At Gilda’s Club Madison, we recognize that cancer impacts the whole family. Our youth programs are designed to offer them a place to connect, talk about their experiences, and most importantly, know they are not alone.


Connections

Kids and teens can find connection with each other through scheduled workshops and social activities. Keep an eye on the calendar and social media for upcoming events.

Bounce

Tuesdays, 6:00-6:45 pm (via Zoom)

A safe and engaging space for kids to connect who have a parent or loved one with cancer. Kids will have the opportunity to check-in about their week, feel supported by peers in a similar situation, ask questions, learn coping skills, and process their feelings through interactive activities. The group is open to all kids ages 5-12 who have a loved one living with cancer. The group will run weekly on Tuesday nights from 6-6:45 pm on Zoom.
To register or for more information please contact Carissa Hodgson at carissa@gildasclubmadison.org


Grief Busters

Children that have lost a sibling, parent, guardian, grandparent, or other loved one to cancer can participate in this special professionally-facilitated grief and loss support program designed for children. Grief Busters is a six session program and is run at different times throughout the year.

For more information about when the next Grief Busters session will take place, please call 608-828-8880 or e-mail program@gildasclubmadison.org.


Workshops

Kids and teens cope with cancer in many different ways. Finding activities that foster creativity and movement give them new ways to express themselves. Check the online calendar for youth-specific workshops that might include arts and crafts, movement (such as yoga, karate or dance), healthy cooking, and stress reduction.


Socials

Child holding craft project

Kids and teens benefit from the sense of normalcy and belonging that is created by seeing other families like theirs. This is especially important right now when they are more isolated. You’ll find virtual socials on the calendar such as online games, karaoke/dance parties, and our annual Noogiefest Halloween party. You’ll also find social gatherings geared towards the whole family on our calendar—All of these are great opportunities to connect with other families affected by cancer.

Do you have a talent or expertise you’d like to share with our kids and teens? Please contact our Program Director, Kirsten Norslien, at 828-8873 or email kirsten@gildasclubmadison.org.


Family Support and Short-Term Counseling

A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family. You might have questions or concerns about how to talk to your kids, what resources to use, and how to best support children through a cancer diagnosis. Our Program Staff are experienced at supporting you and your family through this.

For more information or to set up a free family counseling session, please call 608-828-8880 or e-mail program@gildasclubmadison.org.


CUREative Art & Writing Contest for Teens

Wisconsin teens are invited to submit one piece of art, writing, or video that is a reflection of their connection to cancer. The teen may be a cancer survivor, have a loved one with cancer, have experienced a death to cancer, or has been touched in some way in their life by cancer. Submission deadline: April 7, 2022 at 4pm.