Embark News Campaign 18

Embark Georgia Network:  Save the Date for Regional Meetings
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.

Save the Date for Embark Regional Meetings:

More details to come next week with an official save the date flier...  Regional Meetings are a chance for university system and technical college system designated points of contacts, additional on campus supporters, K-12 and DFCS personnel, and community based groups to come together to share information.  We will hear from current students, share information amongst each other and identify any gaps that exist for this work that Embark could help with throughout the coming months.

September 30, 2014   University of Georgia

October 14, 2014        Kennesaw State University

October 27, 2014        Albany Technical College

October 31, 2014        Georgia Highlands College

November 4, 2014       Georgia Southern University

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Highlighting work from our Designated Contacts:

University of West Georgia:  Corey Hindman is the Designated Point of Contact for UWG and he is located within Health Services as a patient advocate.  Corey was able to help one of Georgia’s foster youth through the process of securing on campus housing and financial aid.  He was able to connect with staff members in the financial aid and housing department to see where the funds were being held up and who needed what forms to make the process work smoothly.  This is another great example of how having a dedicated person on campus is a huge asset to our foster and homeless youth in Georgia.  If you have an example you would like us to share in the next mailing, please let us know!

A suggested resource and commentary from John Emerson post secondary specialist with Casey Family Programs:

On May 27th, The Chronicle of Higher Education published their annual  supplement called Diversity in Academe 2014. This year’s special report looks at successful efforts at several colleges to serve underrepresented and underprepared students, who are more likely to need additional support to graduate. Unfortunately, there was no profile of one of the many support initiatives (college, state or national) that target students coming from foster care  - an opportunity missed to be sure.   

Five short articles are presented that profile three colleges including Georgetown, University of Texas El Paso and  Guttman Community College in NYC. Two brief articles speak to the importance of increasing intentional system supports to underrepresented students. The three colleges presented intentionally set out to improve retention and graduation rates for their underperforming students and are realizing  significant success.


The attached summary of this CHE special report provides a quick read with highlighted program components and outcomes that seem especially relevant to our work. I took away five common elements from these three college profiles that seem foundational to our work:

  1. Leadership and advocacy at the highest levels are critical.
  2. Relationships matter – peers, mentors, advisors, professors, friends and advocates! They are important to successful students and all of us.
  3. Support identification and delivery needs to be individually determined and highly intentional.
  4. This work must be fully integrated into the mission and practice of colleges and higher education systems (and child welfare).
  5. Outcomes matter – the rigorous analysis  of student outcome data improves and helps sustain programs.

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


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Links to the Designated Points of Contact for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia

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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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