We are thrilled to announce that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley’s Center for Grieving Children Program has been selected by Judi’s House/JAG Institute as a Childhood Bereavement Changemaker. After a thorough vetting process that involved more than 59 diverse organizations across the U.S., the Center for Grieving Children emerged as a passionate leader interested in strengthening outcomes for grieving youth in our community.
The Center for Grieving Children has been a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley since 2004. It is one of the only grief centers in the country that is affiliated with a Boys & Girls Club. Since launching in 2004, the Center has supported 3,824 youth and adults grieving the death of a loved one.
The Significance of Becoming A Changemaker
Developed by Denver-based grief care organization, Judi’s House/JAG Institute, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Children’s Grief, three unique cohorts of Changemakers will grow their capacity for data collection and program evaluation through a series of trainings, workshops, and collaborative learning sessions.
“By establishing a culture that values and supports data for successful design and implementation of evaluation strategies, the Changemaker initiative will move the childhood bereavement field closer to a vision of no child alone in grief.” – Dr. Laura Landry, Director of Evaluation and Research, Judi’s House/JAG Institute
Over the course of a year, agencies will receive practical recommendations to address data and evaluation needs big and small that can inform planning, influence change, and enhance the overall impact the Club’s Center for Grieving Children has on children, teens, and families in the Fox Valley. The Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model approximates there are 87,000 children in Wisconsin who are estimated to experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18.
More About the Center for Grieving Children
The Center’s mission is to provide compassionate peer support to children, teens, and families who are experiencing loss. Their vision is to facilitate healing, remove isolation, and build a sense of hope for all those they serve. Programming is provided at no charge to children, ages 3 – 18, and the adults who care for them. The Center offers several peer support group options to help meet the needs of grieving children and their families including – family nights, in-school, and Club member grief support groups.
To learn more about the Center please visit: https://www.bgclubfoxvalley.org/center-for-grieving-children/