“PROVIDING PEER SUPPORT TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS GRIEVING A LOSS FROM A DIFFICULT LIFE EVENT”
Rainbow Kids Mission
Rainbow Kids Staff
Rainbow Kids is an agency of the:
Providing peer support to children and adults grieving a loss from a difficult life event.
Shanda Yang, Coordinator
Rainbow Kids provides peer support groups for children, teens, and adults who are grieving a loss due to death, divorce, separation, incarceration, abandonment or deployment.
These 10-week programs group participants with trained facilitators to address the issues confronted in family loss situations. This is not counseling.
The purpose of these support groups is to provide the participants an opportunity to share their feelings in an accepting environment supported by trained, caring, compassionate adults.
The aim of these programs is to:
– Furnish the participant with an understanding of their new family unit
– Assist in building a stronger sense of self-esteem
– Direct them toward a healthy resolution of the changes that have taken place in their personal lives
Peer Support Programs
For children 5 years old through adults
Why do families need help in times of loss?
When a death, divorce, separation, incarceration, or abandonment occurs, it deeply affects everyone in the family. Parents or adult caregivers may be too overwhelmed by their own needs to provide the emotional support their children need. Parents need to understand and process their own grief and tune in to their child’s grief. Too often we grieve silently, and alone.
Grief can surface in debilitating ways, including:
- A loss of self-esteem
- A change in school or job performance
- A change in school or job performance
- A closing down of communications
Children need and deserve support during the grief process because they do not have the life experiences and coping tools that adults have. Grief carried unresolved into adulthood can affect one’s physical and emotional health, job performance, and the ability to develop healthy, lasting relationships.
Level I: Pre K through K
Level II: 1st and 2nd Grades
Level III: 3rd-5th Grades
Level IV: Middle School (6th through 8th Grades)
Adolescents need a chance to express their feelings. They may be too unsure of themselves, however, to take the risk. Like adults, they fear rejection or lack of understanding. Because of their own pain, parents may have a hard time helping their hurting teens.
Level V: High School (9th through 12th Grades)
Adults are often overwhelmed by loss. This program helps participants understand and process their own grief. Parents may become more attuned to their child’s grief, and with enthusiasm and love, recreate “family” again. The purpose of this program is to help adults mend the memories, heal the hurts, and once again have hope for a bright future. It is designed to have you take an honest look at the person you are today.
Level VI: Adult
Rainbow Kids is EXTREMELY grateful for our member churches.
These churches provide financial support, offer the use of their facilities to host peer support groups, and serve as a source of volunteers. Each congregation may have a representative on the Rainbow Kids Board of Directors.
Please contact us for a list of member churches
Rainbow Kids volunteers serve as small group facilitators or site coordinators (the person in charge at the host church).
Facilitator trainings are offered prior to the program
Volunteers must be adults (18 or older) who have a strong desire to help children or adults through a difficult time in their lives.
Volunteers must provide three personal references and undergo a background check.
Volunteer Facilitators will:
- Help shape a participant’s self-image
- Help shape a participant’s values
- Provide emotional support for the participant
- Help each participant see that s/he is lovable just as s/he is
Qualities of a Facilitator:
- Enjoys working with the age group s/he is facilitating
- Is able to listen, communicate, and share self openly
- Has motives of love, concern, and profound respect for others
- Can accept negative emotion
- Knows how to keep a confidence
- Is capable of working well with others
Responsibilities of a Volunteer:
- Attendance at an initial 1-1.5 hour facilitator training session
- Availability for the duration of the program for which s/he has volunteered
RAINBOW KIDS 2023 FALL PROGRAM