Embark Georgia Newsletter 53


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.

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The U.S. Department of Education released a report in November building on the Administration's efforts to expand college opportunity for all.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Higher education is a key pathway for social mobility in the United States
  • However, over the past 50 years, racial and ethnic disparities in higher education enrollment and attainment, as well as gaps in earnings, employment, and other related outcomes, has increasingly contributed to gaps in opportunities for students of colors.
  • Underrepresented students of color are disproportionately affected by decreases in participation at multiple points across the higher education pipeline including at application, admission, enrollment, persistence, and completion.
To read the full report, click here. 

Battling Student Hunger

The College And University Food Bank Alliance began four years ago in an effort to help hungry college students. Starting out with just 15 members, the alliance now consists of 395 members at colleges across the country. Of those, Embark Georgia network schools alone have over 20 food banks or pantries that have been started in the past two years. To read more, click here. 


Financial Aid for College Not Reaching College Youth

A new report by the Education Commission of the United States finds that although special programs have been put in place to provide financial aid to students who have been in foster care, many foster youth continue to slip through the cracks. This report states that only 3 percent of foster youth in the United States ever obtain a college degree. The report makes a number of recommendations to help eliminate this issue. To read more, 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


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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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