Gold Star Youth Mentorship Program

The wear blue Gold Star Youth Program is a community impact program benefitting children of fallen service members. wear blue: run to remember is dedicated to providing each registered Gold Star child a military mentor. This mentor will provide his or her youth a glimpse into the life of service that defined his or her fallen parent, while participating in the life affirming action of running. This positive relationship and living memorial will promote continued healing and growth. The program currently operates for families in the Joint Base Lewis McChord, Fort Bragg, and San Antonio regions.

We need active duty service members to invest in our community by meaningfully supporting our Gold Star children. We need each of you to provide the connection between our Gold Star children and the life of service of their parents. As you pledge to provide this needed mentorship, wear blue commits to provide training plans, guidance, education, and the wear blue community to ensure a successful partnership between you and your Gold Star child.

How it Works

The wear blue Gold Star Youth Program is designed as a two-month mentorship and run training program. After careful screening, 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 in the spring through Saturday, June 1, with specific start dates varying by location, at the established weekly wear blue chapter runs. The weekly runs will follow a prescribed training plan, culminating in a special Memorial Day Weekend. Gold Star youth will receive Nike running shoes and gear, while both youth and mentors will receive personalized wear blue: run to remember training shirts. 

On Monday, May 27, 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. On the Saturday following Memorial Day, the mentor and Gold Star youth will participate in a Heroes' Hike, joined by family members and a special guest speaker. 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.

Applications for the Spring 2019 program will be accepted through Friday, March 8, 2019.

Mentor Sign-Up

wear blue: run to remember is seeking members of our armed forces to mentor a Gold Star child. We request a commitment of 2 hours of training, and 6-9 weekly Saturday Runs, through Saturday, June 1, to include Memorial Day. wear blue: run to remember will conduct a thorough application and matching process with interested applicants. At the conclusion of your application, you will receive detailed information explaining next steps. Thank you for empowering the lives of our Gold Star youth. 

NOTE: The 2019 program currently operates for families in the Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA; Fort Bragg, NC; and San Antonio, TX communities.

Name *
Address *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Tell us a little bit about yourself
Do you run regularly? *
Do you enjoy running? *

Gold Star Youth Sign-Up

wear blue: run to remember invites youth ages 6 to 16 who have lost a parent as a result of their military service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and or Operation Enduring Freedom after September 11, 2001 to participate in a mentorship running program. Join our mentors to develop healthy coping habits for continued healing and growth, while reconnecting our Gold Star children with their identities as military children.

NOTE: The 2019 program currently operates for families in the Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA; Fort Bragg, NC; and San Antonio, TX communities.

Name of Gold Star Youth *
Name of Gold Star Youth
Address *
Birthday *
Please include middle initial when applicable
Relationship *
Fallen Hero's Date of Death *
Fallen Hero's Date of Death
Name of person completing this form *
Name of person completing this form
Phone *
Please share why this program will be beneficial to your child:
Does your child run regularly (ie for sports or on a cross country team)? *
Does your child enjoy running? *

Please provide a favorite high resolution image of your fallen parent. Please also provide an image of the fallen parent with your child, if available.