"To help support and transform the lives of grieving youth and communities throughout the United States"
Alex Cares for Grieving Youth®, a creator of innovative initiatives and partnerships is the non profit incubator founded by Amy Liebman Rapp. We partner with people, organizations and ideas that ignite social change in the area of childhood loss and grief and youth development. We have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, especially along lines of race and gender.
Alex Cares, Inc. is a non profit tax exempt charitable foundation and is an approved 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
Our belief in the power of young people to explore and understand their story in the face of loss is central to our mission. This exploration creates a meaningful canvas for youth to find the tools and resources, that help them realize that their loss is not their whole story, but a key piece to what and who they will become.
U.S. Copyright November, 2014
We invest resources in specific initiatives that complement our approach to igniting civic engagement. We focus on strategic partnerships that we develop proactively to enhance the impact of our work. Given this strategy, we regret that we are unable to review or consider unsolicited grant proposals or letters of inquiry.
Amy Liebman Rapp, M.S.Ed., CT has helped transform not for profit organizations and businesses utilizing collaboration, innovation, mentorship, and strategic thinking. She is a nationally recognized authority in childhood and adult bereavement with hands- on experience in a variety of settings.
With her strategic vision as Granting Director (2002-2006), Managing Director (2006-2012) and Program Design and Strategy Consultant (2013-2016) of A Little Hope, Inc.( founded by Whitney and Evan Michaels after the September 11th World Trade Center Tragedy) - the organization became a national foundation for grieving children, teens and families. A Little Hope is the first national organization dedicated to raising money to advance the growth of children’s grief support and the expansion of bereavement centers, camps and school programs for grieving children and teens across the United States. Under Amy's leadership, the foundation partnered with 94 organizations in 39 states directly impacting the lives of more than 250,000 youth..
Amy served (2003-2008) as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the College of New Rochelle Graduate School, where she was an internship supervisor of the students in the Gerontology/Thanatology program. She has previously served as a provider for both the New York State Child Care Educational Incentive Program and the Partnership for After School Education, conducting workshops and trainings throughout the state. She was an on-site grief counselor and provided crisis response services for the AON Corporation in New York and Greenwich, CT. after the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy. She also served as a caseworker for the American Red Cross of Greater New York Family Gift Program Long Term Recovery Project.
Prior to entering the bereavement field, Amy was a highly respected custom bath & kitchen cabinet designer, sales and marketing professional, CEO and management consultant in the residential construction industry throughout the northeast United States. Her second career developed as a single parent, after the death of her husband Sidney, in August 1991. Amy is the Founder & Director of The Sanctuary and The Sanctuary National Grief Support Network.
Her professional affiliations include: Exponent Philanthropy; Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC); American Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Alliance for Grieving Children, of which she is a founding board member.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amy Liebman Rapp, M.S.Ed., CT
President & CEO, Alex Cares, Inc.
Executive Director, The Sanctuary and The Sanctuary National Grief Support Network
Stephen N. Shapiro
Of Counsel, Newman Myers Kreines Gross Harris, P.C. Attorneys at Law, New York
Alexander L. Rapp
Sergeant, NYPD- SRG
Lieutenant, Larchmont VAC
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Kevin R. Carter,MSW, LCSW
Social Work Leader, Educator & Clinician Clinical Director, Uplift Center for Grieving Children; Adjunct Faculty at Lasalle University. Kevin has worked in a range of human service and academic institutions across the country and is a highly respected and nationally known clinician, administrator and educator.
Jennifer Kaplan, PhD, LICSW, FT
Founder, Jeffs' Place (MA) and FRIENDS WAY (RI) & Founding Clinical Director, Experience Camps for Grieving Children. Her research includes the Inventory of Youth Adaptation to Loss (IYAL) developed to understand the feelings and social supports experienced by bereaved youth to develop an evidence-base for bereavement interventions. Dr. Kaplan is the author of You Are Not Alone: Young Adults Coping With Death.
Mary Beth McIntire, MBA
Chief Programs Officer
The Medical Society of Virginia.
Former CEO, Comfort Zone Camp
Tashel C. Bordere, Ph.D., FT Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, U.S.
Her research interests include African American youth and young adult bereavement and adjustment to loss, social justice issues in loss, qualitative methods and culturally responsive programming.
Tashel is the co-editor (along with Darcy L. Harris) of the Handbook of Social Justice In Loss And Grief: Exploring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Laurie Strauss Baumer
Executive Vice President
Capital Region Community Foundation
Former CEO Ele’s Place
Lansing-Ann Arbor-Grand Rapids-Flint
Alesia Alexander MSW,LCSW, CT
Licensed clinical social worker in Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
Specialties: Grief and loss advocacy, youth development interventions, social engagement strategy, community organization, grassroots movements. Serves as a consultant on Gang intervention and Inclusion at centers across the U.S. and Internationally.
Author of Tapestries: A Creative & inclusive Approach to Grief Support with Young People & Communities (2013).
and resources for grieving children: Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia: Saying Goodbye to Daddy (1999), A Mural for Mamita/Un Mural Para Mamita (2001), and Dream Clouds (2011)
AMY'S PERSONAL STORY OF LOSS, RESILIENCE AND GROWTH
Your gift accelerates our ability to connect with and provide grief support services for at-risk and unserved kids, teens and families in communities across the United States.
Thank you for your support.
Alex Cares Inc.
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