Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The New York Life Foundation Extend Partnership With $3 Million Grant To Provide Grief & Bereavement Support For Kids And Teens

by Ricardo Castillo


PRNEWSFOTO/BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA

PRNEWSFOTO/BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA

ATLANTA -- The New York Life Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have announced an expansion of their national partnership.  Through the Foundation’s $3 million grant, BGCA will increase member access to youth and grief resources by expanding “Be There: A National Grief and Bereavement Initiative” to 90 Clubs over the next four years. 
Be There is a comprehensive initiative that targets four key groups connected to Clubs: youth, staff, family and community. The curriculum model, created by the National Alliance for Grieving Children, teaches Club staff strategies on how to address grief and how to respond to more common social and emotional challenges, including betrayal of a friend and transitioning between grade levels. 
Be There also helps connect families with local outside resources and professionals to assist with additional care. This initiative is especially critical for at-risk youth who often live in communities with limited grief counseling resources. •