Youth and Family

Browse activities designed for youth, teens and families to share experiences while building support and friendship. Our hands-on, family-oriented programs can help children improve their emotional vocabulary and learn to express feelings in a positive way, while deepening self-awareness and self-confidence. Families have the opportunity to make lasting memories while learning communication tools and coping mechanisms to regain a sense of control over their lives, together.

Art Project Backpack Program

A cancer diagnosis impacts everyone in the family. The children of parents or grandparents with cancer and the brothers and sisters of a child with cancer often have difficulty with the changes in family dynamics that occur as a result of the diagnosis.

Created by a certified art therapist, the Art Project Backpack Program is designed for children in a family affected by cancer. The backpacks include art activities that are intended to foster creativity and experimentation. The backpacks include our Frankly Speaking About Cancer: What Do I Tell the Kids book for parents, which has helpful tips about talking to kids and teens about cancer.

The backpacks are distributed to families that participate in programs at our facility, to children participating in our family counseling program, and through our community outreach activities. In addition, backpacks that are designed specifically for siblings are being distributed through our partnership with Childhood Cancer Family Connections to children who have a brother or sister with cancer in Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

For details and upcoming dates or to receive a backpack, please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) or email Angie Santangelo, Clinical Program Director.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: What Do I Tell the Kids?

Even as an adult, learning about a cancer diagnosis is life changing. What Do I Tell the Kids? is a publication in Cancer Support Community’s landmark cancer education series, Frankly Speaking About Cancer®, for parents that offers tips on how to communicate the necessary information to children of all ages. This book is free to participants who visit the Education & Resources Library at our facility.

For more information, please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) or email Angie Santangelo, Clinical Program Director.

Art and Play Therapy

Individual or family therapy is available, led by licensed therapists, as mechanisms to help families cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Sessions are scheduled as needed

For more information, please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) or email Angie Santangelo, Clinical Program Director.

Individual and Family Counseling

For more information, please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) or email Angie Santangelo, Clinical Program Director.

All Youth and Family programs are supported by The John F. Grothaus Memorial Fund, The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and Bob Evans Farms.

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