20 Jun Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Partners with Orange Duffel Bag Foundation for 2012 GREAT Futures Teen Summit
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Contact: Echo Garrett Co-Founder/President of Orange Duffel Bag Foundation
Contact: Dawn Amaker
Director, Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc.
Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Partners with Orange Duffel Bag Foundation for 2012 GREAT Futures Teen Summit
ATLANTA (June 20, 2012) –The Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs has partnered with the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation in the GREAT Futures Teen Summit June 26-29, 2012, with more than 350 teens from around the state attending. The purpose of the summit is to expose middle and high school students throughout the state of Georgia to college life and career opportunities in order to increase their awareness of future prospects. This year’s host college for GREAT Futures is Oxford College of Emory University, 35 minutes outside of Atlanta in Oxford, Georgia.
The GREAT Futures Teen Summit is a program hosted by the Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs each summer with the support of a grant from the Georgia Department of Human Services. ODBF National Spokesperson, Sam Bracken, a GA Tech grad who was homeless at age 15 and co-founded ODBF, will kick off the Summit the morning of Wednesday, June 27. Additional speakers include: Boys & Girls Clubs 2012 Georgia Youth of the Year Chantil Coleman; the Macon hip-hop trio One Thurd; and Ron Brashear, founder of Youth of Honor Foundation.
The GREAT Futures Teen Summit is comprised of a number of educational and interactive sessions facilitated by volunteers and staff from Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state of Georgia and ODBF partners. Sessions will include topics like Financial Aid, Academic Success Planning, Time Management and other issues facing today’s youth. To promote good character and citizenship, teens will participate in a community service project by donating toiletry items to a local shelter. During the afternoons and evenings, attendees will enjoy team building and social activities such as Movie Night, Open Mic/Karaoke Night, and Field Day.
The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (ODBF) coaching curriculum “The 7 Rules for the Road,” which helps teens create a game plan for their future education and career goals, will be highlighted. The curriculum is based on My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change, co-authored by ODBF co-founders Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett. Bracken and Garrett are donating copies of their multi-award winning book, just re-launched by Crown Archetype, along with a companion workbook My Roadmap: A Personal Guide to Balance, Power and Purpose.
DiAndre Arnold, owner of several Zaxby’s restaurants in Conyers and Covington is providing all of the teens with Zaxby’s lunches on Friday, June 29. Other sponsors include Xerox Foundation, Xerox Georgia, The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, and The Home Depot.
The Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs is a 501(c)(4) non-profit entity that exists to assist Boys & Girls Club organizations across the state in obtaining state and local funding.
The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (ODBF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides advocacy and certified life plan coaching free to youth ages 12-24 who are in foster care, aging out of the system or homeless. www.orangeduffelbagfoundation.