Embark Georgia Newsletter 62


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.


Do you have an interest in advocacy and empowerment for people who live with disabilities?
If so, consider attending Georgia's TASH Conference!
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. 

This year's conference theme, "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion," showcases the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. 

Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities. 

Click here to visit the TASH Conference website and to register!


Georgia EmpowerMEnt’s Annual
          State-Wide Session
January 5-6, 2018 at the MAAC office
More details to follow!
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Report on 2016 Crisis Hotline:
28% Youth on Street at Time of Contact

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Family and Youth Services Bureau has issued a report sharing 2016 data on their National Communication System, a federally funded hotline service in place since 1974, operated by the nonprofit National Runaway Safeline (NRS) that young people can reach by phone, text, chat, email, or online forums. 

In 2016, NRS responded to 29,806 calls, emails, online forum posts, and chat messages from youth ages 21 and younger, either youth seeking help for themselves or for a friend, or from adults calling to discuss youth issues. 

The report includes information on a variety of issues facing youth including (but not limited to): 
          - Youths' status at the time of contact, with 28% being on the street
          - Demographic information, with the majority (71%) being female
          - The whereabouts of the young person in crisis
          - The amount of time they have spent on the street
          - Their means of survival 
          - Their runaway history
          - Family dynamics
          - Peer/social issues
          - Mental/physical health
          - Emotional/verbal abuse
          - Physical abuse/assault
          - Transportation
          - Alcohol/drug use
          - Options discussed for the youth in crisis 

Over 2016, NRS provided 21,788 referrals, participated in 2,436 conference calls with youth and referral resources and 519 calls with parents or guardians, and issued 398 Home Free tickets. Through the Home Free program, Greyhound offers free bus tickets to youth who are ready to return home! 

To read the full report, click here


Internship Opportunity for Current and Former Foster Youth in Georgia

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is currently taking applications for its 2018 Foster Youth Internship Program! This is an opportunity for previous/current foster youth interested in interning with a member of Congress in Washington D.C. and make an impact on federal child welfare policy. CCAI provides a weekly stipend, as well as covers major expenses, such as housing in Washington D.C., transportation to and from Washington D.C., and public transportation to and from the congressional office. 

The dates for the 2018 Foster Youth Internship Program are: May 29 - July 27, 2018
All application materials must be received by Monday, January 15th, 2018 @ 11:00pm EST.

For more information about the program and to access the application form, 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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