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Table of Contents
What Is Communities In Schools?
Introduction: Dropout Nation
In Search of the Last Dropout

The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic! is a non-fiction book by Bill Milliken, founder and vice chairman of Communities In Schools (CIS). It addresses one of the biggest social issues of our time, the American dropout crisis. One out of three students in the United States does not graduate from high school – creating an epidemic that will have a lasting impact on the future of our country. The Last Dropout explains how the entire community can and must play a role in education reform, reversing this startling trend. Milliken believes that together, the business, non-profit, public policy and education sectors can fix this issue and have students graduate school prepared for life.

The book, published by Hay House, also offers nine key principles that CIS has tested over three decades. Interwoven are the dramatic life stories of CIS founder Bill Milliken and his colleagues, during a journey that began in the turbulent 1960s as youth workers with a spiritual mission struggled to turn around the lives of dropouts and addicts. It traces the evolution of the CIS movement from a handful of groundbreaking “street academies” to a national network of hundreds of local affiliates. The Last Dropout also features stories about how CIS leaders have adopted these principles in their own communities with stunning results.

  • Praised by luminaries including, Patty Stonesifer, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; and Russell Simmons, Founder, Def Jam Music and Phat Fashions, The Last Dropout offers a practical, proven strategy that has successfully been implemented by CIS.

  • The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic! is now available at retail outlets and online Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Borders, and Books-A-Million.

  • All author proceeds are being donated to CIS, the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization.

  • Author 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. He has written two other books: So Long, Sweet Jesus and Tough Love.