Young Adult Program

Foundational life skills to build a bright, healthy life full of hope and growth

The TAPS Young Adults Program is for 18 to 25-year-old military surviving children and siblings. Whether you are a graduate of our Good Grief Camp or new to our TAPS family, please know you have found your tribe here. This program focuses on 5 Pillars of growth and healing during your grief journey.

Information courtesy of the Child Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), a statistical tool developed by Judi’s House/JAG Institute.

TAPS Young Adults Career Training

5 pillars of growth and healing

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Learn to live authentically in your own mind, body and spirit. Create and maintain your life plan for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

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Take steps to define and gain your work identity. Accelerate your career growth by exploring educational and occupational opportunities.

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Gain confidence in your ability to interact in all relationships. Hone your communication skills to communicate in any personal & professional setting.

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Take action to fulfill your financial goals with independence and security. Improve your understanding of financial literacy to empower you to make better decisions.

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Build on your legacy by caring for others. Find meaning in acts of service as you care for others in your community, locally and globally.

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Resources for Mental Health
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Outdoor Program

Your Legacy Lives On

TAPS invites you to write a post about how you are a Legacy not only to your loved one but to your TAPS family and to each other on our social media accounts.

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by joining us in the following programs we offer throughout the year.

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Young Adult Virtual Chats »

Come join other 18-25-year-old surviving children and siblings in this weekly chat session. It is a safe place where we can connect, learn how others are coping and strengthen bonds with peers across the country.

“This was my first experience being around other survivors my age, it was startling to realize we were walking a similar path. I don’t feel so alone anymore.”
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Young Adult Experiences »

A Young Adult Experience is a 5-day, 4-night immersion project that will include a community service project, a high-intensity outdoor adventure and a corporate day spent exploring career options. The program strives to invite each survivor to create a well-rounded life built on a foundation full of hope, healing and growth.

“The ability to see behind the scenes at a big corporation like REI, made me realize that I have a lot more opportunities for my career than I originally thought.”
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Workshops at Survivor Seminars »

You can join our Young Adult programming at TAPS Survivor Seminars, where workshops and sessions bring us together to explore unique issues that accompany the transition into adulthood. Each workshop will address the processes of stabilization, grief work and post-traumatic growth.

“I thought I was doing well with my monthly budget, but this class taught me so much. Now I know so much more about credit, too.”

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Redefining Self-Care in the age of COVID-19

Instead of self-care as self-indulgence or avoidance, perhaps it is as any activity that forces us to participate in our emotions, our lives and our bodies.

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Health and Wellness

Listen to leading self-care experts in the field of grief and loss provide you with tools for healing your mind, body and soul as you move forward in your grief journey.

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Goals, Grief and How Things Change

Learn how to set realistic goals, to give ourselves credit for the small wins, to reset after lessons learned, and to achieve those wonderful dreams.

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RAIN Meditation

This step-by-step process encourages self-kindness and compassion that can reduce fear, bringing us stability and eventually more long term relief.

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How Do I Get Started on LinkedIn?

Find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills you need to succeed in your career.

How to Write a Resume’

Think writing a resume has to be painful? Think again! With this guide, you'll be able to write the perfect resume in no time.

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How to Dress for a Job Interview

Understand appropriate attire for an interview for employment for men and women for both formal and casual job interviews.

5 Tips to Know to Prepare for College

There are a variety of education benefits and scholarships that military survivors can us to make college more affordable.


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Conflict Resolution Skills

Whatever the cause of disagreements and disputes, by learning these skills, you can keep your personal and professional relationships strong and growing.

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How to Write an Appropriate Email

Whether you’re an up-and-coming young professional or a seasoned manager, email writing is a vital aspect of business communication.

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How to Create an Elevator Speech

Answer these 5 questions to build your elevator speech for events that involve your story.

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Where the Music Began

"Love Lives On" album is a reminder of the guardians of our freedom and a reminder that the family also serves. Ten stories, ten families. Voices united.


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Better Money Habits

Learn about personal finance education through Bank of America's Better Money Habits. Start managing your personal finances and making smart financial decisions now.

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18 Things about Money I Wish I Knew at 18

Older millennials have learned many money lessons in their relatively short financial lives. These young adults have valuable insights to offer their younger cohorts.

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8 Financial Tips for Young Adults

Take a look the most important things to understand about money. These financial tips for young adults are designed to help you live your best financial life.

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It’s Not All About Money

Personal finance experts and financial planners share what newly minted adults need to know about money. Their bottom line: Be sure your balance sheet includes some joy, too.

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Legacy Mentors New York City Experience

A group of young adult military survivors attended an educational tour of New York City to explore career and cultural opportunities in April of 2019.

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How to Become a Legacy Mentor

Are you a military survivor graduated from Good Grief Camp? Help a child of a fallen military hero as a TAPS Legacy Mentor.

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10 Ways to Be of Service to Others

From a smile to giving a few hours of your time, these simple acts of kindness can go a long way to brighten another person's day.

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How to become a Peer Mentor

Helping others is often an effective way to continue in our own healing. A TAPS Peer Mentor has the ability, time, and compassion to open his or her heart to a newly bereaved person.

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For more information about the TAPS Young Adults program, please call 800-959-TAPS (8277) or email

If you are a supporter interested in sponsoring a TAPS program, please call 202-588-8277 or