ANNOUNCING: RAINBOWS FOR ALL CHILDREN’S
NEW SUPPORT GROUP
Transforming the lives of Children who are coping with grief from the loss of a loved one or a significant change in family structure.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
By acting as compassionate companions and sharing loss experiences with children and teens, we help them make sense out of an upheaval in their lives. We help them avoid behaviors that are harmful to themselves and others. By allowing youth to mourn, we enable them to reconcile their loss, ensuring that they become healthy, productive members of our communities.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs):
Death Separation/Divorce Incarceration Deportation Deployment Significant Illness
WHAT THIS PROGRAM CAN DO FOR YOUTH?
*Provide actionable coping strategies
*Help re-establish a sense of community
*Empower youth to help themselves and to help others
COME JOIN US
We deliver a fun, interactive, evidence-based curriculum tailored specifically to children’s age groups. In addition to addressing their grief from specific ACEs or losses, Rainbows helps build the resiliency of children experiencing life-altering events by providing them with knowledge, tools and skills to practice self-care and learn healthy ways to cope. Peer support helps them feel less alone and provides them with support.
WHO WE SERVE
More than 50 million children in the U.S. (68%) have experienced at least one potentially traumatic event, and more than half have encountered multiple incidents. Rainbows’ secular program is inclusive of all children from any background, and the support groups are always free of charge to attend.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sample Meeting title: Endings and Beginnings Level: Rainbows II
Children are encouraged to gently close the door on the past and look towards their new beginnings. As a way of getting acquainted, each participant will be asked to share one "not so good" (something negative) and one "super good" (something positive) that happened since the group was together last.
Children will read words that describe Endings and Beginnings. They will circle the ones that match their own endings and draw a box around those that match their own beginnings. They will answer questions such as, "How have you moved forward after the changes in your life?"
Children will sort through "memories" and "dreams" cards. They will choose a card that fits one of their own memories and one of their own dreams, and they will be encouraged to tell the group why they chose those cards. Children will also have blank cards to write personal memories and dreams. As the grieving child works through the emotional pain towards acceptance of the changes in their life, he/she will come to realize that, while sadness is an emotion of endings, it is also an emotion that can help make way for new beginnings.
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