2015 Cutting Edge
|Grant Recipient:||Chai Lifeline|
To offer an after-school program that provides support, mentorship, Jewish experiences and friendship to 100 children whose lives have been disrupted by the illness or death of a parent or sibling.
|Field of Interest:||Human Services|
Founded in 1987, Chai Lifeline is a Jewish international organization that provides emotional, social and financial services to seriously ill children, their families and communities. Chai Lifeline serves more than 4,300 children and their families, 98% of whom are Jewish, through a network of 5 U.S. offices and international branches in Israel, Canada, England, and Belgium. Chai Lifeline West Coast opened its doors in 1999 and currently serves over 400 families.
i-Shine provides academic support, individualized mentorship, Jewish experiences, organized activities and friendship through an after-school program that will improve the wellbeing of 100 elementary and middle school children whose lives have been disrupted by the illness or death of a parent or sibling. Piloted in Los Angeles and modeled after programs successfully running in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, the program will run 2-4 days a week, will include a 1:1 ratio between students and volunteers and will offer activities that include homework assistance, music therapy, Jewish story-telling and Challah baking.