Embark Georgia Newsletter 44

Embark Georgia: Happy New Year and Spring Semester!

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.
Picture Above Left: keynote speaker Mona Dixon and Andrew L. Felton, II TEARs2C (+) Project Coordinator at The Fort Valley State University

Pictured Above Right:Inside view of The Fort Valley State "Vault in the Valley"

Embark Georgia Regional Meeting Summary

     The latest Embark Georgia regional meeting was held at Fort Valley State University on January 14th. It was hosted by Jacqueline Caskey-James, LPC, NCC, Director Of Student Health And Counseling Services, and FVSU Designated Point of Contact. Over 60 people were in attendance, representing 11 higher education institutions. Attendees heard from several speakers including community partners, Fort Valley staff, faculty and administration, Independent Living Specialists with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, and Special Populations statewide director for the Technical College System of Georgia.

     Highlight of the event was keynote speaker Mona Dixon. Until she was 13 years old, Mona's life was in a constant state of change going from one homeless shelter to another and living on the streets. She wanted a better life for herself and knew college was her only options. This served as her motivation to graduate third in her class at Tempe High School, and receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business. In addition she was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 64th National Youth of the Year and nominated by President Barack Obama to be the youth board member for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Currently she is working on her graduate degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in advocacy, and obtaining a certificate in Special Events Management. Check out more of her story here.


It's FAFSA Time!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is due June 30, 2016. No need to stress! There are plenty of resources that can help you

Check out some of these resources!

Take a look at some of these articles!

Educational Stability for Foster Youth- The Educational Stability for Foster Youth Act helps foster youth finish their schooling with consistency. To read more about the Foster Youth Act click here

Hungry, Homeless and in College- According to a study taken across 10 community colleges from the Wisconsin HOPE lab, 13% of respondents were homeless and 20% claimed to have very low food security. The struggle to acquire these two basic necessities also seems to be correlated. Read more about these findings here.

New Efforts to Provide a Stable Foster Care System for California Youth- California is working to help foster kids have more traditional lives rather than live in group homes. Read about it here.



Second Webinar Added:

Financial Aid Policies and Practices for Homeless Youth


Kerri Mosely-Hobbs, Program Specialist, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid  


Aaron Washington, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education

Cyekeia Lee, Director of Higher Education Initiatives, NAEHCY


It's FAFSA time! The start of the year is when youth who wish to attend college should be filling out applications for financial aid.  Yet homeless youth often face barriers navigating postsecondary educations systems, and finding basic needs to support themselves. This session will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community based organizations with tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Best practices will also be shared on how homeless education professionals, human service professionals, and financial aid administrators can collaborate to better support this population of students. 


Please register below:


DATE: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TIME: 11:00am-12:30pm Eastern

TRAINING ID: 521-024-540

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/23359496428223490

This webinar will be recorded and archived on NAEHCY's webinar page at http://www.naehcy.org/educational-resources/webinars 

For more information, please contact Cyekeia Lee, at clee@naehcy.org

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



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