History

Communities In Schools focuses on meeting the unique needs of students and schools in their local communities, while participating in a strong national and statewide network with a long history of working to keep kids in school.

National Backing

The story of Communities In Schools 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.

From this grassroots beginning, Communities In Schools grew into the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, now in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

Statewide Support

Communities In Schools began operating in Washington in 1991 at the urging of Boeing, Costco and other business and education leaders. They were concerned about the burden on public schools, which were increasingly expected to provide for the basic needs of students in addition to education.

Communities In Schools offered a solution with its comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective strategy, as well as evidence of success in other parts of the country. With support from major employers, Communities In Schools of Washington took root and now operates in 20 school districts statewide.

Local Connection

Since its incorporation in 2002, Communities In Schools of Puyallup has been providing meaningful and effective services to the students and community of Puyallup, Washington. Our organization coordinates the resources of diverse community stakeholders including local educational, governmental, faith-based, parent, service, and business organizations to meet the unique challenges facing Puyallup’s students. By providing academic assistance programs, mentoring, enrichment activities, access to basic resources, and opportunities to get involved in community service, our organization seeks to ensure that every child in Puyallup is equipped with the skills, resources, and support they need to graduate and become healthy, productive members of their community.