Tuesday’s Children, the leading nonprofit providing long-term support to communities and people impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss, has expanded its mentor program to include military children who have lost a parent. The organization is now actively recruiting volunteers across the country to meet the increased demand for adult mentors to be paired with military children.
Previously the program focused on children who lost a parent in 9/11 and other acts of terror. The program’s expansion to include military children is being funded in part by a $200,000 grant from the NFL as part of its Salute to Service initiative. The NFL first worked with Tuesday’s Children following the tragic events of 9/11 by providing grants to aid those impacted by the act of terrorism.
Adults interested in volunteering as a mentor can contact Tuesday’s Children at 212-332-2980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping children growThe Tuesday’s Children mentor program matches children from across the country ages 7-18 with carefully recruited and screened mentors in their area. Mentors are trained to help children move forward with their lives in a positive and productive way, grow emotionally and socially, build resilience, develop coping skills and make healthy decisions. Mentors provide guidance, support and direction that help children succeed academically and socially and embark on a path to become happy, healthy and productive adults. Mentors and children engage in community-based activities twice a month for a minimum of one year. Events designed to encourage group dynamics, team-building and community service are scheduled quarterly.
“Our program is unique in that many of our mentors have also suffered traumatic loss and can relate to their mentees with a greater degree of empathy and awareness of how this type of loss can derail someone’s life,” said Terry Sears, executive director of Tuesday’s Children. “The length of mentor-mentee relationships in the Tuesday’s Children program exceeds the average of other programs due to the amount of effort that goes into matching children with the right adult mentor.”
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 TuesdaysChildren.org, and on social media.