Embark News Campaign 15



Embark Georgia:  Summer Reading
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Embark Georgia

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 professionals who support former foster and homeless students in their academic endeavors.


  1. The Embark Georgia strategic planning session in May was a huge success.  Thank you to all who participated. The group agreed on several objectives and strategies for the next 18 months of Embark Georgia.  We will send out a link to the report by the end of July.
  2. The University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia will have Designated Points of Contact at all campuses beginning the 14-15 academic school year. This list will be made available to the public beginning August 2014. Thank you to the College Access Challenge Grant Leadership Team and many other individuals and organizations for making this a reality for Georgia's Youth!  Embark Georgia will help to train these contacts on the specific needs of youth from a foster and/or homeless background.  

Summer Reading Opportunities:

  1. Interesting Article from the NY Times on "Who gets to Graduate?"  While this article is not specifically directed at Foster and Homeless Youth the article highlights several post-secondary interventions happening in Texas.  
  2. Information from NAEHCY regarding the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act,
  3. News from Florida's REACH program.  “Our focus is on young people emerging from foster care,” said Dr. Steve Rios, owner of Rios Research & Evaluation and a co-founder of Florida Reach. Rios, a member of the faculty at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is a longtime advocate for adults emerging from foster care in South Florida.  “Our whole focus is to increase awareness and identify liaisons for foster youth at colleges all over the state.”
  4. Report from Child Trends on Social Indicators Predicting Post-secondary Success.  Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers.

As always if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please let us know.  We want to make Embark a useful tool for everyone!

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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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