Embark News Campaign 17

Embark Georgia Network:  News for July
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.

Highlighting work from our Designated Contacts:

Albany Technical College:  Carla Jester is the Designated Point of Contact and she has hit the ground running collaborating with the local community.  She has worked with a local shelter Open Arms to bring several youth to campus.  She is hosting a meeting with her regional Independent Living Coordinator (ILC).  This is just one example of how having this point of contact can help students gain access to the post-secondary educational system.  If you need help identifying your regional ILC contact please let us know!

Articles and information:

  1. Great article on the benefits of community college and some efforts from our friends across the country:  Colleges reach out to foster youth
  2. Here is some information from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy who offers free online lessons that can be integrated into first-year experience and other college success courses, as well as into other settings including student services, mentoring, residence life, other student activities, and academic classes.   This evaluation  report shows that the lessons were effective at improving students’ attitudes, knowledge, and behavioral intent when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy (note that one of the evaluation sites was Georgia Perimeter College).  Here is a flier that provides an overview of the online lessons.  This article co-authored by George Boggs, President and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community College/President Emeritus at Palomar College, and Mary Ellen Duncan, Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream and President Emerita at Howard Community College in Maryland makes a powerful case for addressing unplanned pregnancy as one way to improve college access and completion.  This fact sheet provides a good overview of unplanned pregnancy among college students and strategies to address it.
  3. Interesting idea to help disconnected youth keep up with vital information.

As always if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please let us know.  


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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.  And thanks to those serving in this 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 (DPOC's: be on the lookout for login information by the end of this week.)
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JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

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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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