In 2024, approximately 60 foster youth from the Austin area are expected to graduate. When they age out of the system, they must pack up their belongings—often in a large plastic bag—as they move out and onto their next chapter of life.

Austin Community College District (ACC) works to provide these youth with a fresh start through the annual Foster Care Luggage Drive, and you can help.

We’re collecting new or gently used rolling suitcases to provide foster youth. Donations will be accepted throughout May in multiple ways: 

  • Monetary donations will be taken through the Market Place website. A $45 contribution can fully purchase one carry-on rolling duffel bag; however, all donations will help. 
  • You can also donate a new or gently used bag. Donations are accepted at any ACC Student Advocacy Center — there’s one located on each campus. 

This year’s goal is to raise $3,000 and collect 60 pieces of luggage by Friday, May 31, to support those students. 

Organized by the ACC Student Advocacy Center, all donations benefit the Department of Family and Protective Services Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program.

ACC provides wraparound services for foster youth. Any student who has aged out of foster care can receive case management, academic advising, and guidance. 

Additional support for students through the Student Advocacy Center includes:

  • Child care and textbook scholarships, 
  • Community resources for housing and basic needs, 
  • Food access,
  • Alumni support, and more.

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