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YGB runners are going 26.2 miles to help find families for kids in foster care

YGB works with the most vulnerable youth – youth other agencies have deemed too difficult to place in families. These are youth who are older, LGBTQ, have been in the system for a long time, and/or have mental or behavioral health issues.

This work is extremely difficult and takes time – typically 18-36 months. But the end result is priceless – connecting youth to a family is a powerful gift that lasts a lifetime.

We know not everyone can run the TCS New York City Marathon. But, everyone can join in to raise awareness for the urgent need for families for older kids in foster care!

Join the Believers Team:

Make a video and share one of your talents to root on You Gotta Believe runners and share on social media with hashtag #26miles4fosterkids

Want to make your own video?

Here are 5 simple steps:

1. Pull out your cell phone to record yourself or your pal

2. Think of a special talent you have, (push-ups, sing a scale, shoot a hoop, recite the lyrics from The Fresh Prince, blow a bubble gum bubble, jump rope, sing your favorite Lizzo song, wiggle your ears…whatever you do, we will love it)

3. Recite this script for the recording: “You Gotta Believe is running for kids in foster care! I wish them GOOD LUCK! I can’t run the marathon, but I can do [insert your talent]

4. Show us your talent

5. Send your video to

Let’s make this year’s New York City Marathon one filled with… celebration, fun, hope, and above all, family!

Meet some of our recent families:


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