Guardian Lane

An innovative grief counseling platform for children and teens

Company overview

Date Established:
2021
Description:
An innovative grief counseling platform for children and teens
Founder:
Founders:
Kristina Jones
,
Dr. Elani Tuchman
,
Dr. Elena Merenda
Headquarters:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Industry:
Tech
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Guardian Lane is a children's mental health platform that is innovating how children access grief counseling. Children watch, create, and share fun creative grief projects creating their own social healing network. Featured counselors are also available for 1:1 tele-counseling sessions.  Guardian Lane is not only a top 10 finalist for 2021's Medtech Color initiative, but over 1,000 schools have already signed up for Guardian Lane since its launch in January of 2021. The video projects help students emotionally and socially understand how to process their grief, but in a fun and creative way. Both schools and families can sign up for access to the community and projects. Video projects are for ages 5-17. Video projects are exclusive to Guardian Lane's community and have been submitted from vetted grief counselors from around the world. Guardian Lane was recently awarded the grand prize in the inaugural Medtech color pitch competition.


founding story

When founder Kristina Jones was seven years old, her father died from Cancer. She never received the help she needed to process the death but instead poured her grief into the arts. Her school, rather than provide support, gave her and her mom a Christmas tree. At the age of 35, Kristina decided to write a book on how she stayed connected to her father throughout the years. While writing and editing the children's grief book "My Forever Guardian", she noticed how her book's characters were building their own "Social Healing Network". Kristina, a successful 2x tech entrepreneur and the 14th African American woman to raise over $1M dollars for a tech startup, went on a hunt to see if this network for children existed. Not only did it not exist, but there was a tremendous gap in online help for young children and adolescents. After speaking with over 500 grieving families, Kristina saw the need for this "Healing Network" to exist for children. So, she and her team began building and recruiting grief counselors in the summer of 2020 as most support diminished due to COVID-19. 

Bios

Kristina Jones
Founder, CEO

Kristina Jones is an award winning advertising art director turned tech entrepreneur. When Kristina Jones was looking for the next tech company to build after scaling courtbuddy.com (now Lawchamps) nationwide, raising $7.5 Million in funding, and becoming the 14th African American woman to ever raise more than $1 Million from VCs for a tech startup, she started with a personal story. When Kristina was seven, her father died from cancer and she knew one day she wanted to share her story on how she kept the connection to her dad alive. Throughout the process of writing and editing, "My Forever Guardian", she noticed the immense lack of online support for the millions of grieving children here in the US. After connecting with the nation's best grief counselors and getting feedback from over 500 grieving parents, she quickly got to work building Guardian Lane, a children's mental health platform that is innovating how children access grief counseling. With the use of video sharing technology, community, tele-counseling and a whole lot of creativity, the children have begun to build their own social healing network. Guardian Lane has partnered with over 1,000 schools since it's beta launch in late January and is growing into new districts daily! Kristina's work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Forbes, CNN Business, Inc., Entrepreneur, Essence, Black Enterprise and more. 

Dr. Elani Tuchman
Licensed Clinical Advisor at Guardian Lane

Dr. Elani Tuchman, MFT, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Early Life Child Psychology & Education Center, Inc. in Los Angeles. Dr. Elani advises Guardian Lane on product decisions and clinical suggestions. Dr. Elani is perfect for questions related to children's mental health issues.

Dr. Elena Merenda
Child and Family Grief Consultant at Guardian Lane

Dr. Merenda is a featured grief counselor at Guardian Lane. Dr. Merenda has more than 15 years of experience in early learning and therapeutic settings. Her background is in early childhood education, with a specific expertise in therapeutic play and supporting families with children who have special needs. Dr. Merenda holds a Masters of Art in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western University. In addition to her experience at the University of Guelph-Humber, Dr. Merenda has taught academic courses at Humber College ITAL, she was the Program Advisor for a continuing education stream of the Early Childhood Education program at Humber College ITAL. Dr. Merenda is perfect for grief related questions.

Products

Guardian Lane's Grief Project Video Library

Child's Experience: A guardian or school counselor must create the account for the child. At login, the children are presented with different emotions to select (for example, I am feeling sad, worried, blame, distracted, angry, happy). This selection leads them to a list of exclusive pre-recorded video activities uploaded to the site by a vetted children's grief counselor.

The video content leads them through a creative project which they will watch, create and share. Examples of activities include: a painting exercise to see where the love goes after someone has died, creating a song from the heart, burpees to focus for when you are feeling distracted, and telling a joke to feel better.

