Think of yourself now as a teenager or back to when you were a teenager. What are you or were you like?  Funny, mouthy or quiet, full of dreams – and attitude, bright, maybe even brilliant?


Now imagine yourself, left to navigate the world without your family. Picture yourself without years of parental guidance. Without Thanksgiving holidays with family. Without Mom or Dad to call on when times were rough. Without anyone believing that you could be the person you want to be, the person you are today.


Thousands of youth who leave foster care face adulthood completely on their own. They are asked to step out into the adult world without a support system to help them negotiate life’s challenges – in one of the most expensive, and stressful cities in the world.

Checks made payable to YOU GOTTA BELIEVE and mailed to 61 Smith St. Glen Head, NY 11545.