Children, Teens & Families

Children, Teens & Families

kids hands2Gilda’s Club Westchester offers support to children, teens and families impacted by cancer in any way through age appropriate support groups, social events, and workshops. Our program is designed to be a place for children and teens to learn, play, care and share, all the while supported by our professional staff and trained volunteers.

Please check out the Children, Teens and Families Calendar on our Community Calendar Page for any upcoming events.


Children at Gilda’s Club Westchester

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.

Teens at Gilda’s Club Westchester

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 Workshops and Series

Educational and activity based workshops and series for teens offered through out the year. Visit our calendar page for upcoming teen workshops and series.

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.

“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.

Families at Gilda’s Club Westchester

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.