The children are encouraged to upload their finished project which lives under the counselor’s main video for other children to view with the purpose of allowing children to see they are not alone in their experience and feelings, further supporting their emotional and social wellbeing through their grief journey. These projects can be viewed and completed at home or during school hours, the flexibility of use is what schools and parents love best about Guardian Lane.

Guardian Lane's Grief Project Video Library

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Child's Experience: A guardian or school counselor must create the account for the child. At login, the children are presented with different emotions to select (for example, I am feeling sad, worried, blame, distracted, angry, happy). This selection leads them to a list of exclusive pre-recorded video activities uploaded to the site by a vetted children's grief counselor.

The video content leads them through a creative project which they will watch, create and share. Examples of activities include: a painting exercise to see where the love goes after someone has died, creating a song from the heart, burpees to focus for when you are feeling distracted, and telling a joke to feel better.

The children are encouraged to upload their finished project which lives under the counselor’s main video for other children to view with the purpose of allowing children to see they are not alone in their experience and feelings, further supporting their emotional and social wellbeing through their grief journey. These projects can be viewed and completed at home or during school hours, the flexibility of use is what schools and parents love best about Guardian Lane.

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Guardian Lane's Tele-Counseling Booking
Parents and schools can also search and book one of the participating vetted children's grief counselors after reviewing their profile. Once a counselor is booked, payment is rendered (single session and bundles sessions available) and a date for the virtual counseling session is selected. The day of the session, the guardian or schools is emailed to access the site and join the video call which lasts 30-minutes.

Guardian Lane's Tele-Counseling Booking

$
60.00
Description:
Parents and schools can also search and book one of the participating vetted children's grief counselors after reviewing their profile. Once a counselor is booked, payment is rendered (single session and bundles sessions available) and a date for the virtual counseling session is selected. The day of the session, the guardian or schools is emailed to access the site and join the video call which lasts 30-minutes.
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My Forever Guardian

The book that inspired Guardian Lane titled My Forever Guardian: Healing with friends from the loss of a loved one. My Forever Guardian teaches children who experience a significant loss of a loved one on how to transition the new relationship and how to discuss the loss with friends. The book explores this through the use of multicultural characters who have lost a sibling, a grandparent, a dog, and a parent.  

My Forever Guardian helps children:
- Understand and cope with grief from the loss of a loved one.
- How to speak openly about death and healing.
- Talk to friends who have experienced loss.

My Forever Guardian

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11.99
Description:

The book that inspired Guardian Lane titled My Forever Guardian: Healing with friends from the loss of a loved one. My Forever Guardian teaches children who experience a significant loss of a loved one on how to transition the new relationship and how to discuss the loss with friends. The book explores this through the use of multicultural characters who have lost a sibling, a grandparent, a dog, and a parent.  

My Forever Guardian helps children:
- Understand and cope with grief from the loss of a loved one.
- How to speak openly about death and healing.
- Talk to friends who have experienced loss.

Details:
Links to purchase: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/My-Forever-Guardian-Healing-friends/dp/1734814217 Also sold on Barnesandnobles.com, Walmart.com and Target.com (currently sold out). ISBN and Price: Hardcover | 978-1-7348142-0-0 | $18.99, Paperback | 978-1-7348142-1-7 | $11.99, Ebook | $4.99
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Guardian Lane's Grief Emotion Data Tracker

For parents and schools, the experience is all about data and booking. After logging into their Guardian Lane account, they can view the child's emotional journey allowing them to spot any concerns and to provide more visibility if the child is not communicating their feelings to the guardian.

Guardian Lane's Grief Emotion Data Tracker

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For parents and schools, the experience is all about data and booking. After logging into their Guardian Lane account, they can view the child's emotional journey allowing them to spot any concerns and to provide more visibility if the child is not communicating their feelings to the guardian.

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Press articles

Trend Hunter
Guardian Lane Guides Kids and Teens Through Difficult Times
Guardian Lane is a grief platform that was launched by Kristina Jones, who after losing her father to cancer when she was just 7 years old, wanted to create a social healing network to help youth grapple with the emotional tolls such devastating losses bring.
Publisher's Weekly
Children’s Book Begets Online Community for Grieving Kids
Author and entrepreneur Kristina Bingham Jones is using the release of her first children’s book as the basis for creating an online community for grieving kids.

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