Children’s Military Initiative for Families of the Fallen
Tuesday’s Children’s addresses the needs of military families in all stages of recovery from the loss of a service member with an innovative platform of programs—developed in partnership with recognized leaders in the fields of child development, family advocacy, crisis counseling and mentoring. The cornerstone of Tuesday’s Children’s suite of programs, Youth Mentoring, encourages and supports mutually beneficial, longstanding relationships between adult role models and children ages 8-18. These mentorships enable children to grow emotionally and socially, and to build resilience and develop coping skills while making healthy choices. Studies show that youth mentoring from a consistent, stable, and supportive adult role model reduces risky behavior and fills an unmet need for children impacted by traumatic loss. This NFL-BWF grant will empower long-term, supportive relationships between children who have lost a military parent or sibling and an effective mentor. This grant will also help Tuesday’s Children staff members shift all mentoring matches to digital contact and pivot to virtual programming, given the impact of COVID-19.