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National Virtual Kids and Teens “Connect Over Cancer” Program

National Virtual Kids and Teens “Connect Over Cancer” Program

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Pickles Group’s successful activity-based peer support model for kids affected by a parent’s cancer is now offered nationally through our Virtual Connect Over Cancer Program. Register here by June 21st to reserve your spot!

Our Chief Clinical Program Officer, Kelsey Mora, LCPC, CCLS, is an expert in supporting families through illness and designed this unique program based on more than a decade supporting kids. The program has been tailored to a Zoom format by an experienced virtual educator.

Meetings are facilitated by our skilled volunteer Youth Facilitators who have backgrounds in child development, education, Child Life, social work, and other youth-focused areas.

This 5-Week Spring 2024 Cohort Launches on Sunday, July 14th and takes place every Sunday through August 11th.

Kids and teens in the program build relationships with friends who get them in a safe, supportive, fun environment online. They also learn about cancer in a developmentally appropriate way, an experience that’s proven to decrease stress, anxiety, and worry for kids whose parents or guardians have cancer.

These engaging virtual group meetings are interactive, play, and art-based.

Parents receive weekly prompts to help facilitate connection and conversation at home.

The program themes are:

💚 Week 1 – Getting started and getting to know each other.

💚 Week 2 – Shared experiences. What do we have in common? What brings us together?

💚 Week 3 – Learn together. What is cancer? What is treatment? What is my parent going through, and how can I better communicate with them about it?

💚 Week 4 – How it feels and what can we do about it? Kids start to express their emotions and learn valuable coping skills they can use in life beyond their parent’s cancer, too.

💚 Week 5 – Hope, gratitude, and see you soon! Kids leave the program with positivity and friendships that will help them throughout their parent’s experience.

Program dates are: Sunday, July 14; Sunday, July 21: Sunday, July 28; Sunday, August 4th; Sunday, August 11th. Youth should plan to attend all five unique sessions to experience the full benefit of the program.

Location: Virtual (Zoom) from 1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific, 2:00pm-3:30pm Mountain, 3:00pm-4:30pm Central, 4:00pm-5:30pm Eastern,

Event Type: Online Kids and Teens Peer Group Meetings

Who Can Attend: New and existing Pickles youth navigating a parent or guardian’s cancer diagnosis. We serve kids and teens in grades 1-12, ages 6-18. All are welcome. This program is well-suited for youth who would benefit from peer connection and a better understanding of cancer.

Registration: If you are a new Pickles family, please complete our Youth Registration Form no later than Friday, June 28th to receive program information and supplies for the Sunday, July 14th start date.

Please select the “Yes” for “Would you like your child to attend our 5-week Summer Virtual ‘Connect Over Cancer’ Program that starts July 14, 2024?” on the youth registration form section.

Existing Pickles families will receive a separate link if they are interested in registering their child(ren).

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Jun 21 2024


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