28 Dec ODBF Class Reunion
On December 1 the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation celebrated a class reunion of the five classes of young people we’ve graduated thus far from our 12-week life plan coaching program. More than 40 of our youth who have been in foster care gathered at the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech for a full day of inspiring speakers, follow ups to help our ODBF grads with their life plans and inspiring presentations by our youth. Our next reunion will be Saturday, April 27. Since our inception, more than 100 teens have graduated our program. Several of them are now in college. Additionally, we’ve introduced more than 2,000 young people to our life plan coaching, which is delivered by professionally-certified executive or life coaches. To my knowledge, we are the only nonprofit in the nation that delivers life plan coaching to young people aging out of foster care and homeless youth. After the 12-week program concludes, our youth have access to our family of advocates, who help them learn how to overcome the roadblocks in their lives. We have also been awarded a grant from the Georgia Board of Regents to work with three classes of youth and our TANF grant for three classes of youth in foster care was re-awarded for 2013 as well. We’re so grateful for all the collaborative partnerships we’ve forged. We always need more advocates for upcoming classes, and we need matching funding for the six classes scheduled. Please consider ODBF for your year-end donations. You can donate online or mail a check to 961 Bridgegate Dr. NE, Marietta, GA 30068.