home to the 6th Annual Family Fun 5K or 2K Beach Run/Walk on October 19th, at 2:30 PM, to raise money for Communities in Schools Nassau.

Called Empowered 4 Life, the race starts at 3:30 pm. Adults are only $20.00 and kid are free with your generous donations.

The first place winner is the school with the most participants and they get $1,000.00, and 2nd place receives $500.00.

Any school may win and prizes are dedicated to support initiatives at the winning schools that help our children and teens make positive and healthy choices.

Adults $20, and $20 will sponsor a child so all children may participate FREE. Your sponsorship provides a child with bus ride if needed, run participation, dinner, beverages, awards and a T-shirt.

Sign up to Run, Walk, and/or Sponsor at www.cisnassau.org/events.html

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Communities in Schools Seeks Life Skills Workshop Leaders

Communities in Schools Seeks Life Skills Workshop LeadersNassau County, FL – Volunteers are needed for this ground-breaking, research-proven Life Skills Program offered to middle school students by Communities in Schools.

If you have the skills and experience to facilitate small group workshops working with kids between the ages of 11 and 14, this could be a perfect opportunity for you to volunteer right here in your community.

You will receive free training and lifelong skills that you can share to help our youth make healthy choices. You will also receive a certification that you can use for other groups.

Job Description: Life Skills trainers will facilitate discussions around important life topics with small groups of middle-school youth. You will work with the same groups each week. All necessary training and curriculum is provided, and you will be partnered with another trainer.

Time Commitment: 1 hour per week for 15 weeks, plus 2 days of training. Program will be held before school in Callahan and Hilliard, and after school in Fernandina Beach and Yulee. Days and times vary by location.
Requirements: You must be 21 years of age, apply and pass a background check prior to training, and complete two days of training.

Training is January 14th and 15th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (If you are unable to attend but would still like to participate, please call (904)321-2000 for arrangements.)

This program is being provided in partnership with NACDAC and the Florida Department of Children and Families. Detailed information on the LifeSkills Program and the research to support it is available at www.lifeskillstraining.com.

To apply to be a volunteer for this program, or for more information about CIS programs contact:
Theresa Duncan, Community Coordinator
Communities In Schools of Nassau County, Inc.
516 S. 10th St.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904)321-2000
www.CISNassau.org

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Special Performance of A Streetcar Named Desire

Special Performance of A Streetcar Named DesireHelp support Communities in Schools Nassau, an organization that empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life, and enjoy a very special performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at Amelia Community Theatre. Tickets are $50.00 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres donated by Horizons, wine and beer and iced tea, and a meet and greet with the cast following the performance.

“Sidecar Named Desire” speciality cocktails in commemorative glasses will be available for purchase. Purchase tickets online or at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, and the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach.

This special performance is on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Amelia Community Theater Mainstage, located at 209 Cedar Street in Fernandina Beach. The evening begins with a reception at 7:00 PM and the performance will start at 8:00 PM.

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Communities in Schools

communities-in-schoolsFernandina Beach is the home to Communities in Schools which serves to assist the youth of Nassau County, Florida. This nonprofit organization focuses on students who are considered “at-risk”. Their mission to see every student graduate high school helps those who are faced with peer pressure, drug or alcohol abuse or are struggling in their studies. As schools lose funding they are no longer able to solve these problems alone.

Working with middle and high school students, Communities in Schools help with tutoring, mentoring and career exploration in individual, group and classroom settings. Governed by a Board of Directors that is compromised of education and business leaders in our community as well as volunteers who care to make a difference, this is the only comprehensive drop out prevention program available for these students in Nassau County.

Volunteers are always needed and you can help our children succeed. There are many opportunities available in Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Callahan and Nassau if you would like to help.

In 2008, Florida ranked 2nd in the nation in the prevalence of “dropout factories” with 49% of our high schools promoting fewer than 60% of their students. 2008) For more information visit their Web site and see what you can do to help!

Our Philosophy
“Communities in Schools believes that caring, one-on-one relationships between adults and young people make the crucial difference. Programs don’t change kids, relationships do. CIS creates comprehensive, locally controlled and owned support systems around schools. In partnership with the local school system, CIS identifies the most critical needs of students and families; needs that are preventing children from succeeding in school, and in life. CIS then locates and coordinates community resources, dedicated volunteers and agencies to serve in partnership with the public schools, both during the day and after school, thereby making the work of our educators much more effective. Thus, coordination of effort and accountability for results are essential aspects of the service CIS provides – because, too often, well-meaning programs are not focused on overall school objectives. CIS ensures that the work of these outside agencies and volunteers is interconnected and integrated to provide the support schools need the most.”