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
Sand Sifters November
Discounts for Caregivers
Palm Tran
Update Your Contact Info
Volunteer with us at AACY
Stress Buster Contest 2010
Camp Treasure VIII
Gumbo Limbo Day
Beach Party
Club Soaring Eagles
Continuing Care
Ms. Lynne
Quiet the Breath and Mind
Caregiver Appreciation Day
Alzheimer's/Diabetes Event
National Family Caregivers Month
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,

"It's Going to get Better" is the new slogan about bullying to let you know that tomorrow is another day and that you will wake up and everything will be  better. 

But, will bullying...or the stresses of caregiving...just get better? Our personal and Project experience tells us - "Not at all likely!"  

What we do know is that YOU are the key to changing your life. Make healthy choices; receive support in school plus in your caregiving role; and, keep a positive attitude. We will join with you to celebrate that "It has Gotten Better!"

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

Hey Everyone!!

Take a second, right now, and create a list of the people who mean the most to you...


OK, now with that list I want you to put those people in order with the top person being the most important...


Who was that top person?  Was it YOU?!


I can't say this enough, you need to be the top priority!  How can you help anyone else on the list if you are not in a good place?


I have a "homework assignment" for you.  Next time you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I want you to do something for yourself.  Now, keep a list of all these different things that you do for yourself in a notebook.  This way when you are having a stressful moment coming you can go to your toolbox of coping skills.


Remember to Keep Smiling and that now you have people at the Caregiving Youth Project who are here for you!




All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW

Justin is available at: [email protected]

Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup at Oceanfront Park. 

Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Oceanfront Park
Saturday, November 6, 2010
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl.
Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am

Meet at the Pavilion in the Lower Parking Lot.
Community Service Hours Awarded.

Visit the Website:

Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128.

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




As of October 1, the cost of Palm Tran's Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) 31-day fixed-route bus pass has increased.

Please read the updated information on their rates at the website: Palm Tran

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].

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: #30 October 2010



 Deadline is November 30, 2010! Submit your entry today!


The Caregiving Youth Project held an amazing Camp Treasure VIII on October 2nd & 3rd. CYP students enjoyed a wide array of activities. Swimming, singing (a new Camp Treasure song!), yoga and ropes course were all part of two fun-filled days.

Students also spent time at the Friday night campfire, creating a "Treasure Box" and playing in the activity room that had ping pong, foosball, and air hockey tables.

Counselor Shalene commented that the "ladybug cabin" had a blast telling stories!

Camp Treasure VIII

Students at the top of the 40 foot tower overlooking the intracoastal.

On Thursday, October 7, CYP students took at trip to Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex and Nature Center in Boca Raton.


They enjoyed many activities including watching a feeding in the outdoor seawater tanks, walking on the nature boardwalk trail, and climbing the observation tower to view the city from 40 feet in the air!


"I had so much fun on the Gumbo Limbo trip. I loved seeing all the different sea turtles. Afterwards, when we went to Red Reef Beach I got the most amazing sea shells!" Alyssa K.


Jenny G. decorates her frame. 

School was out for the day and a group of CYP Continuing Care students had a beach party break at Anchor Park in Delray Beach on Friday, October 15. 


The kids relaxed in the sun, built sand castles, swam in the ocean, and enjoyed a game of flag football.


"This Friday is the best Friday ever!" stated Jealonne J.





Celebrating a beautiful beach day!


Have you heard about Club Soaring Eagles? It is a new club for CYP middle school students. At Lantana Middle School, the club meets once a month on the second Tuesday after school from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. After the club meeting is over, the activity bus takes students home.

Club Soaring Eagles allows students to keep in touch with CYP, express themselves and have time for some fun as they meet new friends and talk about specific topics and interests.

Stay tuned for upcoming classes on: money saving, college, careers, scholarships, family matters, music, shopping, and celebrities.

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.  Or, if you haven't heard from us in a while, please give us a call.


Listed below is the in-school group schedule for November::


November 3: South Tech Academy

November 9: Lake Worth High

November 10: Boynton Beach High

November 16: Boca High 11th & 12th grade

November 17: Atlantic High

November 17: Boca High 9th grade


Because we have so many 9th graders at Boca High this year, we are forming two groups! 




If you are in the 11th or 12th grade and did not receive an invitation to our Beach Party, please let us know. We want to make sure that you are aware of our events planned to give you a break and have some fun.


We invite all youth, families and volunteers to join the world's biggest beach rally on Saturday, November 6th. Beach lovers across Florida are holding the Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk. Help show the world our beaches are as wonderful as ever - just walk a mile and upload a photo! You will get community service hours for this activity! Please contact Cristy or Celia for more information in the office at 561-391-7401 or through Facebook.            


AACY's Ms. Lynne
"Please be kind, gentle and forgiving of yourself," is Ms. Lynne Durbin's advice to our Caregiving Youth. 

Living most of her life in New York and Vermont, CYP Family Specialist Ms. Lynne moved to Florida over 19 years ago. She  earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Florida Licensed Psychotherapist.

As a CYP Family Specialist, Ms. Lynne visits three schools (Okeeheelee, Palm Springs, and Wellington Middle Schools), conducting lunch and learn sessions and group skills building, visiting CYP families and helping with special activities for caregiving youth students. 

Ms. Lynne takes time to de-stress by dancing in Jazzercise classes. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and eating good food.

Ms. Lynne is very dedicated to supporting caregiving youth excel in school and recommending tools for youth caregivers at home. She can be reached in the office at 561-391-7401 or via email at [email protected].


by Jessica Rejune

As infants, we breathe through our noses. Unlike mouth breathing, breathing through your nose creates a relaxed and calming experience for your mind.


Try this simple experiment to test the difference!


Sit straight up and comfortable, and take a big breath through your mouth, and exhale the air out of your mouth. Repeat this 3 times. Take a short break. Now take 3 breaths through your nose, and exhale the air out of your nose. After a few cycles of this exercise, take some time to recognize the differences you experience in your body.


Think of your mind and your breath as a team working together. The more rapid and shallow your breath becomes, the more your mind races, often leaping from one thought to the next like a monkey swinging in the trees. When you take control of your breath by breathing through your nose, you will tame your mind.


Practice this exercise to strengthen your breath/mind team and then implement it while taking your next test. (You still need to study for your test though!) :)

Palm Beach County Family Caregiver Coalition's Caregiver Appreciation Day




9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM


Celebrate your role as a caregiver. Take pride in the important role you play in caring for your loved ones. You will be treated to free relaxation therapies, makeovers, cooking demonstrations, raffle drawings, gift bags and more. 


RSVP by November 2, 2010 to Kim or Marge at (561) 833-6333. Lunch will be is provided. Seating is limited.

Palm Healthcare Pavilion
5205 Greenwood Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
For questions please contact:
 African American
Alzheimer's Disease & Diabetes
Is there a connection?

Seminar is FREE! You must pre-register by calling Martha Ramirez 800.861.7826 ext. 214

Happy National Family Caregivers Month!

Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? 


Logo for NFC Month 2010

Proclaiming the theme

Reach Out for Help!

 It has special significance this year being the 10th anniversary of the passage of the legislation that created the National Family Caregiver Support Program.


Next we need to get this legislation to cover family caregivers of all ages!

Please sign up at or call the toll free number 1-800-896-3650.



"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."
~ Nora Roberts 


Laura Poklemba, Editor
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
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