About CIS of Lake County


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

Communities In Schools of Lake County uses evidence – and standards – based programming to produce desired outcomes among students throughout the Region.

Communities In Schools Five Basics

At Communities In Schools, everything we do is guided by the “Five Basics.” Developed by our founder Bill Milliken, the Five Basics are a set of essentials that every child needs and deserves.

Every child needs and deserves:

The First Basic: A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.
The Second Basic: A safe place to learn and grow.
The Third Basic: A healthy start and a healthy future.
The Fourth Basic: A marketable skill to use upon graduation.
The Fifth Basic: A chance to give back to peers and community.