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Dear Uplift Community, 

The end of August means the start of the school year. This week, students in the School District of Philadelphia, along with their peers in private and charter schools, trade Zoom rooms for in-person classrooms. There is a sense of opportunity in going back to school: new teachers, new classes, new friends. At Uplift, we recognize that for many kids, caregivers, and teachers, there are also challenges.  

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to affect 
us all. Nearly 165,000 cases have been recorded in Philadelphia, with more than 3,800 deaths. Social isolation increased during the pandemic, with many youth and adults missing out on milestone celebrations or being unable to socialize with family and friends. The epidemic of gun violence and homicides – with more than 1,200 nonfatal and 300 fatal shooting victims – also continues to plague Philadelphians. When students return to classrooms this year, they bring not only their hopes for a new school year, but also these traumas and losses.

Uplift’s clinicians will continue to provide trauma-informed programs to children and their caregivers, no matter where they are. Our peer-supported model helps students learn that they are not alone in their loss in a space where it’s safe for them to talk, cry, and express their feelings. Specialized services including post-crisis support and the pilot version of our GRIT (Growing Resilience In Teens) partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Netter Center address and help mitigate the symptoms related to trauma that high-risk adolescents experience.  

Thanks to the support of foundations, 
program sponsors, and individual donors, Uplift’s staff ensure the children and families we work with have safe, caring spaces where their grief is validated. As the 2021-2022 school year begins, let’s continue to have honest conversations about the challenges of managing grief and loss while working toward opportunities for program participants to learn and grow.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Uplift.  

With Gratitude, 

Darcy Walker Krause
Executive Director

Personal Essay: Emma Lou, MD Candidate
This summer, I was able to work at Uplift as an intern through the Bridging the Gaps program. I was fortunate enough to volunteer with some of the clinicians throughout the past year and had chosen to continue my experience because as someone entering the healthcare field, I wanted to become more comfortable talking about grief and figure out support strategies that I could implement for my future patients.

In terms of programming over the summer, I helped out with the drop-in summer
sessions for grades K-5, as well as GRIT. Although no clients showed in the sessions I attended, I was able to see the “behind the scenes” action of how Uplift operates through the weekly family services meetings. Throughout every meeting, I could tell how much the clinicians cared for and considered the safety of the families and the accessibility of the program. The curriculum and the activities were always being restructured in some way each week such that they could be more effective and be done virtually.

Throughout the summer, I was also able to meet more of Uplift’s clinicians and converse with them on a more personal level. I was curious as to how they all ended up in grief work. Some had experienced multiple losses of their own, while others wanted more representation within the social work community and had put matters into their own hands to make that change. Even though they all had come from different backgrounds, their motives were one in the same: to help the community through grief. The compassion and empathy I saw in all of the clinicians at Uplift is something I hope to emulate as I move forward towards becoming a physician.
New Interview on KYW Newsradio's Flashpoint
Uplift clinicians Tiffany Chalmus and Katherine Streit spoke with Shara Dae Howard on KYW Newsradio about the necessity for grief and trauma support in Philly, including our GRIT collaboration with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
Listen to the full episode of Flashpoint here, or jump ahead to Uplift's segment at 19:47.
Uplift Welcomes Two New Board Members
Uplift is pleased to welcome two new Directors to its Board. Bikram Chadha and Elliott Wilson have long been involved with Uplift and its mission, having both served for a number of years as members of the Young Professionals Board. Bikram serves as Director of Multi-Asset Class Management at PFM Asset Management LLC in Philadelphia and makes his home in Wayne, PA. Elliott is Director of Virtual Care for CDW Healthcare and lives in Sicklerville, NJ. We’re thrilled to have both Bikram and Elliott as members of the Board of Directors and look forward to all they will contribute to Uplift as they help guide the organization’s strategic path.
20th Annual Golf Invitational:
Sponsorships and Foursomes Available
Join Uplift supporters at our annual invitational golf outing this fall on Monday, October 4 at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. All activities will take place outdoors, weather permitting.

Sponsorships and foursomes are available at different levels of support. For more information, please click here.

Join Uplift's Young Professionals Board At Topgolf Mount Laurel
Join us at Topgolf Mount Laurel on Monday, October 11 for fun, food, raffles, and more. No golfing experience is necessary, Topgolf is fun for the whole family! Every ticket includes an all-American buffet with snacks and soft drinks. Cash bars are available on-site. Reserve a whole bay for 6 people or sign up with less than 6 and be paired with new friends. Use Topgolf’s complimentary clubs or bring your own and aim for the outfield targets! Topgolf’s balls score themselves, so all you have to do is enjoy the game. 

Individual tickets, bay reservations, and sponsorships are available here.

View Staff Videos From This Summer's Creating Connections Virtual Programs
Uplift clinicians and interns have built a library of video resources including activities, book readings, and practices for meditation and relaxing on the Creating Connections microsite. New videos are also being posted regularly to Uplift's Facebook and YouTube accounts. Use the links below to navigate to videos created by staff:

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