Inside Philanthropy recently featured an article on the New York Life Foundation's Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative (GSSI.) The article highlights the program's goals to raise awareness about bereavement in the school community by training educators in K-12 classrooms all across America to be better prepared to deal with grieving students.
GSSI is a way to bridge the gap between the overwhelming number of grieving kids and a prevailing lack of training on the issue. A recent survey revealed that only seven percent of teachers have received bereavement training, despite the fact that about one in 15 kids will go through the death of a parent or sibling before reaching the age of 18*. The program is already off to a strong start with hundreds of schools in 30 states already participating, and it’s expected to reach 1,000 schools by the end of this school year.
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