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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
Back to School Breakfast
Guy Talk
Sand Sifters August 7
Caregiver Postage Stamp
Volunteer with us at AACY
Camp Reunion 2010
Ms. Kate
Caregiver Classes
Continuing Care
Sugar Sand Day
"Memories" Poem
Update Your Contact Info
Hurricane Season
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
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Dear Reader,
Although it is nothing like the oil on the Gulf waters, some people refer to the green algae resting on top of still water as "slime".  In crossing over a pond covered with green, in its midst I spotted an energetic family of babbling baby black birds with red bills. In my excitement I asked a friend if she had seen them.  She said no, she was looking at the slime. I took her back to show her my discovery.  "How could you spot them?"  my friend asked.  I replied, "I could see them because I wasn't focused on the slime." Stay soaring by focusing your view away from the slime - not only in water but in life!

Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D.
Founder and President 
A Tribute to Jody Gleason
Celebrate the 1st Day of School with Community, Business, Religious Leaders, & Elected Officials
Back to School Breakfast & "Pep Rally" 
Joe & Stella Pores Event Chairs
Special award to Jody Gleason
Appearances by
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders!! Click to see Ashton & Lilly
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Carmen's Restaurant at the Top of the Bridge Hotel
999 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida
$25.00 in advance or $30.00 at Event
Click here to view the entire  invitation and RSVP today!

Hey Everyone!! 
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi

Life is a constant change, and as a caregiver we especially know this to be true.  As summer comes to an end, we recommend that you take some time and write down a list of the all the positive changes and growths that you have noticed in yourself.  Take a minute and think back on the last school year and this summer.  Ask yourself:  "What helped me stay calm?"  "Did I do the best that I could?"  "Did I reach out to the American Association of the Caregiving Youth when I needed help?" 





Remember that you are not alone, and we are here to help!
All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW
Justin is available at: [email protected]
Join the Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup & Turtle Talk
Help Clean Our Florida Beaches 


Join the Sand Sifters for their Monthly Beach Cleanup.

Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Oceanfront Park
Saturday, August 7, 2010
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl.
Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Community Service Hours Awarded.


Visit the Website:


Pre-Registration Requested: 
[email protected]
 or (561)734-9128.


We Need Your Help!
Did you know there is a Caregiver Postage Stamp under consideration? In order to create these stamps, we need you to sign and send in MORE letters!!!  Help is needed and appreciated to make this stamp a reality of recognizing and thanking caregivers for their love and unending hours of caring.
Also, please ask your family, friends and religious organizations to join the campaign. Your help is much appreciated!
For caregiving tips and other great information, visit the website:
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 Laura at the Caregiving Youth Project: (561) 391-7401 or [email protected].

Issue: #27 July 2010
Former Camp Treasure Goers Attend Reunion at FAU 


CYP Students performing the AACY cheer.
"It was thrilling. I liked the ropes. It helped me to take risks. That is one thing off my bucket list. I like how we get to communicate with other caregivers, see new faces. It was an exciting day to get out of my house," stated Gloria R. 
With lots of help from the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement, CYP students enjoyed an energetic day of activities at the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus.
Soon after arriving everyone learned the new A-A-C-Y "cheer" - similar to the Village People's Y-M-C-A chant.  Friendships were re-kindled with ice-breakers and time for swimming or art. The pool was Olympian-sized in a resort type setting.  
Through CYP, "I've overcome my fear of heights" one student wrote. There are few things more challenging than rock wall climbing and high ropes!
Inspiration for the future - such as attending FAU became in reach for Rachel Mondesir who was a caregiving youth. She overcame life's challenges and is now also working as an Executive Secretary. Rachel has offered help to any of our CYP members.


AACY Board Secretary & FAU VP Dr. Charles Brown gazes at CYP wall climbers.



