Embark Georgia Newsletter 42

Embark GeorgiaRegional meeting January 14, 2016  (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.

Letter from the US Department of Education

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Determinations

Section 480(d)(1)(H) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), provides that an applicant for Title IV student assistance is an independent and doesn't to provide a parents information of the FAFSA application. For more information including how to apply for Title IV aid click here.


Supporting College Completion for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Students experiencing homelessness encounter countless barriers to completing their degree. Learn about how Florida State University, Kennesaw State University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston are working ensure that homeless youth are given the best opportunity to obtain a degree at their institution, here.

Trying to go to college? Living on your own without stable housing?

Students who are struggling to have a stable living situation could qualify as an independent student on the Federal Applications for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). For more information click here.


College should not be a burden

Georgia Tech has several programs to support students experience homelessness including Klemis Kitchen, Campus Closet and Dean of Students. Klemis Kitchen provides food to students who financially had to put their education before nutrition. Campus Closet provides both men's and women's suit to those who wouldn't be able to afford it. Dean Griffin Hip Pocket Fund provides interest free loans to help students get through financial crises. To learn more click here.


Hungry, Homeless and in College

“Without a home and without meals, I felt like an impostor,” Ms. Evans told us. “I was shamefully worrying about food, and shamefully staring at the clock to make it out of class in time to get in line for the local shelter when I should have been giving my undivided attention to the lecturer.” When this is what college is like, is it any wonder that students drop out?" Read the full story here.

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!


Don't Forget to Mark your Calendar!

Embark Regional Meeting: 

January 14, 2016 at Fort Valley State University.

If you plan on attending the meeting, please try to register as soon as possible.

 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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