Young women living at Florence Crittenton often experience different types of losses as they navigate their journey toward adulthood.  One in ten have experienced the death of a parent or sibling before they reach the age of 18.  Others have little or no relationship with their father and/or mother due to incarceration, foster care, being kicked out, or running away from home.  Some may be grieving the loss of their own child.

Youth feel their experiences of loss and grief are underacknowledged and too often are diagnosed with as a mental “disorder” or “dysfunction” needing treatment. Let’s change the way young women are supported through grief.

This #GivingTuesday, our goal is to raise $10,000 to transform one of our rooms into a L.Y.G.H.T. Room, as well a provide additional clinical support to help youth process their grief safely.

The L.Y.G.H.T. program is a grief-informed and trauma-informed intervention inspired by youth who reported their loss and grief is not adequately addressed in foster care and other out-of-home placement. L.Y.G.H.T. is a youth-led and youth-driven peer support group facilitated by supportive adults. L.Y.G.H.T. provides a space for youth to listen, talk, and offer support to one another as they cope with missing family, friends, and other important people, as well as other losses in their lives.

We are excited to bring this evidence-based program to Florence Crittenton. In partnership with Carolina Youth Development Center, Florence Crittenton has trained staff and volunteers to support youth in running bi-weekly peer grief support groups beginning January 2023. To learn more about L.Y.G.H.T, please visit The Dougy Center:  National Grief Center for Children & Families.