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How You Can Help

With Your Support, We Can Help Keep our Boys on the Right Track

Our mission at Boys on the Right Track is to provide a robust community of runners, volunteers, coaches, and sponsors to help make our boys’ running program all it can be and more. Join our team as a volunteer, coach, running buddy, sponsor, board member, or host today!

Every donation helps! 30% of our boys pay little to nothing at all. Donations of every amount help us bring this program to more boys who can not afford it. We have never turned anyone away for inability to pay. We are recognized as a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, our Tax ID is 46-4682661. Without your monetary donations – we would cease to exist.

Host Boys on the Right Track

The BOTRT program is typically provided at schools, but can be at any community site that is able to provide a safe space for running. No track is necessary, a field or even an empty parking lot will work. An indoor space for uncooperative weather days is preferred. We are based in the Western New York region, but are spreading to sites throughout the country. Please contact us for more details – we’d love to expand to a site near you!

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Coach for Us

We are always recruiting coaches for our spring and fall sessions, both in Western New York and beyond. Not a runner? Not a problem! All you need is a passion for helping boys succeed. Learn more on how to become a coach for Boys on the Right Track today!

Time commitment: 2 days a week for 9 weeks (your choice of times and day) and race day.

Become a Running Buddy

All boys complete the 5k race at the end of the program with a running buddy. This person must be at least 18 years of age and will encourage and support that boy throughout the race.

Time commitment: a few hours on race day.

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Whether you can give a couple hours or just a few minutes here and there – we have plenty of various opportunities year-round for our volunteers. Let us know your interests/talents and we’ll provide a project you’ll be sure to enjoy that fits your schedule. We really need your assistance and you’ll feel great knowing you helped make a difference in the lives of the young boys in your community. What are you waiting for? Contact us about volunteer opportunities today!


You’ll get a valuable seat behind the wheel of an organization that empowers young boys so that their choices can have a positive influence for generations to come. Your voice will be heard and you’ll play a key role in strategizing alongside experienced and passionate people. Help us change lives and make a difference!

Time commitment: varied + quarterly meetings.

BOTRT has proven to be successful in promoting emotionally and physically healthy behaviors including improved confidence, healthy lifestyle choices, as well as increased problem solving and coping skills. We hope to improve our communities and bring a decline to the rise of drug use and suicide in boys by providing them with a sense of community and accomplishment they can be proud of. Your sponsorship of this program is critical in order to ensure that BOTRT is accessible to all boys in your area who wish to participate, so become a sponsor today!

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