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My Wish: That No Young Person Would Leave Foster Care as a Legal Orphan

My Wish: That No Young Person Would Leave Foster Care as a Legal Orphan

Through our relationship with Columbia University’s graduate level film class, led by Lance Weiler and Atley Loughridge, I was asked to be a blogger for “GOOD Magazine,” which is all about bringing together thinkers and ideas to make the world a better place. From the time Sam Bracken and I co-founded the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (www.ODBF.org) in 2010, we dreamed of helping homeless youth and teens aging out of foster care make all kinds of connections that would help them on their journeys to self-sufficiency. We’ve been so heartened by the response. Many volunteers have joined hands with us to advocate for our kids. More than 100 teens have graduated our full 12-week life plan coaching program, and more than 2,000 have been introduced to a sampling of our coaching. We’ve created collaborative relationships with the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clark Atlanta University, Macon State University, and Atlanta Tech, and we now serve on the leadership committee of the Georgia Board of Regents. We have six more classes slated in the state of Georgia this year. We are fielding calls from other states who want us to bring our life plan coaching to their young people. That is our dream, and we have faith that communities all over the country will rise up and embrace what we do, understanding that it helps young people find purpose and meaning and, most importantly, hope for their futures. Thank you for all of you who have joined TEAM ORANGE! Here’s my first blog for “GOOD“: http://www.good.is/posts/foster-care-doesn-t-end-at-age-18

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