Programs We’re Funding
Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation is committed to help support the children, families, and communities dealing with the challenges of combating pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors by funding the following programs…
Information/ Referral Services
JRF supports newly diagnosed families via email helping to insure that families receive access to optimal care, information, and resources.
Direct Financial Grants to Families
JRF gives grants to meet specific financial challenges facing families undergoing treatment and supporting end of life care, to fill the gaps where other organizations could not step in. Grant amounts have varied depending on need and specific circumstances. Referrals are made by a professional team to indicate need.
As of April 2016, we have partnered with Smiles for Sophie Forever in awarding family grants. Smiles for Sophie Forever is a non-profit organization named after Sophie who also lost her battle to a brain stem tumor. The rainbow and helping other families who have a child with brain cancer is also very near and dear to their mission, which is why we created a partnership in fulfilling family grants. Together we can make a difference!
To read more about Smiles for Sophie forever, please visit their website, www.smilesforsophieforever.org.
Teen and Young Adult Social Programs
JRF provides program opportunities for teen and young adults to enhance social skills and opportunities.
Intensive Creative Artists in Residence (ICAIR) at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) launched a year-long residency program powered by The Naomi Cohain Foundation, Art Works. The program, Intensive Creative Artists in Residence (ICAIR), was made possible through a grant from JRF that has been generously matched by the Adam Gaynes Foundation. Intensive CAIR provides a weekly Beat Box program which provides an outlet for young adults to express their emotions and build confidence. The program is available to children and young adults ages 6 – 21 and takes place appropriately in the Teen Recreation Lounge.
Young Adult Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivor Career Program
Finding a career which matched your strengths and abilities is not always easy. Pediatric brain tumor survivors are five times more likely to face unemployment then their childhood cancer survivor peers.
Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation has partnered with the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) to collaborate a monthly program to provide interventions for survivors. As a result, The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, The University of Illinois- Champaign/ Urbana, The University of Michigan, Hunter College, University of Wisconsin, Penn State, and Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation have partnered to initiate a career development pilot program in NYC.
Following an initial funding grant from Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation, the Dept of Education has funded a research grant to support and expand this important initiative. These survivors have an 80% unemployment or underemployment rate which is higher than that of any other pediatric cancer. The goals are develop skills leading to increased employment.
JRF provided a grant to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation to fund the establishment of Jenna’s Corner, an online chat room offering support groups nationwide.
JRF continues to fund the annual carnival at Camp Dream Street in August. Camp Dream Street is a one week tuition-free day camp held annually for children struggling with pediatric cancer and other blood disorders, and their siblings.
Teen Recreation Lounge at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center
JRF funded the establishment of a Teen Recreation Lounge on the Oncology floor, giving hospitalized teens the comforts of home with state of the art video games, computers, televisions, and other forms of entertainment.
This year we expanded our services to include:
- An Art Cart filled with a variety of arts & crafts supplies and projects, donated with a grant from the JCC Teen Philanthropy. The children and teens on the Oncology floor share in these activities. The cart is portable and can be wheeled to those confined to their rooms, so that every child has the opportunity to enjoy it. This year we will continue to restock with more supplies.
- A library consisting of over 200 books that were donated by children in our community. JRF added nine annual magazine subscriptions for kids, teens and parents.
Tory Wachtel Award for Courage and Character
An annual $1,000 scholarship to acknowledge Tenafly High School senior who has faced pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.