Conference Service Project
Children's Grief Center of New Mexico
The Association of Leadership Educators is proud to again partner with a local community organization during our annual conference in July! As part of our commitment to leave a positive impact on our ALE conference host city, we have partnered with Children's Grief Center of New Mexico (CGC).
In New Mexico, 1 in 10 (or 53,500) children will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 18 (Jag Institute/Judi’s House). Young people who experience the death of a loved one are highly vulnerable and can become isolated in their pain and confusion. Based in Albuquerque, the CGC provides free grief support groups for children, teens, young adults (ages 5-25) and their caregivers after the death of a loved one. CGC has served hundreds of grieving children and their families since 2001 with a small staff, and a corps of over 100 volunteers. Last year we served over 600. The CGC support groups are held in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, and this year added grief support groups for Spanish speakers. Families are never charged for their services and they are the only service of this kind in Central New Mexico. CGC also offers several trainings to Educators, First Responders, Mental Health Professionals and Medical Staff on various topics of children’s grief. CGC has a resource library, open to the public, with a wide variety of grief related books including parent loss, spouse loss, sibling loss, child loss, as well as books for teens and children. They also have books on parenting grieving children, sudden loss, suicide, homicide and anticipatory grief. In the darkest time of their lives the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico helps children and families start to heal together and move towards post-traumatic growth.
ALE is very pleased to support Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico by donations to their resource library, specifically booklets from What’s Your Grief that they give to grieving families.
There are Two Ways to Support CGC:
“I felt like no one understood me, and like I was all alone, but now I know there are people who feel like I do.” – 14-year-old girl whose father died
“I felt very hopeless and sad before I found CGC. I love this place and our group. I am very grateful to the Grief Center.” – 37-year old mom whose husband died
“CGC is a safe place to cry and share and to let your feelings out.” – 8-year-old girl whose mother died