Bill Milliken, founder and vice chairman of Communities In Schools, Inc., is one of the nation's foremost pioneers in the movement to give young people the help they need to graduate from high school and go on to rewarding lives.
The year 2000 marked the 40th anniversary of Milliken's commitment to children, and saw him receive two major national awards. The Edward A. Smith Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership honors one executive each year who exemplifies "extraordinary leadership" over a lifetime of service. The "Champion for Children" award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) honors a nationally known non-educator whose contributions have significantly and positively influenced the lives of children.
Communities In Schools is the nation's leading community-based organization helping kids stay in school and prepare for life. Currently, CIS directly serves more than 1.4 million students and their families each year in more than 3,400 schools in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Its grassroots, personalized approach embodies Milliken's long-held philosophy, "Programs don't change children - relationships do."
Milliken's activism began in 1960 when he joined Young Life, an ecumenical youth organization. He helped initiate "street academies" for young people who had dropped out of school and wanted a chance to resume their education, as well as live-in programs for substance abusers and youth in need of shelter and support. Milliken's experiences led him to search for a comprehensive approach to helping young people. This search culminated in the 1970s with the development of a model program that repositioned existing community resources into schools - the Communities In Schools network, which Milliken led as president until May 2004.
Milliken has served three U.S. presidents. During the Carter Administration, he was the White House Advisor on Youth Issues. In 1989, Milliken advised President Bush for the Education Summit with the nation's governors. Most recently, Milliken was involved in the planning of The Presidents' Summit for America's Future. In 1994, Milliken received the National Caring Award as one of the "10 most caring people in America." In 1992, he received the Temple Award for Creative Altruism, given by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which honors individuals "whose lives and work demonstrate the transformative power of caring coupled with imagination and enterprise."
The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic! is a provocative book written by lifelong youth advocate, Bill Milliken. With the perfect balance of humor, introspection, and practical insight, Bill grapples with one of the greatest social epidemics of our time: the American dropout crisis.
Bill Milliken was one of the first SCCA members to enter his car in competitions, even before SCCA begain to sanction such events.Here he is shown with his Bugatti challenging the hill climb at Pikes Peak.He was involved in many of the clubs early speed contests as either competitor or organizer.Milliken served as Vice President and as a member of the Contest Board, and he was elected to the very first SCCA Board of Directors.He might be most recognized for the wild ride he took in the very first Watkins Glen Grand Prix where he ended upside down against the hay bales.However, his most significant contribution was that he authored the very first set of SCCA General Competition Rules, from which everything we do today is descendent. Mr. Bill Milliken was present to accept his award.
Bill Milliken 34 has had plenty of success in his 101 years, but hes been immortalized for his best-known mistake. To many auto racing fans, he is known only as the name behind Millikens Corner, the turn in Watkins Glen, New York, that earned its name when he flipped his Bugatti during the villages first road race in 1948.
The Watkins Glen raceway was certainly a big part of my life, says Milliken. I raced there for a decade and a half and served the track in various capacities over the years. The most important part was the wonderful friends I made. In September 2010, alongside racing legend Mario Andretti, he was named a Legend of the Glen by Watkins Glen International Raceway, an honor reserved for auto racings elite.
The induction was part of a yearlong celebration of Millikens 100th birthday that included an event at the International Motor Racing Research Center and his induction into the Western New York Motor Racing Hall of Fame. Despite his accolades in the world of auto racing, Millikens influence extends far beyond the racetrack.
He later became an accomplished author: his book Race Car Vehicle Dynamics was published in 1994, and his 2006 autobiography, Equations of Motion, was championed by Jay Leno in the March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. He also founded the vehicle dynamics department at the Cornell Aeronautics Laboratory in 1956 and started the engineering firm Milliken Research Associates, which is now run by his son, Douglas Milliken 77.
Ive been fortunate to be able to work with my father for so many years, says Douglas Milliken. Dad established Milliken Research by taking on hard problems in vehicle dynamics and delivering useful solutions. Weve transitioned the company from the age of slide rules to personal computers.
I never had a dull moment at MIT, he says, recalling that he earned a degree in mathematics with a focus on aerodynamics. An aeronautical treasure chest was opened for me, spewing out nuggets of aerodynamic information at a bewildering rate.
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