Contact: Email Michele Halusic, Associate Director, Program or call (212) 647-9700.
Noogieland – For Children Ages 5-12
Noogieland is our program offering ongoing support for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, have a loved one living with cancer, or grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer. Noogieland consists of Noogie Night support groups, educational and interactive workshops, Gilda’s Study Corner, and Team Sparkle.
Noogie Nights are supportive groups held on a weekly basis. They offer opportunities for discussion, interactive workshops including yoga and therapy dog visits, and more with the help of volunteers. Supervised by a licensed clinician, Noogie Nights provide a safe environment for kids to share their feelings and build support. They are scheduled at the same time as many of Gilda’s Club adult activities, so that comprehensive support can be provided to the whole family.
Gilda’s Study Corner
Gilda’s Study Corner provides time for the children who participate in Noogie Nights to receive homework help from a trained volunteer for one hour prior to their support group. This program was developed to help ease the burden of ensuring that homework is done by the end of the night.
This very special program provides week-long sessions of fun themes, specialized workshops, field trips and lots of laughter during periods throughout the year when school is not in session (mid-winter recess, spring break, summer vacation). Lunch and snacks are provided. There is no fee for Team Sparkle but registration is required as there is limited space.
For Teens Ages 13-17
Teens Connect is our supportive group for teens that have been touched by cancer in any way. It provides an opportunity for discussion, socialization, and various specialized workshops. Teens are encouraged to share their experiences with cancer in this weekly group that is facilitated by a licensed clinician.
“It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest
This contest provides a forum for teens to share their experience with cancer – their own or that of a family member or friend. It is open to any teen in grades 9-12, residing in New York City or Long Island. The essays are judged by a panelist of young adult authors. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 winners and a post-contest reception is held at our Manhattan Clubhouse for all essay contestants. Please check back for updates on the next contest. See an archive of past winners.
Social Activities For Children & Teens
Social Activities are offered throughout the course of the year for children and their families, such as Noogie & Teen Family Fun Night which usually includes a movie and pizza, Noogiefest (our annual Halloween event), and our Winter Wonderland holiday celebration.