WHO WE ARE.
The Firecracker Foundation honors the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma by building a community invested in the healing of their whole being.
WHAT WE DO.
We provide children and teens who have survived sexual trauma with holistic therapeutic services that include trauma-sensitive yoga, individual mental health therapy and caretaker support groups for their parents/guardians. These services are provided at no cost for families without medical insurance or an inability to afford the expense of copays.
We provide pediatric medical advocacy services to children and families during specialized medical care and forensic examination after experiencing sexual assault, trauma-informed midwifery, education, and doula care, as well as federal Title IX advocacy for grades K-12. The responsibility of the advocacy teams is to listen, to empathize, and to ensure the survivor’s needs are met to the fullest extent possible. Advocates connect children and families with invaluable community resources and services that address the aftermath of sexual trauma and encourage healing and recovery.
We facilitate the Sisters in Strength – Lansing (SISL) youth organizing program for teens of color, entering 10th or 11th grade living in the tricounty area of Mid-Michigan (Ingham, Clinton, Eaton Counties). Programming is shaped both by the unique needs and interests of the SISL youth organizers, and by The Firecracker Foundation’s vision, mission, and goals. SISL does community organizing around gender-based violence and confronts the multiple layers of individual and institutional discrimination that threaten the safety of girls and women. We also host a Teen Club twice a month where youth survivors between the ages of 13-17 can spend time together enjoying teen-led programming that includes outings, discussions, activities, and a book club.
“While we still have a long road to go, we are forever grateful to all who have supported, and will support The Firecracker Foundation.” – Parent
HOW YOU CAN HELP.
We believe that the healing of a child who has survived sexual trauma should not be restricted by their ability to pay. Your generosity will continue to build holistic programs for child survivors of sexual trauma. Please consider investing in healing today. Click here to make your tax deductible gift.
Volunteers are the backbone of everything we do in this community. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, on one of several committees, in the office or training an advocate, click here for details on positions and volunteer opportunities.
JOIN THE TEAM.
The Firecracker Foundation is always looking for well-trained mental health professionals and trauma-sensitive yoga
instructors to build a wide network of service providers for the children and families we serve. Click here to view our contract positions and get more information about
our vetting requirements.