Support for Children & Teens

Cancer has the ability to re-define a child’s identity in the eyes of others and to create feelings of isolation. Gilda’s Club Westchester’s extensive Children, Teens and Families Program offers education, social activities and support groups to children and teens who have cancer, have a family member living with cancer or have had some in their life die from cancer. Our program is designed to be a place for children and teens to learn, play, care and share, all while being supported by our professional staff and trained volunteers.

Support Groups for Children and Teens

Kids’ Cancer Connections Group

An ongoing peer support group for children (ages 5-12) who have a family member living with cancer or have cancer themselves. This group uses art, games, stories and other expressive activities to help children feel safe to ask questions, express difficult feelings and share common experiences around cancer.

Kids’ Bereavement Group

An ongoing peer support group for children (ages 5-12) who have experienced the death of someone in their life from cancer. This group uses expressive activities to help children express their feelings and join with others who have had similar experiences.

Teen Counseling

Gilda’s Club Westchester is launching a new teen counseling program. Teens will have the opportunity to meet one on one with a licensed mental health clinician to discuss their cancer experience. Stay tuned for more information.

Teen Essay Contest

“Cancer: Tales Untold” Teen Essay Contest – A cancer diagnosis can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries, not just for the person with cancer, but for the whole family, and even their friends. Sharing your experience can be both good for you and helpful to someone else who may be in a similar situation. We are looking for honest, detailed, and heartfelt personal essays by young writers who can move the reader by sharing their experience with cancer.

Essay topics can include:

  • Living with cancer
  • Loving someone (family member or friend) who lived with cancer
  • Losing someone to cancer

Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place.

For more information or to enter, please click here. Essays are due March 26th, 2018.

Family Counseling

Support for the whole family. Themes may include talking to children about cancer, communication within the family, and how support looks different for different family members.

Social Activities for Children and Teens

Family Time Events

Themed social event for children, teens and families. Past events include Magic Night, Beach Bash, Gardening at Gilda’s, Family Wellness Day, Kids’ Comedy Night, and Kids’ Carnival.

Teen Workshops and Series

Educational and activity-based workshops and series for teens offered throughout the year.

Teen Volunteering

Youth Committee – This volunteer group of high school students meets once a month at Giilda’s Club throughout the school year to plan events and raise awareness for GCW. Applications are accepted June-August.

Gilda’s CLASS

Gilda’s CLASS is a comprehensive resource designed to bring support and education beyond our clubhouse into your school, free of charge. We offer free support and education to school professionals, students and parents. Click here for more information.

For a schedule of support groups and events for children and teens, please visit our Children and Teens calendar.

For more information on our Children, Teens and Families program, please contact Laura Moore, Children Teens and Families Manager, at 914.644.8844 or