When entire communities take ownership of the dropout crisis – when it becomes about our kids rather than those kids – that’s when we know the tide is turning.

– Elaine Wynn, National Board Chairman


For 26 years Communities In Schools of Greenville has been working with students and their families in Greenville County. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools is the only drop out prevention organization proven to help both reduce drop out rates and increase graduation rates.  Our programs use a holistic approach to address both academic and non-academic needs of students and their families.

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. “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.”