Gold Star Youth Mentoring Program

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Our Long-Term Youth Mentoring Program is designed to encourage and support mutually beneficial, longstanding relationships between adult role models and youth ages 6 to 18 who have lost a loved one who served in the military post-9/11.

Experts in the field of child development, grief/bereavement and child safety have guided Tuesday's Children to build a well-established and highly impactful mentoring program for Gold Star children, which can change the trajectory of a young person's life.

Participants develop meaningful relationships with the support of Tuesday's Children. The success of a mentoring experience depends on the contributions and commitment of everyone involved in the mentoring relationship: the organization, the parent/guardian, the mentee and the mentor.

Objectives include connecting two or more times per month to engage in activities and conversations, encouraging the child in life goals and milestones and being an advocate for the young person while supporting the values of the parent/guardian. Some of the activities our current pairs have enjoyed together include volunteer work, preparing a meal together via Zoom, watching a movie (in person or online), taking a virtual field trip, attending sporting events, drawing or painting and even training for and running a 5K.

If you would like more information on our Long-Term Youth Mentoring Program for Military Families of the Fallen, please contact us at

The Tuesday's Children Youth Mentoring Advisory Board includes:
LTC Brian Dietzman
Leo F. Flanagan, Jr., PhD
Jim Giaccone (Family Member)
Molly Lieberman, LMSW
Sara Wingerath-Schlanger, MPA, CVA, Tuesday's Children Senior Director of Mentoring

Tuesday’s Children’s Youth Mentoring Program began in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to serve children who lost a loved one that day. That experience informed the development of our Gold Star Youth Mentoring Program, which was designed along with the National Mentoring Partnership and Dr. Jean Rhodes, a widely published expert on youth mentoring. Tuesday’s Children is actively involved with MENTOR National, the nation’s premier mentoring organization, and the National Mentoring Resource Center.

This program is made possible in part by an NFL-BWF Salute to Service partnership.


This Tuesday’s Children program is for those who have lost a loved one who served in the U.S. military after 9/11. Branch of service, circumstance of loss or military status at the time of death have no bearing on eligibility for the program. We apply the term “Gold Star families” in the broadest sense and serve the entire family.

Youth ages 6-18 are paired with a trusted adult to develop meaningful long-term connections. All mentors are thoroughly screened and trained, and our team speaks with every child and adult (including caregivers) to make sure we find the absolute best match possible based on goals, interests and personalities.

Youth mentees meet with their adult mentors regularly. This can be in person or electronically, as some of our mentoring matches are not geographically near one another. YOU decide whether you prefer in-person, online or a combination of the two. We ask all participants to fully commit to at least one year of engagement, but most end up developing lifelong friendships.

CLICK HERE to start the match process.


Mentors can offer advice, share life experiences, help a young person navigate challenges and have fun. Most of our mentors tell us that they get as much from their pairing as their mentee does, finding the experience to be fulfilling, motivating and one of the best choices they’ve made.

All volunteers will have background and reference checks and be interviewed and trained in child development and the stages of grief. Ongoing training is also expected. Our professional staff safeguard that every adult is committed to and qualified for playing an active role in the nurturing of a child. The youth in our program have already lost a loved one, so it is essential all mentoring volunteers are committed for the long term.

CLICK HERE to start the process of applying as a youth mentor.

“The mentoring wasn’t for me or my other children, it was to promote Van and Van only but we all benefitted from it. Any and all expectations exceeded by far from this baby step that turned into tremendous giant steps. So I thank you immensely Tuesday Children for bringing such a dynamic duo together, for giving hope, for inspiring, for caring, and for giving us that one small ingredient to make me realize that life was worth living again.”

– Parent showing her sincere appreciation for her son’s mentor

Looking to learn more about our Youth Mentoring Program? Click below!

Fact Sheet For Mentors

Fact Sheet For Families

Fact Sheet For Partners

E-Mentoring Fact Sheet For Families

E-Mentoring Fact Sheet For Mentors

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