The September 11th Education Trust
World Class 9/11 and Civic Literacy Education Programming
The September 11th Education Trust—founded in September 2001 as the WTC United Family Group—is a nonprofit organization directed by 9/11 victims’ families, survivors, rescue workers and educators nationwide.
Evolving from its genesis as the WTC United Family Group—one of the original and largest of the 9/11 community organizations—the September 11th Education Trust produces comprehensive, flexible, and engaging 9/11 and civic literacy education programs that are personalized and enriched through first-hand accounts, filmed oral histories, and authentic, primary archival materials to permanently record this shared historic event in a way that is not stagnant, but inspiring and relevant to the nation’s youth.
World Trade Center United Family Group 9/11 Victims’ Support Services
An Empowered 9/11 Community of Trust and Shared Experience
In an effort to meet the ongoing and evolving needs of those directly impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the September 11th Education Trust—through its WTC United Family Group program offerings—provides comprehensive year-round innovative peer support programs including the September 11th/Oklahoma City Family Exchange, annual holiday gathering, advocacy on 9/11 issues, coordinated philanthropic projects to empower our community, publications and outreach, and other means of healing. Our extensive efforts are highlighted throughout our News Archive.
WTC United peer support programs promote healing by uniting affected individuals through shared experience. Healing after tragedy is a life long process, one in which victims adopt a new life. We have learned that uniting people who have had similar experiences and channeling that grief into helping others in need and protecting the memory of murdered loved ones can validate individual grief and advance the healing process.
Our board of directors and staff have many years of combined professional and academic experience in management, program services and development. Our leadership continues to play a vital role in ensuring the memory and legacy of the 9/11 victims is protected and our collective national history is properly preserved. With the Coalition of 9/11 Families, our leadership successfully led a campaign to identify and protect the World Trade Center historic artifacts including the remains of the twin tower footprints at bedrock and continues to serve as a consulting party in the World Trade Center federal historic preservation review processes.
The process to redevelop the WTC and build the 9/11 national memorial is “evolving” and we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the site and the memorial for current and future generations. To that end, our leadership has met with elected officials since inception, serving on the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC—agency charged with leading the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site) Family Advisory Council and the National September 11th Memorial Museum Advisory Committee.
Our efforts have been featured extensively over the years on local and national media outlets including segments on radio, CNN, MSNBC, NBC’s Today Show, NBC’s Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox’s Fox and Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, and Your World with Neil Cavuto, and in print including USA Today, the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post and the Bergen Record.
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