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Advocate for Youth, Education, Community, and Faith-Based Organizations
Bill Milliken has been a tireless advocate for disenfranchised youth and one of the foremost pioneers in the movement to connect schools with community resources to help troubled students graduate and succeed in life.
In 1977, he and others developed a model organization, now known as Communities In Schools. He served CIS for more than 25 years as national president and currently is vice chairman of the board. Bill has advised U.S. presidents in both parties and has received numerous awards, including the Edward A. Smith Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, the Champion for Children Award from the American Association of School Administrators, the National Caring Award from the Caring Institute, the Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, and an honorary doctorate from Bard College.
Bill also serves on the national boards of the Leadership Foundations and the Jefferson Awards, and on the national Leadership Council of PathNorth Inc. He is a popular guest speaker and keynoter for business, philanthropy, faith, and community organizations. He is the author of three books: So Long, Sweet Jesus; Tough Love; and The Last Dropout. His fourth book, From the Rearview Mirror, will be released by Hay House Publishers in 2012.
From the Rearview Mirror is the story of Bill Milliken's journey from an affluent Pittsburgh suburb to the streets of Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1960s, on to communal living in Georgia in the 1970s, to working with multiple presidential administrations in Washington, D.C. He struggled with an undiagnosed learning disability in school, believing he was dumb and had nowhere to go. After connecting with the Young Life outreach program at the age of 17, however, he found his calling doing street work with homeless, addicted, and other at-risk teens in the turbulent '60s. Bill and his colleagues founded what grew into Communities in Schools, a highly effective organization working to bring services to young people and prevent them from dropping out of school. Along the way, Bill struggled with bringing his personal life into alignment with his ideals, coming to terms with organized religion and his own spiritual path, and creating the family and community he'd always longed for.