“To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

In the U.S., approximately 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 live in poverty, handling more than they should have to. Communities In Schools works directly inside schools, building relationships that empower students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.


32 Years of Connecting Communities With Student’s Needs

HISTORY The history of Communities In Schools of the Midlands dates back to 1986, when a diverse partner collaboration consisting of the Junior League, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Juvenile justice, Richland One School District and the Solicitor’s Office joined together to address the dropout epidemic in Columbia. Members involved with Cities …

Communities In School’s Students Fight Against Plastic Use

Sustainability has been defined as, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” by Brundtland Commission in 1987. Pine Ridge Middle School students are doing sustainability justice by fighting the good fight against plastic pollution. Communities In Schools of the Midlands is proud to partner …


Communities in Schools of the Midlands History  In the 1960’s, in an effort to help young people have a chance at success in life, Bill Milliken, founder of Communities In Schools, started the Young Life Street Ministry in New York City. The street ministry that initially took place on basketball courts was soon after moved …