Treasure Talk

Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter

Caregiving Youth Projects help identify, recognize, educate and support students who care for ill, aging, or disabled family members. This allows them to achieve success, have fun and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
In This Issue
Guy Talk
Upcoming Events
United Way's Free Tax Preparation Service
Become a Guest Writer for TT
Help Pick Our Eagle Mascot!
Lunch at McKinney's Tree House
Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Summer Youth College
Diabetes Walk
Board Member Mark Hansen
Continuing Care
Volunteer with us at AACY
Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Dear Reader
Let's be thankful and celebrate!  FCAT's are over and Spring with its break is here!  We've come through an unusually cool winter; we notice and appreciate the warmer weather more than in past years.  Check it out and experience nature's signs of Spring - see trees blossom and leaves sprout. And then, enjoy and create Spring in yourself - let us at CYP know about your Spring and we will celebrate with you!  
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D.
Founder and President 
Guy Talk
It is somewhat ironic that this column is called "Guy Talk" because that is not always what we do well.....However, we can learn....!!!!

Communication is a two way takes one to speak and one to listen...Sometimes we as guys think that talking through a difficult situation is not the cool or acceptable thing to do ?  However, healthy communication is a life-skill that needs to be learned... Whether it be in a caregiving setting, home setting, or school setting. 
If we are not able to communicate our thoughts, feelings and/or ideas either verbally, in written form, art form, or even by expressing ourselves physically through extracurricular activities, sports and/or exercise....then we remain unheard. And stuffed!!! SO talk it out!!!
Hurdle Over Communication Roadblocks!!!!
  • Shouting or yelling
  • Name-calling
  • Blaming
  • Interrupting
  • Exaggeration
Celebrate Your Communication Victories and Healthy Relationships When You...

  • Look others in the eye when you speak
  • Choose the right time and place to talk
  • Ask questions to clarify something you don't understand
  • Use a calm voice
  • Reach out to an adult for help when you need it
  • Meet someone halfway and compromise if you can't get exactly what is expected
  • Apologize when you are wrong!
All the best,
John Allison, RMHC 
John is available at: [email protected]
Justin is available at: [email protected]
You Are Invited to Boca's Promise Upcoming Events
Breaking The Silence
Sugar Sand Park 
Saturday, April 3, 2010
 1-3:00 pm
Program with Voices of Mental Health Advocates at Sugar Sand Park. 
This event will feature youth, mental health advocates, and families speaking on their personal experiences. 
Family Day
 Sugar Sand Park
Sunday, May 9, 2010
12-3:00 pm
Bring your whole family (grandparents included) to enjoy a family picnic. Food will be provided. Ride the carousel and discover the science playground. Students may explore the science explorium with an adult. There will be free roses for that special person in your life. At 2:00 pm, a family movie will be shown. 
For further information, please call Rita at 561-866-1850. 

Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail     Boca Raton, FL 33486  
United Way's FREE Tax Preparation Service
United Way of Palm Beach County, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other community partners held a press conference 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 the 20 VITA sites located throughout Palm Beach county.
Click here to find a VITA site
Become a Guest Writer 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!
Issue: #23 March 2010
Top 5 Selected - Help us pick the winner
THANK YOU to all of you who submitted a Soaring Eagle for our contest. All of the Eagle drawings were fantastic! We would also like to thank the school art teachers who supported this project.
An independent panel of nine voted and selected the top 5 out of the 156 entries that were submitted.  We need your help to pick the winner!
Please take a look at the Eagle photos below and email us back with the number of your favorite Eagle drawing to [email protected].
Eagle 1:                              Eagle 2:
Eagle 3:                    Eagle 4:
Lunch at Frank McKinney's Treehouse
Thanks to the generosity of Frank McKinney and our special donors, youth caregivers who were the recipients of Awards of Courage enjoyed lunch on February 26th.

John Allison, Frank McKinney, Mia Kain, Ashley Coyle, Marica Dorzin, AnnMarie Lent, Saffiyah Castellanos
It was not an ordinary lunch; it was lunch with Frank McKinney at his treehouse.
All of the kids were in awe of the brilliance of the ocean view and originality of the treehouse which serves as an office and was designed by Mr. McKinney.
Saffiyah Castellanos stated, "I thought the tree house was so cool! I wish I could have one. I actually want to build one for my house."
Frank spent time with each of the students sharing his story about his past experiences and how he became a multi-millionaire after struggling and working hard to achieve his goal.
Lunch at the treehouse was a fantastic adventure! The Caregiving Youth Project would also like to thank Jeff Firestone for donating special tee-shirts for this event.  What a memory of a wonderful afternoon!  Word has it that the kids will continue to be in touch with Frank and give him some advice on his next adventure book...or movie...or video game....stay tuned! 
Join Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup on May 1
Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Oceanfront Park & Hammock Park
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, FL
Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge.
Meet at the Pavilion in the Lower Parking Lot.
Sign in at 8:00 A.M.
Your Promptness is Greatly Appreciated.
Event Ends at 10:15 A.M.
Community Service Hours Awarded after 10:15.
May 1st will also include other beach events that start at about 8 am: Turtle Talk and Walk, Global Beach Volley Ball, Recycled Art, Swim Race, Beach Tennis, Performance by "The Singing Teachers," Turtle and Sand Art, and Go Green Face Painting.
Plan to be there at 8 am for the turtle talk, take cleanup equipment with you and do a beach cleanup as you go on the turtle walk and then enjoy all the activities.

