Embark Georgia is a statewide leadership initiative increasing college access for young people who have experienced foster care or homelessness. These students face significant challenges when pursuing a post-secondary education including diminished access to financial resources, instability while in high school, and significantly reduced social capital. When they enroll in a post-secondary educational institution they have eared these credentials against great odds and represent the future leaders of Georgia.
Embark operates on statewide, local campus, and national levels:
- Embark Georgia is the statewide network
- Embark UGA is one of 17 local campus based program in Georgia
- Embark Georgia is part of a growing national initiative to support this population
Embark Georgia partners with the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, the Division of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Education, and numerous nonprofit and community organizations to increase the leadership capacity of these groups to serve this population. To that end Embark Georgia has a Designated Point of Contact to provide connections and link to campus services on all public 2-4 year campuses. Embark Georgia DPOCs convene annually to share information and updates about what is happening across the state, look at data collected from the previous year on students served and the types of services requested, and to plan for the next academic year.