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Every Child USA Highlights The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation


 

Sam Bracken
Sam Bracken


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The Orange Duffle Bag Foundation

 

UTAH BUSINESSES JOIN ORANGE DUFFEL BAG FOUNDATION

AND EVERYCHILD USA TO HELP RAISE $1 MILLION

TO HELP UTAHS YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE


TEXT ORANGE TO 85944 TO DONATE $10


Salt Lake City, UT August 15, 2011 Xerox, Marriott, FranklinCovey, Wells Fargo, ARIIX, Chiquita/Fresh Express and The University of Utah have joined the nonprofits Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (ODBF) and EveryChild USA to raise $1 million to help Utah’s youth aging out of foster care. Led by Brent Jorgensen, co-founder of ARIIX, businesses throughout the state are asking their employees and all Utahns to TEXT ORANGE to 85944 to donate $10 to help youth aging out of foster care with life plan coaching and other essential items to support their pursuit of higher education, positive goals and self-reliance.

 

"During this back-to-school season, every person connected to the State of Utah is asked to help at least one foster care youth in Utah. Pull out your cell phone and give $10 by texting ORANGE to 85944 and then say YES when prompted," asks Jorgensen during the corporate launch of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation and EveryChild USA campaign. Jorgensen, an ODBF Board member who fostered 21 teens, kicked off the campaign with a $10,000 donation from ARIIX, a Bounty, Utah-based multi-level marketer of health products.  He is urging other business executives to join him in making matching donations.

 

“Meeting the first kids in our first ODBF training program was an awakening for me, as they shared their stories and the reality of their challenges in sharp contrast with the passion and dreams that they so eloquently shared, I was changed forever,” says Mike Daly, Chairman of ODBF/President of Creative Solutions, Inc.  “Realizing incredible kids like them fall through the cracks everyday, their talents untapped, their hopes and dreams so easily lost to the streets, was a defining moment in my life. Saying we need to invest in our children is one thing, taking action on those words is another. We’re creating a movement that is making a difference”.

 

“Every person with a cell phone in the State of Utah and all persons who visit and love our great state are asked to join us in helping Utah's youth aging out of foster care”,  requests Michael K. Simpson, Executive Coach Senior Consultant Global Delivery, FranklinCovey. “Together, we can help empower these young people to achieve their goals and become self-sufficient, productive adults.”

 

More than 70% of those in our prisons report having spent time in foster care or homeless shelters as children. According to the January 2011 Children’s Defense Fund, the annual education expenditure in Utah per prisoner is $39,238, while the annual expenditure per public school pupil is $5,464.

 

Even though the numbers of youth in foster care are decreasing in the State of Utah, more and more older teens continue to age out of the system with no direction or a caring adult mentor in their lives. In Utah, statistics show that more than one in five youth becomes homeless within the first year of aging out of foster care; only about 50% of foster youth attain their high school diploma or G.E.D compared to 87% of other U.S. teens; foster care teens change where they live an average of one to two times per year. With each switch, they are half as likely to graduate high school on time.

 

The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, led by its co-founder, Sam Bracken, a Kaysville, UT resident, who himself was homeless in Las Vegas at age 15 with only an orange duffel bag in which to carry his meager belongings. Now a successful business executive with FranklinCovey, Bracken launched a series of life plan coaching seminars on the campus of the University of Utah with more than 200 foster care youth attending in early August. Bracken and The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation have partnered with the Utah Department of Human Services’ Division of Child and Family Services to improve the outcomes for older youth in foster care.

 

“We are working to help connect teens in foster care and homeless youth to safe, caring adults,“ says Echo Garrett, President of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation and Sam Bracken’s co-author of the multi-award winning book My Orange Duffel Bag, upon which ODBFs coaching program is based. “Too many people have no idea the barriers kids face.”

 

Pernessa Seele, founder of EverychildUSA, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and resources to support organizations and institutions that serve America’s children in areas of poverty, health, education and opportunity, states, “The work of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation is critical to the lives of so many young people today who are filled with great potential and no direction. Sam Bracken is my hero and I hope all of us will give just $10 to help one youth aging out of foster care in Utah”.  TEXT ORANGE to 85944 to donate $10.

