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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
Sand Sifters October
Membership to NFCA
Discounts for Caregivers
Volunteer with us at AACY
Back to School Tips
Student Summer Internship
Local Library Events
Continuing Care
Ms. Lissa
CYP Pinellas County
Caregiver Classes
Alzheimer's/Diabetes Event
Update Your Contact Info
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,
One of the greatest challenges of our work in supporting you is helping others to understand the effects and the importance of your role - for your families and for society.  Time and time again as we talk to people, we observe their faces brighten as they "get it" and begin to understand the responsibilities you juggle at home and at school.  CYP staff name these "light bulb" moments. When you have the courage to share your stories and experiences, you create more light bulb moments.  Then together we will light up our nation! 

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

Hey Everyone!! 
In this month's Guy talk there are two specific issues I want to address.
First, I want you to ask yourself; what are you dreams?  Take a second, a day, a week, a month, a year, whatever...and create a list of your dreams.  What is it that you want from your life?  Figure it out and start taking those small steps to reaching your dream. And remember to utilize the resources, such as Caregiving Youth Project, to help you reach your dreams!
Second, I am not sure how often you hear it, but I want to say Thank You!  Each month I have the honor and privilege to reach out to you through "Guy Talk" and I thank you for that honor.  You guys are a source of inspiration to many, including myself.  As I have mentioned before, I too am a caregiver, and it is nice to know that there are other guy caregivers out there. 
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau




All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW
Justin is available at: [email protected]
Sand Sifters Halloween Beach Cleanup & Halloween Activities
Happy Halloween!
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup at Oceanfront Park. 
After the Cleanup the City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department will be Running Free Activities for the Kids. 

Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Oceanfront Park
Saturday, October 2, 2010
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl.
Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Sign In: 8:00-8:15 am
Event Ends: 10:30 am
Meet at the Pavilion in the Lower Parking Lot.
Community Service Hours Awarded.


Visit the Website:


Pre-register by email: 
[email protected]
or by calling (561) 734-9128.

Join Today! 
Did you know you and your family can get discounts on products and services?
The National Family Caregivers Association created this new program to help caregivers and their care recipients by offering help to obtain needed supplies.

and click on the Join button to sign
up for FREE membership or call the office at: 1-800-896-3650.
The Caregivers Marketplace™ is the nation's first cash back program for anyone who gives, gets or needs care. You can receive cash back on eligible products that are not typically covered by insurance or Medicare - no matter where you buy them. The program is free and your information is always kept confidential. 
Save on brands like Senokot, Depend, Poise, Benzodent, IcyHot, and Balmex (many others are listed on the website!).
For more information!, visit
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 Laura at the Caregiving Youth Project: (561) 391-7401 or [email protected].

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Issue: #29 September 2010
How are you doing in school this year? 
We at CYP would like you to succeed and be the best you can be in school and in your life. We understand the challenges of being a caregiver and student at the same time. Below are a few tips you can choose to use! 
1. STUDY as much as you can in between doing caregiving responsibilities;
2. Take good notes in class and use them to study;
3. Ask for help in school (don't be afraid!!) and use the resources one can do it all alone;
4. Prioritize how you spend your time and stay as organized as possible;
5. Fuel your body with healthy food choices!
Need extra help? Please let us know at CYP how you are doing - we always love to hear from you!
Over the summer, CYP student  Mishu K. was given the opportunity to intern at Congressman Ron Klein's office in Boca Raton.  Congressman Ron Klein and Mishu met earlier this year at Boca High School during a CYP meeting that educated legislators about challenges of youth caregiving.
"The internship was phenomenal! I was able to work with constituents and help with their problems regarding federal agencies," stated Mishu. 
The agency provided him with a personal TV, a computer, and a nice office to work in. "I have gained a lot of experience working in an office environment, which gives me an edge over other candidates for an actual job since I have personal experience," noted Mishu. "Furthermore, I was able to work with wonderful people, and other students who were accepted as well. I highly enjoyed working at the Congressman's office, and I feel it was one of my more productive summers thanks to it!"
Congratulations Mishu on a job well done!
Have you ever realized how resourceful a library can be? They have tons of books, movies, magazines, and music for everyone, all for FREE!!! Their resources can be used for school or just for fun!
The Boynton Beach City Library and Delray Beach Library have set up new programs for young adults. The library programs are informative and entertaining and definitely worth checking out!
Boynton Beach City Library
Anti-Violence presentation:  Wed. & Thurs., Oct. 6 & 7 @ 4--5 pm
Teen Gaming:  Wed., Oct. 6, 13, & 27 @ 6--7:30 pm
Teen Movie: "Alice in Wonderland" (Rated PG):  Thurs., Oct. 7 @ 6--8 pm
Halloween Duct Tape Wallet:  Thurs., Oct. 14 @ 6--7:30 pm
Teen Book Discussion: The Hunger Games:  Thurs., Oct. 21 @ 6--7 pm
Teen Advisory Board:  Thurs., Oct. 28 @ 6--7 pm
Delray Beach Public Library
See website for Young Adult Events Calendar: 
Make sure to check their website event calendars often to sign up for their FREE young adult programs!
NEWS From Continuing Care

