Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program
Matching youth who have lost a service member parent with a member of the armed forces
The Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program, a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington and wear blue: run to remember, matches children of fallen service members with a mentor member of the armed forces. This mentor provides his or her youth a glimpse into the life of service that defined the youth’s fallen parent, while participating in the life affirming action of running. This positive relationship and living memorial promotes continued healing and growth.
Gold Star Youth Program is designed as a two-month mentorship and run training program. After careful screening conducted by Big Brothers – Big Sisters, active duty service members will be paired with a Gold Star Youth. Our Gold Star children will range in ages 6 to 16 years old.
The program requires a commitment from mentors and youth, every Saturday morning throughout April and May 2018, at the established weekly wear blue chapter runs. The weekly runs will follow a prescribed training plan, culminating in a special Memorial Day Weekend. Both youth and mentors will receive personalized wear blue: run to remember training shirts.
On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the mentor and Gold Star youth will participate in a Heroes’ Hike, joined by family members and local celebrity athletes. On Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, the mentor’s training and guidance will allow the Gold Star child to proudly participate with athletes and honored guests at wear blue‘s annual Memorial Day Run. It will be a meaningful day to celebrate and remember the parents of our Gold Star children, as well as all of our nation’s fallen heroes, with over 2,000 additional runners in the spirit of wear blue.
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