Visit the Website:
To sign up: Email Mrs. Mary Jo @ [email protected] or leave a message at 561-391-7401. 
  • Leave your name if you need community service hours.
  • How many will be there from your family?
  • Do you need transportation? 
  • Leave your Email address and check for reply 
Volunteer Guidelines:  
  • Wear SUNBLOCK.
  • Wear appropriate clothing so you're not too hot or too cold.
  • If feel tired or over heated, please stop and rest and DRINK WATER.
  • Adults must accompany young children.
*There are NO rain dates.  If it's raining the beach clean will be cancelled.
**Free Sand Sifters Commemorative T-shirts (while supplies last)
**Free Publix Supermarkets Reusable Shopping Totes (while supplies last) 
Palm Beach State College
Palm Beach State College has openings for Summer Youth College for students up to age 14 to participate in over 100 classes.
Classes include art, science, technology, engineering, math, dance, fitness, crafts, music, computers, history, sports and language. Summer Youth College starts June 21 and runs through the Festival Finale on July 29th. 
Students aged 15 and older can also participate in INTERNSHIPS, Future Leadership Palm Beach County, and volunteer activities. For more information on Internships see:
Go to to find the campus nearest you or contact: Boca Raton: (561) 862-4730 or Lake Worth: (561) 868-3566.
Team Soaring Eagles Walk to Support a Diabetes Cure


Angelica, Ms. Kate, Antonio, & Mrs. Karen
On Saturday, March 6, CYP staff, volunteers, and caregivers with their families joined others in a walk to support juvenile diabetes. Team Soaring Eagles was strong and united to find a cure.

Our youth showed immense strength and love in the face of the 2 mile walk and events of the day.
Along with the walk, caregivers were able to visit partnering
organizations with booths and information. Fun activities were also part of the day that included a hop into the moon bounce houses, face painting, and a friendly competition sponsored by XBox.
Melissa with her face painted
Caregivers, families, and AACY staff were unified by the mission of supporting a cure for diabetes.
For more information about diabetes, please visit our website with supporting resources or talk with an AACY staff member about diabetes in your family.


Meet Mark Hansen, our AACY Board Member
Author, Speaker and Businessman 
Mark Hansen, former School Board Member for the 11th largest school district in the country (Palm Beach County, Florida), is a member of the American Association of Caregiving Youth Board.
Superintendent Art Johnson, Mark Hansen, Connie Siskowski, & Ann Killets  
Being constantly aware of the ongoing efforts to keep students in school and raise the graduation rates, one of the effective and unique organizations that Mark was introduced to was "AACY."
"I personally saw the success that this organization was having and would hear the successes from the youths themselves that they would have from the support of "AACY."  I felt the need to be a part of it and when I was asked to be a board member, I accepted!"
Mark recently wrote a book for teens called, "Success 101 For Teens, 7 Traits for Winning Life." Mark overcame a childhood accident and inspires others with his story and advisement. The book "Success 101 For Teens" takes a close look at the seven most important traits and characteristics that teens need to live a healthy, fulfilling life - determination, responsibility, confidence, love, persistence, dreams, and attitude.
Besides writing and speaking at various events, Mark enjoys exercise, running and playing tennis.
Welcome to AACY Mark!
News From Continuing Care

 AACY helped support our high schoolers this month as they battled the FCAT in 9th and 11th grades. In school group sessions slowed down a bit due to the testing, but we're coming back with more energy to move into the end of the semester and beginning of summer!


We also welcomed some of our high schoolers at the JDRF walk this month to help support a cure for diabetes. Other activities during the month included Mental Health seminars and visits to the theater!


Continuing Care is excited to announce our Sand Sifters Family Beach Cleanup Day for those high schoolers still looking for volunteer opportunities! See the attached article in this issue to find out more!

We look forward to seeing more of our students during group:
 Atlantic High School: April 6
 Boca High School, 10th and 11th : April 13
 South Tech, Tuesday: April 20
 Boynton Beach: Thursday, April 22 (2nd Lunch)
 Boca High School, 9th: April 27

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. 
Students at Sugar Sand Park for a movie.
Lend a Hand
Volunteer at CYP 
Have some extra time on your hands Willy? 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].

Quote of the Month
"That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing."
By: Simone de Beauvoir 
AACY wishes Emily Parsons the best on her assignment for the US Coast Guard! Good Luck!


Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
Kate Landry, AmeriCorps Member
Laura Poklemba, Assistant Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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