Embark Georgia Newsletter 46

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.
Nsoro Foundation College Bound Summer Program
The Nsoro Foundation works to support students who have experienced foster care in their educational ventures. They can assist students in a variety of ways including scholarships, internships, mentorships and summer programs. The college bound summer program helps 10th and 11th graders get a chance to see what college is like and help get them excited about attending college. The application deadline is April 9, and the application can be found here.

Education and Training Voucher (ETV)


Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds are available to meet the postsecondary education training needs of youth who have experienced foster care and are enrolled in a qualified higher education program. Learn more about this here!


Congratulations, John! 

John Emerson has been the post-secondary advisor for Casey Family Programs since our work with Embark began in 2012. During Embark Georgia’s first year we met John who provided us with invaluable connections and technical assistance over the past three years of this work.  He connected us with colleagues in Michigan, Washington, and Texas so we could learn how they began their statewide networks and campus supported programs to support young people from foster care.  We ended that year with more information then we could process, but began to build our Embark Georgia network and campus referral network.   John was willing to come back and support a strategic planning effort in the summer of 2014 to help kick off an 18 month work plan which lead to the establishment of Designated Points of Contact on all two and four year public campuses in Georgia to support young people who have experienced foster care or homelessness, and their journey to and completion of post-secondary education.  John is retiring from Casey Family Programs on April 1, 2016.  He was recently celebrated at the National Association of Student Professional Affairs (NASPA) conference in Indianapolis March 2016, during the annual meeting of the Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education (SCIHE) Knowledge Community Community of Homelessness and Foster Care meeting, which seeks to support underrepresented students accessing supports across higher education campuses.  We presented John with a signing quilt from all of the national partners in this movement. 


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!

NAEHCY Scholarship
The NAEHCY scholarship gives money to students who have experienced homelessness in order to help them attend college. To find out more and apply for the scholarship click here.
Get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter! Just click on the links below: 
Former foster youth who need to apply for Amerigroup Medicaid- apply at your local DFCS office.

If you experience problems regarding Medicaid email healthmatters@dhs.ga.gov and put the county in the subject line. 

*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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The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
– a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education.

Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
David Meyers and Lori Tiller are the network directors. Our offices are located at 

1240 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605

You may contact us by calling 706-542-1108 or emailing  EMBARK@fanning.uga.edu
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