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Orange Duffel Bag Initiative - (ODB)

Diana Black
Title of Leader: 
Vice President
Leader's Email:
Phone Number: 
1801 Peachtree St. NE Ste 300
30309 Atlanta , GA
United States
Georgia US
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Demographic Groups Served: 
Low Income
First generation college students
Out of school (drop-outs)
In residential placement including foster care
Involved with the Juvenile Justice System
Children of incarcerated parents
Teen parents
Number of People Served: 
501 - 1000
Types of Services Provided: 
Early college awareness
Promote rigorous curriculum and accelerated learning opportunities
College admission test prep (SAT/ACT, Compass, ASSET, etc.)
College exposure and awareness (college campus visits, etc.)
Career exploration (counseling, internships, etc.)
College advising (college fit/matching, course selection, etc.)
Financial aid assistance (FAFSA, scholarships searches, loans, financial literacy, etc.)
Direct funding or administration of scholarships or grants (tuition, test fees, housing)
College retention
Students Served: 
High School
High school-college transition
Type of Organization: 
When Services Are Available: 
After School
Overall Purpose of Organization: 
Since 2010, the ODB has created and delivered secondary and postsecondary achievement and advocacy programs and to promote positive systemic change to help underrepresented students complete their education. 600+ at-risk high school and college students have graduated ODB’s 12-week coaching program. Program data shows that ODB’s curriculum and ongoing advocacy improves education achievement rates of students who experienced foster care, high poverty or homelessness and were at significant risk of not completing their education. Our evidence-informed programs use a proven methodology of certified executive-level coaching to empower students toward self-advocacy, self-reliance, improved education and employment outcomes, critical thinking, community involvement and stable relationships. The ODB, an honored recipient of the Emory University Martin Luther King JR. Community Service Award, raises awareness of social injustice through networking and advocating on behalf of disadvantaged youth. Both “Parade Magazine” and “Atlanta Magazine” have written articles about the ODB, educating the public at large about barriers faced by the underprivileged. ODB advises legislators, at their invitation, on the needs of students experiencing homelessness or foster care. ODB has presented their outcomes and Collaboration for Collective Impact model at 5 national conferences.
Year Established: 
Other Service Times: 
Weekdays, After School, and Weekends