Treasure Talk

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
AACY Kick-Off Reception
Guy Talk
United Way's Free Tax Preparation Service
Caregiving Youth Research
Volunteer with us at AACY
Become a Guest Writer for TT
CYP on Facebook
Walk for Diabetes
Eagle Mascot Contest Deadline Extended
Overcome FCAT Stress
UK Caregivers in Florida
Continuing Care
2010 Health Festival
Fun & Wellness Day at the YMCA
Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Kick-Off Reception a Great Success
Over 250 guests attended the American Association of Caregiving Youth National Kick-off Reception on February 4, 2010, at the Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Many elected officials and school district staff attended.
Over 15 students from the Caregiving Youth Project received Courage Awards along with an autographed book donated by author Frank McKinney. The students spoke about their lives as caregivers and how the Caregiving Youth Project has changed them. Juan Baez stated, "The American Association of Caregiving Youth has helped me so much."
Also honored was Ann Faraone, retired Director of Student Intervention Services. Frank McKinney, philanthropist and entrepreneur, was the keynote speaker. He generously contributed two lunches in his tree house and lunch for Courage Award recipients.

The American Association of Caregiving Youth is looking forward to see what the future holds for our youth caregivers!
Guy Talk
Welcome back to Guy Talk....!!!
Hey Everyone!
Let's begin by quoting an author we are all very familiar with,
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
~Dr. Seuss

As a caregiver, it is normal to feel the need to live up to this idea of a "perfect caregiver."  We want to be there to help everyone with all of their problems.  This is not reality.  All you can do as a caregiver is to DO YOU!  Each of us has our own unique and wonderful qualities.  We also have resources available to us, such as the CYP.  The key is to use these qualities to the best of our abilities and to utilize such resources. 


Remember just DO YOU and that IS enough.


All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW 
Justin is available at: [email protected]
John is available at: [email protected]
United Way's Free Tax Preparation Service
Local Earned Income Tax Day Celebration Highlights
United Way of Palm Beach County, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other community partners held a press conference this morning to highlight National Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Day, and to celebrate the free income-tax preparation service available through United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
Individuals and families earning a household income of $49,000 or less can have their income taxes prepared for free at any of our 20 VITA sites. The VITA sites are located throughout the county.
Click here to find a VITA site
New studies on Caregiving Youth
AACY is collaborating with graduate students and researchers from around the US including:
Texas Woman's University in TX, Stanford University in CA and Brandeis University in MA. 
Stay tuned for new data and documentaries about caregiving among our nation's youth.
Lend a Hand
Volunteer at CYP 
Have some extra time on your hands ? Know someone who wants to make a difference for a child and the community around them? Our Caregiving Youth Project is looking for volunteers!
If you, or a friend, want to make a positive impact in both a child's life and yours, join us! Volunteer opportunities and schedules vary depending on your needs and skills. An hour of your time can mean the world to a caregiver.
For more information, please contact Kate at the Caregiving Youth Project: (561) 391-7401 or [email protected].

Write for Treasure Talk!!!
Would you like to write an article for Treasure Talk? Would you like to share something in our newsletter?
Treasure Talk is looking for guest writers for our upcoming editions. You can publish stories, poems or share suggestions that can help other caregivers like you!
Please email [email protected] today if you are interested!
Caregiving Youth Project on Facebook
Did you know the Caregiving Youth Project is on Facebook? Become a Caregiving Youth Project Facebook group fan!
Search for our group and become a fan!
Stay connected with us and hear about upcoming events and information!
Issue: #22 February 2010
Dear Reader,
Please look at the picture below.  Can you tell who is from the UK?  The answer is no - (unless you have inside information!:-)) What UK young carers go through and feel is the same as you...tough times in school, no childhood, no time for themselves and the list goes on - as it does for the new skills and positive values of caring, empathy and patience. However, a major difference is that we have one comprehensive Project with an affiliate and in the UK there are 350 projects serving a smaller population!  Do you want to be part of helping more kids in the US?  Let any of us at the CYP know how to help more kids - together we can!
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D.
Founder and President 



Walk With Us for Diabetes, Saturday, March 6
Join Team Soaring Eagles to Find a Cure for Diabetes!
Join with CYP's team Soaring Eagles at the JDRF Walk in West Palm Beach! Why are we walking for a cure for diabetes? Next to heart disease, more youth caregivers help a family member with diabetes than any other diagnosis.

When: Saturday March 6

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: Downtown West Palm Beach
Centennial Square Flagler Dr. and Clematis
(one block north of the amphitheater)

Breakfast and lunch provided.

Transportation is available for those who need it!

To register as a part of Team Soaring Eagles, call Mrs. Karen.

Collecting donations is appreciated but not required to participate.

*Volunteer Hours for High School Caregivers: If you need volunteer hours, you can volunteer with JDRF for set up and take down for the walk!

For more information or if you have any questions,
call AACY at 561-391-7401
or email Mrs. Karen at [email protected]
Eagle Mascot Contest Deadline Extended to March 12!
Can you draw a Soaring Eagle?
Caregiving Youth needs your help! We're looking for someone 17 years or younger to draw our eagle mascot! Our eagle will be displayed on t-shirts, the AACY website and more!

You could win a $100 gift card, a feature in Treasure Talk and the first CYP T-shirt with your drawing on it!

