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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
Summer Youth College
Fearless Caregiver Conference
"I Am"
AACY on Facebook
Volunteer with us at AACY
Eagle Mascot Winner
Sugar Coated Workshop
Ms. Karen
Sand Sifters Day
Congressman Ron Klein
Pinellas CYP Explore the Outdoors
Camp Building Bridges
"Moonlight On the Waves"
Continuing Care
Summer Ideas
Become a Guest Writer for TT
Quick Links
American Association of Caregiving Youth
Caregivers Support Network
Generations United 
UK Young Carers Initiative 
Hurricane Season - Register for Special Needs in PBC: 561-712-6400 x 4
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Dear Reader,
"Little by little" is what we say about progress at the CYP. FINALLY, our messages about your role is reaching important minds!  President Obama, in his May 5, 2010 remarks as he signed

the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, stated when he spoke about family caregivers, "Sometimes they're children helping to take care of their mom or dad."  This is a small but monumental step in raising awareness about caregiving youth as together we work for change!

Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D.
Founder and President 

Welcome back to Guy Talk!!!!

The school year is coming to an end, but your caregiving doesn't.....


Guys - you are not alone! Our research shows that caregiving is also about us who are males. Many guy-caregivers have completed and graduated from the CYP skills-building and support groups, which focus on improving communication, problem solving, decision making and how to manage everyday stress.  These are important life skills that you can use in a caregiving situation, at home, in school, or even with friends. 


Take time while you do not have the job of learning at school to pay special attention to nourishing your physical, social and mental health for they are all connected.

Together let's soar like a CYP eagle!!!!!!! We look forward to seeing you in our activities this summer!!!!

Have a fantastic summer,
John Allison, RMHC

John is available at: [email protected]
Justin is available at: [email protected]
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.
Benvenuto in Boynton Beach on July 15
On Thursday, July 15, 2010 The Fearless Caregiver Conference will be held  at Benvenuto Boynton Beach. The conference begins at 8:30 am and will continue until 2:30 pm. Lunch will be served.
The conference will provide answers and support for Family Caregivers including:
  • Get family members to help you
  • Access financial and community resources
  • Have your questions answered
  • Beat stress and find respite
Register today at Limited FREE tickets available!
"I AM"
By Shirley & Sofia Dezulme
I am not only a young lady.
I am beyond what you see.
I am that little eagle who spreads its wings to make a difference.
I am the glue that holds the world together.
I am that hero who saved a life.
I am that caregiver I was born to be.
I am more than a young lady.
I am what the world needs.
I am beyond what you see.
Shirley and Sofia are sisters that attend Spanish River High School.
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 this Summer
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].

Issue: #25 May 2010
Congratulations to EAGLE MASCOT DRAWING WINNER Leanna Davidson!
Congratulations to Leanna, the winner of our Eagle Mascot Contest! Her eagle drawing was selected from over 150 entries. Leanna is an 8th grade student at Omni Middle School. Great job Leanna! 
We also would like to congratulate Runner Up's Patrick Motta and Dalia Soueid and Finalists Adam Khaybech and  Leydi Henao.
Great job everyone! Thank you for helping us find a new mascot! Special thanks to Ms. Hammerschmidt, art teacher Ms. Hernandez and Principal Mr. D'Aoust at Omni Middle School for your cooperation!

Winning Eagle Mascot, Eagle #3


Winner Leanna with Ms. Karen

 A Diabetes & Heart Workshop
Do you help care for someone with a heart condition or diabetes?
Palm Healthcare and the Caregiving Youth Project present:
Sugar Coated
A Diabetes and Heart Workshop
When: June 16th, 9AM - 4PM
Where: Palm Healthcare Pavilion
*Transportation is available.
If interested, contact Cristy Hom: [email protected] 561-391-7401 or 954-614-2609. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP. SPACE IS LIMITED!
Together with Palm Healthcare, CYP will offer an informative, interactive and fun workshop on being heart healthy and diabetes friendly.
Come learn with other caregivers!
We hope to see you there!
CYP's Ms. Karen 
Who helps families with resources, (food, medical care, tutoring, housing), helps people understand how AMAZING caregiving youth are, teaches Lunch and Learn, and runs Camp Treasure (FUN!!)?
Also know as Ms. Karen, Karen Harwood, Care Coordinator at American Association of Caregiving Youth, enjoys the time she shares with each CYP student.
Karen moved to Florida 16 years ago and is originally from Dudley, Massachusetts. Karen holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and loves helping others.  Karen is married, has two boys and a dog named Cocoa.
What is Karen's favorite thing to do to de-stress? Play with her dog Cocoa (he is always in a good mood!)!! She also enjoys a good meal with her family - it makes her happy!
Karen can be reached at [email protected] or at 561.391.7401.
Bill Orlove, Commissioner, City of Boynton Beach, County Commissioner Steve Abrams, Ana, Mary Jo, Cristy, & Connie
Caregiving Youth Volunteer for a Good Cause


Youth caregivers, staff and volunteers got together on May 1 for a Beach Cleanup in Boynton Beach to have fun at the beach and help demonstrate the power of volunteerism.


