Communities In Schools of Wilkes (CIS) began as Wilkes One-on-One, Inc. in 1983 with 26 board members. The
agency provided services to students who had been involved with the juvenile justice program by providing them with weekly one-on-one mentors. The Governor’s One-on-One program was a state program. Shortly
after, the agency added the Friends of Youth Program becoming Wilkes One-on-One Friends of Youth. By adding this program, the agency was able to serve more students with adult mentors by serving those students not
yet involved with juvenile services. Both programs served students with mentors who spent four hours per week with children in 4th grade and up.

In 1998 the organization changed its name to Communities In Schools of Wilkes after learning of the CIS national organization. CIS National began in 1977 and offered Wilkes the opportunity to serve even more students by adopting their mission and expanding programs.