Embark Georgia Newsletter 51

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.



"What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed"

In an article written by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the "new economics of college" are outlined- and offer an explanation as to why it's becoming harder and harder for students to afford to go to (and finish) college. Statistics are now showing that the inability to complete college has less to do with intellectual ability and more to do with an inability to pay. To read the full article, click here.


Some Important Resources:

For more information on the struggles of young people experiencing homelessness on college campuses, please see:

"From Foster Care to College to Career, Western Michigan Provides Pipeline of Support"

Western Michigan University's Center for Fostering Success aims to help students aging out of the foster care system transition to college and then eventually to post-graduate life. The launch of their Seita Scholars Program was expected to be small in enrollment numbers, but now has almost 150 students. The program offers undergraduate scholarships, a campus coach for financial and academic guidance, and housing during school breaks.

To read more about the program, click here. 


First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a FREE tool to help walk students through the entire college application, payment, and enrollment process-- and it's all through texting! Up Next, Better Make Room's FREE text-messaging college support tool, gives high school seniors and college students across the country free personalized support on all things college – college search and application, federal student aid, even student loan repayment.

All you have to do to sign up is text COLLEGE to 44044! 

To read more about the program, visit the website 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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