• new odbf slider 2 In the US, 50% of youth in foster care “age out” without achieving a high school diploma or GED.
  • new odbf slider 2 Within the first six months of aging out of the foster care system (usually at age 18) 50% of these youth experience homelessness.
  • ODBF 1 ODBI’s 12 week Coaching program helps youth experience positive, transformational change.
  • ODBF 2 Youth identify their passion, plan their education, develop leadership skills, and offer peer to peer mentoring.
  • new odbf slider ODBI Graduates have a team of caring adults, ODBI Advocates, who help them stay on track with their life plan.
  • ODBF 3 Youth who graduate ODBI’s 12 week Coaching program receive technological tools to further their education…bridging the digital divide.

Our Mission

Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, a 501c3, provides at-risk teens and young adults programs proven to improve their education success, ongoing advocacy, support to their guardians and caring adults, and service to the community in a spirit of offering hope and positive systemic change. 

Learn more about Our Vision, Our Values and Our Initiatives.


Our Programs

12-Week After School Programs: ODB provides executive level certified coaching to high school students who are homeless, in foster care, or experiencing high poverty – students at a significantly greater risk of not completing their education.  Read More

Coaching for College Completion (CCC): ODB helps young adults with limited resources create an education plan and connects them to solutions for their post secondary success. Read More


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