About Us

Dodge Connection - Communities in Schools of Dodge County, Inc
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Who We Are

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.

Our after school and summer programs are held at our facility known as “The Club”, formerly The Boys and Girls Club. Dodge County students K-12 attend from 3-6pm daily and follow the school calendar. Summer hours are from 7:30 until 6 daily. Breakfast, Lunch and snacks are provided. Tutors assist with homework and coordinate age appropriate recreation and enrichment activities for the groups of youth.


Why It’s Important


Across the country, 15 million school-aged students live in

poverty. Without community support, they are more at risk for
missing school, dropping out and failing to earn a high school

By helping our most vulnerable students stay in
school and succeed in life, we are building stronger, healthier
and more economically-stable communities where every
person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.
After all, each child is our child, and our collective future.

Our Vision


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

  • Promote families that are strong, unified and self-sufficient.

  • 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.

  • Provide all of our children with a quality education in order that they become confident, independent, and contributing citizens.

Dodge Connection – Communities in Schools of Dodge County provides needed services to schools and students:

Tier 1

Whole School Prevention Services

Tier 2

Group Services for students having academic or behavioral challenges

Tier 3

Case-managed individualized support for students with multiple risk factors for dropping out of school

our funding partners

Since 1998, the collaborative has secured over $20 million in funding for Dodge County’s children and families. Current and/or previous funders include:

Georgia State Legistlature (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 – Corporation of National Service
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
Dollar General


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
Barbara Bust Literacy Foundation
Georgia Commission on Women
Alcoa Action Grant funding
Hands on Georgia
Oxley Performance Computers, LLC
United Way

Our partners include:

Dodge Board of Education
Fire House Subs
Earl Rogers, CPA
Eastman Police Department
City of Eastman
Shorty’s Used Cars
Legacy Link
Norris Consulting Group
Carl Hickman
Dodge County Hospital
Dodge County Commissioners
Department of Juvenile Justice
Pruett Heating & Air
Antioch Dempsey Baptist Church

Ocmulgee EMC
Girl Scouts of America
Sheriff Lynn Sheffield
Govenor’s Office of Child Advocate
CSB of Middle Georgia
Communities in Schools of Georgia
Medicine Men
Barlow Meats
Huddle House
Terry Coleman
Oconee Judicial Circuit
White Brothers

Alpha Eta Rho
Shug’s Catering
United 1st FCU
Bank of Eastman
Colony Bank
Martha Sheldon Florist
Middle Georgia State
Glynn’s Pest Control
Martha Wright
Community Foundation
of Central Georgia
Representative Pruett
Senator Greg Kirk
Community Foundation
of Central Georgia

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Who We Are

Communities in Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. Our mission is to surround students with a community support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in


Your gift will help provide youth with the programs and support that they need to stay in school and prepare for life. Our vision is for ALL youth to stay in school and prepare for life. Your donation can help make this a reality.


Volunteering with Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County is an excellent way to give back to our community. You can make a difference in the lives of the youth we serve in Dodge County.