Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Founding Task Force
The following community members came together to begin the work of CIS in the state of Tennessee.
Executive Director | Tech Plus Tennessee
CEO | Thistle Farms
Managing Partner | MP&F Communications
Director | Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods & Community Engagement
Manager | HCA
Commissioner | Tennessee Department of Education
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
Executive Director | Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund
Tennessee State Senator
The story of CIS 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. Operating in more than 2,300 schools in the most challenged communities of 25 states and the District of Columbia, CIS serves 1.5 million young people and their families each year.
“It’s relationships, not programs, that change children. 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.”
- Bill Milliken
Founder & Vice Chairman of Communities In Schools, Inc.