Teenage relatives of terror victims meet in Belfast
On a Belfast campus far from her Port Washington home, Sara Rodrigues, 16, shared that she still keeps her father's shirt in her closet.
Antonio Rodrigues was a Port Authority police officer who was killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and for the past week, Sara Rodrigues has talked about his loss with other teens from around the world who have lost an immediate family member to a terrorist incident.
"It's a tight-knit circle," Rodrigues said Friday, speaking from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. "It takes some time to open up but once you do, everything flows out . . . It's nice to know that you can really share everything."
The group of about 70 teens, about a third of whom are from Long Island, have gathered to form an international community called Project Common Bond under the auspices of Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit organization in Manhasset that serves the needs of the 9/11 community, said Terry Grace Sears, president of Tuesday's Children. The eight-day community-building and educational program, in partnership with the Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, started a week ago and ends Sunday.
This is Common Bond's third year, but the first time it is being held outside of the country. Participants are from five nations - the United States, Spain, Israel, Ireland and Argentina - and also Northern Ireland and the Palestinian Authority.
"Today was a very emotional day for the kids," Sears said Friday from Belfast. "A real sort of breakdown where you just sort of see the weight . . . a lot of tears and a lot of sharing . . . They are seeing the courage of the kids that have lived with this longer.
"It becomes sort of viral, and they gather strength from one another and are sharing something as intimate as: I still have my father's shirt in my closet."
Led by a professional faculty, including psychologists, educators, social workers and health care professionals, the group held discussions on global leadership issues and participated in team-based activities designed to foster trust, healing, cooperation and communication. Rodrigues said she has taken peace classes in the morning and then camp activities in the afternoon.
"Here you see that there is a final resolution to all the conflict and it is really nice to speak with new people and get their perspective on it," said Rodrigues, who will be a junior at Paul D. Schreiber High School in the fall.
The idea came from participants from Tuesday's Children, and the first two conferences were held in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
"Two or three years ago, they came to us and said we would like to reach out to others that have had a similar loss to an act of terrorism," Sears said. "The first year, we had 50 kids from five countries and the bond was instant and really profound. We knew then we were onto something."
Belfast, Northern Ireland: Project Common Bond Unites Teens Whose Lives Have Been Touched By Terrorism
NEW YORK, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventy-five teens from around the world who have lost an immediate family member to a terrorist incident will join together in Belfast, Northern Ireland to form an international community called Project Common Bond,
under the auspices of Tuesday’s Children
, the premiere nonprofit organization serving the needs of the 9/11 community.
The eight-day community-building and educational program, in partnership with the Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, will be held at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland from August 1st through August 8th.
For the third year, this unique program will allow teens from the United States, Spain, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Argentina to form a community of peers that contribute to international dialogue about terrorism, peace, and other issues that impact their lives. This marks the first time that Common Bond is being held outside the United States and is hosting teens from nations in conflict.
Harvard’s clinical program serves as an important partner and has designed a curriculum focusing on conflict resolution and communication. Led by a professional faculty including psychologists, educators, social workers and health care professionals who are trained in leadership, peace-building, traumatic loss and resilience, the group will engage in discussions on global leadership issues, and will participate in team-based activities designed to foster trust, healing, cooperation and communication.
“For children whose lives have been directly touched by terrorism, the sudden, violent, and public nature of their loss becomes an overwhelming and defining characteristic of their lives,” said Terry Grace Sears, president of Tuesday’s Children. “Tuesday’s Children created Project Common Bond so that children from all over the world who have experienced similar tragedies can build resilience and strength together and positively shape their own future.”
Sears continued, “this special program could not have been possible without the generous support of our Irish partners, the American Ireland Fund, the Ireland-US Council and Belfast Harbour Commissioners Chairman Len O’ Hagan.”
“What makes this project unique is that we’re weaving together skills training and conflict resolution in order to transform the experience of trauma into the positive experience of personal growth, ” said Monica Meehan McNamara, Curriculum Coordinator for Project Common Bond.
Project Common Bond is designed and directed by Tuesday’s Children with the active engagement of its international partners. Organizations participating in the 2010 initiative include:
- European Network of Victims of Terrorism, an organization that aims to stimulate trans-national co-operation between associations of victims of terrorism and enhance the representation of victims' interests at European Union level;
- Mothers of Beslan, a support and advocacy group of parents whose children were among the more than 365 victims of the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis;
- The Parents Circle, based in the Middle East and works with Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost a loved one, helping turn grief and anger into a dialogue of trust and reconciliation;
- Russian Children’s Welfare Society, a nonprofit charity dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and other disadvantaged children in Russia;
- S.A.V.E.R./N.A.V.E.R., a distinctive European Structural Funds Programme aimed at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation;
- Seeds of Peace, dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence;
- Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, a secular, non-sectarian organization providing education and tools to resolve religious tensions in schools, at work and in war zones;
- The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, internationally recognized for the extensive range of degree programs that reflect its ongoing commitment to scholarship, research and practice.
The young adults, ages 15 to 20, will participate in therapeutic group work and community-building activities such as mural painting, music, drama and team sports. They will also take advantage of the culturally and historically rich city of Belfast, with a tour of the famed Peace Walls, and a day-long workshop at the world renowned Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Center in Ballycastle.
Major Corporations Turn Out to Support Tuesday's Children's 'Take Our Children to Work Day'
Posted on: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:57:00 EDT
MANHASSET, N.Y., April 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- On Thursday, April 22nd, for the eighth consecutive year, Tuesday's Children will be hosting "Take Our Children to Work Day" for children who lost a family member on 9/11 and the children of rescue and recovery workers.
