To expand Kate’s Club’s impact beyond the Clubhouse walls, we have developed KC Connects. Kate’s Club Connects (KC Connects) is our outreach and advocacy initiative that takes the bereavement support that Kate’s Club offers outside of our “clubhouse” walls. It represents our evolving approach to achieving our mission: Empowering children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.
Grief is a normal reaction to death or loss in a person’s life. Grieving children may act out, have trouble focusing and experience a decline in academic performance. KC Connects helps these at-risk children reconnect to hope. It also seeks to increase emotional awareness, health, kindness and compassion. Although not all children have experienced a significant loss due to death, we believe that all children are affected by grief and loss in some way and that supportive classrooms and communities contribute in a big way toward our vision of “a world in which it is ok to grieve.”
KC Connects has provided support groups in several local school districts and with other community based organizations. KC Connects has presented classroom programs on grief and loss to elementary, middle and high school students. KC Connects offers in-services to school counselors, MSW’s and others who work with children in various educational and clinical settings.