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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.
Mark Your Calendars!

November 11 Regional Meeting at SSU!


Are you interested in helping students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness?  Then don't miss the Embark Georgia Regional Meetings!

These regional meetings provide the opportunity to network with local community partners, share resources, and create a supportive educational pipeline for the students from foster care in your region! Bring your students and invite others to this event! The first regional meeting is set for November 11 at Savannah State University from 10-2 (lunch is included).  Keep in mind that all input helps and guests are welcome! 

You can also mark your calendars for the upcoming  Embark Regional Meetings: 

December 2, 2015 at Georgia State University

January 14, 2016 at Fort Valley State University 


Embark Campus Spotlight

Columbus State University

Columbus State University is located in Columbus, GA. Columbus State University, has currently enrolled 8,200 students in a variety of majors. the university is currently ranked 46th in the region and has the best online programs in Grad Business and Grad Education as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report.

Columbus State University is one of many universities in Georgia that has the program Embark. Embark in Columbus works to support students who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Embark provides these students academic, financial, social and emotional support. It goes farther than just supporting students, but also provides information to promote awareness of the issue and make sure post-secondary professionals have the knowledge and awareness to help their students.

Lisa Shaw heads the Embark program at Columbus State University, and thanks to all of her hard work she is making a difference every day.  If you would like to be in touch with Lisa, visit Embark Georgia for contact information.


California College Pathways, a statewide partnership that provides resources in order to enable foster youth succeed in postsecondary education, created a report for October 2015 in order to provide information on foster youth who attend a subset of colleges and universities in California. Be sure to check out their findings about how foster youth are equipped, enrolled and earning degrees here.
The John Burton Foundation will be hosting a web seminar to review the findings and policy and practice implications on Tuesday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. 

To register for this webinar CLICK HERE.


California, New York Bet on Foster Youth to Succeed in College

California Community College Chancellor, Brice Harris will use his remaining time in office to launch a new 15 million dollar program to help foster youth complete their college degrees. New York is also implementing a 1.5 million dollar state budget allocation to help the foster youth in its state succeed. To read the full article click here.


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

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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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