Embark Georgia Newsletter 40

Embark Georgia: Updates and Announcements (Don't forget to visit our website for additional news)

The Embark Georgia statewide network serves post-secondary professionals and institutions to ensure connectivity, share best practices, and provide information exchange among youth, community based stakeholders, and K-12 education.

Home for the Holidays 2015

Help Homeless and Foster Youth During Academic Breaks

NAEHCY is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Home for the Holidays campaign.

Together with their partners, Covenant House, the National Center on Housing and Child Welfare, and the National Network for Youth, they hope to raise awareness and inspire action to help homeless and foster youth during academic breaks.

Most students experiencing homelessness and students from foster care don’t have families to return to during academic breaks. Instead of enjoying the warmth of home and family, they scramble for a place to stay, often hiding their situation due to embarrassment. The fear of homelessness during breaks creates tremendous stress, preventing students from focusing on schoolwork. 

• Take action! Five Ways to Help Homeless and Foster Youth During Academic Breaks

• Learn more by reading these examples of campus initiatives to house homeless and foster youth during breaks.

• What is your community doing to help homeless and foster youth during breaks? Please take the online survey and let them know!

From now through December 21, we’ll be sharing more information and inviting our members to share what they are doing in their community.

Join the conversation using #HomelessHolidayBreak and spread the word!

Mark Your Calendars - December 2 Regional Meeting at Georgia State University!

Are you interested in helping students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness?  Then don't miss the Embark Georgia Regional Meetings!

These regional meetings provide the opportunity to network with local community partners, share resources, and create a supportive educational pipeline for the students from foster care in your region! Bring your students and invite others to this event! The next regional meeting is set for December 2 at Georgia State University. Keep in mind that all input helps and guests are welcome! 

You can also mark your calendars for the upcoming  Embark Regional Meeting: 

January 14, 2016 at Fort Valley State University 

Register here: http://www.123contactform.com/form-1654348/Online-Event-Registration-Form


Thank You!

A huge thank you to those who came out to our regional meeting November 11 at Savannah State! 

East Georgia State College is home to about 3,000 students throughout three locations of Swainsboro, Statesboro, and Augusta. with a faculty student ratio of 32:1, EGSC takes pride in providing a personal touch to their institution.  


East Georgia State College is another university that provides assistance to students who have experienced foster care of homelessness through the Embark program. Their program provides one-on-one advisement, free tutorial services, free Compass remediation, FAFSA workshops, and Compass practice workshops. 


Their wish in the future is to see the program create a non-perishable food pantry, provide clothing, as well as gain a larger staff and budget. 


If you would like to learn more about Embark at EGSC, contact  Director of Admissions Georgia M. Edmond, or Director of Counseling/Disabilities Anna Marie Reich. You can find their contact information on the Embark Georgia page.

Check these articles out! 
Teens Leaving Foster System: When teens age out of the foster system, they no longer have some of the resources they previously received such as health care. With such a life changing event, the inability to access mental health services can be detrimental.

A Home for Teens Too Old for Foster Care: Teens may age out of foster care at 18, but it does not always mean that they are prepared for such a drastic transition. Giving these teens financial and life-skills training can help them create a better future for themselves.


The Power of Sharing Your Story


Fostering Success Michigan (FSM)  is excited to partner with Brittany Bartkowiak, MSW, Outreach Producer for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity Project and former FSM Ambassador, for a special FSM Webinar Presentation! She will discuss her personal experience of being in foster care, with the hopes of empowering others to do the same.

The Power of Sharing Your Story will provide the education, empowerment, and resources students need to feel prepared to share their experience in a public way. The webinar will cover how to establish boundaries, how to tackle intrusive questions, and tips for both students and professionals who want to incorporate personal experience in their work. The Power of Sharing Your Story will also contain comprehensive media training and preparation to help young people feel confident when interacting with the media on sensitive issues.

If you wish to attend the webinar please register here.

Former foster youth who need to apply for Amerigroup Medicaid: call 1-800-809-7276 or apply at your local DFCS office.

*Did you know you can be insured until your 26th birthday? Tell a friend to tell a friend and get health insurance!*

If you are in care currently or have already applied for and received Medicaid insurance, these numbers are for you:

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (children and youth in foster care): 1-855-661-2021

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (former youth in foster care): 1-800-600-4441

Billing: 1-800-766-4456


Printable version for the  Designated Points of Contacts

Visit Embark Website for more information

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