Rainbows for All Children Inc.

Guiding youth through the storms of life.

aka Rainbows   |   Evanston, IL   |  http://www.rainbows.org

Mission

Rainbows for All Children supports all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. Rainbows for All Children fosters awareness that youth require support to heal. We nurture a community of effective Rainbows-trained Facilitators, supported with a repository of resources designed to guide youth in their grieving process.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mrs. Stephanie M. Garrity

Main address

614 Dempster St., Suite C

Evanston, IL 60202 USA

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Formerly known as

Rainbows For All God's Children, Inc.

EIN

36-3262836

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Single Organization Support (Q11)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 68% of children in the US, or approximately 50 million children, will experience one or more traumatic events, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), at some point during their childhood. Some of these ACEs include being the victim of or witness to community or school violence, divorce/separation, sudden loss of a loved one, military family-related stress, incarceration of a parent, living with a person who has a problem with alcohol or drugs, domestic violence, and psychological, physical, or sexual abuse. Children often do not have the ability to cope with their feelings and experiences around a traumatic event or a loss. It can be difficult for children to process and understand what they have experienced. When children are exposed to ACEs, their neurodevelopment can be disrupted. As a result, the child’s cognitive functioning or ability to cope with negative or disruptive emotions may be impaired.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

New Site Development

Rainbows for All Children has developed an age-appropriate program for grieving children suffering from loss due to death, divorce and deployment from the ages of 3-18. Support groups are held in schools, faith based organizations and community centers. The program is FREE to all participants.

The program is designed to be conducted by a trained facilitator in a child’s own community and with his or her own peers. It is this unique design that has allowed Rainbows to reach so many children. Sites recruit volunteers to host grief peer-support programs. Each volunteer is then trained by Rainbows to lead 14 weekly peer-support meetings.  Each peer-support group consists of 3-5 members that work on individual and group projects. These children are also given a journal that lends them a voice to share their grief and allow them to gain emotional control over their situation. The projects are designed to help participants cope with and resolve their grief. By providing all of this support in an accepting environment, Rainbows allows participants to develop positive life skills that will help them achieve future success.

The programs meet the needs of pre-school, elementary and high school children. Although each program focuses on a different age group, the main topics and themes are the same throughout. Every participant completes a program that covers topics of self, feelings, specific loss-event, anger and hurt, fears and worries, change in families, trust, forgiveness, and most importantly, coping tools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Over 68% of all Children living in the United States will experience the loss of a loved one during their childhood. Children who experience the trauma and grief associated with losing a parent or guardian are at an increased risk for:
-Learning, emotional and behavioral issues
-Physical health problems
-Aggression, substance & alcohol abuse

Rainbows' programs help children who are grieving the loss of a parent or guardian due to death, divorce, deployment, or trauma. Rainbows' trained facilitators, using age-appropriate curriculum, establish peer support groups in schools, faith-based organizations, or community centers.

Rainbows' programs are for all children from all economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The program is FREE for all participants.

Rainbows uses age-appropriate curriculum which has helped over 3.5 million of our youth over the past 35 years.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

New Site Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Developed and enhanced over the last 35 years, our programs teach children and teens how to cope with loss so they can avoid destructive behaviors before they begin. Research shows that, without intervention, grieving children are at risk of developing mal-adaptive coping behaviors such as gang involvement, alcohol & drug abuse, unwanted pregnancies, and school truancy. We serve youth, ages 3-18, of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Rainbows participants work through our comprehensive lesson plans – utilizing personal journals along with special activities and other materials designed to help them understand their loss, resolve their grief, learn coping strategies, and develop life skills that will serve them immediately in their time of need and in the future as they mature into adulthood. At Rainbows, our ultimate goal is to offer EVERY grieving youth in EVERY community an opportunity to successfully navigate their personal storms and thrive in the wake of loss and change.

The negative effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences are preventable, and children can be taught coping skills to help them develop greater resiliency. Rainbows for All Children works to address Adverse Childhood Experiences as soon as possible after they occur to allow children to grow into flourishing and healthy adults. Rainbows for All Children creates a safe place for children to openly discuss their feelings with understanding and validation and provides the tools they need to process their experiences and their feelings. Children journey through a curriculum carefully designed support their emotional needs.

The goals of Rainbows for All Children are to:
• Build awareness among teachers and adults who interact with children to identify symptoms of trauma.
• Translate materials into Spanish and Arabic.
• Reach more children through a local Rainbows group in Chicago.
• Help participating children achieve the following:
o Increase the number of children who know healthy ways to be less stressed by 90%
o Increase the number of children who feel they are stress free most or all of the time by 90%.
o Increase the number of children who feel they are happy most or all of the time by 95%.
o Increase the number of children who know they can go through hard times and still be okay by 150%.
o Increase the number of children who know the divorce was not their fault by 65%.
o Increase the number of children who feel loved by 20%
o Increase the number of children who strongly agree that hurting themselves does not help by 50%.
o 90% of Rainbows children will attend school regularly and/or improve their academic performance.

Over the past three years, Rainbows has focused on developing and updating our existing program model to meet youth where they are and provide our program in methods to which youth are most accustomed. In August of this year our hard work came to fruition as we launched a newly developed facilitator training and an updated facilitator manual. Our new facilitator training and manual is robust, current, relevant, interactive, and full of current facts, research and teaching techniques to support our grieving youth. Facilitators will be better trained; more ready to help grieving youth and be provided with resources and tools to allow them to help our youth. They will have tried and proven tools combined with new tools, as well as access to ongoing resources such as regular webinars and evaluation aids.

Currently we work with over 100,000 children every year, but we know that as many as 51 million children every year are in need of our grief support programs. We are preparing to launch a Rainbows awareness campaign to make the general public more familiar with the work and mission of Rainbows and how we are ready to help all grieving children.

We invested heavily of time and money into this new re-design and are now focused on developing our outreach efforts to get this new training into the hands of facilitators who will use it to reach children in grief. Now that we have this modern, streamlined and accessible E-Learning system in place, the challenge we face is getting our trainings and materials in front of those in need of our programs. We need support to help us reach those institutions and individuals who do not know of our services, but are in need of Rainbows. We need to increase our outreach and marketing efforts to make sure that new sites and facilitators can easily access these new resources we offer. We have invested time and money in updating our program, and now that it is newly launched, we must focus on educating potential partners of all the Rainbows now has to offer.

Financials

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Rainbows for All Children Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Anjum Abbasi-Voight

AbbVie

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Lisa Micka

Altair Advisers

Term: 2019 - 2021

Anjum Abbasi Voight

Strategic Marketing & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant

Meghan Dwyer

Reporter WGN-TV

Judson Ely

Independent Consultant

Jennifer McCoy-Dumas

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Lisa Sawczuk

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Tareta Adams

Pfizer

Lisa Micka

Altair Advisers

Wendy Behr

Food and Beverage Consultant

Danielle DeCosmo

West Monroe

David Depkon

Hilton Supply Management, retired

Fahhad Farukhi

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Demi Haupt

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Humberto Jaimes

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Sylvester Knight

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Tim Yehl

Federal Affairs and Communications Consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes