Bill Milliken, Communities In Schools Founder

On August 29th and 30th, Communities In Schools Founder, Bill Milliken and his wife Jean, toured our York and Lancaster County communities. Along with visiting our site schools and meeting with our local superintendents, Bill was also the keynote speaker at the United Way Kickoff the night of August 29th. To learn more about the Kickoff, click here.

Bill Milliken’s journey of youth activism began in 1960 when he helped initiate “street academies” for young people who dropped out of school and wanted a second chance to continue their education. Bill also created live-in programs for youth involved in substance abuse who needed shelter and a support system. These experiences led him to search for a comprehensive approach to help young people fight adversity and succeed in life.

Eventually, Bill developed a model program that repositioned existing community resources into schools, also known as the Communities In Schools network. In the years to come, Bill has received many awards, but the most prestigious award includes the 2009 National Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Check out some of our photos from last week! Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania is honored to have met Bill and his wife, and look forward to seeing him again soon.