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Caregiving Youth Projects help identify, recognize, educate and support students who care for ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members. This allows caregiving youth to achieve success, have fun and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
In This Issue
Guy Talk
Sand Sifters December
Discounts for Caregivers
Volunteer with us at AACY
Update Your Contact Info
Giving Thanks
National Family Caregivers Month
CSI Library Afternoon
Visit Florida Beach Walk
Remote Control Car Races
2010 Fight For Air Climb
Continuing Care
Ms. Shalene
Yoga Relaxation Pose
Quick Links
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Dear Reader,

Our mascot is a soaring eagle.  It is hard to soar when we find ourselves in a tough situation which we didn't even create!  We find ourselves up to our necks doing stuff we never dreamed about.  "It's OK to ask for help" is a slogan that the Mental Health Association promotes. It speaks to all of us, not only those who are dealing with a mental health issue. We become stronger when we ask for help and allow others to show they care; many hands lighten the load!  With a lighter load, it is easier to soar. Soar on!

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

Hey Everyone!!

First of all, I hope that everyone took some time for themselves this month.


There is a famous quote by a philosopher, Fredric Nietzsche's, which states, "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger."


I know that a lot of you out there are in middle school and some are in high school.  Both times can be challenging.  No matter what stage you are in life, there will be challenges that you will have to face.  As a caregiver, these challenges may be more frequent and more intense. Our abilities to make it through these times make us unique!


Remember this, each challenge and obstacle is not only a learning experience, but also a time to make us stronger.


Please know that the Caregiving Youth Project is here because we care for you and want to see you succeed.



All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW

Justin is available at: [email protected]
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup at Oceanfront Park. 

Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Oceanfront Park
Saturday, December 4, 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, Depends, 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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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].

Issue: #31 November 2010
Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, a wonderful holiday that allowed us to think about all that we are thankful for.

Did you consider all of the joys and blessings that you are thankful for? Perhaps you thought about your family, friends, teachers, school, the beach, your home or your pet?

We at the Caregiving Youth Project are very grateful to have you, our caregiving youth, as part of our extended family. We look forward to hearing when you have good news, hearing about you earning higher scores at school, or just hearing about what is going on in your life!

Enjoy all of the blessings in life; there are so many to be thankful for!


Recently, both President Barack Obama and Govenor Charlie Crist declared that November is National Family Caregiver's Month for our nation and for our state.


On Wednesday, November 16th, a Proclamation Ceremony was held at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in honor of National Family Caregiver's Month. Many CYP students and staff attended this event (shown in the photo below).


"I'd like to thank Commissioner Abrams for taking the time to recognize and honor caregivers of all ages in Palm Beach County," said Judith Brustad, who heads the Caregiving Coalition of Palm Beach County. "The support services provided by the County allow people to keep jobs, manage stress and support caregiver health.  Let's be sure the services are continued."


Congratulations and thanks to family caregivers of all ages!


Commissioner Steven Abrams presenting County Proclamation 
On Election Day and a "no school" day, CYP students from Congress Middle School gathered at the Boynton Beach Library to learn about first aid, CPR, and what actions to take during emergency situations. 


Tawanda Sweeting of Caregiver Services Inc. (CSI) also showed the safe use of a walker, cane and wheelchair as well as ways to transfer an individual from a wheelchair to a chair.


How did CYP youth like the program?

  •  "It was very helpful. I learned about CPR and how to get someone out of a wheelchair if they need to be transferred to a bed."  Samuel G.
  • "It was a lot of fun! My favorite part was learning how to use a wheelchair." Moises G.

Special thanks to Chipotle for providing our youth and volunteers with an incredible lunch!   


Thank you to all who made the day a success for CYP students!



Have you ever realized how beautiful, clean, and fun our Florida beaches are?


It was the coldest Saturday of November when Floridians participated in the "Great Visit Florida Beach Walk" all across the state. Our beautiful beaches right here in our backyards are a treasure!


Boca Raton beach 

"Beach walkers covered 825 miles of Florida shoreline, took great pictures and shared them, showing off our truly beautiful beaches," stated Celia Mouyal, the CYP AmeriCorps member.


