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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
Discounts for Caregivers
Sand Sifters February
Volunteer with us at AACY
Update Your Contact Info
Hearts & "Soles" Event
CYP on "Teen Talk"
Orange Bowl Football Game in Miami
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Christine's Hope for Kids
Family Health Carnival
Continuing Care News
Ms. Celia
10 Tips for Caregivers
Quick Links
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Dear Reader,

Valentine's Day reminds us of something priceless: love.  Mr. Jim was in his 80's when he told me that caring for his wife for many years allowed him to learn about love. When he worked, he traveled and missed time at home. One day he realized he was never as fully present for his wife during his working days or had the same affection as he experienced while caregiving. 
In "Teen Talk" Alex shares that caring for her dad has allowed her to get to know and understand him in a way she probably never otherwise would.  As you journey in caregiving, pay close attention to the special type of relationship you share and is nothing money can ever buy!



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


Hey Everyone!!

The New Year is upon us! I hope that you rested up, took some time for yourself and are ready to embrace what lies ahead.  The New Year is an exciting time because it is time for new beginnings, a time to reflect on the year that has past and to learn from those experiences.


As you have noticed, my "Guy Talks" have a common theme: take care of yourself!  I stress this because I have learned its importance from my experiences as a youth caregiver.


This year I would love to hear back from all of you.  I would love to hear techniques that you find helpful, situations that you would like to be discussed, or anything that is on your mind.  My email is [email protected].  Please email me and let me know if you would like me to incorporate your message in "Guy Talk".  All I ask is that you subject the email "Guy Talk"


I look forward to hearing from you!





All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW

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. 

Beach Cleanup Followed by Grand Reopening of the Boardwalk. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Family Beach Activities & Steel Drum
Entertainment. Meet the Artist Rick Beau Lieu who created the
Beautiful Sculpture on Display at the Beach, "Opus the Sea Turtle."

Saturday, February 5, 2011
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl. Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:00 am
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 10:00 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: #33 January 2011

FEBRUARY 24, 2011

CYP's first graduating seniors who entered our program while attending Boca Raton Middle School and Congress Middle School will be recognized at this annual fundraising event.

"Courage Awards" will be given to CYP students who have participated during the last year in activities such as the filming of "Teen Talk", the "Little Mom" production by Maria Fortiz from Stanford University and the annual report of the Palm Healthcare Foundation. 


For more information, call  the office at 561-391-7401.


BECON-TV (Broward Education Communications Network) is airing an hour-long program focusing on the challenges faced by CYP caregivers as part of its "TeenTalk" television series hosted by Dr. Stephen Goldstein.


The program features the unedited, unscripted impressions of ten CYP students.


The schedule for the program is as follows:


Sat 01/29/2011 9:00 pm

Wed 02/02/2011 1:00 pm

Sat 02/05/2011 9:00 pm

Mon 02/07/2011 1:00 pm

Mon 02/07/2011 8:00 pm

Sun 02/13/2011 9:00 pm

Sat 02/19/2011 9:00 pm

Mon 02/21/2011 1:00 pm

Mon 02/21/2011 8:00 pm

Wed 02/23/2011 1:00 pm

Sun 02/27/2011 9:00 pm


Check out some of your fellow friends and youth caregivers!



Orange Bowl group at the stadium


To bring the holiday break to an exciting conclusion, CYP students went to  Miami to watch Stanford University and Virginia Tech battle it out at the college football championship game at the Orange Bowl.


Justin H., Ms. Karen, Keith B., Jerry T. & Ben B.

The night started with Air Force parachute jumpers landing from airplanes into the field. This was followed by a fireworks show. Halftime included a concert with the GooGoo Dolls and more spectacular fireworks!  


Schleidenson P., Schleiden P., and Marc D. excitedly said altogether, "We liked the fireworks and the interception the best!"


Stanford took the lead and won with a final score of 40-12! Go Stanford University!


In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, AmeriCorps and CYP celebrated with a day of fun at Highland Elementary School in Lake Worth.


CYP students spent the day off from school volunteering at the event while helping others enjoy the festivities.




CYP in art and people! 

Outside in the playground area, kids drew on the sidewalks, played basketball, jumped in the bounce house and decorated cookies. Kids also had the chance to create a huge "dream" wall where dreams and aspirations were written and drawn.


Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud!



Last year's major earthquake in Haiti on January 12th took the lives of many people including Lynn University student Christine Gianacaci.


Dr. Connie with Christine's parents, Jean & John

In her memory, her parents created a foundation, Christine's Hope For Kids. Christine loved being a student at Lynn University and loved Florida. The foundation continues the legacy and generous spirit of Christine, and her desire to help underprivileged children have an opportunity for a better life.


After learning more about our work, Christine's Hope for Kids generously contributed to support caregiving youth. Christine's parents look forward to meeting CYP members and staying involved with our organization.



Ms. Shalene, Ms. Yvonne, & Ms. Jessica

The Family Health Carnival, sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital, was held at the Florence Fuller Child Development Center on

Saturday, January 22, 2011.


Along with many other agencies, CYP participated and provided pertinent information and resources. Free health screenings such as hearing, vision, dental, mammograms, and glucose were held while younger attendees enjoyed face painting, snow cones, rock wall climbing and many other activities.

NEWS From Continuing Care
Hello from Continuing Care!

Continuing Care in school groups for February are:

Boca High 9th and 10th grade: Tuesday, February 1 

South Tech: Wednesday, February 2 

Boynton Beach High: Wednesday, February 9

Boca High 11th and 12th grade: Tuesday, February 15th

Boca High 9th with Ms. Carole: Wednesday, February 16

Atlantic High: Wednesday, February 16

Lake Worth High: Tuesday, February 22

Fun in the sun!


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!


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. Join her as she shares important college information such as scholarships and guides.


Stay tuned for a Spring Break Continuing Care event!


AACY's Ms. Celia
Have you had the opportunity to spend some time with Ms. Celia, AACY's 2011 AmeriCorps member?

Ms. Celia Mouyal is from Silver Spring, Maryland (a city that borders Washington DC). She moved to Florida in August of 2010.


Ms. Celia graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Biology. During college, she tutored 5th grade students at a middle school and after graduating, she worked in an Emergency Room at a hospital in Maryland.


Now that Ms. Celia is here with us at AACY, she is back to tutoring youth afterschool and teaching life skills classes at Okeeheelee Middle School. She is also working with high school students to help them prepare college applications. If you haven't already met her, you will at some of our very fun events!


Ms. Celia is starting medical school in August 2011 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She plans to become a pediatrician.

Her advice for caregiving youth...."Always choose to keep a positive attitude. With the stresses at home and school, that is often hard to do, but know that you can control how you react to the things that happen in your life. With hard work and that positive energy, you can accomplish anything!"

Ms. Celia can be reached in the office at 561-391-7401 or via email [email protected]. You can also find her at the beach where she likes to go to de-stress!


from the National Family Caregivers Association

1. Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center stage. 

2. Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time just for you.

3. Watch for signs of depression and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it. Download a printable depression self-assessment from the American Medical Association.

4. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things they can do.

5. Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.

6. There's a difference between caring and doing. Be open to new technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence and help you do your job easier.

7. Trust your instincts. Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.

8. Grieve for your losses, then allow yourself to dream new dreams.

9. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and as a citizen.

10. Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing that you are not alone.


Fore more information, please visit: National Family Caregivers Association



"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."  
~Winston Churchill

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


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