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​MISSION AND HISTORY

The focus of TFT is on the needs of teens related to bereavement and loss through education and counseling.

 

We build hope for future generations by facilitating opportunities such as a yearly four day bereavement retreat as well as workshops and seminars throughout the year.

Laraine Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice for the last 20 years in Southampton, NY. Time For Teens, Inc. is a not for profit organization that was primarily created to hold an annual four day bereavement retreat for teens. Ms. Gordon’s innovation has been to create an environment geared toward grieving adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19.

Time for Teens, Inc. (TFT) has received the official United States Patent and Trademark Office certificate of registration on the Principal Register for the name "Time for Teens", as well as for the TFT logo, signaling growth and expansion for the not for profit. Established in 2007, TFT is the only bereavement organization focused on using creative expression and experiential therapy to support teens who have suffered the loss of a loved one between the ages of 12 – 19 through the healing process.  In addition to their annual bereavement retreat held here in Southampton, TFT offers other programs throughout the year, counseling scholarships and informational workshops for professionals and families in the community.

TFT sought registration of the brand to reaffirm its commitment to the public, to signal its potential for expansion nationwide, and protect the not for profit’s exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection of the services provided. In addition, the organization on June 1st opened its first office located in the heart of Southampton Village at 149 Hampton Road. “Having a presence in the community allows us to get creative with the types of programming we offer and be more visible to those who need our services,  the resources are endless,” says Ms. Gordon.

The annual bereavement program is a four-day retreat built on a therapeutic intervention model of experiential therapy, which offers powerful visual and physical ways to express grief and pain following a traumatic event. The retreat was designed by Laraine Gordon, Founder and Certified Social Worker who says this format is beneficial to teens that sometimes resist using traditional talk therapy methods.

“We are proud to announce that Time for Teens has now registered its mark with the Patent and Trademark Office. This exciting news follows our expansion into our bright new office located in Southampton Village — the heart of The Town of Southampton,” says Ms. Gordon.  “Fresh programs focused on teens and their families will continue to develop from the strong foundation that has been built with the intention of bringing it to other communities across the country.”

The 2012 Time for Teens Bereavement Camp was held at the home of Southampton business owner Jeannie Mackenzie. “There is no limit to how TFT can nurture and help those that have been affected by such difficult circumstances. I am thrilled to give back by offering my home to hold the camp this year,” says Ms. Mackenzie.

Founded in 2007 by Laraine Gordon, LCSW-R, Time for Teens, Inc. addresses the specific needs of grieving teens. Experiential techniques are employed along with creative expression and activities such as kayaking, golf, swimming and improvisational exercises are employed.  In addition to the bereavement camp program, Time for Teens holds workshops and seminars for teens and families throughout the year, visit www.time4teens.org to learn more about TFT, our teens, and our upcoming programs and events.

 

President

Thompson Holdsworth PGA

Tom Holdsworth (PGA) has been involved in golf for approximately 38 yrs. starting at the Southampton Driving Range as a kid. I learned the game from some great teachers and then moved on to work at the Southampton Golf Club thru the 80’s as head of outside operations then became assistant professional. From there, Tom went on to teach golf at Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, NY for 8 years as Teaching Professional: 3 yrs at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton as 1st Teaching Professional and then back to Southampton Golf Club in 2003 to the present as PGA Director of Golf. My wife is the Founder of Time for Teens and I lost my brother while I was in college and sure wish I had Time for Teens to help me back then. Tom has served on the board of TFT since its inception in 2007

Secretary

Kathleen Crowley

Kathleen Crowley is a Long Island native who graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and has resided on the East End since 1992. She is currently a sales professional at Mercedes-Benz of Southampton where she has worked for the past six years. She was introduced to TFT in 2010, through a networking event at the Southampton Chamber of Commerce where she met Laraine Gordon, founder of Time for Teens.  Once Ms. Crowley became familiar with the organization and its mission, she was connected to the cause due to her own experiences as a teen when her family was struck by tragedy

I'm involved with TFT because of the dedication and altruism of its Founder, Laraine Gordon, whom I've known for a number of years. I have always been impressed with her care and concern for teenagers who have been placed in a situation similar to what Laraine faced--and overcame--as a young girl, without benefit of an organization like TFT. I believe in what she's doing and am happy to contribute my time and energy to help her make this concept successful. Kathleen Crowley currently resides in Baiting Hollow with her husband, Tom and her two teenage daughters, Grace and Christen.

Treasurer

Brian Tymann

Brian Tymann owns and operates BGT Consulting, a solar energy consulting firm and is also a co-founder of Hampton Cigar Company, a boutique brand of cigars based in the Hamptons. He serves on various boards and committees ranging from mentoring agencies for children to other community and environmental organizations. He resides in Westhampton Beach with his wife and baby girl.


Brian’s interest in TFT stems from his passion for supporting preventative services for our youth. He is a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of LI and has been volunteering for them since he was a child. Through that involvement he has seen the effectiveness of preventative services and thinks that TFT is a very powerful, effective and much needed service and is proud to work with a true professional like Laraine and serve on the board of TFT.

