Formerly Known As Gilda’s Club NYC

Youth Program

Created to support children

Our Youth Program is specifically created to support children and teens facing a parent’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, or loss. We recognize the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on an entire family. Red Door Community offers support specifically to meet the unique needs of children (ages 5-12) and teens (ages 13-17).

Red Door Community es amor, ayuda y compasión. Estoy muy orgulloso y feliz de ser miembro de esta comunidad especial.


Red Door Community is a family to us, definitely. It has filled, in some ways, the hole that my husband’s passing created in our lives. We never miss a group or event – we are here rain or shine.

Lilliana, Member of Adult & Family Support Programs

Once you open the Red Door you know that there are so many people like you, and it makes you feel happy … I mean, it’s crazy!

Catalina, Children & Teens Program Member

Red Door Community is so important to me because after I got cancer, I learned to love again, I learned to support again, and I learned to live again.

Julie F, Member

Red Door Community is so important to me because after I got cancer, I learned to love again, I learned to support again, and I learned to live again.

Julie, Member

Having an organization like this where the door is open, you see this Red Door and you come in and you are embraced and … immediately encouraged and your heart just smiles and knowing that you don’t have to go to find the money to be able to access such invaluable activities and programs.

Auria, Member

For Children

Our program includes Red Door Pals, our weekly support group, educational and interactive workshops, and our beloved weeklong program during school breaks – Club Sparkle.

Kids Connect

Kids Connect is a weekly evening support group that offers opportunities for discussion, interactive workshops including yoga and therapy dog visits, and more. Supervised by a licensed mental health professional, Kids Connect provides a safe environment for kids to share their feelings and build support. They are scheduled at the same time as many of our adult support groups and activities, so that comprehensive support can be provided to the whole family.

Red Door Study Corner

Red Door Study Corner provides homework help from a trained volunteer for one hour prior to their support group. This program was developed to help ease the burden of ensuring that homework is done by the end of the night.

Club Sparkle

Our beloved Club Sparkle is a very special program providing a week-long session with fun theme days, healthy lifestyle workshops, arts & crafts, and lots of laughter during periods throughout the year when school is not in session. Club Sparkle, like our entire support program, is 100% FREE and includes all activities, lunch, and snacks for all participants.

For Teens

Our program provides ongoing support for teens that have been touched by cancer in any way.  Our program includes Teens Connect, the Junior Associate Board (JAB), and special events to provide various opportunities for teens throughout the course of the year.

Teen Connect

Teens Connect is our weekly support group for teens that have been touched by cancer in any way. It provides an opportunity for discussion, socialization, and various specialized workshops – all facilitated by a licensed mental health professional.

Junior Associate Board (JAB)

The JAB is a volunteer opportunity open to all teens looking to make a difference. The mission of this group is to promote awareness of Red Door Community, assist with social events, and provide volunteer service for teens in the community. Community service hours can be earned through all JAB activities.

Special Events for Children & Teens

A number of Red Door Community social activities are offered throughout the year for children and their families including our Family Fun Nights, plus our annual Halloween and Winter Holiday celebrations. These events allow for families to socialize and bond with other families going through very similar experiences with a cancer diagnosis or loss. Our special events for children, teens and families are highly anticipated and provide a rich sense of community.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, Red Door Community is here for you.  

Our support program includes support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle programs, and social events. For all those impacted by cancer and always 100% free of charge.

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