Embark News Campaign 1

Georgia College Access Project Welcomes You Back!


Thank you for taking an interest in improving the educational outcomes for the at-risk youth in Georgia.  We are excited that you share our interest in identifying ways we can support youth in foster care, homeless and/or unaccompanied youth, and other ‘at-risk’ populations—increasingly referred to around the country as “disconnected youth” in accessing college and succeeding in their post secondary educational goals.  You have been included in this initial email because you have indicated an interest in becoming part of a statewide network of people and institutions that share and collaborate to build a strong infrastructure of support throughout Georgia for disconnected youth to continue and complete a postsecondary education. 

The Georgia Network that we envision is modeled after other statewide networks that exist in Texas and Michigan, the primary goals of which are to connect interested people across the state in support of these students and share information among postsecondary educational institutions who are interested in developing programming in support of these students.  This email listserv is a beginning point in the process of connections across the state and will serve as a conduit for sharing information.  Our work is supported by a contract through the University System of Georgia College Access Challenge Grant (see more detail about CACG by following this link: http://www.cacg-georgia.org/ ).  Moving forward, we anticipate  that the working title for the Statewide Network will be Embark.

This listserv is one of the outgrowths of last years work that included research and identification of resources, supports and best practices from across the country.  We organized this information into a toolkit that can be found here: http://www.fanning.uga.edu/georgia-college-access-program-toolkit.  We also held two one-day conferences in April of last year at Savannah State and Georgia Tech designed to present the best practices information.  As a result, there were twelve post-secondary institutions interested in a statewide network to support disconnected youth.

Here are some of our plans for development over the next 6-8 months:

  • October 2013: State advisory group will convene for first quarterly meeting of FY14
  • February 2014: Statewide conference to support disconnected youth sponsored by USG College Access Challenge Grant
  • Three webinars (Dates TBD)
  • Develop a logo that is customizable for participating institutions
  • Regular email updates
  • Technical Assistance as requested

​These are just a few highlights for the next year.  Our vision of this network is one where participants exchange ideas and share information freely.  We will send out the messages but if you have ideas or requests for specific content, please let us know; and if you have any suggestions, questions or comments do not hesitate to be in touch with us!

We look forward to getting back together soon!


David Meyers and Lori Tiller

David Meyers

JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development



Lori Tiller

JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development




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J W Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

The University of Georgia

1240 South Lumpkin Street

Athens, GA 30602




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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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