Contest Guidelines:
  • Entry must be on 8" x 11" sized paper
  • Draw your eagle with paint, crayons, graphite, watercolor, anything!
  • The eagle must be soaring (flying)
  • You must sign your entry
  • Your parent or guardian must sign the permission form

To submit drawings:
You can mail your drawing to us (make sure it stays flat without creases), submit it at our Lunch 'N' Learn table, or email as an attachment!

Mailing address:
Dr. Connie Siskowski
1515 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 214
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Email address:
[email protected]

Deadline is March 12, 2010!! Enter now!

FCAT Stress and How YOU Can Overcome It
Recognizing and Dealing with Stress
FCAT time sometimes brings a lot of stress into your life. Whether you're in middle school or high school, everyone has to take it. Some stress is a good thing, it's what makes you study, go to school on time and do your homework. But too much stress is NOT a good thing. In fact, it's called "Stress Overload" and it can affect your health and your life.
It is normal to experience stress during any type of testing. Stress during FCAT time is different because your whole school is depending on you and the other students to have great results.
What are common signs of stress overload? More than normal you are:
     Depressed, angry or tired
     Having trouble sleeping, stomach problems or panic attacks
     Overly emotional
     Resenting family members or friends
Ways to tackle FCAT stress so you rule it - it doesn't rule you!
  • Get 8 Hours of sleep each night. You'll be surprised how quickly you will gain energy when you have a regular sleeping schedule.
  • Eat a well-rounded diet! Protein, carbohydrates and even a little bit of sugar help you stay alert and ready. Start your day right with an amazing breakfast!
  • Find ways to let it out: scream into a pillow, listen to music, exercise.
  • Talk to your parents or a friend! They want to help you and hear what you have to say.
  • Know your potential and understand it. You don't have to be perfect at everything, just relax and give it your best; that will be more than enough!
  • Catch yourself stressing early and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
And always know you can count on CYP if you run out of options. Feel free to call us or send us an email should you feel stressed with the FCAT or anything else!
UK Caregivers Arrived in Palm Beach
AACY Welcomed UK Caregivers
On Thursday, February 18, AACY welcomed 6 "young carers" from Oxford and their chaperones. They were in America to help advocate for our hidden population of caregiving youth and to bring more awareness to the challenges they all face. 
The group arrived late Wednesday night and immediately started up Thursday morning by talking to Boca City Mayor Susan Whelchel, touring Boca Middle School where they were serenaded by the school band. Then, on to lunch at Palm Healthcare Pavilion (pictured) and a tour of Palm Beach. Friday started with a teleconference with a young caregiver sub-group of the New York State Aging Council's Family Caregiving Coalition, including Carol Levine, co-author of Young Caregivers in the US.

CYP's own caregivers didn't miss out on the fun either! Friday night was eventful. They all met for a dinner party at Deerfield Beach.
Saturday the group was able to relax, Florida style, and swim with dolphins and go on a glass bottom boat tour!

We at AACY were sad to see our new friends leave, but are now connected in new and growing ways beyond our greatest imagination. We look forward to the time when CYP youth travel to the United Kingdom for the annual Young Carers Festival!
News From Continuing Care

This month, we held Continuing Care groups at Boca High, Atlantic High, South Tech High, and Boynton Beach High. If you are at one of these schools, each month, the school office will send for you, reminding you to join us.

Here are the days and times we will hold in-school groups in March:
Atlantic High, Tuesday, March 2 at 9 am
Boca High 10th and 11th grade, Tuesday, March 9 at lunch
South Tech High Tuesday, March 16 at lunch
Boca High 9th grade, Tuesday, March 23 at lunch
Boynton Beach High, Thursday, March 25 at lunch
Special thanks to those of you who welcomed the "young carers" by hanging out with them on the beach.
Korsica Bryant is an AmeriCorps member from FAU who will help our Continuing Care program until May. Like our AmeriCorps member Kate, Korsica may be calling you to let you know of scheduled Continuing Care activities.
We want to expand our online connection through Facebook, so if you are a CYP high school youth, expect a "friend request" from us!  Our friends in the UK want to stay in touch with us this way. Online communication allows us to give and receive support from other youth caregivers throughout the world.
If you are in high school and you haven't talked with us yet, please contact Cristy at [email protected] or call her at (561) 391-7401.


2010 Highway to Health Festival
Your Road Map to Good Health starts at Palm Healthcare Pavilion!
2010 Highway to Health Festival
Saturday, March 20
9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
5205 Greenwood Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33407
(On St. Mary's Hospital Campus)

  • Family Fitness Challenge
  • Free Family Entertainment
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Free Healthy Cooking Tips
  • Free Health Education Sessions
  • Healthy Living Information and Materials
  • Community Bloodmobile
  • Free Bike Helmets
Call 561-840-4222 for information.
Fun and Wellness Day on Friday, March 26, 2010 
Sign Up for Fun And Wellness Day! 
Interested in having fun at the YMCA Fun & Wellness Day with other youth caregivers? Join us! There is no cost to you, lunch is provided and transportation is available (limited space). 
Where? YMCA of Boynton Beach
When? Friday, March 26
What time? 11:00 to 4:00
Join us to participate in activities that include games, sports, swimming, boot camp, and nutrition counseling.
RSVP Required!
Call Mrs. Karen at 561-391-7401 to sign up today!
Quote of the Month
"Character, not circumstances, make the man."
By: Booker T. Washington, American educator and reformer, first developer of Tuskegee Normal School 1856-1915.
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
Kate Landry, AmeriCorps Member
Laura Poklemba, Assistant Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth