Peer-support Groups

    Peer-support Groups


Our Groups

Rainbows for All Children’s programming offers a safe, age-appropriate space to navigate loss and uncertainty.


All programs are available both in – person and virtually 

  • Time-tested, evidence-based support group based on social-emotional learning 
  • Age-appropriate, community-based program 
  • Always FREE for families regardless of where they are located! 
  • All groups are led by certified Rainbows facilitators with clean federal background checks. 
  • Five core elements of crisis intervention: (present across all programming)
  1. Calming: mindfulness and breathing exercises 
  2. Self-efficacy: tools to empower, coping and problem-solving skills 
  3. Connectedness: community-building, supporting self and others 
  4. Hope: focus on positive 
  5. Sense of safety: emergency plan with every age group (Silver Linings only) 

Rainbows (ages 3-18)

Rainbows offers support groups tailored for children and teenagers aged 3 to 18, providing a safe space for them to navigate the complexities of grief. These groups are thoughtfully organized by age, ensuring that participants are surrounded by peers who can relate to their experiences. Groups are led by background checked, certified facilitators. 

Our program guides children through the stages and emotions associated with grief, whether it’s caused by significant life changes like moving, the loss of a loved one, or other challenging circumstances.  

We believe that having a supportive and reliable adult figure is crucial during such times, and our facilitators aim to provide just that. 

In our supportive community, children find solace and understanding as they express their emotions and share their stories. Guided activities, including storytelling and narrative writing, help participants explore their feelings and experiences in a constructive and healing manner. 

Program Breakdown by Age: 

Sunbeams: Tailored for preschoolers and kindergarteners. 

3 – 6 years old. 

Rainbows: Designed for elementary to middle school-aged children, 

Level 1: 7 – 8 years old 

Level 2: 9 – 10 years old 

Level 3: 10 – 11 years old 

Level 4: 12 – 13 years old 

Spectrum: Customized high school programming to meet the unique needs of older participants. 

Level 1: 14 – 16 years old 

Level 2: 17 – 18 years old 

12 – 14 week programs including Celebration Days, where participants have the opportunity to celebrate who they are and learn about one another. 

Silver Linings (ages 3-18)

Community Crisis Support Group Program 

Ages: 3 – 18 

The Community Crisis Support Group Program provides a safe and secure environment for children and teenagers facing crises.  

Through guided activities, mindfulness exercises, and emotional management techniques, participants learn to process their feelings and find support within the group.  

The program consists of 8 meetings held over 4 weeks, with 2 meetings per week, allowing for sustained engagement and support following a crisis. 

It has been said that every cloud has a silver lining.  This sweet poetic phrase seems out of touch and incomprehensible when our lives are touched by serious tragedy or crisis.  This is often the way of traumatic change.   

We look toward the undaunted human spirit for ways to seek meaning and understanding during our darkest hours.  These dark hours are often unexpected, terribly unwanted, and can be emotionally paralyzing.   

While there have been many situations where finding a relevant “silver lining” seems impossible, what people can do is bond together as a community within ourselves to bolster our hearts, lift our spirits, and ultimately rebuild. This community crisis response program for youth will help them ignite a spark of hope so that they can begin to feel safe again.    

Kaleidoscope Pilot (ages 18-25)

Grief Support Group for Young Adults 

Ages: 18-25

Life is like a kaleidoscope, where each colorful fragment represents a unique experience. Just as the varied pieces come together to form a beautiful pattern, our life experiences shape us into the individuals we are today. Work to embrace the ever-changing nature of the kaleidoscope of life, finding meaning in the twists and turns. 

Kaleidoscope is a peer-led support group for young adults who have experienced grief or trauma at any point in their lives. Traumas experienced when we were young can have impacts into our adulthood until we can work through them. Kaleidoscope aims to do just that. Whether the grief or trauma was recent or many years ago, participants will find healing and belonging in these groups. 

The program is designed to foster connections among participants, offering a space for shared processing and healthy coping strategies. Guided activities, mindfulness practices, in a 12 to 14-week programs help explore the impact of loss and provide tools for coping. 

Program Highlights: 

Peer-led support 

Form connections with others processing grief 

Healthy coping strategies 

Guided activities and mindfulness 

12-14 week programs 

Kaleidoscope is a unique opportunity for young adults to share experiences, build connections, and navigate the natural process of grief in a supportive atmosphere. Led by trained facilitators, each session delves into various topics, including self-esteem, family life, belonging, and effective coping mechanisms. The program concludes with a Celebrate Me Day, providing closure and reflection on the transformative journey. Open to individuals dealing with recent or past losses, Kaleidoscope is not counseling or therapy but a supportive community for the normal process of grief and healing.

Prism (parent/caregiver group)

Adult parent/caregiver support group 

  • Led by parents, for parents 
  • 12 week support group
  • Can be run in sync with Rainbows group programming

A support group program for single, widowed, separated/divorced parents, step-parents, foster parents, grandparents, or other caregivers/guardians   

Prism offers a safe haven for parents navigating the intricate journey of guiding their children through grief while grappling with their own emotions.  

Assembled in a supportive group setting, participants find solace in sharing their experiences with others who empathize with their struggles. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, mutual understanding, and emotional healing, illuminating the path toward resilience and hope amidst life’s challenging moments. 

Virtual Groups

All of our programs can be run virtually for ages 10 and older.

Call our office at 847-952-1770 to ask about our current virtual programming.