Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter

Caregiving Youth Projects help identify, recognize, educate and support kids who care for family members. This allows them to achieve success, have fun and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
In This Issue
White House Proclams November as National Family Caregivers Month
Camp Treasure IV
Making School Interesting
Creating Your Environment
Family Meals are Making a Comeback
Health and Law
CYP Holiday Party
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Issue:  #7 November 2008  
Dear Reader,

No matter how hard we wish and no matter the state of the nation and the economy, no one can have more than 24 hours in one day.  What we do have is a choice about how we spend our time and our money. Robert A. Cook says, "It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you." How many things are enough for you? How do you spend your time?  Are there better choices for you as you prepare for the future?  If so, why wait?  Begin today! 
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
Founder and Director
October 2008
...Family caregivers are soldiers in America's armies of compassion and set an inspiring example for their fellow citizens.
Happy campers attend Camp Treasure Fall 2008

On November 14th, 13 youth caregivers from Boca Raton, Congress and Lantana Middle Schools arrived at Gold Coast Christian Camp in Lake Worth ready for a fun weekend. The campers were hosted by the CYP staff, an FAU intern and several Palm Beach Literacy Coalition AmeriCorps Members who volunteered as counselors.

The highlights of Friday night included a musical performance by the campfire and cabin time. On Saturday, the campers participated in arts & crafts activities, swimming, a ropes course and Red Cross instruction on proper techniques for assisting with mobility. They returned home on Saturday afternoon, having had a wonderful time.
Choosing activities that will make school fun and help you achieve your goals

Attending school is much more than taking academic classes.  That is why it's so important to choose extracurricular activities - clubs, sports,  and hobbies - that you enjoy.
  • Hobbies, sports and school clubs help build your confidence and self-esteem.
  • You get to explore your physical, creative, social, political, and career interests.
  • You make friends with similar interests.
  • Being a member of school activities and clubs looks great on college and job appications by demonstrating that you are well-rounded and have many interests.
Think about what interests you most.  Do you love basketball, football or baseball?  How about trying out for a sports team?  Would you love to take beautiful photographs?  How about the photography club?  There are so many hobbies and clubs available; find ones that interest you and enjoy making school more fun!

A place to chill and study in style

After a full day at school, you want to come home to a peaceful environment. Sometimes there is so much going on at your house or with your family that it is difficult to find a place where you can hang out with friends, pursue your favorite hobby, listen to music or do your homework. Creating your own comfortable retreat  relieves stress and helps you concentrate on your studies.

As a teenager, you are learning to develop your own sense of style. Decorating your room or personal space is the perfect opportunity to express your unique personality.  You study better, sleep better and enjoy your time more when you add your own touch to your space.  So, pick an area in your home, call it yours and be creative!
Do you know that color is the most important element in decorating?  Some colors are soothing, like purple and blue, while some colors represent  strength, like red and orange.

What are the benefits of eating together?

Sometimes it might seem like a chore to sit down and share a meal with your family, especially if you all have had a long day. But this may be your opportunity to share a special part of the day with your family.
Remember, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!   It may be surprising to learn that many studies have highlighted the benefits of families eating together.  A 2007 study showed that teens who take part in regular family meals are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, or use marijuana and other drugs. They also reported receiving mostly A's and B's on their report cards!

Sharing meals provides an opportunity to reconnect with  your family.   Be creative with your meal planning, preparation and clean-up. Many hands lighten the load. So, sit down, relax and enjoy your time together!
November - National Diabetes Month 
There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, who have diabetes. Approximately  17.9 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes,but 5.7 million people - one quarter of all the people with diabetes - are unaware that they have the disease. 
The American Diabetes Association and many other organizations provide information about risk factors, prevention and healthy lifestyles if you or a family member has diabetes.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21st - 2 to 4 pm
More details to follow...                
Quote of the Month: 

"Knowledge is power."
Sir Francis Bacon
English author & philosopher (1561 - 1626)
To our youth caregivers,
Knowledge - having information - empowers you to make wonderful choices in life.  Ask questions about everything so that you have the information you need to make wise choices. 
Always remember that we are here for you.
It's a privilege to be a part of your lives!
Millie Barber and Jen Craven                       
Caregiving Youth Project of                
the Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers
Editors: Millie Barber, MD; Jen Craven (AmeriCorps)