Sand Sifters, the organization in charge of Saturday beach cleanups in Boynton, hosted and directed the event. Sand Sifters provided turtle talks, nature walks, t-shirts and all the supplies needed to make Oceanfront Hammock Park squeaky clean! County Commissioner Steve Abrams gave a commemorative speech to Sand Sifters for their continual involvement in the Boynton Beach community.


At the end of the cleanup, CYP had picked up trash, leaving behind their footprints and a cleaner environment. To celebrate all the hard work everyone had done, lunch was provided and everyone enjoyed taking the time to chat and relax after such an eventful morning!


Caregivers were eager to do their part for their community and were happy with the beach cleanup.


CYP is looking forward to providing more opportunities for our youth. Stay tuned for more information!

CYP Meets Congressman Ron Klein 
On April 30, students and staff from the Caregiving Youth Project met with Congressman Ron Klein (FL-22) at Boca Raton High School.
CYP student Mishu, Ron Klein, & Ana
Mr. Klein clearly understands the importance of assistance to youth caregivers and has pledged his support to youth caregivers and our work.
We look forward to educating other legislators with whom we can work to facilitate recognition and support on behalf of all youth caregivers!
A Day of FUN for Youth Caregivers
AACY Affiliate of Pinellas County, FL  

Exploring the great outdoors, a group of youth from our AACY affiliate program, the Caregiving Youth Project of Pinellas, explored the nature trails and museum of Weeden Island Preserve earlier this month. The youth learned about wildlife and the cycle of  preserving our great natural resources.
Maybe next time we'll try some kayaking!
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.
By Hannah Calderazzo 
The Moonlight dances on the waves
As turtles hatch and crawl away
As crabs and creatures come out to play
While sharp fish and garden eels dance ballet.
Some fish hide from the sound of swish swish
As predators come out to fish.
For fish are nutrients
For creatures that are illusionists.
And as many creatures sleep
Some look out to take a peek
To see if the coast is clear
So they are safe from fear.
And as the moon goes down with a sigh
The ocean smiles at the sky.
Hannah is 11 years old and a student at Van R. Butler Elementary School.
NEWS From Continuing Care

As High School Group Sessions End, Doors Stay Open for CYP!


Continuing Care wrapped up its final group sessions with students this month. Topics ranged from what to do during summer and college scholarships to anger management and behavior in class.


Continuing Care has been sad to put a hold on our group sessions until the next school year, however we are eager to offer another way to connect with our high school students & rising 9th graders!  Any topic, any resource, any information you might need, we want to help you get it! We strongly encourage our caregivers to stay connected with us and drop in! Need a computer to use for scholarship research and college applications? Worried about what's going on at home and need someone to talk to? We'd love to listen!


So as your school year comes to an end, know that your summer is just beginning! Start it off right with CYP.


We hope to talk with you soon!

What Will You Do? 
Summer is almost here. School will be over and you will have a lot of free time on your hands. There are so many activities to do and so little time to do them!!
If you need some ideas for fun, read below! 
  • Go to the Beach
  • Grow a Garden
  • Read a Book(s)
  • Go Fishing
  • Fly a Kite
  • Go on a Picnic
  • Write a poem
  • Bake some cookies
  • Make your own camp
  • Keep a journal of what you do during the Summer
  • Make a new kind of sandwich
  • Create a web site
  • Invent a new dance
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Learn or teach a new sport with someone
  • Have a family game night
  • Host a yard sale
  • Invent your own board game
  • Write a song
  • Tie-dye some t-shirts
  • Go without TV for a day
  • Sign up at your library for their Summer
    Reading Program
  • Learn some new outdoor games
  • Make something from recyclables
  • Go swimming
  • Write a fairy tale
  • Stargaze
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Re-decorate your room
and most importantly, keep in touch with us at CYP and attend our summer activities!
Summer Activity - Write for Treasure Talk
Would you like to write an article for Treasure Talk this summer? 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!
Quote of the Month
"Accomplishing anything important involves risk, and therefore fear. But if you let the fear dominate, you'd never take any risks, and therefore you wouldn't accomplish anything."
By: Deepak Chopra
CYP thanks all our Veterans who lost their lives for our freedom!


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