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Community Partners


School District 189 Community Partners

Healthy schools and healthy communities are intrinsically linked. When communities work together to provide both effective schools and strong systems of support to children and youth in poverty, then we offer them the best hope for a better life. School District 189 students, teachers and leadership benefit from a number of partnerships – some which are one-time and targeted – to partners that are deeply engaged in strategies to align activities, curriculum and supports. All are providing efforts to improve outcomes for young people and to ensure our children and youth are ready for success in college, work and life.

If your organization is interested in exploring a partnership with School District 189, please contact Sydney Stigge-Kaufman, Executive Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, by email at or by phone at 618.646.3086.

A snapshot of our partners include:



  • SIUe – Intensive teacher field experiences

  • SWIC – Running Start dual enrollment; dual credit with Career and Technical Education program and additional high school classes

  • NIU Ed Systems – Supports postsecondary success improvement efforts
  • University of Illinois Extension – Provides nutrition/wellness workshops to students and technical assistance for Smarter Lunchroom Assessments, Breakfast After the Bell and Wellness Policy updates

  • Washington University – MSW interns; professional development for social workers

  • McKendree University – Volunteers

  • Greenville College – Volunteers


  • SWIC Foster Grandparents (Senior Corps) – Volunteers to serve students and classrooms within schools

  • Land of Lincoln Legal Aid – Provides free civil legal services to student families through the Justice in Schools program

  • Community Development Sustainable Solutions  – Parent mentoring programs, including a pipeline into the field of education
  • St. Louis Area Foodbank – Provides pallets of food items monthly during the school year for distribution to the community

  • Better Family Life – Delivers teen pregnancy prevention education at secondary level

  • East Side Health District – Delivers teen pregnancy prevention education at secondary level

  • Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts – Engage with specific schools to provide student supports
  • East Side Aligned – Group of committed cross-section stakeholders working to align policy, practice and investment to move the needle on student outcomes and life preparation

  • Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership – Group of early childhood providers expanding the number of children that receive early learning services and supports; advancing high quality early childhood programs and staff training; focused on continuous improvement

  • Youth Development Alliance – Group of out-of-school providers focused on K-3 reading aligned with district, in-school and out-of-school alignment, music/arts and expanding capacity for serving more students

  • Regional Office of Education – Truant referrals; professional development

  • Hoylteton Youth and Family Services – Supplies on-site mental health professionals that provide school-based, individualized prevention, intervention and crisis services
  • Oasis Tutoring – Provides volunteers at Officer and Wright Elementary Schools to read to, tutor and mentor youth  

  • Illinois Jobs for America's Graduates – Teaches employability and life skills to youth at Gordon Bush Alternative Center  

  • Saving Black Minds – Mentoring services to female youth at Gordon Bush Alternative Center  
  • Special Olympics Illinois – Supports inclusion in activities and youth athletics, provides volunteers and resources  

  • Join Hands ESL – Builds relationships with children and families through mentoring programs and the Ubuntu Center for Peace  

  • Blueprint Schools Network – Small group math interventions   

  • Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Provides youth employment opportunities  
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  – Volunteers and targeted activities

  • Dhvani Foundation – Provides donations of backpacks and school supplies
  • United Way – Provides donations directly to students and families in need through the 100 Neediest Program

  • East St. Louis Fire Department – Assistance for individual student families in need; volunteers in schools

  • Illinois State Police – Coordination for on-site crisis supports to children and youth in the community  
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee – Meets with students across the district to promote fitness and inspire students

  • Local Law Enforcement – Volunteers during Community Policing Week

  • Academy for Urban School Leadership – Supports internal continuous improvement efforts using the LiberatED Way model

  • One Goal – Supports postsecondary success improvement efforts


  • MilliporeSigma (Sigma-Aldrich) – Provides STEM volunteers to come to classrooms; experiential learning opportunities

  • Ameren Missouri – Delivers Skilled Craft Education Program within classroom

  • BJC Healthcare – Supports CTE training and work-based learning opportunities

  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Supports CTE training and work-based learning opportunities

  • Touchette Regional Hospital – Supports work-based learning opportunities

  • Federal Reserve Bank – Curriculum for financial literacy

  • Boeing – Funded grants and furniture donations

  • Casino Queen – Annually provides toys to all district children in grades pre-K-2

  • Chartwells – Provides holiday turkeys to families in need


  • Mt. Sinai M.B. Church – Provides case management services to housing residents and ensures that children are attending school

  • New Life Community Center – Provides volunteer