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About Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County, Inc.


Communities In Schools started in Georgia over 30 years ago and is now the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, serving over one million youth in 25 states and the District of Columbia. ICF International recently completed a comprehensive five-year evaluation, comparing the results to over 1,600 studies screened by the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. ICF concluded that the Communities In Schools model is cost effective, reduces dropout rates and increases graduation rates.

Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County, Inc.
 a unique public-private partnership is a 501C3 nonprofit organization supported by a combination of federal, state and local funds including private, corporate and individual contributions. The local collaborative (with over 75 members) includes representatives from all governmental agencies, private non-profit organizations, parents and youth, the local business community, social services and child serving agencies, the faith community, law enforcement, and post-secondary educational institutions.

Since 1998, the collaborative has secured over 14 million in funding for Dodge County's children and families. Current and/or previous funders include" state legislature (through Georgia Family Connection Partnership and Communities in Schools of Georgia); Georgia Department of Human Resources; Family Preservation Family Support; Children and Youth Coordinating Council; Children's Trust Fund; Office of Juvenile Justice; VISTA's; Americorp; federal Community Based Abstinence Education Program; Mentoring funds; Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative; Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse Program; Drug Free Communities Support Program; federal Parental Information Resource Center Program; federal Compassion Capital Program;  21st Century Community Learning Center Initiative; Even Start Family Literacy Program; AT&T Aspire Program; Youth Developmental Funds; Community Development Block Grant Program;  Wal Mart; Ocmulgee EMC; Rayonier; Verizon; Barbara Bust Literacy Foundation; Georgia Commission on Women; Rotary; Alcoa; Alcoa Action Grant funding; Hands on Georgia and United Way.

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What we do

Communities In Schools (CIS) surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Utilizing the CIS model, we assist selected communities and schools throughout Georgia to develop, implement and support locally-defined, comprehensive education progams. The integrated student services model enables kids to graduate from high school and prepares them to succeed in college or a career.

The state office, Communities In Schools of Georgia, provides technical assistance, training, program evaluation, fundraising support, advocacy and communications to our local affiliates. Local affiliates partner with school districts and connect community resources to families and kids based on the needs of the community. Key intiatives include mentoring, parent engagement, literacy, youth leadership, after-school programs, and Performance Learning Centers® (PLCs). PLCS are small high schools geared toward students not succeeding in the traditional school setting.

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To develop an effective and informed community partnership which seeks to actively strengthen support systems in an effort to:

  1. Promote families that are strong, unified and self-sufficient.
  2. Enhance the Lives of children in order that they are well cared for (food, clothing, shelter, and other basic needs) healthy, loved, and self-disciplined thereby prepared to succeed in school.
  3. Provide all of our children with a quality education in order that they become confident, independent, and contributing citizens.

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The Mission of Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Our Beliefs

CIS believes every child needs and deserves the five basics©:

  1. A personal, one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  2. A safe place to learn and grow
  3. A healthy start and a healthy future
  4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  5. A chance to give back to peers and community

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Our Goals:

The Goals of Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County, Inc.

  • Healthy Children
  • School Readiness
  • School Success
  • Self-Sufficent Families
  • Strong Communities

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Annual Report

CIS Recognized by Time Magazine


In Time magazine’s annual National Service Issue, Communities In Schools was mentioned as one of four national organizations to get involved with to help improve public education.
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