About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc. is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Our Principles

At Communities In Schools, everything we do is guided by the “Five Basics.” Developed by our founder Bill Milliken, the Five Basics are a set of essentials that every child needs and deserves.

1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

2. A safe place to learn and grow

3. A healthy start and a healthy future

4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation

5. A chance to give back to peers and community

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia’s vision is to create communities within our schools to address the whole child, adhering to the five basics of CIS, by having a positive impact on their values, self-esteem, job skills, and life focus.

Our Story

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc., (CIS of Philadelphia) a charitable 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, is one of 155 independent affiliates of Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS), the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. The Communities In Schools idea was conceived in the hearts and minds of a group of young men and women motivated by a growing concern for the plight of under-served urban youth. CIS was created by founder and President Bill Milliken in 1977 as a grassroots program devoted to working with youth confronted with a challenged, overburdened and under resourced school system; CIS worked with the schools and communities to put young people back on track for high school graduation.”

Since its inception in 1986, CIS of Philadelphia has worked with schools, legislators, community groups and corporations to address the needs of students and families throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. Annually, over 11,000 students in grades 1-12 enroll in a Communities In Schools program. All programs were specifically designed to help young people remain in school. CIS programs build academic skills, increase post-secondary awareness. CIS of Philadelphia coordinators connect youth and their families, with critical community resources, tailored specifically for their needs.