Bio

David Meyers, M.S.W.
Public Service Associate
Youth and Family Development
(706) 542-5062

Current Position

David Meyers works in the area of youth leadership with a focus on supporting youth in foster care and the families and institutions that serve them. For the last three years, Meyers has led youth and foster family projects, including Embark, Embrace, CollegeBound, and Near Peer. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work.

Current Activities and Expertise

Meyers is actively building UGA Embark, a campus based program of support for homeless and foster youth. He is also developing Georgia Embark, a statewide network to connect Georgia campuses in support of foster and homeless youth. Since 2011, he has led the College Bound summer program for youth in foster care. In 2012, he implemented a service-learning course for undergraduate social work students to learn about mentoring youth in care that benefits youth in foster care from the Athens area. Additionally, he serves on other projects such as facilitating the Community Leadership Program and serving on projects that promote capacity building at nonprofit clients.

Previous Experience

  • Social Work Consultant (1999-2011), Clients included Dream House for Medically Fragile Children, Gwinnett County DFCS, Georgia State DFCS, All God's Children Special Needs Adoption Agency, Superior Courts in Clarke, Oconee, Newton, Gwinnett and Jackson Counties
  • Program Director, Georgia Children’s Trust Fund Commission (1997-1999)
  • Coordinator, Edmondson Telford Center for Children (1996-1997)
  • Case Manager, Hall County Department of Family and Children Services (1993-1995)
  • With more than 20 years serving as a child advocate and program coordinator or director, Meyers has served as a grant reviewer and coordinator, trained more than 500 foster and adoptive families, coordinated youth and family services, and qualified as an expert witness and Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem and Independent Adoption Investigator.

Education

  • 1992, B.S.W., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 1996, M.S.W., University of Georgia
  • Trainer for MAPP and IMPACT curriculums
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention: safe management of disruptive behavior

Boards

  • Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative Committee
  • Child Protective Services Advisory Panel
  • College Access Challenge Grant Leadership Committee
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education, 2012-present
  • Athens Little League Board of Directors, appointed 2009, President 2010- present; Coach 1992, 1993, 2006-2013
  • SPLOST 2011 Oversight Committee
  • SPLOST 2011 Committee
  • Friends of Five Points Neighborhood Association, Board Member 2006-2009
  • Clarke County School District Parent Advisory Board, Member from 2006-2009
  • Barrow Elementary PTA Co-President for 2009-2010 school year
  • Principal Search Committee, CCSD Elementary School A, 2009
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Day School Commission, Board Member from 2002-2004; Commission Chair from 2003-2004
  • Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, Board Member from 2006-2008