Timeline and Key Milestones

2010 (Summer)

Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (ODB) founded by Echo Garrett and Sam Bracken in February—named for the orange duffel bag Bracken carried all his possessions in as a homeless teen. Students at Chrysalis Experiential Academy raise funds for first donation during May, National Foster Care Month. Chrysalis’ director Richard Becker, 20+ years educator, pilots ODB’s curriculum—based on the 7 Rules for the Road in “My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change.”

ODB’s focus: To provide life plan coaching via certified life and executive coaches to at-risk youth, award ODB graduates a laptop computer to bridge the digital divide, and provide ongoing advocacy and to raise awareness about the barriers at-risk youth face in their quest to become self-sufficient.