AACY's Ms. Kate Landry
Originally from Decatur, Georgia, Kate moved to Florida from Washington, DC to complete her 2nd year of AmeriCorps.
Kate has been our amazing 2009 - 2010 AmeriCorps member (AmeriCorps is easily described as the "domestic Peace Corps"). She dedicated 1700 hours of volunteer service to AACY and other non-profit organizations in the Palm Beach area. 
What is Kate's favorite thing to do to de-stress? Kate says, "Work out! If I don't work out, I end up bottling everything up! I also like to do yoga to relax or to just take a moment and lie down or be quiet. If I'm still stressed after working out, I tend to either read or have dinner with good friends. Talking to friends and family really helps me gain perspective and advice on what I'm dealing with. I tell everything to my mom. She's my best friend and mentor; plus it's nice to gain advance from someone who has already experienced what I'm going through!"
Kate's future is very bright as she goes on to obtain a Master's Degree in Public Administration at the University of Georgia. We thank her & wish her only the best!

Are you caring for a loved one? Help is available at Palm Healthcare Pavilion!
A "hands-on" series of classes for Family Caregivers, taught by healthcare professionals, may help you. Sign up for classes during the month of August such as "Caring for Bedridden Family Member" or "Household & Kitchen Safety."
Classes will be held at Palm Healthcare Pavilion, 5205 Greenwood Avenue - West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Call 561-840-4222 or visit Class size is limited.
NEWS From Continuing Care

Summer Updates


Recently, CYP Continuing Care students teamed up with middle school students at Camp Reunion 2010 and a Whole Foods Cooking Class.
Call Cristy at 561-391-7401 to voice interest in future events such as a skin care class, a beach party, or a picnic. 
If you are entering 9th grade or changing high schools, email Cristy at [email protected] or message her on Facebook to let her know where you are.

Don't forget, any topic, any resource, any information you might need, we want to help you get it! We strongly encourage our caregivers to stay in touch via Facebook. 


Also, if you are looking for community service hours, please call or message Cristy.

We hope to talk with you soon!
Ms. Mary Jo with CYP students Sofia, Sephora, Jean Max, Mardochee, Astana, Sherley.
On July 10, CYP students gathered at Sugar Sand Park for the 1st of three summer events.
Students watched a movie called "More Than Sad" and engaged in activities to help reduce stress. 
"The Teens - Address Your Stress event at Sugar Sand Park on July 10th was very helpful to me. I learned to be observant of the signs of stress, such as being very tired, sleeping more, eating less, sad, easily crying and not being able to enjoy life.  Some of the tools we were taught to address our stress were to seek help, to talk to someone we can trust (especially someone older with more experience), and to take deep breaths.  I plan to use these tools not only when I feel Stressed Out but also to help my friends when I see that they are having a difficult time," stated Sherley Dezulme.
by Sofia Dezulme
the glow of the sun
shines brightly today
my mothers smile
had never been brighter
today is my day
to make you happy
the wind sways calmly
turning my cheeks cool
the trees bows slightly
shading me all day
today is the day
to make you smile
we hid behind bushes
back when we were young
we played in the lakes
and swung from the trees
so today is the day
to show you thanks
you were my friend, you still are
with wind and sun
rain and clouds
my happy face my sunkiss moods
today was the day
that I made you feel hopeful.
Tell CYP today!
Have you recently changed where you live or phone number? Help CYP find you!
Let us know via email or telephone if you have a new address or phone number. We will update our files so we can stay in touch with you about upcoming events and functions!
Call 561-391-7401 or email [email protected].
Tips to Help You Weather the Storm
Hurricane season is here. Are you and your family ready? Has your family registered for special needs and bought all of your emergency supplies?
If you haven't already, please make plans by calling and registering for Hurricane Special Needs in Palm Beach County at 561-712-6400 x 4.
To be eligible for "Special" services, you must pre-register and
meet the following established criteria:
  • Oxygen-dependent residents requiring electricity;
  • People with minor health/medical conditions that require professional observation and assessment;
  • People with the need for medications and/or vital sign monitoring and are unable to do so without assistance;
  • Patients who are too immobile and/or have chronic stable illness, but are not suitable for a regular shelter.
If you have any questions, you can also call the CYP office at 561-391-7401.
"One should keep going despite heavy weather; for there is always calm ahead."
By: L. Ron Hubband
Laura Poklemba, Editor
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
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