Youth Advisory Committee

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) incorporates youth voices in the work of JUST TRYAN IT. The YAC meets twice a month and its members take on leadership roles in race promotion and race implementation. The committee works year round and focuses its efforts on increasing awareness among young people (ages 6-14) about the mission of JUST TRYAN IT.

The Committee is open to youth ages 15-18 who have a demonstrated passion for the mission of JUST TRYAN IT. If you are interested in learning more about the YAC contact Deb Povinelli.

YAC Car Wash in Bethesda
YAC Car Wash in Bethesda
YAC Members Emcee the Opening Ceremonies
JTI Club at Durham Academy Candy Drive

Empathy Gym

Welcome to the Empathy Gym! The goal of this program is to spark empathy, expand our community and inspire you to make a difference in the lives of others. Research shows that through practice, we can develop empathy and become kinder and happier as a result. Through the practice of these activities you can develop your empathy muscles and train to be a champion of caring.

Leaders in Action

There are many ways we see our racers improving their communities

Have more ideas?

Contact us if you have an idea that you would like to put into action.

Fostering Empathy

Our racers have the opportunity to be paired with a child that has been affected by cancer.  Charlie, pictured here, raced in our Baltimore race in memory of Cody. He wrote this letter to Cody’s parents after the event.

Hear from our racing families

I love that is focusing on involving children in the process and teaching them how to give back. My kids loved the party zone and the challenge of the course. They could take risks and feel proud they were helping others. It was a great event. We built more community through asking for donations as well as meeting folks at the race. We can’t wait for next year! It was truly a heartfelt race and way to give back!

Parent, Chapel Hill, NC

This was our first JUST TRYAN IT experience. My son Charlie (6), ran on his hospital friend Fionn’s team.  We all were so thrilled by the day and the experience. As luck would have it, Ryan ran with Charlie to the finish line.  Charlie keeps talking about how Ryan, who had cancer just like he did, helped him finish. We are all touched and honored to participate in this amazing event.  We’ll see you next year!

Christine Winchester, Bethesda, MD

Our Racers  Make a Difference in Their Communities

racers have crossed our finish line
average dollar amount raised per racer