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About Us

We are a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Our Story

It's relationships, not programs, that change children.

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For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children,” Bill once said. “A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.”

And that’s exactly what Communities In Schools does. Today, we are the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.

Making a Difference

Our Leadership

Communities In Schools is guided by a talented, committed and diverse group of business leaders, educators, nonprofit executives and philanthropists.

Our Partners

A wide range of strategic partnerships strengthens our ability to meet the needs of the young people we serve.

Our Funders

Recognized for evidence-based solutions, life-changing programs for kids and sound business practices, Communities In Schools attracts the support of many corporations, foundations and investors.

Finding a Support System

Jamal could have been dismissed as just another kid who had landed in jail, but his coordinators saw a motivated leader who would go on to become the president of the first college-based Communities In Schools alumni group.