It’s relationships, not programs, that change children.
Communities In Schools has been serving schools throughout the nation for 40 years. It started with Bill Milliken (Founder) working as a youth advocate in New York City who developed the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools. Today there are 155 Communities In Schools affiliates serving 2,300 school campuses and 1.5 million students across 25 states. Texas has a network of 28 affiliates serving 942 school campuses and 93,000 students across 146 school districts. Communities In Schools of the Big Country was founded in Abilene, TX in 2001. The affiliate started small by serving one campus in Abilene ISD – Ortiz Elementary. Since its beginning, the affiliate has grown to serve 3 school districts and 1,000 students across 10 school campuses. Current school districts served include Abilene, Wylie, and Snyder ISD. Current school campuses served include Clack Middle School, Craig Middle School, Mann Middle School, Madison Middle School, Abilene High School, Cooper High School, Wylie Middle School, Wylie Junior High School, Wylie High School, and Snyder Junior High School. A total of 12 full-time employees, 15 board members, and a host of social work interns and volunteers are committed to advancing CIS Big Country’s mission – surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.