CYP welcomes our 9th graders to our Continuing Care program! If you haven't already, please call Cristy at 561-391-7401 to introduce yourself. 

We have begun our monthly Continuing Care in-school groups. We will be returning to Boca High, Atlantic High, Boynton Beach High and South Tech Academy. This year we will offer groups at Lake Worth High as we work together with the Communities in Schools Program. While at Atlantic High School, we are collaborating with the Knights of Pythagoras. 
Listed below is the in-school group schedule for October:
October 5: Boca High 9th grade
October 6: South Tech Academy
October 12: Lake Worth High
October 13: Boynton Beach High
October 19: Boca High 11th & 12th grade
October 20: Boca High 10th grade
In September, a group of Continuing Care High School students attended a computer class at the Boynton Beach library. The class taught students how to utilize the internet for school research. The class also gave instructions on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint.
"I went into the computer class with an open mind and ready to learn new things, but they hit me with their best shot! They taught me new things that I never knew even existed. I never knew there was a website to check if something like a legend was true or false. Finding that out just blew me out the water!! Everything just was really helpful and needed, on top of that I had A LOT of fun. I've never met half of the people that went to the class but in the end I felt like I've known them for a lifetime, " stated Vanessa T.

Continuing Care will also continue to schedule out of school activities throughout the year. Stay tuned!                   

AACY's Ms. Lissa
Originally from Haiti, CYP Family Specialist Ms. Rose-Lissa Regnier moved to Florida over 25 years ago.
Ms. Lissa earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work and is currently working towards her PhD. in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.
As a CYP Family Specialist, Lissa conducts lunch and learn sessions, visits CYP families and helps with special activities for students. 
Ms. Lissa enjoys reading and shops and exercises to de-stress. Her favorite book is Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyers.  She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Lissa speaks Creole and would like to provide more social services to the Haitian community. She helps families transition from Haiti to America with translation, counseling, and community service referrals.
Ms. Lissa can be reached in the office at 561-391-7401 or via email at [email protected].
Six scholarships have been awarded over the last four years by our affiliate CYP of Pinellas County, Florida. They began their scholarship  program to support Youth Caregivers in furthering their education.
Scholarship winners Kaylene and Megan
The Richard and Vera Besser Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors with a caregiving youth experience. Vera Besser was a teacher and was a caregiver for her husband.  
The Cookie Miller Scholarship has been established in memory of Cookie Miller who was an elementary school teacher in Pinellas County Schools for over 25 years. She lost her courageous fight of over 10 years to cancer in 2008. Her passions for children and
Cookie Miller Scholarship award winner Grace
education is why her husband Bob established this scholarship.
These scholarships were created to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors or reapplying college students with a caregiving youth experience. The scholarship provides $1,000 to the student to be applied toward their financial needs for college.
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 October such as "Caring for the 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.
 African American
Alzheimer's Disease & Diabetes
Is there a connection?
 Thursday, November 18, 2010
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Palm Healthcare Foundation
5205 Greenwood Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

To register, call Martha Ramirez 800.861.7826 ext. 214
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].
"Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring." 
~ Lorrin L. Lee
Laura Poklemba, Editor
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
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