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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
Discounts for Caregivers
Sand Sifters March
Volunteer with us at AACY
Update Your Contact Info
Organic Afternoon at WFM
Homework Help
FAU Health & Safety Fair
Continuing Care News
La Bayadere Boca Ballet
Austin's Camp Building Bridges
Stroke Information
Ms. Summer
Hearts & "Soles" Event
Quick Links
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Dear Reader,
As the status of any of our family situations are dynamic, it becomes more apparent every day that we must be both proactive...and then continually create positive change and support on behalf of all of our nation's caregiving youth.  
Your voices are the ones most likely to be heard - thank you for continuing to share courageously!


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


Hey Everyone!!

"Two steps forward, one step back."


I want to use this month's blog to discuss setbacks. Setbacks are a part of life, but that does not mean that it will have to bring you completely back to the beginning.


Last week, my family had a setback. My mom, the one that I care for, received scary, sad, and bad news from the doctor. After a couple of days of being sad, my mom came to me and reminded me this is just another bump in the road. She reminded me that we can't let this bring us down and that together we can concur whatever life brings our way.


Of course she was right, but what I found even more amazing was that the one I care for was able to give me the strength to keep on going.





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. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl. Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 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].

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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: #34 February 2011


An "organic" afternoon was held at Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton on January 24, 2011.


Students took a tour of the grocery store, sampled various foods, learned tips on shopping smart and tips on eating healthy.


"I really loved the tour of Whole Foods Market and I also learned some new things. I loved getting to know some new recipes and then trying them after. Getting that crock pot was a BIG surprise and I am going to use it over my Spring Break when I go to Orlando. I'm going to cook one of the recipes I learned when I am there for my mom, her friend and me," stated Sonya G. 



Each caregiving youth received a Crock Pot, The Original Slow Cooker from Jarden Consumer Solutions.


Thank you to everyone who made the afternoon a success! 


Need help with homework? Try one of these!


1. Homework Hotline 1-800-548-0245 (M-F; 5-7 PM)


2. Palm Beach Schools FREE Homework Hotline:

561-640-5042, 561-688-5303, 561-688-5304, 1-800-548-0245

Help available in English, Creole and Spanish.

Palm Beach Schools website


3. Palm Beach County Library System live homework help (with valid library card number): PBC Library

You can also call our office at 561-391-7401 to help you find other resources for homework assistance!




"Parents bring your kids to college." Visit the campus of FAU for a day filled with action filled exhibits and fun family activities for all ages on Saturday, March 26.


FAU Boca Raton Campus

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL

10:00 to 3:00 pm


Visit City of Boca Raton or contact Raul Travieso at [email protected] for more information.


NEWS From Continuing Care
Hello from Continuing Care!


No matter what grade you are in, now is the perfect time to explore your options for life after high school. On Wednesday, March 16, Continuing Care is going to FAU for a college tour! We'll send invitations, but don't wait - call now and reserve your spot. Space is limited and we must know if you can attend by Friday, March 11.


If you are 15 or older and interested in becoming a Palm Beach State College Summer Youth College (SYC) intern, please contact Ms. Cristy. SYC requires a "letter of interest" and references. Ms. Cristy can send you instructions through Facebook or email and help you with your letter.


Information about SYC, college scholarships, admission deadlines and helpful links are posted on Ms. Cristy's Facebook page. Because there are 150 Continuing Care students, Ms. Cristy uses Facebook to communicate to as many CYP high school students as she can. You can send her a friend request by searching for Christine Kovach Hom. If you are not on Facebook, please make sure to call and check in every once in a while and CHECK YOUR HOME MAILBOX for event flyers.


Because of Spring Break, Boca High 11th and 12th and Atlantic High groups will not meet this month. We hope to see you at FAU!


Continuing Care in school groups for March are:

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

South Tech: Wednesday, March 2

Lake Worth High: Tuesday, March 8

Boynton Beach High: Wednesday, March 9

Caregiving Youth and families may attend the La Bayadere Ballet  Dress Rehearsal on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm at the Performing Arts Theater at the Olympic Heights High School, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton, FL. Jane Guin from Boca Ballet will explain the storyline of the ballet at 6:15 pm.


If you are interested in attending, please email Mary Jo at [email protected]



Are you caring for someone with dementia? This summer during the week of June 19-25, 2011, Camp Building Bridges in New Life Ranch, Colcord, Oklahoma is hosting their next camp for teenagers who care for someone with dementia/Alzheimer's.


Limited scholarships are available. Please visit the Alzheimer's Association website for more information.



Have you recently heard about strokes during Lunch and Learn or do you know someone in your family who has had a stroke?


A stroke (CVA) is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain. A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack." 


Sudden symptoms of a stroke include:

1. Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, (especially on one side of the body)

2. Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

3. Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes

4. Inability to walk, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

5. Severe headache with no known cause


If you or someone you are with has one or more of these symptoms, call 911 right away!


Stroke prevention includes maintaining a healthy body, monitoring high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diabetes, as well as quitting cigarette smoking, drug use and alcohol consumption.


Fore more information, please visit the National Stroke Association website


Meditation is an important part of the practice of yoga.  It is meant to be a time when you turn off your mind and listen to your body and spirit and "touch the quiet."


Ready to try?  Here are a few tips!


1. Locate a clean and quiet place that is free from excessive noise and distractions.

2. Create a peaceful environment that includes an object - perhaps light a candle or  place a picture or symbol of meaning to you.

3. Select a time each day to meditate. Early morning is best because your mind is free to concentrate.  Plan to meditate for at least 10 minutes each day.

4. Sit up straight in a comfortable steady position on the floor or in a chair with your with your arms stretched up and your ankles crossed. It may be strange or difficult at first to remain seated for a few minutes. Practicing yoga postures and exercising daily will strengthen your back making it easier to sit for meditation.


Now you can begin to focus your mind on the rhythm of your breath as it enters and exits the body. You can also choose a special word of meaning (i.e. peace or love) and in your mind say the word as your inhale and again as your exhale. Remember, it is very normal for your mind to race.  When this happens, bring your attention back to breathing. If you hear slight distractions during your meditation, acknowledge the sound or thought and then release it from your mind with an exhale.


AACY's Ms. Summer 

Originally from Miami Beach, Summer Faerman grew up in Broward County before completing her Bachelor's Degree in English and Religion at the University of Florida.  She has worked for non profit community agencies in New York and Florida and is now the Civic Engagement Coordinator here at AACY.


As a student, Summer volunteered as a tutor for athletes at the   University of Florida in addition to being involved with the speech and debate team, Florida Blue Key, and The Jewish Student Union.


Summer finds that giving back is an integral part of her core values...she is famous for saying that if you don't give back, you will never move forward in life!


Her work with the community was recognized in 2009 when she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach.


Summer loves spending time with her family and de-stresses by exercising on a daily basis.


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


Stay tuned for next month's Treasure Talk with pictures from Hearts & "Soles" held on February 24th!

"There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry...Yesterday and Tomorrow. 
~Robert Jones Burdette

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