Organizations

About Our Kids http://www.aboutourkids.org - This site offers articles with information on helping children handle difficult situations such as coping with illness, death, disaster, violence and other forms of trauma. This includes talking with children about terrorism. The site also offers advice on developing attitudes of respect and tolerance and remaining free of prejudice. Experts in the field of child and teenage mental health write the essays.

American Red Cross http://ehl.redcross.org - The Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum developed by the Red Cross is an easy-to-use program. Materials include primary source materials, case studies, and interactive lessons. Designed for middle school and high school students, it addresses important questions concerning the protection of human rights during war times. Best known for its roll in assisting people during times of natural disasters and human-driven crises, the Red Cross also has a number of educational curricula and programs available. The EHL may be downloaded in pdf from the web site.

Good Grief, Inc. http://www.good-grief.org - It is important to normalize grief in our society and create resilient communities where children coping with loss grow up emotionally healthy and able to lead meaningful and productive lives. This is done through our year-round peer grief support center and educational workshops.

Global Survivors Network http://www.globalsn.net - is acollaboration of victims of terror attacks around the world. They work to tell the story of global terrorism and their website is filled with the stories of victims. This organization produced Killing in the Name, a short film nominated for an Academy Award which tells the story of terrorism from a Middle Eastern man’s perspective.

The Inner Resilience Program http://www.innerresilience-tidescenter.org - The Inner Resilience Program, a project of the Tides Center, was founded in the spring of 2002 in response to the effects of the events of September 11, 2001 on New York City schools. The aim was to equip school staff and parents with the skills necessary to build back their inner strength, and to model these skills for the children in their care. Initially funded by the American Red Cross and the September 11th fund, we began with a core program of retreats, professional development workshops, bodywork sessions, and yoga classes for school staff, as well as educational workshops for parents. After a while, teachers began to request concrete tools for use in their classrooms – tools that would assist them in teaching their children the essential skills of inner resilience.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/school-crisis/ - The lives of children are too frequently touched by crises that may include the death of family members, friends, or others important in a child’s life. When this occurs, learning, behavior and relationships can be impacted. The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) can provide guidance for families and schools to understand and meet the needs of students, families and teachers. The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was established in 2005 with initial support from the September 11th Children’s Fund and the National Philanthropic Trust with supplemental funding from Procter & Gamble.

NYU Child Study Center http://www.aboutourkids.org/articles/talking_kids_about_terrorism_or_acts_war - Written by Robin F. Goodman, Ph.D. and updated by Marylene Cloitre, Ph.D., Talking to Kids About Terrorism or Acts of War is written as a series of questions from adults with responses from the authors. Robin F. Goodman is a clinical psychologist who specializes in bereavement issues. Dr. Goodman is the Director of Family Programs for VOICES of September 11th. The article with a list of resources is also available on the VOICES site at: http://www.voicesofseptember11.org/dev/content.php?idtocitems=terrorismrobin.

Project Rebirth http://www.projectrebirth.org - Project Rebirth is the nonprofit organization stemming from the feature-length documentary Rebirth, which records the strength of the human spirit coping with disaster and the ongoing redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. Project Rebirth serves as a vehicle to promote the unique preparedness needs of first responders as the frontline of disaster recovery. The mission of Project Rebirth is to chronicle living history and honor 9/11 victims and first responders, and to advance educational initiatives committed to pre- trauma resiliency building for first responders. All proceeds from the commercial distribution of Rebirth are endowed to Project Rebirth to support its programmatic efforts.

Race to Peace http://www.learningpeace.com/pages/rtp10.html - Helping Children Cope with War was written by Naomi Drew, M.A. who is also the author of Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World. In the article she offers 4 important rules of thumb for kids of every age, 6 steps to hope for kids of every age, and a list of additional web site and book resources.

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth http://ubhc.umdnj.edu/brti/TLC.htm - The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) at UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school-age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness. This is accomplished through county, regional and statewide conferences, training, consultation, onsite traumatic loss response, and technical assistance. The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, traumatic grief, and resiliency enhancement. Since its inception, the TLC has trained thousands of individuals throughout the state with the purpose of saving lives and promoting post trauma healing and resiliency for the youth of New Jersey.

VOICES of September 11th http://www.voicesofseptember11.org - The digital archive contains thousands of stories of those lost on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, Shanksville, and the Pentagon, and of those who survived. The 9/11 Living Memorial, an online interactive tribute, may be accessed from the site as well as other commemorative information and supportive services.