Schedule a "What About Us? Workshop
What About Us? utilizes structured activities to help children ages 5-12 identify, communicate and cope with their feelings when someone close to them has been diagnosed with cancer.
The program is based on emotional intelligence and uses a strength-based approach to promote better mental health. The aim is to build upon the child’s strengths and enhance his/her ability to cope with the stress related to their loved one’s cancer diagnosis. The group will:
- Increase the child’s ability to understand and express feelings about their loved one’s cancer
- Teach the child how to communicate those feelings
- Help facilitate coping with those feelings
What About Us? is a free program that meets for 1/2 day on a Saturday. The children’s group is facilitated by social workers with special training in cancer counseling. The children participate in activities and projects designed to help them understand and express their feelings. At the end of each session the children participate in yoga giving the social workers the opportunity to meet with the parents.
Call the Gems of Hope office for more information on this FREE program at 319-393-9681, fill out the form found at https://gemsofhope.com/what-about-us/.
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In 2018 Gems of Hope will award up to 10 – $1000.00 scholarships to Corridor high school seniors.
Gems of Hope volunteers help provide over 750 “gifts of hope” each month to cancer patients in the Corridor!
Volunteering for Gems can help you:
- Feel good about supporting cancer patients with a message of hope
- Learn something
- Help fulfill a civic responsibility
- Make our community better
- Connect and network with others in the community
- Fulfill volunteer hours required for school or other groups
- Gain professional experience
- Bring you together with others and give you a sense of belonging
- Cope with a cancer diagnosis in your family