Founder Bill Milliken began CIS in New York City in the 1970’s. He 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.”
Forty years into our mission of surrounding students with communities of support, Bill’s principle continues to guide our work and serves as a beacon for the next chapter in our history.
Without community support, children throughout greater Central Texas are most at risk for missing school, dropping out and failing to earn a high school diploma.
CIS positions highly qualified, professional Site Coordinators inside schools to assess student needs. After identifying challenges students face in class or at home, CIS coordinates with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. From immediate necessities like food or clothing to more complex needs like supportive guidance or emotional support, Communities In Schools does whatever it takes to help students succeed!