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E-Blast: Orange Duffle Bag Initiative - Recruitment for High School and GED Students

February 1, 2021 5:19 PM

Greetings Division Partners –

I hope all is well. The GA RYSE/Chafee Independent Living Program is partnering with the Orange Duffle Bag Initiative (ODBI) to provide professional life coaches to help youth to attain their educational and life goals. ODBI is currently recruiting foster care youth for their Secondary Education Cohort for the 2021 spring semester. Youth must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate:

  • Currently in the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services,
  • Chafee eligible,
  • Currently enrolled in high school (9th to 12th grade), or in a GED Program, and 
  • Between the ages of 14 to 18.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ODBI is now conducting virtual coaching sessions, allowing them the ability to service youth throughout the entire State of Georgia! Youth must have the resources available to meet with their coach virtually.

If you have any youth that are interested in participating, please contact that youth’s Regional Independent Living Specialist (ILS) to determine if your youth meet eligibility requirements. All eligible youth must be registered by their Regional ILS to participate. Registration deadline is Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Please visit the GARYSE/Chafee Program website at to identify their ILS point of contact. Please see the flyer for details.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

Kind Regards,

GARYSE/Chafee Program