In talking about 9/11 all week we wanted to direct you to something for our spotlight this week that would tie all of our efforts, conversations and memories of the past few days together. We chose Tuesday’s Children. One of the thousands of September 11th related charities that popped up in the wake of 9/11, it has stood the test of time that only a few others have. It has moved forward to encompass more than just the victims of that day. And it continues to do good work in communities everywhere. So please, check out what we found out about Tuesday’s Children!
What does Tuesday’s Children do?
Tuesday’s Children programs include: The Career Resource Center, offered to young adults directly impacted by September 11, 2001 and families and children who have lost a love one in post 9/11 conflict. The Career Resource Center services are designed to provide young adults with tools and resources necessary to navigate the college, internship and career process; The Youth Mentoring program which is designed to encourage and support mutually beneficial, long-standing relationships between adult role models and children ages 7 to 18; The Helping Heals program, which connects youth and families with community service projects and disaster relief programs; Project COMMON BOND which brings together teens, ages 15-20, from around the world who share a ‘common bond’ — the loss of a family member due to an act of terrorism, violent extremism or war; Family Engagement which is designed to build a community of families with similar experiences and through community events create positive new traditions and introduce other Tuesday’s Children programs and services; The Mental Health & Wellness program offers crisis counseling, consultations and referrals to all 9/11 children and families and bridges mental health services and our wellness programs. Services for children, adolescents and adults include: psychological assessment; individual, family and couples counseling; support groups; and referrals to community resources; The Life Management Skills program offers support programs for adults including: stress and life management, mental health and wellness, parenting workshops, financial planning workshops and career counseling; The Widow and Widowers Support offers programs like Project Heart to Heart, which offers widows and widowers of September 11th and U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan resilience-building programs which help give them resolution to commemorate their loss and find ways to continue to heal and recreate their lives with a focus on positivity.
How and Why was Tuesday’s Children started?
Tuesday’s Children was founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Our mission today is to keep the promise to those children and families while serving and supporting communities affected by acts of terror worldwide. (Mission Statement)
We lost dear friends and relatives on September, 11th, but in the process, we’ve healed as a community and created lasting relationships that bond us together. Through our commitments to each other, we can heal by turning our tragedies into a positive force for good.
We have an enduring commitment to the children who lost parents on September 11th, and as they get older we are providing access to career services and strive to empower them to become the next generation of leaders by allowing them to give back through community service, mentoring, and supporting younger children in our community, including children of veterans and first responders.
Tuesday’s Children has a moral responsibility to share the knowledge we’ve gained since September 11th, about long-term and collective healing. For this reason, our mission has expanded to offer support and programming to other communities impacted by acts of terror. Through programs like Project COMMON BOND and the Resiliency Center of Newtown, we are committed to being a leader in long-term recovery from mass acts of tragedy and terrorism.
We feel it is our duty not only to memorialize those we’ve lost, but to do all we can to comfort and support their children and families… your living memorials.
All of this information can be found at the Tuesday’s Children website.