Embark Georgia Newsletter 77



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.

Register for the 2019 Embark Georgia Leadership Conference
Registration is officially open and ready for participants!
Join us October 3rd through 4th at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, for the annual Embark Georgia Leadership Conference. While we are still finalizing our session presenters, we can share that this year the conference will focus on three tracks: policy, students, and campus programs. Each session will highlight one of these three core areas. We hope this will provide you with helpful resources and tools to bring back to your organizations. 

Register to attend at the link found here.

Keynote Speaker Announcement
We are excited to announce Monica Kaufman Pearson is presenting at the 2019 Embark Georgia Leadership Conference as the keynote speaker.
Monica Kaufman Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked for 37 years at the leading station, WSB-TV.  She has won over 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and her Closeups celebrity interview show.  When she retired, she was honored on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by the bipartisan delegation of the State of Georgia for her years of service on and off the air to improve the lives of the citizens of Georgia.

Since retiring in 2012, she’s stayed busy. At the age of 67, she graduated with a master’s degree, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014.  Monica was the first African-American and second woman to serve as Chairperson of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.  She also was the first woman to serve as President of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which first presented the Naismith Awards. Currently she serves on the Board of Jurors for the prestigious Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia and is a 2016 University of Georgia Grady Fellow.  She is a 53-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the nation’s first black sorority for women, which awarded her the Presidential Vanguard Award in 2016.

Reports, Webinars, and Conferences
The Hope Center Report on Food Insecurity Among College Students

The Hope Center released a brief titled Beyond the Food Pantry: Supporting Students with Access to SNAP that details how campus advocates can raise awareness, increase applications, and clarify eligibility to help connect students to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) so that they can afford to purchase food on a regular basis. SNAP is the largest and most effective federal assistance program to combat food insecurity.

The full publication can be found here

John Burton Advocates for Youth Report on Youth Homelessness in California

In May 2019, John Burton Advocates published the report Youth Homelessness in California: What Impact has the Five Percent Youth Set-Aside in the Homeless Emergency Aid Program had so Far? 

This report explores early Homelessness Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) implementation, with a focus on how HEAP funds for homeless youth have been spent, including how many jurisdictions invested more than the minimum five percent on youth, the lessons learned in the process of distributing youth HEAP funding, the impact of the youth set-aside, and policy implications for future investment in youth homelessness.

The full report can be found here.

John Burton Advocates for Youth Beyond the Safety Net Webinar

In 2017, John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) launched Beyond the Safety Net, a two-year initiative to transform housing providers into college success programs. A cohort of 37 programs serving over 1,700 current and former foster youth and homeless youth worked toward goals based on a core practice model to improve their capacity to support youth with enrolling, attending and completing post-secondary education.

Please join JBAY on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30PM EDT for the webinar Beyond the Safety Net: Findings from an Initiative to Transform Housing Providers into College Success Programs.

The link to register for this webinar can be found here.

National Conference for Engaged Scholarship on Foster Alumni

The National Conference for Engaged Scholarship on Foster Alumni and other traditionally hidden college populations will bring together diverse researchers in higher education, social work, and other fields to consider current research and to form interdisciplinary research teams for empirical research studies to be conducted in the 14-16 months following the conference.

Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.
When: February 19-20, 2020

More information about the conference and registration information can be found 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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