The Gilda’s Club Teen Program, sponsored by Wawa, provides a unique opportunity for teens touched by cancer in any way to come together to share their cancer experiences, and to find and give support to their peers. Teens who are active members stay engaged and learn how to communicate their feelings effectively. They receive cancer education and support, feel less isolated and more in control of their lives and futures when they share their experiences with others.
In an effort to provide cancer support and education for teens in our area, Gilda’s Teen Clubs have been established in the following schools with additional schools being added each year:
- Absegami High School
- Buena Regional High School
- Cedar Creek High School
- Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts
- Egg Harbor Township High School
- Hammonton High School
- Holy Spirit High School
- Mainland Regional High School
- Middle Township High School
- Upper Township Middle School
All teen clubs meet once a month, as well as an additional monthly meeting at our Clubhouse where teens from all area high schools come together for dinner, support, and special activities.
Once a year Gilda’s Club South Jersey holds two very special events for teens: “It’s Always Something Teen Writing Contest” and “Teens Touched by Cancer Conference”. Any high school student touched by cancer either personally or through a family member or friend is welcome to participate.
Any teen who participates in a Teen Club also becomes a member of Gilda’s Club South Jersey and is welcome to participate in a variety of activities offered throughout the year!
For more information about the Gilda’s Club Teen Program, please contact Beth Wray, Teen Program Manager, email@example.com or (609) 926-2699.
Join Group Loop, an online support group for teens touched by cancer.
Teen Writing Contest, “It’s Always Something!”
Your story deserves to be heard!
Have you survived cancer? Have you watched a family member or friend deal with cancer? What was it like to watch someone your own age go through cancer? Dealing with cancer can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries. We want to hear about your experiences.
In the 7th Annual “It’s Always Something” Writing Contest, we are looking for personal essays or poetry from local area students in the 9th through 12th grades. We are looking for honest writings with an authentic ability to move readers. Please use specific details and sensory images to tell us your story.
- Open to Southern New Jersey students in the 9th through 12th grades.
- Two categories: essay and poetry.
- Essays must be 500 to 1,000 words.
- All writings must be typed. Essays: double-spaced when submitting by mail or fax.
- Writings will not be returned.
- A completed entry form must be attached to your writing (if submitting by mail or fax).
- One entry per student.
- Contest deadline is March 14, 2014.
- Winners will be selected by May 9, 2014.
- Both 1st Place Essay and Poetry winners will receive an Apple iPad.
- Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd and 3rd Place winners in each category.