Embark Georgia Newsletter 58


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.
Thank you to all who attended.  We are overwhelmed with the response and hope that everyone is using what you learned as you go back to your places of work and serve students around the state.

Embark Georgia 2017 Leadership Conference In the Books!

Audience response to the Destination Graduation Simulation
News Stories From the Conference
Pictures from the Destination Graduation Simulation


Thank you to the 2017 Conference Committee

(Pictured L-R Kate Smith, David Meyers, Shaquita Ogletree, Lori Tiller, Heather Coggins, Sara Smith, and Marcy Stidum)

Keynote speaker Sara Goldrick-Rab closes the conference with reminding us all HOPE is a strategy!

Dawn Cooper from the University System of Georgia and

Sara Goldrick-Rab keynote from Temple University

Updates and news from around the state and nation:

  1. From the Wisconsin HOPE Lab on basic needs insecurity: Here is a research guide for conducting surveys and evaluations and here is an annotated bibliography of studies on this issue.  The latter may also be useful for researchers and those working on fundraising.
  2. Schoolhouse Connection Policy Updates
  3. Child Welfare Training Collaborative courses

Designated Point of Contact for Columbus State Lisa Shaw (pictured left) shared some great local coverage recently in her town of Columbus.  Watch the video here.  Great work Lisa!
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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