Q. Who can start a chapter of Actively Moving Forward® (AMF)?
Actively Moving Forward® is always looking for young adults, ages 18-25, interested in helping to support, connect with, and empower other grieving young adults in their community. If you have ever felt alone in your grief and are looking to meet peers who are also going through their grief journeys, AMF is the place for you! If you are a driven individual interested in making a difference in the lives of your peers and those in the community, AMF is for you! For more information on how to start your chapter of AMF, contact Kiri Thompson today!
Q. How do I start a chapter of AMF on my campus?
It all starts out with a one-on-one call with Kiri Thompson, AMF’s Director of Programming. We will chat about the steps you will need to take to become an official student organization on your campus, as well as the steps to become official with us here at Actively Moving Forward. The great thing is that we will be here every step of the way to help you with anything you may need. Contact Kiri Thompson to get things started on your campus.
Q. Who can attend an AMF group?
We know there are many things that an individual may grieve during their life, and there is no loss that is lesser or greater than another, but AMF specifically focuses on supporting, connecting and empowering young adults grieving the terminal illness or death of someone in their lives.
Q. How can I find out if there is a chapter on my campus?
We would be happy to help you find out if there is a chapter of AMF on your campus! Please feel free to reach out to Kiri Thompson to get connected!
Q. What is the difference between an AMF support group and counseling?
AMF chapters operate under a peer support model. This means that a young adult sets up support group meetings but does not facilitate conversation or “run” the group. These AMF groups are more socially-based and allow conversations to occur organically. AMF support groups are NOT counseling. Instead, they provide an environment where students who are facing similar grief-related situations can talk with, relate to, and provide support for one another.
Q. Does anything like this exist for high school and middle school aged students? Do you have chapters at high schools and middle schools?
Currently, we are specifically young adult-focused (ages 18-25) and do not have chapters at middle or high schools. A number of bereavement centers and camps for young people exist throughout the country. Refer to the Helpful Organizations & Sites section of our website for links to many of these groups.
Q. I am a professional and/or community member interested in supporting grieving young adults. How can I help?
Thank you for wanting to help out! Actively Moving Forward® is always looking for AMF Advocates. An AMF Advocate is an individual from any walk of life willing to help us spread the mission of AMF in their communities (professional, digital, geographical, etc). To learn more about becoming an AMF Advocate, please visit Action Steps for Faculty & Staff and/or contact Kiri Thompson to learn more today!
Q. Can college faculty or staff initiate the creation of an AMF chapter?
Our campus chapters are students-only attendance and, as such, each chapter must have student leadership. However, faculty and staff are an internal part of the AMF team on campus. Each campus-based chapter needs to have a Chapter Advisor to help them become an official student organization, and continue to support them as they build and grow their chapter. You are invited to learn more about AMF, help recruit student leaders, and join the AMF’s Professional’s Network. Click here for more info about the process.
Q. Do you offer scholarships to grieving students?
We receive multiple requests a month from grieving students in need of financial support. And, while we wish we could help financially and we hope that we can one day in the future, we will have the finances to offer scholarships. We would love to help those of you who are searching for financial support to start up a supportive program on your campus to help you and your peers who are coping with similarly difficult situations. Click here for more info about starting a chapter.