Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania
Communities In Schools Pennsylvania is one of 26 state affiliates, plus the District of Columbia, that comprises the Communities In Schools National Network. Established in 1994, Communities In Schools Pennsylvania currently encompasses four local Communities In Schools affiliates in 164 program sites serving over 40,000 students throughout Pennsylvania. Communities In Schools Pennsylvania Network affiliates are located in Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, and Pittsburgh- Allegheny County.
Communities In Schools National
Founder Bill Milliken (originally from Wilkinsburg, PA) 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 the 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.