Pictures from the beach walk can be viewed here:

Visit Florida Beach Walk 



As he returned home from Camp Treasure with Yvonne, a CYP social work-intern, Marc, who cares for his grandfather, talked about his greatest holiday wish - to have a remote controlled car that he could race. Yvonne listened, shared his wish with Ms. Karen who then took action by posting his wish on the blog of the South Florida Dirt Oval Racing Club Boca Raton.

Ms. Karen, Mary, Gary, and Marc 


Ms. Karen took Marc on an exciting Saturday adventure. He was so surprised to receive an awesome remote control car as a gift from Mary and Gary Wern. They generously fulfilled his wish they had learned about from their Club blog.


Thank you to everyone for making Marc's day!!



A group of CYP students whose family members have lung conditions and volunteers took part in the annual American Lung Association "2010 Fight For Air Climb" stair climb at the Philips Point West Tower in West Palm Beach on November 20th.


Students helped support the American Lung Association to find a cure for Asthma and Lung Disease by climbing 20 flights of stairs.


They were greeted at the top by cheerleaders and were awarded metals, towels and t-shirts.


Yeah Team Soaring Eagles!


NEWS From Continuing Care
Happy Holidays from Continuing Care!


At Lake Worth High, Ms. Cristy is working together with Ms. Samantha Ragland from Communities in Schools to give Lake Worth High CYP students some extra support. During school hours, Ms. Ragland offers tutoring, mentoring, and help with goal setting. If you are at Lake Worth High and haven't met her, stop by Guidance and introduce yourself.


What are you doing to prepare for after high school? Join us as we share guides, timelines, websites, college applications and scholarships.


Welcome back Dr. Carole Kain. She worked with CYP in the past and she missed you! She will be leading one of the 9th grade lunch time groups at Boca High for the remainder of the year. Thank you Dr. Carole for donating your time and many talents!


CYP's Ms. Shalene
Now a Florida resident, Ms. Shalene Schlenker was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was raised in Austin, Texas.

Throughout her life, Ms. Shalene has been drawn to youth and took opportunities to travel and volunteer in five countries. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education at Lynn University.

At CYP as the Assistant Care Coordinator, Ms. Shalene helps coordinate educational, supportive, and fun activities for caregiving youth. She also helps provide families with appropriate resources and supports youth by providing disease specific information at Lunch and Learn's as well as informing the community about the Caregiving Youth Project.

To de-stress, Ms. Shalene likes to go home and think. She goes to her room, lights some candles, listens to music and take time for herself to find the best way to handle the situation.

Doing something she is good at makes her happy. She enjoys cheerleading, performing on stage, ceramics, and singing as loud as she can to a song. Ms. Shalene also likes to do very adventurous activities like sky diving, bungie jumping, rock wall climbing and riding roller coasters...anything that gets her heart racing!

Her advice for caregiving youth...."Always make time for yourself and find an outlet to express your feelings."

Ms. Shalene can be reached in the office at 561-391-7401 or via email [email protected].


by Jessica Rejune

You may be surprised to know that one of the most difficult yoga postures to master also happens to be one of the more basic. The relaxation pose or as it is often referred the "corpse position," is a key component to your yoga practice. It is important to always begin and end your practice with a few minutes in the relaxation pose, as well as returning to this pose between postures. The relaxation pose allows the body to rest and reinvigorate in a short period of time.


Here is how you practice the relaxation pose:


Lie on your back, with your legs at least hip distance apart, feet relaxed and out to the sides. Place your arms away from your body, palms up. Close your eyes, and bring your attention to your breath. You can do this by either following your breath as it enters and exits through the nostrils or by concentrating on how your belly rises and falls with each inhale and exhale. Doing so will bring awareness to the sensations you feel as the air enters and leaves the body. Next, draw your attention to any part of your body where you feel tense, and mentally tell that part of the body to relax and "Let go."


If negative thoughts or worries enter your mind, acknowledge their presence, and then let them go, and refocus your attention on your breath. It is perfectly normal for your mind to wander, just be steady with your efforts to keep redirecting your attention to your breath.


The more you practice, the easier it will get!!



"Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock." 
~Author Unknown


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