- 5:30 - 9 p.m. weekly (Mon. or Thurs.) for at least one school year
- 19+; pass three background checks
- Northeast Side
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You understand that no one “gets over” grief, but they can be learn to cope with their loss. You can meet and accept individuals where they are. You like the idea of getting to know the kids well and following their journey while they’re in the group. You don’t need to have experience in counseling, therapy, or social work; it’s really about your ability to be a genuinely active and compassionate listener. You enjoy working with kids and seeing them grow.
About Ele's Place
Ele's Place is dedicated to creating awareness of and providing support for grieving children and their families. Through peer support group programs, Ele’s Place helps children cope with the death of a parent, sibling, or other close family member or friend. Ele's Place recognizes that children's grief is unique and that unaddressed grief can have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being. Death crosses all religious, cultural, and economic boundaries. Ele's Place helps all grieving children and their families cope with their loss by providing support from peers, professionals, and trained volunteers. As a result, the children learn to accept the tremendous changes they are experiencing, and thus continue their lives with hope and confidence. All of Ele’s Place services are provided free of charge to ensure that all families, regardless of financial means, are able to participate and benefit from their services
What Others are Saying
"Ele's Place provides a safe place for kids to share their feelings and to be around other kids who have the same thoughts and experiences. Seeing the connections that the kids make with one another is powerful. None of these kids asked to be put in this position, but at least they have others that they can share and connect with. There may be heavy moments that you should be prepared for, but for the most part you will be inspired by the resiliency of these kids."Jason
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Ele's Place directly.
What to Expect
Submit an application, and Michaela will reach out to you with more information. She’ll answer your questions, explain the training process, and add you to the next training. You’ll meet with Ele’s Place staff for a pre-training interview, which is a chance to share your story and talk through potential scenarios a facilitator may experience. The training (typically in summer and winter) is 23 hours and takes place on two Saturdays and two weeknights. The training provides a framework for grief and loss, discusses the developmental stages of children, stresses the importance of empathic listening, and provides instruction regarding how to be an effective facilitator. As a new facilitator, you’ll be partnered with one or more seasoned facilitators.