Embark News Campaign 16

Embark Georgia Network:  Announcing the Designated Points of Contact

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.

Announcements and Reading:

  1. Announcing the new list of Designated Points of Contact for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia.  We want to thank Dr. Joyce Jones from the University System and Francine Shuman from the Technical College System for their support and coordination of these lists.  Thank you also to those serving in his very needed role for the state of Georgia and our foster and homeless youth population.  We will be hosting a webinar training for all designated contacts on July 30, 2014.
  2. Webinar announcement The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development Thursday, July 17 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern

    Why do teenagers act the way they do? Some of the reasons for common adolescent behaviors, such as risk-taking and making less-than-wise decisions sometimes, relate back to their brain development. The prefrontal cortex, which controls higher-order thinking abilities, is not fully developed until very late in adolescence. Understanding adolescent brain development and finding ways to help teens develop good decision-making skills are important ways that adults support healthy adolescent brain development. In this introduction to adolescent brain development, we will focus on the development (and under-development) of various parts of the brain, the ways this brain development affects behavior, and ways to support adolescents as they finish the crucial period of brain development.
  3. Two recent articles regarding foster/homeless youth and post-secondary experiences:
    1. Article out of the U.S. Department of Education regarding youth in foster care.
    2. Article out of The Guardian regarding homeless youth and education.  

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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