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Programs

Mental Health Therapy

Youth and families impacted by sexual violence have access to high-quality, trauma-informed mental health services at The Firecracker Foundation. Facilitated by trained professionals that prioritize the unique needs of youth survivors and their families, individual therapy sessions are ongoing and 8-week caretaker support group sessions for parents, guardians, and extended family members are offered throughout the year. 

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Youth are invited to connect with their bodies in the safe environment of the foundation’s yoga studio. Trauma-sensitive yoga is a consent based practice where every posture is a suggestion and young survivors are encouraged to reclaim their voices and their bodies. We currently offer Rising Phoenix for teens and Little Sparks for children 12 and under. Offsite yoga sessions can be coordinated for community partners. 

Advocacy

We provide advocacy to youth survivors and their families while navigating the Title IX process at school, during important medical procedures, and through crisis intervention at youth-focused events. Advocates connect children and families with invaluable community resources and services that address the aftermath of sexual trauma and encourage healing and recovery. 

Sisters in Strength

A youth healing and organizing fellowship called Sisters and Strength is available to trans or cis teens of color, and gender nonconforming (GNC) or non-binary (NB) teens of color who are survivors or allies working to end sexual violence between the ages of 15-17 and/or enrolled in 10th-12th grade. Youth share a vision for ending gender-based violence, a desire to build sisterhood/siblinghood (community), and a willingness to advocate for change.

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

The Firecracker Foundation provides holistic healing services to children under the age of 18 and their non-offending parents and caregivers. These services are provided at no cost for families without medical insurance or an inability to afford the expense of copays for necessary mental health care. Once a family is connected to the services of The Firecracker Foundation, they are always welcomed back to address future challenges. When children face family separation, court proceedings or a new understanding of their trauma at developmental milestones, they are encouraged to come back. Healing after sexual trauma requires a long-term investment in the lives of children and we will be with you every step of the way.

 


To register, please call 517-742-7224 or send an email to programs@thefirecrackerfoundation.org.

If you are a teen over the age of 14 and your parents are not supportive of your interest in therapy, you don’t need their consent to participate in a limited amount of sessions. Click here for more information. We’re here to help!


The Firecracker Foundation includes the following experiences in their definition of sexual trauma, violence, victimization, and/or abuse. 

  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Child sexual assault and incest
  • Intimate partner sexual assault
  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Someone showing their genitals or naked body to others without consent
  • Masturbating in public
  • Sex trafficking
  • Watching or recording someone nude or in a private act without their knowledge or permission
  • Distributing nude or private photos/videos without someone’s express consent