 

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Salt Lake City, Utah Press Conference


“Assist Older Youth Aging Out Of Foster Care In Utah”


ORANGE DUFFEL BAG FOUNDATION AND EVERY CHILD USA

ANNOUNCE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO RAISE

$1MILLION TO ASSIST OLDER YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE

AT UTAH’S ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT


EVENT: Salt Lake City, UT – August 1, 2011 – “Assist Older Youth Aging Out Of Foster Care In Utah” -- Youth aging out of foster care throughout Utah, Department of Human Services’ Division of Child and Family Services, The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, and Every Child USA will come together at a press conference to kick-off the Annual Youth Summit and to announce the $1Million fundraising campaign. The Youth Summit is designed to provide life planning coaching and necessary tools to improve the outcomes for older youth residing in Utah’s Foster Care System. The purpose of fundraiser is to support the Orange Duffle Bag Foundation’s work with foster care and homeless teens in Utah.


WHO: Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, over 200 older foster care youth throughout Utah, case managers, and foster parents. Sam Bracken, Co-Founder of Orange Duffel Bag Foundation (ODBF) and co-author of My Orange Duffel Bag; Pernessa Seele, Founder/CEO of Every Child USA and The Balm in Gilead; Echo Garrett, Co-Founder and President of ODBF and co-author of My Orange Duffel Bag; and Michael Daly, Chair of the Board of ODBF.


WHEN: Monday, August 1, 2011


TIME: 8:30 AM


WHERE:

The University of Utah

University Guest House & Conference Center

The Guest House

Meeting Room B

150 South Ft Douglas Blvd. (Bldg 649)

Salt Lake City – Contact: 917-620-1311


BACKGROUND: This inaugural event brings together youth in foster care to learn more about the transformational change process outlined in Sam Bracken’s multi-award winning book My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change. When Kaysville resident Bracken, who was homeless in Las Vegas at age 15, won a football scholarship to Georgia Tech, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, a successful executive with Franklin Covey, Bracken is the co-founder of the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides life plan coaching and community connections to at-risk youth. He will be working closely with the Utah Department of Human Services’ Division of Child and Family Services over the next several months to improve the outcomes for older youth in foster care. In partnership with Every Child USA whose mission is dedicated to raising awareness and resources to support organizations and institutions that serve America’s children in areas of poverty, health, education and opportunity. The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation and Every Child USA is launching a donation campaign with a goal of raising $1million, the bulk of which will support The Orange Duffle Bag Foundation’s work in Utah.


TO DONATE:

TEXT ORANGE to 85944

or write a check to EveryChild USA.

Send to:

Every Child USA

701 East Franklin Street Suite 1000

Richmond, VA 23219

804-644-2256

888-225-6243


By the young age of 9 years, Sam Bracken had experienced abuse at the hands of those who were supposed to love and protect him. In addition, he had started abusing drugs and alcohol. By 15, he was homeless and left to fend for himself.


Sam stayed in school, got involved in sports, and earned a full scholarship to Georgia Institute of Technology. He packed up his orange duffel bag, headed to Georgia and, since then, has been on a journey of radical change and amazing achievements. One of his greatest achievements is authoring a mini-memoir, “My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change” and participating in the My Orange Duffel Bag Foundation.


“The purpose of the foundation is to coach and help youth tap into their aspirations and talents and formulate achievable life plans,” says Echo Garrett, President and Founder of My Orange Duffel Bag Foundation. “Sam really knows the importance of having a lot of people help youth succeed. Our foundation gives youth the tools to achieve their goals, identify and utilize their inner strengths, and connect to community resources and caring, safe adults.”


 

The Orange Duffle Bag Foundation

 

Every Child USA is asking Americans to TEXT ORANGE to 85944 to give $10 to help teens aging out of foster care an opportunity to become a self-sustained, productive individual. Donations will provide a life planning/goal setting book and other essential tools in an orange duffel bag to disadvantaged teens across America.

Every Child USA is highlighting The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, an Atlanta based organization dedicated to providing leadership and life skills training for youth living and aging out of foster care and homeless youth. “Founder Sam Bracken, once a despair, homeless teen who now lives the American dream as a successful writer and executive, has devoted his life to teaching and empowering teens who are living in the midst of drugs, abuse and hopelessness” states, Pernessa Seele, “We want to help Sam reach disadvantage youth all over our nation with his life planning/goal setting book and an Orange duffel bag, the only item that he once possessed.





Right now, your gift can make a difference!

 


 

 

 

 


Please click here to learn more about The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation

 

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