My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Rainbows for All Children, Evanston, IL, USA
For the past six months I have interned at the Rainbows for All Children international Headquarters in Itasca, Illinois. My experience working here has been great. One of the reasons that I chose to intern at Rainbows specifically, was due to the fact that I am currently a first year student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Suzy Yehl Marta, the President and Founder of Rainbows, inspired me with the work that she began almost 30 years ago. Since I come from a field that focuses on familial issues, I thought the Rainbows mission, providing grief support groups for children and youth, was a tremendous service. Often times, children and youth have difficulties expressing their feelings and needs in times of loss. They often have no voice on matters such as divorce, military deployment of a parent, etc., and struggle to work through the complexities that come with grief. The Rainbows curricula addressing this need beautifully. Peer support groups help normalize their feelings because they learn that they are not the only ones who are dealing with tough issues, and these groups provide the children with a safe place to process their grief. Suzy also recognized the importance of family support in these situations and the Rainbows curricula works to incorporate the family during the program. This organization truly devotes their time and effort to heal and strengthen families in times of loss, and the fact that it is now the largest international grief support organization is testimony to its effectiveness, and to the need that it addresses.
Interning here has been a great opportunity for me and I will continue to support the Rainbows mission even after I leave. This organization cares for the well-being of children and their families and I hope that it only continues to prosper.
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