Embark News Campaign 27

Embark Georgia Network; Job Announcements and Financial Aid Fact Sheet

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 education.



A Focus on Foster Care, Homeless &

Other Disconnected Youth

March 31 & April 1, 2015


The "College Connections for Student Success"  conference will offer rich information for those who work with or want to gain a better understanding of Foster Care Youth, Homeless Youth (Accompanied & Unaccompanied), Juvenile Offenders and children of Incarcerated Parents, Migrants, Refugee & Immigrant Youth, At-Risk African American and Latino Males, and Teen Parents.

Register Here

Call for Proposals Here

The Department of Education has created an infographic regarding dependency status for financial aid purposes. Be sure to check it out on the sidebar! ==>
Link to the Designated Points of Contacts for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. 

Save the Date for Regional Meetings!

Register Here

Next Regional Network Meeting (Rome): 

 at Georgia Highlands College

Friday, January 23 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm 

Register here.
"We made connections with people in our own backyard that we didn't even know about!"

-- Feedback from attendee 
Our next Regional Meeting will be Friday, January 23 at Georgia Highlands College at 10:00 AM. If you have already registered for this meeting, keep an eye out for an email regarding the exact location of the meeting. Feel free to bring a friend or colleague. 

-- David Meyers and Lori Tiller

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

Job Announcements:

1.  The Family & Youth Services Bureau's Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is seeking talented and committed individuals to join their team in support of the federal goal to end youth homelessness. 

As a Management and Program Analyst in FYSB's Division of Adolescent Development and Support, you will serve as the primary liaison for the integration of federal databases on homelessness. 

Click here to view the job announcement.

2. The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta is seeking an Executive Director for Achieve Atlanta. Achieve Atlanta is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating as a supporting organization of The Community Foundation For Greater Atlanta. 

The ideal candidate will be an effective and thoughtful leader with a passion for ensuring that all students are provided with the support and resources to help them achieve post-secondary and career goals.

Click here to view the job announcement. 


1. Former Foster Child Finds Shelter in College Life shares the story of Shamara Thomas--a former foster care youth. With help from the Georgia Independent Living program, Shamara was able to enroll at the College of Coastal Georgia and is now set to graduate this May. 

2. There's No Place Like a Dorm Room for the Holidays discuss the harsh realities of college students from foster care and homeless background without a place to go for the holidays at Eastern Michigan University. 

The EMU Mentorship Access Guidance in College (MAGIC) Program is designed to provide students who were formerly in foster care with the necessary independent living skills to encourage a successful transition into adulthood.


1. Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) is unique crisis shelter dedicated to serving homeless, runaway, and trafficked youth (ages 18-21). Last year Covenant House Georgia served more than 1,100 youth who had no place to call home. 

CHGA has allowed some of the youth they have served to share their stories. Click here to watch the video: From Hopelessness to Hope

2. The American Youth Policy Forum developed an issue brief on Creating Access to Opportunities for Youth in Transition from Foster Care which highlights best practices and policies for youth in transition from foster care in three critical areas of need - sustainable social capital, permanency supports, and access to post-secondary opportunities. 

The document highlights the work of students and partners at the University of Michigan--Flint MPowering My Success Program. 


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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 

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Athens, GA 30605

You may contact us by calling 706-542-1108 or emailing  EMBARK@fanning.uga.edu
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