Sesame Workshop receives $1 million for socio-emotional programming

Sesame Workshop receives $1 million for socio-emotional programming

Sesame Workshop has announced a $1 million gift from Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company, in support of socio-emotional resources for families impacted by COVID-19.

The funding will enable the nonprofit to create a series of educational resources and videos designed to meet the needs of families around the world. Part of Sesame Workshop's Caring for Each Other initiative, the resources will help families navigate emotions such as anxiety, frustration, sadness, and grief and celebrate healthcare providers, medical supply chain workers, and other frontline health workers. Starting this fall, the resources will be released on a rolling basis in the United States, Latin America, Europe, India, and South Africa in multiple languages. Content also will be distributed on a range of online platforms, including YouTube and WhatsApp, as well as through community-based providers and partners.

"While Mylan and many other members of the global healthcare community have been busy responding to the physical need for care and access to medicine amid the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the social and emotional toll of these unprecedented times has also continued to grow," said Mylan CEO Heather Bresch. "Around the world, children and their caregivers may be experiencing a sense of loss, isolation, or uncertainty, and aligning our efforts with Sesame Workshop — an organization known the world over for its award-winning children’s programming — to support families during this time of need provides a wonderful opportunity to help."

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