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September 11

One Day's Pay - seeking to recapture the spirit of national unity following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, relatives of 9/11 victims, business leaders and prominent nonprofit organizations have together launched a coast-to-coast initiative urging all Americans, businesses, schools and other groups to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks by permanently observing September 11 as a National Day of Voluntary Service, Charity and Compassion.

The 9/11 Funding Database - provides information on 9/11-related contributions made by corporations and foundations. Click here to view a related report.

The tragic terrorist events that took place on September 11, 2001, in New York City; Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania present many challenges to parents and health professionals who serve children and adolescents. The resources below have been compiled to help children and adolescents commemorate, cope with, and discuss the tragedy. Because people also need to understand that acts of individuals do not justify condemning all individuals of a particular cultural group, resources on cultural competency and teaching tolerance are included.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a fact sheet that provides advice on how to communicate with children and adolescents during times of crisis.

The Benton Foundation's Connect for Kids Web site provides a Web resource entitled "The Aftershocks of National Tragedy: One Year Later." The resources, which are aimed at parents and teachers, include materials designed to help kids and adults cope with trauma and anti-discrimination, as well as lesson plans and ideas from the field.

The Center for Mental Health in Schools at the University of California at Los Angeles has numerous resources for helping students commemorate the event's anniversary, including excerpts from the Center's publications and links to additional sites.

The Children's Defense Fund provides resources, including Web sites and tips from experts, for talking with children and adolescents about traumatic events.

The Education Resources Information Center provides resources for educators to help students commemorate, cope with, and discuss the tragedy. It includes links to teaching materials and mental health resources.

Educators for Social Responsibility provide two guides, Talking to Children About Violence and Other Sensitive and Complex Issues in the World and Responding to Violent Events by Building Community: Action Ideas for Students and Schools. They also provide lesson plans to help educators and students discuss, understand, and respond. Lesson plan topics include war, peace, conflict, retaliation, prejudice, discrimination, propaganda, and a range of divergent points of view.

The Massachusetts General Hospital has compiled links for adolescents coping with terrorism and the tragedy.

The National Association of School Psychologists has resources for helping children deal with tragedy and for promoting tolerance; some of the resources are available in other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

The National Center for Cultural Competency at Georgetown University provides links
to publications, Web sites, and other resources on cultural competency skills, culturally appropriate services for children and adolescents, and related topics.

The Nemours Center for Children's Health Media includes information on how to talk to children and adolescents about the events. The site also includes tips for parents, children, and adolescents on dealing with the attacks.

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory has a news article, Helping Children Cope with Disaster, which lists several resource organizations and specific publications from each of the organizations that provide information and resources on this topic.

The U.S. Department of Education has a guide, Helping Children Understand the Terrorist Attacks, available in Spanish and English versions and provides tips for adults and for educators.


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