Caring for communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss

New York, NY   |


Tuesday's Children provides a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict or mass violence.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Terry Grace Sears

Main address

390 Plandome Rd Ste 217

New York, NY 11030 USA

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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tuesday’s Children provides personalized support and a safe “landing place” to traumatized, grief-stricken children, families and communities left reeling from terrorism, military conflict or mass violence. Our work begins when the emergency response ends – when the true, life-altering impact of the violence sets in. We remain long after other aid organizations and the media have gone. This is our promise to those we serve. Our proven, long-term approach to helping family members and communities recover was forged in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Our programs enable our service population to, over time, heal, recover and ultimately thrive. Tuesday’s Children is proud to offer the same life-changing programs for the military community as we did for those who lost a loved one on September 11th. Our Military Initiative guides families of the fallen beyond grief into next steps towards a lifetime of healing.

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?

Youth Mentoring Program

The Tuesday’s Children Long Term Youth Mentoring program is designed to encourage and support mutually beneficial, long-standing relationships between adult role models and children ages 6-18. Mentoring relationships enable children to grow emotionally and socially, build resilience and develop coping skills while encouraging them to make healthy choices. Tuesday’s Children identifies and recruits mentors through corporations, civic organizations and local media. All mentor candidates undergo thorough background and reference checks and, prior to being assigned, mentors receive special training in childhood development and the stages of grief. Community based mentoring matches in NY and DC Metro areas support mentors and children meeting twice a month, for a minimum of one year. Events designed to encourage group dynamics, team building and community service are scheduled quarterly. Children of the fallen across the country are also eligible for the digital mentoring program connecting them with mentors through technology on a frequent basis.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Tuesday's Children brings together teens, ages 15-20, from around the world to share a “common bond”—the traumatic loss of family member to terrorism, violent extremism or war. Participants echo the mantra of our program to “Let Our Past Change the Future.” Teens gather for an eight day healing and peace-building symposium in a safe and supportive environment where they engage in dialogue and community-building activities that acknowledge and respect their differences while promoting friendship and understanding.  Tuesday's Children is  building an international community of young people whose lives have been transformed by terrorism, global ambassadors working toward peace, positivity and empowerment. Project COMMON BOND is the most expansive and fastest growing of our programs and the only international program uniting children directly impacted by acts of terrorism.

Population(s) Served

Innovative and transformative, Adult Programs address the mental health and life issues faced by families dealing with a traumatic loss. These include health and wellness programs, life management skills such as financial planning, career counseling and job search guidance. Our renowned Creative Insight program develops personal and interpersonal skills for challenging life situations, encourages creative problem solving and enhances communication skills. Parenting programs, developed in collaboration with nationally recognized leaders, address the parent-child relationship, as well as the unique needs of a single parent caring for young children and adolescents.

Population(s) Served

Tuesday’s Children has many years of experience providing career guidance to the families directly impacted by the tragedy of September 11th. The Career Resource Center services are designed to provide young adults with tools and resources necessary to navigate the internship and career process.  Informational seminars, one-on-one sessions, career guidance resources and information are presented to engage each participant. A number of major corporations have committed to offer internship and career opportunities for qualified applicants and have partnered with Tuesday’s Children as career mentors.



Programming includes:


• Seminars, workshops and panel discussions to build skills and share resources


• Internship, job placement, and shadow day opportunities


• Participation in Tuesday’s Children’s annual Take Our Children to Work Day program


• One-on-one career mentor opportunities


• Networking opportunities with peers and mentors


• Toolkits and resources for skill building

Population(s) Served

The Tuesday’s Children First Responder Alliance strives to provide responders and their families with services and programs to alleviate stress and other mental health concerns. The First Responder Alliance has many valuable partners which aim to address urgent needs and provide a bridge to external physical and mental health services.

We have also found that when we connect our First Responder families to other members of the 9/11 community there is a profound and positive impact on collective healing — many of our programs assist families in forming connections, developing support systems and assisting families in coping with chronic mental and physical concerns.

Population(s) Served

Tuesday’s Children has demonstrated success engaging, mentoring and blending military families in events and programs that build community and promote resilience

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Tuesday's Children works in partnership with experts from all over the world in collaboration with mental health professionals to provide long-term healing solutions for all those impacted by terror, violent extremism and war. Our unique model focuses on bringing communities together in the wake of unimaginable tragedy to heal over the long term by providing personalized support and safe space for traumatized families. Our work begins when the emergency response ends – when the true, life-altering impact of the violence sets in. We remain long after other aid organizations and the media have gone.

Over the past 18+ years working with the 9/11 community, we have learned invaluable lessons about the long-term healing of individuals and communities. We understand how to engage parents, children, widows, families and communities as a whole to earn their trust and develop programs based on their needs. From these lessons we have developed a Long-Term Healing Model comprised of a resource guide for implementation strategies; a train-the-trainer curriculum for sharing our lessons learned; and online toolkit for creating community-based long-term healing; and consulting-based guidance for replication and adaptation. We will share this Model with communities worldwide looking to implement their own programs addressing the long-term needs post-terrorist event

Tuesday's Children has 18+ years of experience working with children and families who have experience traumatic loss. We have developed programs specific to the needs of the community we serve and modified and expanded those services as the needs change. For example, recognizing the similarities in traumatic loss in Military Families of the Fallen, we have recently expanded our programming to the military space.

Over 27,000 individuals directly impacted by the tragic events of Tuesday, September 11th have been supported by Tuesday's Children; over 6,000 individuals are currently served by the First Responder Alliance, a Tuesday's Children program that connects Tuesday, September 11th first responder families to other members of the community. More than 750 young adults from 48 U.S. states and 31 countries, all affected by terrorism or violent extremism, have come together to heal at Project COMMON BOND, a Tuesday's Children program. And over 1,600 youth have joined the Career Resource Center supported by our network of corporate and industry contacts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection



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Board of directors
as of 01/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. John Cahalane

Managing Director, Tradeweb

Board co-chair

Mr. Fred Strobel


Paul Iskyan

Rug Renovating Co. Inc.

Thomas G. Seaman

Eden Health, Inc.

Terry Sears

Tuesday's Children

Scott Patterson

Marsh & McLennan

David Galasso

Morgan Stanley

Kelly Green Grady

Kevin Parks

Parks Capital Management

Stephen Ross

Ernst & Young

Jay Fagan

Ryan Bonifacino

Mount Cuba Capital

Roger V. Coleman

CEO, Coleman Partners LLC

Peter Feola

Director, Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Distribution

John Fitzsimmons

APF Properties

Leo Flanagan, Jr., Phd.

Founder & Co-Managing Partner, The Center For Resilience, LLC

Debra Menich

Dry Goods Consulting

Amit Arya


Erica Barrett


Daniel Baumbach

Jump Trading

Henry Briffel


Marc Butler


Silvia Davi

V&S Strategic Consulting

COL Daniel Morgan, USA RET

Stephen Murphy

Block O'Toole

Michael Nichol

Patrick O'Connor


Louis Romano

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Phil Silvestri

Havas Tonic

Robert Smith

ICV Group

Tiffany Sorensen

Circle TPR

Norman Viet

Century 21 Department Stores

David Weild, IV

Weild & Co.

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.