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Teens Gotta Believe

High School Students host sporting events to support teens in foster care and raise awareness about the urgent need for loving permanent families for older youth.

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Host a Teens Gotta Believe Event in your neighborhood!

Teens Gotta Believe launched in 2016 when a high school student, Ryan O’Day, organized a basketball event in Glen Head, NY, because he wanted to make a difference for youth in foster care.  You can host a Teens Gotta Believe event in your hometown. It can be anything you want it to be! Imagine the possibilities… tennis…baseball…read-a-thons…bake sales, …anything you want! It is so much fun, and all for a great cause!   Of course, we can help walk you through what has been successful for us, and you can put your spin on it.  You Gotta Believe will provide you with a toolkit for your event. Please reach out to us today to get started.

Recent Events

North Shore High School basketball event helps foster kids

Ivan Mendez, 22, of Brooklyn, and other young athletes participated in a day of basketball games and clinics to help raise funds for You Gotta Believe, an organization that connects older youth in foster care to permanent adoptive families before they age out of the system, Saturday, April 2, 2016, at North Shore High School in Glen Head. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

‘Etched in Sand’ inspires Glen Head teen’s foster kid event

Inspired by the best-selling memoir “Etched in Sand,” North Shore High School junior Ryan O’Day, 17, organized a fundraiser to benefit older foster children, who often age out of the system without finding an adoptive family and are at risk of becoming homeless. Teens Gotta Believe is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 2, 2016, at North Shore High School in Glen Head. O’Day stands by a sign posted outside the high school on March 30, 2016.