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.
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CYP Goes Deep Sea Fishing
Austin's Camp Building Bridges
Throughts from the Depot Cafe
Starting the School Year Strong
Sofie's Corner
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Issue: # 16 August 2009
Dear Reader ,

We experience growth in several ways.  There are the obvious outward physical changes we experience as we grow older.  We also have inward growth that occurs as we meet life's challenges and develop inner strength.  Our physical beings have growth limitations but the strength we can develop within has no boundaries.  Grow healthy and grow strong outwardly and inwardly!
What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Connie Siskowski RN, PhD
Founder and Director 
A perfect finale for summer 
The West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation
hosted 31 CYP students for an afternoon of fishing. 



Read about the Foundation's Rods and Reels for Kids Program...
Two locations this year
This year's Back to School Bash was held in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach.  School supplies were provided for over 150 families.  Offering haircuts and medical screenings made the day exciting and informative for the students and their families.


"Turning blocks into bridges"              

Camp Building Blocks has been created to support adolescents who care for a parent or grandparent with dementia.  The camp's goals are "turning fear and sadness into knowledge" and "turning aloneness into peer support."                                      

CYP on the radio
Enzo and Sue run a cafe on Merritt Island where they not only prepare recipes from around the world, but also host the radio program "Thoughts From The Depot Cafe."  They heard about young carers/youth caregivers in the United Kingdom and found CYP through their British connection.  On August 16th, the radio program's theme was caregiving.  CYP's Millie Barber was interviewed by Enzo and Sue and discussed the groundbreaking work that CYP is accomplishing on behalf of youth caregivers.
What is your goal for this school year? 

A teacher made an eye-opening comment last winter.   Students apply to specific schools and vocational programs in the fall.   In order to be considered for admission, students need  letters of recommendation from teachers and good grades.   This teacher was amazed by the number of students who asked for letters of recommendation, yet had never participated in class dialog, done poorly on  tests and never contributed to making the class more interesting.
Do you have a game plan for succeeding this year?  Are you thinking about high schools, vocational schools, college?  Plan on participating and contributing in class so that your teacher will be proud to write a recommendation.   
Start the year strong by making a commitment to do your best this year.  Try making a daily checklist of ways to help you do your best.
  • Are you getting enough sleep at night?
  • Are you eating well?
  • Are you able to do you homework?
  • Are you aware of Learning Tools for Middle and High School students at
  • Do you need a tutor?
  • What are your caregiving responsibilities?
  • Are you worried about the person for whom you provide care?
  • Do you know that CYP is here for you to help you?  You can always reach us by telephone at 561-391-7401 or 1-800-715-2512 or email at [email protected] or [email protected].  


Fourteen year old high school freshman invents surgical technique
Last April, while Tony Hansberry was a  14 year old high school freshman, he developed a surgical procedure to improve a stitch used in hysterectomies.  Tony's technique takes a third of the time the traditional surgical method takes.
Tony says, "I just want to help people and be respected, knowing that I can save lives."  Tony plans to become a neurosurgeon.
South Florida nine year old is raising thousands of dollars to help build homes in Haiti!
When Rachel Wheeler, a third grader in  Deerfield Beach, visited Food for the Poor she was inspired to help build homes for the poor in Haiti.  Her plan is to build homes for 25 Haitian families by asking businesses and individuals for $200 donations for Food for the Poor.  Young people are making a positive difference in the world!
 by Sofia Dezulme
Summer was a blast,
but now it has come to pass;
So long summer;
Its the start of school - what a bummer;
No more sun-shining, beach-tanning fun -
All of that is now gone.
We watch the sun gradually cool
And see it rise as we head to school;
Now there's no need for sunblock
Because the class room is freezing
And my eyes are always on the clock.
Look at the smiles fading,
the joy evaporating.
It's time for a challenge
And a drink from the cup of knowledge;
If we try our hardest, our teachers wil fill it up.
School is a good thing
Even though summer is now a ghost;
We will gain the knowledge we have lost;
Summoned in silence
School begins with exuberance.

Sofie is a sophomore at Spanish River High School, enrolled in the Entrepreneur Program.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception,
it is a prevailing attitude.
     Colin Powell
Millie Barber, MD and Mary Jo Tarrien, RN    
Caregiving Youth Project
of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers