Founder Bill Milliken began Communities In Schools 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.”
Over 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.
CIS of Kansas was established in 1995. In 2014, CIS of Kansas became CIS of Mid-America, establishing regional affiliates embedded in our 501c3. Today, the CIS of Mid-America network provides services in 58 schools in four states to more than 38,000 students each year. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.