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
Family Day at Sugar Sand Park
Become a Guest Writer for TT
Eagle Mascot Winner
Camp Treasure VII
Mother's Day 2010
Summer Youth College
Camp Building Bridges
YMCA Wellness & Fun Day
Continuing Care
A CYP Letter
AACY on Facebook
Volunteer with us at AACY
Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Dear Reader,
Sometimes after the grandchildren's visit, our home is blessed with items they leave behind.  Recently, one such item was a bookmark.  It read, "The sky's not the limit; there are footprints on the moon!" from Paul Brandt.  How exciting!  Is anything impossible?  Let our Caregiving Youth Eagles keep soaring - to the footprints and beyond!
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D.
Founder and President 
Guy Talk
Hey everyone!!
Being a caregiver requires an awesome amount of responsibility and a lot of your time.  It can seem overwhelming to try to manage school, sports, social life, and being a caregiver.  In the process there will be bumps in the road.  Please know that bumps in the road will come, and it is not your ability to dodge these bumps that is important, but the manner in which you overcome them.  Trust in yourself, be who you are, and remember to utilize all the resources, such as the Caregiving Youth Project, that are available!!!

 "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the best,

Justin Grossmayer, MSW

Justin is available at: [email protected]
John is available at: [email protected]
You Are Invited to Boca's Promise Upcoming Event
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  
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: #24 April 2010
The EAGLE MASCOT DRAWING WINNER Will Be Announced Next Week!
THANK YOU to all of you who voted in the Eagle Mascot contest. All of the Eagle drawings were fantastic!
Stay tuned to see who the winner is next Wednesday, May 5. 2010. 
CYP Celebrates Its Seventh CAMP TREASURE

Youth Caregivers, Staff, and Volunteers Camped Out April 16 and 17



CYP Staff and Volunteers were eager to welcome the twenty-five youth caregivers from nine middle schools who attended the seventh bi-annual overnight camp on April 16. With their minds filled with new experiences and making new friends, each camper was welcomed with a goodie backpack that included: a sleeping bag donated by Novo Nordisk, a flashlight, a calculator and a cooling fan! Then campers went into an assigned cabin; two for the girls and two for the boys.


The first day of Camp Treasure started off with ice breaker activities within each cabin and then as a group with all campers. After a scrumptious dinner, caregivers shared more of their stories and experiences in small groups which were led by CYP staff and the camp counselors. For the first time, it rained while we were at camp.  Luckily it stopped enough in time for the campfire! Adults and youth alike sang, danced, and roasted marshmallows to make smores galore...despite the remaining sprinkles of rain! Then campers went to their cabins where they participated in a talent show, a comedy show, and sweet dreams after an exciting first day. 


On Saturday, campers didn't slow their active pace and plunged right into their activities after breakfast. The two groups of campers worked as a team for a ropes course, art session, music session, and pool time! The youth caregivers also actively participated in a First Aid class given by a certified American Red Cross instructor.


The Camp Treasure came to an end all too soon Saturday evening as campers said their farewells, exchanged phone numbers and went home.



Don't Forget Mother's Day is May 9, 2010 
On Sunday, May 9, the world commemorates mothers and grandmothers all over the world to appreciate the hard work that they have done throughout their lives.
Do you need a gift idea for your mom or grandmother?
  • Pick a flower from the garden
  • Hand make a card
  • Make breakfast
  • Bake cookies
  • Write a letter or poem
  • Color or paint a picture
  • Do chores she would otherwise do
  • Sing her a song
and most importantly, give her a big kiss, a hug, thank her & tell her you love her!!
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.
Scholarships Available to Attend Camp in Oklahoma 
Camp Building Bridges
Are you between the ages of 12-17 taking care of a parent or grandparent with dementia? We have a great opportunity for you! Camp Building Bridges is accepting applications for camp 2010 held at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Oklahoma on the week of July 18-24th.
Scholarships are available.
Please go to for more information.
YMCA Fun & Wellness
Day a Blast!
On March 26, CYP hosted a Fun & Wellness Fitness Day at the YMCA in Boynton Beach.
Many caregiving youth students attended the event filled with fun, food and activities. They participated in swimming, basketball, boot camp, games, and nutrition counseling. 
News From Continuing Care


As the spring semester is coming to the end and as students find themselves looking at their summer plans, the Caregiving Youth Project is taking steps to continue our support during the summer months.


Monthly in-school groups continued through the month of April with amazing results. Students were able to access information on scholarships, summer internships and camps, and delve into their roles as older caregivers.


During the month of April, some Continuing Care students also participated in a research project conducted by a student from Brandeis University about their roles as caregivers. Lessons in self-imaging, teamwork, and advocacy weren't the only things gained. Youth were also able to have breaks at the beach and get together as a group to experience their spring break while advocating for CYP!


Continuing Care will be wrapping up it's monthly group sessions in May, but don't worry! We will have many more opportunities to connect and talk to Caregiving Youth Project during the summer. We are hoping to start weekly walk-in hours, where high school students are able to come to a central location and receive help on college, jobs, volunteering, scholarships, family caregiving duties... anything! We are also looking forward to planning monthly fun activities like pool parties!


Keep looking for more updates as we finalize our hot summer plans!


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. 
A Letter of Gratitude
Shown above is a photo of the Masson family and a letter from Claujemonde.
AACY Now on Facebook
Become an AACY Group Fan
We have created a new page on Facebook, the American Association of Caregiving Youth. Become a fan!
Search for American Association of Caregiving Youth and become a fan today!!!
Stay connected, see tons of pictures, and learn about upcoming events and information!
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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
"The most important thing when confronted with adversity is to concentrate on what to do next, not on what has gone wrong."
By: Tom J Fatjo 


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