Director

Henry Hildreth

Henry Hildreth owner of Hildreth’s Department Store is very much a part of the Southampton community where he lives and makes it a point to give back. “We hire from the community and we give back to the community.” Indeed, Henry was a volunteer fireman for 16 years and was a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton before agreeing to being a board director for Time for Teens in 2010.

Director

Freddie McLaughlin

Fred Mclauglin is a Vietnam veteran who owns Mclaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, New York. He is the third generation in the funeral home business. His work is what brought his attention to Time for Teens. He saw that many people had nowhere to go when dealing with the tragic situation of losing a loved one and Time for Teens gives people a place to heal. Fred has happily served on the board of TFT since its inception in 2007.

Director

Bill Tymann

Bill Tymann is a native Long Islander. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1966 and Fordham University with a B.A. in Sociology in 1970. From 1970 to 1979 he worked as a social worker, Program Manager and ultimately Assistant Director of Little Flower Children’s Services, a foster care agency based in Brooklyn and Wading River. During this time he was instrumental in opening one of the first group homes for residents released under the “Willowbrook Decree” and obtained a State Supreme Court ruling now considered a precedent for the opening of community based group homes. From 1979 to 2013, Bill was the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, a preventative mentoring organization. During his tenure the agency grew exponentially, investing in entrepreneurial endeavors and drastically reducing dependency on public money. He also designed and implemented a High School Mentoring Program which is now used nationwide.He is presently retired and enjoys working with several not for profits on the east end. After a profession lasting 43 years working with Long Island youth, he fully understands the importance of the Time for Teens mission and is happy to serve as a Board member.

Director

Carris Flynn

Carris Flynn is a Time for Teens alumni and is currently attending college at Fordham University in New York City. Carris attended Time for Teens in 2009 following the tragic loss of her father. Laraine and the TFT staff helped her in countless ways both during and after the retreat. In 2015 Carris joined the board of Time for Teens, wanting to give back to the youth in our community who currently need the help of Time for Teens. Her outstanding commitment to spreading the good word is just one aspect that makes this young woman a strong asset to the board of Time for Teens.

Director

Sheila Mulford

Sheila Mulford is from Babylon, NY. After a 20 year career in the financial industry, Sheila now works with Special Education students in the West Babylon High School and is a Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer. She is also an avid runner, triathlete and Ironman. Sheila discovered Time for Teens in 2012 while looking for a resource to help her son handle issues surrounding the loss of his father. Her son has attended Time for Teens retreats both in Southampton and Martha’s Vineyard. Sheila hopes her position on the board will help expand the reach of time for teens so that many teens can benefit and heal from the same outstanding experience provided to her son.

Honorary Board Member

Hon. Mark Epley

Mark Epley has been the Mayor of Southampton Village since 2005, he works tirelessly for his community and for philanthropic organizations. A Navy veteran who was with the Submarine Force for nine years, Epley decided to run for office more than a decade ago after talking with former Southampton Village Mayor Joseph Romanosky Jr. Mark supports Time for Teens and their programming since their inception in 2007, attending fundraisers, assisting with access to local funding and support. I have known Laraine Gordon for a number of years and am very supportive of her TFT programming.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Advisor

Brenda Seimer-Schneider

Following the death of her husband, Roy Scheider, Brenda reached out to TFT for help with her grieving daughter. At the time of her father’s death, she was just 13 years of age. The program had such a beneficial impact on her daughter and her family that she agreed to becoming a Board Advisor in 2009.

Advisor

Dr. Natalie Winters

Dr. Natalie L. Winters has recently joined Time for Teens as a board advisor and will be co-leading our annual bereavement retreat in August of 2015. Time for Teens is thrilled to have Dr. Winters join our team with her vivacious spirit and wealth of experience. Dr. Winters, Ed. D., C.Hy, TEP, DAPA, is a licensed psychologist, certified psychodramatist, certified hypnotherapist, lecturer and Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association. She is the recipient of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) 2010 honored J.L. Moreno Life-time Achievement Award, the 2003 Innovators Award and the 2007 Professional Service Award. Dr. Winters received her doctorate from Rutgers University. She was in private practice in NJ for 12 years before moving to Florida where she resided for 13 years. She is a former adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University, Florida, where she taught in the graduate department of psychology for eight years.

Founder

Laraine Gordon

Laraine Gordon is a Registered LCSW in the state of New York and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work. Laraine specializes in Addictions, Grief and Loss and has had a private practice in Southampton NY for the last 20 years. You can go to her website www.larainegordon.com to learn more about her professional experience. In April of 2007 Ms. Gordon established a not for profit organization called Time for Teens, Inc (TFT). TFT was developed to hold bereavement retreats, counseling and workshops for teenager’s ages 12-19 who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Laraine suffered her own traumatic losses as a teen. It began with the death of her older sister when she was 12 and continued throughout her adolescent years, losing many close friends during her high school years. Laraine believes these losses are what guided her to become the therapist, coach and program director that she is today. Please visit www.time4teens.org to view films and learn more about this wonderful charity organization. Time for Teens was patented and trademarked in 2010; Ms. Gordon’s vision is that TFT will develop as a franchise across the United States, reaching as many grieving teens as possible.

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