With thanks to the generous support from Concert Connection, over 100 children will participate in the day's event. Each child is offered the opportunity to work in a field of their choice enabling them to get first hand experience in a career and industry that interests them. Invaluable partnerships continue year after year with corporations such as American Express, Armani Exchange, Beacon Restaurant, Blue Man Group, CNN, Coach, DKNY, Michael Kors, MTV, National Hockey League, NYPD, the Mayor's Office, Madison Square Garden, NBC, Ogilvy & Mather, KISS FM Radio, Silverstein, and Teen Vogue. Additionally, new partners such as ABC, Friars Club and Goldman Sachs have joined the effort to bring the children of 9/11 into the workplace and provide a life-enriching experience.
"It is truly an honor to offer this important program to our families and children each year. It is a day where we remind the children who lost so much on September 11, 2001 of the many wonderful opportunities that are ahead of them. Many of the children who have participated in past year's events have been inspired to focus upon study and careers in areas directly related to their Take Our Children to Work Day experience," said Terry Grace Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday's Children. We heard from many of the families including Charlotte's mom - "My daughter Charlotte, has always had a love of writing and is interested in exploring journalism. It has been great to be able to allow her the experiences of meeting with writers at Real Simple magazine and to have the experience of meeting with Mary Snow personally last year at CNN."
About Tuesday's Children: Tuesday's Children is a non-profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Our First Responder Alliance provides programs and clinical services to 9/11 responders and their families. Through Project COMMON BOND, Tuesday's Children has reached out to those whose lives have been directly affected by terrorism around the globe. To learn more about Tuesday's Children, visit our new website at www.tuesdayschildren.org.
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New Tuesday's Children Website Launched
PRESS RELEASE March 26th 2010
Tuesday's Children launches new website today after a 3 month period of
Tuesday's Children can be contacted at
"We wanted a fresh and elegant look that would appeal to our visitors," said Executive Director, Terry Sears. "This new design reflects the core structure of our organization and groups information accordingly. Users should find the information they need quickly and easily."
The new website features information about Tuesday's Children programs and services. One new feature is a resource library that includes photos, video clips, news items, and a series of great articles that will grow over time.
Additional benefits are offered to visitors who subscribe to the website, including access to all newsletters and the Tuesday's Children event photo gallery, which is updated shortly after events. Subscription is free (no credit cards required) and all information is strictly confidential.
The website was generously created and donated by Phillip Brown, a friend of Tuesday's Children Board Member Irene Dickey.
"We've taken a fresh look at the organization and designed a site that is clean, functional and informative. The site is easy to navigate and we've used a number of different ways to display information to keep it fresh and interesting," said Brown. "The Tuesday's Children staff, along with board members, were great to work with. It really was a collaborative effort and I hope it serves the organization and the public well for many years to come."
The Tuesday's Children website is a resource for 9/11 children and families, first responders and their families and the general public. The new website can be found at www.tuesdayschildren.org.
Phone: (516) 562-9000
Phone: (917) 353-2952
Counseling and Programming Offered for 9/11 First Responders and Their Families
March 10, 2010
MANHASSET, N.Y., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuesday's Children and Dr. Thomas Demaria, Director of the Psychological Services Center, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University have joined together to offer clinical services to the Tuesday's Children's First Responder Alliance program.
Tuesday's Children, in partnership with C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, has been the recipient of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) grant facilitated by U.S. Rep. Peter King. This SAMHSA grant has enabled the first comprehensive program designed to provide much needed mental health counseling and programming to the underserved Rescue and Recovery workers and their families.
"Tuesday's Children and C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University have been there for the responders that were there for our nation after a time of great tragedy. These men and women deserve nothing but our appreciation and support for their service to our country. I applaud both Tuesday's Children and C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University for their allegiance to those that were so dedicated to the families of 9/11," said U.S. Rep. Peter King. This program is both federally and privately funded.
Tuesday's Children with more than eight years of serving 9/11 families with experience in outreach, family engagement and programming and Dr. Thomas Demaria's extensive clinical experience with this population, will offer a family centered, future oriented approach to rebuilding the lives of 9/11 responders from Ground Zero and Fresh Kills Landfill and their families.
Presently, the available support provided to responders typically focuses on physical and mental health issues for individual responders with little support for the family in the areas of building and maintaining relationships, parenting, employment and quality of life. The First Responder Alliance will offer counseling, programs in career guidance, financial management, parenting, health and wellness. It will also provide family weekends focusing on building resiliency, improving family communications and helping family members support responders who are dealing with chronic illness, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and other post 9/11 disorders.
Terry Grace Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday's Children, said "Tuesday's Children is thrilled to continue to expand programming for the underserved Responder population. Tuesday's Children has worked for many years to support the Responders and their families and is dedicated to ensuring a long term commitment of programming and support."
A recent study showed that 62% of Responders met the criteria for substantial stress reactions. Family engagement activities will also be provided as a means to create community for responders, their children and their spouses. Dr. Demaria is joined by a team of two C.W. Post doctoral students.
The First Responder Alliance provides counseling for the entire family as well as academic and achievement testing for all ages, ADHD testing and behavioral and social assessment as well as other support services. All are fully confidential and at no cost. Program and events are schedule throughout the year. Please call The First Responder Alliance at 516 721-9001 516 721-9001 to register or view our website www.tuesdayschildren.org.