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Please review job openings below.  Interested candidates who meet qualifications may forward their resume to (no phone calls please) or mail to:  Communities In Schools of Northwest Michigan, Attn:  Executive Director, 205 Grove Street, Mancelona, MI 49659.

CIS After School Lead Assistant

Seeking a part-time (20-24 hours/week) individual to work under the guidance of the CIS Site Coordinator to assist with the implementation of the CIS After School Programs, a 21st Century Community Learning Center.  Responsible for ensuring a high level of program quality and working to establish a positive relationship with all program participants, their families and CIS staff.  With considerable responsibility, and according to established guidelines and lesson plans, supervise an assigned group of children. Help to provide the necessary physical and emotional care and carry out developmental activities. Help to develop goals for the children, plan activities and evaluate each child’s progress.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Understand and apply basic child and adolescent development principles.
  • Communicate and develop positive relationships with youth.
  • Adapt, facilitate and evaluate age appropriate activities with and for the group.
  • Respect and honor cultural and human diversity.
  • Involve and empower youth.
  • Identify potential risk factors (in a program environment) and take measures to reduce risk.
  • Care for, involve and work with families and community.
  • Work as part of a team and shows professionalism.
  • Demonstrate the attributes and qualities of a positive role model.
  • Interact with and relate to youth in ways that support asset building.


Minimum High Diploma with demonstrated relevant equivalent experience in working with school-age children and/or youth development.

Please submit letter of interest no later than Friday, October 2nd to:

CIS After-School Program Assistant Job Description


Stuff the Bus Campaign

Believe it or not it is back to school time already and with back to school comes anxiety for many local children as they begin their school year unprepared with the items necessary to learn.  CIS of Northwest Michigan, in partnership with our local school districts, works to alleviate the stress for our students by asking community members to donate money or supplies through our annual Stuff the Bus Campaign.

School Districts Served by CIS:

*Mancelona Public Schools

*Kalkaska Public Schools

*Central Lake Public Schools

*Ellsworth Community School

*East Jordan Public Schools

How Can You Help:

– Drop off items beginning August 3rd at the CIS Main Office (205 Grove Street, Mancelona), Monday – Friday between 9 am and 3 pm.  Items are generally needed by the first week of September, however will be graciously accepted throughout the school year.  Donations may be designated to the school of your choice, if not they will be distributed as needed.

– Send a gift to the CIS Main Office (205 Grove Street, Mancelona, MI 49659) or give online to ensure that all needs can be met at each school.  Your general gift is tax deductible.

Donation/Sponsor Form

The following is a list of some of the supplies needed most.

All donated materials must be safe for young children and use only non-toxic materials.

Backpacks  *  Pencils/Pens  *  Spiral Notebooks  *  Highlighters  *  Erasers  *  Crayons/Markers(in box)

Pocket Folders  *  Glue Sticks  *  Composition Notebooks  *  3-Ring Binders

Shampoo  *  Deodorant  *  Hand Sanitizer  *  Chapstick  *  Lotion  *  Combs/Brushes  *  Cleansing Wipes

Underwear (all sizes)  *  Socks (all sizes)  *   Tissues


Drop Off Donations:

CIS of Northwest Michigan (Mancelona Family Resource Center)

205 Grove Street

Mancelona, MI 49659

(231) 587-5044