Mar 18 2022

Understanding the Impact of Grieving and Loss on Young People & Ways to Respond: Out-of-School Time Stakeholder Convening

Grantmakers for Education


March 18, 12:00 pm ET


  • Child Bereavement Estimation Model helps us understand/raise awareness of childhood bereavement; 2022 data: 7.7% of all youth (1 in 13 youth will experience death of caregiver) & varies by state & demographics.

  • Any org serving youth is serving grieving youth.

  • Large gaps across county in services for bereaved children.

  • Need to address acute needs related to grief but also long-term support as grief is not a linear process.

  • Mentoring important for long-term support; however, there are not many trauma-informed mentoring models.

  • Stigma associated with COVID & parental death.

  • Need to equip staff with the language to help young people experiencing grief and know how/when to refer to other services.

  • Grief is not an illness – most children & adults have a “normal” adaptive grief response; need to create space and support for that process.

Program Resources

Pre-COVID data showed that 1 in 14 children would experience losing a parent or sibling to death before the age of 18.  If not supported, grief can have a serious impact on learning, academic performance, social withdrawal, and behavioral health. The pandemic illuminated this common yet overlooked public priority and added new layers of grief and loss to young people’s day to day experience.  Please join the discussion on March 18th to learn more about grief, its impact on young people, and how we can come together to support our youth. 

Moderated by Marlyn Torres, Corporate Vice President, NY Life Foundation.


  • Maria Collins, Vice President, NY Life Foundation
  • Laura J. Landry, PhD, Director of Evaluation and Research, Judi's House/JAG Institute
  • Catherine Jaynes, Senior Director, External Affairs, COVID Collaborative
  • Sara Wingerath-Schlanger, Senior Program Director, Tuesday's Children

About the Series

Join the EdFunders Out-of-School Time Impact Group for an ongoing conversation with funders, practitioners and other stakeholders centered on learning about and with the out-of-school time sector, focusing on essential issues in OST now and in the future. Each video call will dive into a specific content area, challenge, and/or opportunity for the field and feature experts in the sector and philanthropy.

Register once for the ongoing series and join as your schedule allows. Already registered? We’ll send you a reminder of your meeting access beforehand.

Calls are scheduled from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET on the third Friday of each month.

See video and resources from past calls in the event archive.


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