Embark Georgia Newsletter 50

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.

Save the Date!

The first annual Embark Georgia Conference will be held May 18-19, 2017.


Check it Out!

Click here to check out the new Independent Living Program website! 


Kennesaw State University has made an addition to their on-campus living this year that will benefit students facing homelessness. KSU is opening an on-campus suite that can be used as a temporary living facility for students for up to 14 days until school officials can find a more permanent solution for these students. This emergency housing solution is the first of its kind among colleges in the state of Georgia, and is being funded through a donation by the Beacon Foundation Charitable Trust. 

READ: Important Changes to FAFSA 2017-2018

There are two important changes to the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Students can submit a FAFSA earlier. Starting on October 1, 2016, students will be able to complete their FAFSA application as early as October 1st every year.
  • Students will use earlier tax information. Instead of using tax returns from the previous year to complete their FAFSA application, students will use tax information from 2 years prior. (For example, for the 2017-2018 application, students will use information from 2015).

"I Didn't Even Have an Address"

Click here to read an article from Glamour magazine about Brooke Evans, 23, and her story about facing homelessness while attending the University of Wisconsin. 

"Homeless In College"

Confessions of A Community College Dean blog Inside Higher Ed

Click here to read a response to the above article from the perspective of an administrator in higher education. "We’re only beginning to understand just how many non-academic factors get in the way of student success. "



How Schools Can Get Homeless High Schoolers to College

An article by U.S. News & World Report provides potential solutions for helping high schoolers facing homelessness get to college. Here are some ways high schools can help:

1) Create a college-going culture. Educators can help with this by providing students with information about how to apply to college and receive financial aid. 

2) Ensure homeless youth are aware of available resources. Help for homeless youth include fee waivers for college entrance exams, AP and IB exams, and college applications. 

3) Help homeless teens transition to college. Some organizations on college campuses across the country help with this by providing plane tickets for college visits, money to cover expenses while visiting colleges, and assistance with the college application process. 

To read the full article, click here

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

Visit Embark Website for more information and the ability to download printable versions of the DPOC listings.
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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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