Connor Group Kids and Community Partners
Transforming Good Causes into Great Programs

Program Partners

DECA – The Dayton Early College Academy

DECA is a non-traditional charter school focused exclusively on preparing students to attend college and graduate.

  • Currently in its 12th year with 465 students
  • 82% of students will be first-generation college students
  • 100% of 2014’s graduates are college-bound or serving in the military
  • Named one of America’s Top High Schools for “closing the gap” by Newsweek in 2014
  • Featured on the US Department of Education’s “Doing What Works” website

Montgomery County Ohio College Promise

MCOCP supports poverty impacted 8th graders in Montgomery County who show academic promise and helps prepare them to attend and graduate from college.

  • Life changing opportunity for up to 50 Montgomery County students each year
  • Adult mentorship for each student through the duration of high school
  • Opportunity to attend college at little to no cost to the students or their families
Golden Gloves

Golden Gloves

Their goal is to build the character and self-esteem of youths through programs specifically tailored to the physical, emotional, mental, and academic needs of each person.

  • In the past eight years their boxers have won over 60 championships; some have even become Olympians
  • Educates youths against alcohol and drug use
  • Requires participants to maintain a 2.5 or higher average GPA; if assistance is needed, tutors are provided


Their mission is to eliminate youth homelessness in the Miami Valley through programs that provide safety and stability for runaway, troubled, and homeless youth.

  • The region’s only emergency shelter for 10-19 year olds; helps more than 200 children per year
  • Last year 264 youth were provided 24,947 nights of safe shelter and housing
  • Upon leaving Daybreak, 92% of youth moved into stable housing
  • Provides on-the-job work-readiness training program via Lindy & Company – Daybreak’s gourmet pet treat bakery

Upspring / Faces without Places

Upspring’s mission is to empower children experiencing homelessness by providing opportunities for education and enrichment.

  • Helped approximately 3,000 children last year, an increase of 1,000 children from the previous year
  • 133 children attended the Yellow Bus Summer Camp last year; 95% of campers improved or retained their math and/or literacy skills
  • 4,151 school supplies and other resources were provided to homeless children last year
  • Over 500 children received toys during the holidays

The Mayo Clinic

Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging

The Connor Group Kids and Community Partners is also proud to support the cutting-edge research of James L. Kirkland, M.D., Ph. D. and the Mayo Clinic to improve the quality of life for all commencing at birth.

  • Developing interventions to increase healthspan and improve the quality of life
  • Five multidisciplinary and integrated research programs
    • Aging Bone and Muscle
    • Development of Drugs that Target Fundamental Aging Process
    • Cellular Senescence
    • Healthy Aging and Independent Living
    • Regenerative Medicine and Aging
  • Bridging the gap between science and clinical application