Embark Georgia Newsletter 54


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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"Learning Systems: Improving Education in States and Districts"

As we enter the new year, state and district leaders are working to devise strategies to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (EESA), which passes considerable authority from federal to state and local policymakers, and requires the use of research evidence in system-level efforts to increase student learning.

To read more about the EESA and everything it entails, please click here

"The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs"

A recent podcast by NPR describes a major issue currently facing American students. Researches at the University of Wisconsin surveyed more than 4,000 undergrads at community colleges across the country and found that 20% of students reported being hungry and 13% reported having experienced homelessness.  

To listen to the full podcast or read the transcript, click here.

Phasing Up to New Possibilities

The Village Network Center: Phasing Up to New Possibilities Program is the cornerstone of JCSU's foster care initiative. Its goal is to remove the barriers that face youth phasing out of foster care and provide them opportunities to pursue their ambitions continued education.

To read JCSU student stories or to learn more about the PhasingUP program, click here.

Asylum in the United States for Unaccompanied Children

The article, written by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, focuses on children who migrate to the United States from other countries unaccompanied by parents or guardians. It discusses asylum law in the United States and what that means for unaccompanied children entering the U.S. 

To read the full article, click here.

The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) is a partnership between the Georgia State University Professional Excellence Program and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Our goal is to promote collaboration and a common understanding of issues affecting children and families through our professional development opportunities.

Upcoming Continuing Education: Trauma 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children & Brain Development 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Brain Development

To find out more or to register, click here.

Miss a Webinar?

Click here to watch previous webinars from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

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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