Embark News Campaign 36

Embark Georgia: Updates and Announcements (Don't forget to visit our website for additional news)

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.
The Embark Designated Points of Contact gathered in Macon on Thursday, July 16, 2015 for a planning and discussion day.  Topics included what it means to be a DPOC, how to navigate financial aid, housing and additional higher education services.  We also discussed continued communication strategies to reach out to K-12 students and school systems.  Secondary data was presented on the number of youth in care in Georgia in addition to the number of youth who are McKinney-Vento eligible.  It was a great day and great participation by all involved.  Thank you to everyone who joined us!

U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter clarifying determinations for unaccompanied homeless youth for financial aid. It revises USED policy so that all applicants under age 24, including those who are 22 or 23 years old, and who are unaccompanied and homeless, or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, qualify for a homeless youth determination and will be considered independent students.

Importantly, the letter clarifies that youth who are between the ages of 21 and 24 and who are unaccompanied and homeless, or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, qualify for a homeless youth determination, and will be considered independent students. This is a change from previous guidance that defined "youth" as 21 and under.

Click here for a copy of the letter.


New report out from the Lumina Foundation:  Completing education beyond high school is essential to Americans' well-being and economic success. But rising costs and inadequate financial resources hinder too many students from earning postsecondary credentials. This guidebook identifies six key strategies for improving services for low-income students. The report showcases promising approaches that colleges and universities are already employing, and offers these ideas as guides for all institutions. It also features an institutional self-assessment designed to help postsecondary institutions determine their effectiveness in serving low-income students and take steps toward improving their practices.
  1. Designated Points of Contact Webinar on August 31, 2015 at 3PM with Cyekeia Lee on the new Subsequent Year Determination for youth experiencing homelessness (registration information coming soon)
  2. Homeless & Food-insecure Students on Campus: How to Engage, Serve & Support 

Cyekeia Lee is the Director of Higher Education Initiatives, with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).

Marcy Stidum is the Associate Director for Counseling and Psychological Services and the Director for CARE Center at Kennesaw State University.

  1. Amerigroup Hotline Information: (Thank you to EmpowerMEnt for the information)

Former foster youth who need to apply for Amerigroup Medicaid: call 1-800-809-7276 or apply at your local DFCS office.

*Did you know you can be insured until your 26th birthday? Tell a friend to tell a friend and get health insurance!*

If you are in care currently or have already applied for and received Medicaid insurance, these numbers are for you:

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (children and youth in foster care): 1-855-661-2021

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (former youth in foster care): 1-800-600-4441

Billing: 1-800-766-4456


Printable version for the  Designated Points of Contacts

Visit Embark Website for more information

The Department of Education has created an infographic regarding dependency status for financial aid purposes. Be sure to check it out below!
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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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