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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
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
Growing Through Grief Day
Discounts for Caregivers
Sand Sifters January
Volunteer with us at AACY
Stress Buster Contest Winners
CYP Holiday Party
AACY Distributes Gifts
New Years Resolutions
Continuing Care
Ms. Laura
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Dear Reader,

Whenever you fly, you receive the instructions about the use of oxygen masks. You are told to put yours on first and then you can assist someone else. How can you help another when you are not OK?

This New Year please decide just one thing you can do differently for yourself. It might be an everyday or a once a week thing. Then, please share your one thing with me ([email protected]) or someone else on our team. We will then check in with you to support your is a great feeling to know you are taking care of yourself! It is your choice!


Wishing you a healthier happy 2011!

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

Hey Everyone!!

December is the holiday season.  While the holiday season can be a time for stress it can also be a time to relax and appreciate all the wonderful things in your life.  Take this time for yourself and rest, spend time with your close friends and family, and do something that brings happiness into your life. 


I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!




All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW

Justin is available at: [email protected]
Have you recently experienced a loss of someone special?

Grief is a universal experience. Gardening is a universal language. Both lead us through the cycles of life and growth. Come heal through gardening, music and art!



Sunday, January 9th, 2011

9:30am to 1pm



559 North Military Trail

West Palm Beach, FL 33415


*FREE and open to ALL AGES

*REGISTER by JANUARY 3RD, 2011 - CALL 561-238-0420

*FREE continental breakfast provided



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

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

Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
Oceanfront Park
Saturday, January 8, 2011
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.

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].

Forward to a Friend

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: #32 December 2010

Congratulations to our 2010 Stress Buster Contest winners!

Entries were submitted from five Palm Beach County schools, a Martin County school, and even an entry from South Carolina! The CYP judging committee reviewed and scored each entry independently and the total scores led to four winners and seven runner-ups.


Anthony with Ms. Lynne

Overall winners were: Karam A. from Boca Middle School, Kaila D. from Palm Springs Middle School, Anthony W. from Okeeheelee Middle School, and Joyce A. from Stuart Middle School. Runners up were: Meera R., Jana W., Cayla R., Sofoni R., Jordon H., Roland K., and Katie F.



Cayla, Karam, and Meera 


Below is an excerpt from Joyce's winning essay:

"Listening to music is very relaxing (as long as it's not loud rap) and fun. It calms my nerves and makes me happy. I even (as a bonus) added some inspirational songs to my MP3, so when I'm feeling hopeless I'll hear inspiring words from phenomenal singers to have strength to hold on."


Thank you to all the students who participated!


The Caregiving Youth Project held its 4th annual holiday celebration on December 20th. Nearly 270 guests and volunteers attended the dinner event at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.


Connie and Paula Alderson, AACY Vice-Chair with mom Linda whose family has been with CYP since 2007

The evening was filled with many activities. Youth shopped for family among many gifts donated by Stratis Business Systems and local community members.

Holiday Shoppe


Families ate dinner and dessert followed by an inspirational message about the importance of education from Dr. Charles Brown, Vice President at FAU & AACY Board Secretary. Everyone also enjoyed holiday singing as well as arts and crafts.  

Kelsey with her niece


Throughout the evening, CYP families were given the opportunity to have a portrait taken by professional photographer and volunteer Blake Woolwine - the portraits are incredible!


At the close of the celebration, door prizes were awarded and each caregiving youth received a CYP Soaring Eagles t-shirt.


Thanks to the following who made the event possible through the leadership of Summer Faerman: Benvenuto Restaurant, Stratis Business Systems, Walmart, Publix SuperMarkets, The Capital Grille Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Olive Garden, Chartwells, St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary, Nelson Barquet, ChariTEES, Scott Walters, Mark Hansen, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and many others.


Kia, Kahlyel, Mom Janie, and Tameka





Santa's elves putting together holiday gifts in the CYP office 

This year, AACY was very grateful to be able to give more then 300 gifts to many of our caregiving youth and their families.


We thank everyone who made a difference in the lives of our caregiving youth this holiday!!


The gifts were donated through the Spirit of Giving Network, Toys for Tots, American Legion, AlertSite, and other community members.



Scledien, Julia, Ms. Karen, Ms. Donna, and Schleidensen














On December 2nd, ten caregiving youth were filmed for the show "Teen Talk" at Beacon TV, Broward  County School District's television station. Led by Dr. Stephen Goldstein, a local celebrity, columnist, tv and radio-show host, CYP youth discussed their caregiving experiences and shared their feelings associated with it.


Dr. Goldstein, himself a family caregiver, expressed his wonder and respect for youth caregivers, acknowledging how much of themselves they give to their loved ones every day.


The Caregiving Youth "Teen Talk" episode will air in early 2011. Beacon TV's viewing area reaches from Dade to Martin Counties. Stay tuned!


Thank you CYP students for sharing your story with us!




Every New Year, each one of us makes a long list of New Year's Resolutions. Have you ever made a resolution and not kept it?


Perhaps only making two resolutions would allow you to keep them.


Take a look at the list below of resolutions and pick two that you feel could help you in the New Year!

1. Laugh more

2. Be a kid

3. Make good choices

4. Choose a special friend

5. Commit to your education

6. Take time to play

7. Make a personal goal

8. Exercise

9. Eat healthy

10. Ask for help


Happy 2011! Be Safe!


NEWS From Continuing Care
Happy New Year from Continuing Care!

Continuing Care in school groups for January are:

Boca High 9th and 10th grade: Tuesday, January 4

South Tech: Wednesday, January 5

Lake Worth High: Tuesday, January 11

Boynton Beach High: Wednesday, January 12

Boca High 11th and 12th grade: Tuesday, January 18

Boca High 9th with Ms. Carole: Wednesday, January 19


If you go to one of these schools and haven't been invited to group, PLEASE let us know and Ms. Cristy will get you on the list immediately!


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


Ms. Cristy is on Facebook as Christine Kovach Hom and she wants to be your Facebook friend. Please find her and send her a friend request.


AACY's Ms. Laura
Ever wonder who the person is that puts together and emails you the monthly newsletter Treasure Talk to read? That's AACY's Communication Coordinator, Ms. Laura.
Ms. Laura was born in New Jersey and raised here in sunny South Florida. She attended all local schools and finished her studies with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and a Minor in Italian. 
Laura began her career during college freelance writing for an Italian-American newspaper and continued on to work in the marketing/communication field. 
To de-stress, Ms. Laura likes to go to the beach. She walks on the sand and breathes the air from the ocean. She also enjoys baking, shopping, ceramics, and reading. Eating homemade pizza makes her very happy!

Ms. Laura enjoys spending time with her six nieces and nephews. She likes to take them places that they have never been to.

Her advice for caregiving youth...."Accept whatever is dealt your way. Do not fight what happens in life."

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


"You don't choose your family.  They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
~Desmond Tutu

Happy Holidays

from all of us at CYP!!!


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