Who we are

We effectively provide prevention programs, interventions and/or resources, when appropriate to reduce substance use in youth.
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Beyond The Bell, along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides tools and evidence – based strategies to train, educate, and support youth and families in the prevention of alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use and abuse. Alcohol is considered a drug. It is classified as a depressant, meaning it slows down vital functions, resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly.

In addition, underage drinking by those under the age of 21 is illegal, affects the developing brain, and can have devastating health, safety and legal consequences. Underage drinking and marijuana use among 9-20 year olds have been identified in DeKalb County, Rockdale County, Upson County and City of Savannah as issues affecting our community. Marijuana is a drug as well. It is psychoactive and considered the most abused drug in the United States.


The prevention of drugs and alcohol in our community is our vision by providing quality prevention programs and sustainable outcomes.


Our goal is to reduce the early onset of Alcohol Use Among 9-20 year olds and to reduce the early onset of Marijuana Use Among 9-20 year olds.


Sandra Dean

Executive Director

Asia Foster

Agency Evaluator

Karen Wilcox

Region 3 Project Coordinator

Lindsey Grovenstein

Region 5 Project Coordinator

Betty Dizard

Implementation Specialist, Region 6

Wilhemetris Taylor

Implementation Specialist, Region 3


Shannon Warren

Board Chairman

Valencia Paul


Kimberly Huston


Mary  Salaam

Board Member

Mary  Salaam

Board Member


Beyond The Bell is proud to have local partners in the community to help support our goal to educate our youth in the prevention of substance abuse. Learn more about these amazing organizations and programs.

Law enforcement agencies in each of our communities help support our goals and strategies to educate our youth in the prevention of substance abuse. Learn more.


Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities—DBHDD has been an important partner in funding Beyond The Bell and building the DC Promise Coalition. Beyond The Bell first received funding for the now finished SPFSIG grant back in 2009 and is currently funded under the ASAPP (Alcohol Substance Abuse Prevention Project) grant, both of which utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework.

  • Lincoln Park Community, Thomaston, GA
  • Upson County Family Connection, Thomaston, GA
  • The School Kids Club, Lithonia, GA
  • The Conyers Housing Authority, Conyers, GA
  • Marta, Lithonia, GA
  • Law Enforcement Agency, DeKalb County
  • Callen Boys and Girls Club, Savannah, GA
  • Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce
  • The Pie Restaurant, Thomaston, GA
  • DeKalb County Juvenile Court, DeKalb County, GA
  • Rockdale County Sheriff Office, Rockdale County, GA
  • Ephesians Deliverance Center, Thomaston, GA
  • Upson County Health Department, Thomaston, GA
  • WTOC TV, Savannah, GA
  • Urban Hope, Savannah, GA
  • Bar Card Training, Savannah, GA
  • Chatham Educational Transition Center, Savannah, GA
  • The Front Porch, Savannah, GA
  • Youth Intercept, Savannah, GA
  • Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Savannah, GA
  • City of Conyers Police, Conyers, GA
  • Rockdale Drug Free Coalition, Conyers, GA
  • Training Institute for Responsible Vendors Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • A.C. & Associates, Macon, GA
  • Civic Center, Upson County
  • Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Conyers, GA
  • Rockdale Prevent Child Abuse, Conyers, GA
  • CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America), DeKalb County, GA
  • Conyers Middle School, Conyers, GA
  • Helping Hands Outreach, Conyers, GA
  • Salem Middle School, DeKalb County, GA
  • Eagles Ministries, Lithonia, GA
  • Savannah Housing Authority, Savannah, GA
  • Savannah Police Department (SPD), Savannah, GA
  • Thomaston Police Department, Thomaston, GA
  • Upson County Sheriff’s Department, Thomaston, GA
  • Thomaston City Council, Thomaston, GA
  • Thomaston-Upson School System, Thomaston, GA
  • The Champion, DeKalb County, GA
  • C.A.U.S.E, Rockdale County, GA
  • Sherriff Department, DeKalb County, GA



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DeKalb County/
Rockdale County

1500 Klondike Rd SW, Ste A106
Conyers, GA 30094
(770) 285-6037

Upson County

310 N. Church St. Ste C
Thomaston, GA 30286
(706) 938-6100

City of Savannah

5618 White Bluff Rd. Ste B,
Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 335-8332