With the beginning of a new school year, come some great new opportunities! Gilda’s Club Westchester is seeking compassionate teens who hope to volunteer and make a real difference in the lives of others living with cancer. We offer the area’s only ongoing support for children and teens who are living a life impacted by cancer –-whether it’s their own diagnosis, that of a loved one, or having to cope with the loss of a loved one. The Children, Teens and Families Program (CTF) at Gilda’s Club Westchester offers age-appropriate support groups, individual counseling sessions, social events, camps and workshops that are designed for children and teens to learn, have fun, care, and share, while being supported by our professional staff and trained volunteers.
A vital part of the CTF program is Gilda’s Club Westchester’s Youth Committee. The Youth Committee Program is comprised of volunteer high school students who want to help raise awareness and support those impacted by cancer at GCW. This is a great opportunity for students to spread awareness about cancer support, earn service hours, and connect with other peers who are interested in making a difference in their community”. Some the volunteer opportunities include CTF activities, Camp Maple and family events.
Statistics show that there is a great need for youth support for those impacted by cancer in our local communities. Statistics show that in 2021, it is estimated that 15,590 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 will be diagnosed with cancer and 2.85 million children under the age of 18 are living with a parent diagnosed with cancer. A cancer diagnosis impacts the entire family.