Who We Are
Controlled at the community level, Family Connection is present in every county in Georgia. It is the largest statewide network of communities in the nation that have made a commitment to improve results for children and families. Communities In Schools, present in thirty Georgia communities and over 2,000 communities in the U.S., also controlled at the local level, is the nation’s largest dropout prevention initiative. For the last two years, Worth magazine named Communities In Schools one of the 100 best nonprofits in the U.S.
In our county, Family Connection and Communities In Schools are the same organization. We are a partnership of several organizations working with families to research the needs of children and families in our community, and to work together to address those needs.
Dodge Connection-Communities In Schools of Dodge County, Inc. surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Our Over-Arching Goal: All Children Will Succeed in School and in Life.
We pursue that goal by addressing the root causes of problems, building on cultural and other strengths, pooling resources, engaging an extraordinary diversity of community members, and committing to a long-term process of planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Using a family-centered approach, schools, health and human service agencies, business, the faith community, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs, and others work together with families, focusing on academics, physical and mental health, nurturing parenting, economic success, and community service. We tap existing resources, streamline systems to be more efficient and effective, and initiate new projects like those listed below.
A Few of Our Organizational Partners
Department of Family & Children Services, Public Health, Eastman Housing Authority, Department of Juvenile Justice, Chamber of Commerce, individual businesses, Juvenile Court, Police Department, Sheriff Department, Department of Labor, Child Abuse Prevention, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and many others. Our most important partners are the families whose children we are serving.
Some of the projects that have been initiated through this process
- Even Start family literacy program
- 21st Century CLC After School/Summer Program
- The Club (B&G Club)
- Reading Buddies
- Heart Mentoring
- AmeriCorps Tutoring
- Performance Learning Center
- School Based Health Centers
- GED Support
- Site Coordination in all schools
- Mental Health Therapy
- Prevention Curriculum-Too Good for Drugs & Violence, Ripple Effects, Botvin,Second Step,etc.
- Abstinence Education
- Character Education
- Summer Reading Camp
Some of Our Results
Working in partnership with families, we have tackled intractable problems like teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, school dropout, and physical and mental health disparities, with implementation by the partners (School District, Health Department, DFCS, Mental Health, et al.).
- Working together, our partners have achieved remarkable results. For example:
- Teen pregnancy – after increasing annually for many years – began moving downward when our partners developed and implemented a comprehensive, holistic plan starting in 1999, and is now lower;
- We pulled together our partners to strategize about truancy; within three years of implementation of the strategies, the number of students absent more than ten days had declined.
Our success is our partners’ success – we bring them together, they develop and implement the strategies. Our most important partners are the families whose children are being served.
Please join with us through financial support (tax deductible) and/or active participation to achieve our goal: All children will succeed in school and in life.