NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The National Football League has awarded Tuesday’s Children, the leading nonprofit providing long-term support to communities and people impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss, a $200,000 grant to launch a youth mentoring program for children who have lost a parent serving in the military. The NFL first worked with Tuesday’s Children following the tragic events of 9/11 by providing grants to aid thousands of first responder families.
For 15 years, Tuesday’s Children has provided youth mentoring programs to children who lost a parent in 9/11. The new NFL grant will be used to expand this program to include children ages 6-18 who have lost a parent in the military. The program matches children with carefully recruited and screened mentors who are trained to help their mentees move forward with their lives in a positive and productive way. Mentors provide guidance, support and direction that help the children succeed academically and socially and embark on a path to become happy, healthy and productive adults.
“The NFL is enabling us to take our youth mentorship program to a new base of children in need,” said Terry Sears, executive director of Tuesday’s Children. “Losing a parent under any circumstance is traumatic and can often put a child on a negative and destructive path; our mentorship program works to help children overcome their loss and go on to live successful and fulfilling lives.”
The length of mentor-mentee relationships in the Tuesday’s Children program exceeds the national average, with many lasting nearly a decade.
“Tuesday’s Children provides a proven model for mentoring children impacted by tragic loss and the NFL is pleased to support the program’s expansion to children of military families,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility. “Children who have experienced grief need tools and a support system to help them move forward. We are committed to the mission of Tuesday’s Children – to help thousands of children heal and develop a successful future.”
Tuesday’s Children was originally founded to help those impacted by the events of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, and has since expanded to become the leading nonprofit organization providing long-term support to communities and people around the world impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Tuesday’s Children offers a time-tested, long-term approach that enables families and communities torn apart by tragedy to heal, recover and thrive. Among the programs offered by the organization are youth support and guidance, health and wellness counseling, career guidance, adult and family services and community outreach. The organization is headquartered in New York. More information can be found at www.TuesdaysChildren.org, and on social media (Twitter/Instagram: @TuesdaysChldrn, Facebook: /TuesdaysChildren).