I am a Child, Teen or Family

I am a Child, Teen or Family


Cancer affects the entire family. Gilda’s Club offers the area’s only ongoing support for children and teens who are living a life affected by cancer – their own diagnosis or that of family member or friend- through age-appropriate support groups, individual counseling sessions, social events, camps and workshops. Our program is designed to be a place for children and teens to learn, have fun, care and share, while being supported by our professional staff and trained volunteers.

For more information on the programs we offer for individuals living with cancer,
or to sign up for a support group or activity, please call 914.644.8844


Children


Counseling


Individual Counseling for children and teens of any ages.
Family Counseling is structured to support the whole family. It may mean family meetings, sessions with siblings, addressing communication within the family, or meeting with parents to discuss the best ways to engage in age-appropriate conversations about cancer.

Group Support


Group support is provided based on age and how the individual is affected by cancer (self, family member, living with loss). Children who are themselves living with a cancer diagnosis are often seen individually (due to infection protocol) through limited groups for survivors (6 months past diagnosis).
Kids Cancer Connection (KCC) is for children ages 5-12 who have a family member living with cancer.

Kids Living with Loss is for children who have had a loved one die after a cancer diagnosis.

Social Events


Camp Days


A special week during the summer for children whose lives have been touched by cancer in any way. Each day contains an opportunity for creative expression of emotion, and of course, a lot of fun.

Family Time Events


An opportunity for children, teens and parents to come together to connect, socialize and have fun. These events are open to any child in the Children, Teens and Families program (and their family). Themes for the events vary and have included dinners, baking, cooking, flower planting, a carnival and Noogiefest, our annual Halloween event which takes place in the fall.

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Teens


Counseling


Teen Counseling Gilda’s Club Westchester offers an expanded teen support program. Teens have the opportunity to meet one-to-one to discuss their cancer experiences.

Support Groups/Activity-Based Workshops


Virtual groups and activities are being planned for teens.

Youth Committee


A volunteer group of high school students who work together to raise awareness for Gilda’s Club Westchester and the importance of psycho-social support.

"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. The essay allows teens to share their experience with cancer which is not only good for the writer, but also helpful to someone else who may be in a similar situation. This contest is for high school students impacted by cancer in any way.

Family Time Events


An opportunity for children, teens and parents to come together to connect, socialize and have fun. These events are open to any child in the Children, Teens and Families program (and their family). Themes for the events vary and have included dinners, baking, cooking, flower planting, a carnival and Noogiefest, our annual Halloween event which takes place in the fall.

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PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Gilda’s Class and School Outreach


School is an important part of the lives of children. We work closely with schools to support the child (in the school setting), as well as teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and other school personnel. Daylong workshops are held annually at Gilda’s Club Westchester and individual school visits are also available.

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Watch videos about our work with teens and children


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