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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
The Caregiving Youth Project helps 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
Give Back America
Sand Sifters June
Summer Youth College Interns
Classes for Caregivers
Caregiver Support Line
Update Your Contact Info
Volunteer With CYP
Camp Treasure IX
Project Linus Blankets
Continuing Care News
AACY Website Updates
Mr. Nelson
Jersey Mike's Spirit Night
Yoga Position "Cobra"
Alzheimer's Memory Loss
Jarden Consumer Solutions Gives Back
AACY Wins Heroes in Medicine Award
Happy Hour Celebration
In the News
Quick Links
Dear Bill,
Patience and perseverance - two necessities for success!  But, sometimes having these traits are just not enough to fulfill our goals; we must also have certain skills. That's one reason why becoming educated is so important!  Soon we will be inviting you to join in learning about "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" - we want you and your family to have success and to make your lives easier with having the best caregiving skills possible!


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


Hey Everyone!!



The school year is coming to an end, and all the hard work has paid off. SUMMER IS UPON US! As a caregiver, it might be difficult to take time for yourself and enjoy the fresh air and sunny skies. I ask you to set a reasonable goal in the amount of time that you allow yourself

to have some fun.


I say reasonable for a reason; you are the best judge of what that

means for you!


We all know that at times life can become extremely overwhelming, especially with the responsibilities of

being a caregiver. By setting reasonable goals and having reasonable

expectations you will find that life will become a little easier.


All the best,

Justin Grossmayer, MSW

Do you shop online? Find your favorite online sites through Give Back America here.


At no extra cost to you, you can help support the CYP!

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

Saturday, June 4, 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.


SYC Interns (ages 15-17) learn many leadership skills and earn community service hours. 


Congratulations to CYP students Kelsy T. and Marica D. from Atlantic Community High School on becoming part of the SYC internship program. 



Are you caring for a loved one?


Palm Healthcare Pavilion in West Palm Beach is offering classes in June for family caregivers. Classes include household & kitchen safety, measuring vital signs, and assisting with mobility safely and without injury.


To register, please call 561-840-4222 or email [email protected].

Caregivers are the family members and loved ones who provide care for Veterans who are living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging. They deserve VA's highest level of support. On February 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  opened a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line housed at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus in Canandaigua, New York. The support line will serve as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our Nation's Veterans. Calls to The National Caregiver Support Line will be answered by VA employees who are licensed clinical social workers.


The National Caregiver Support Line will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free number is 1-855-260-3274.


Please also see VA's updated caregiver website: Click Here

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].


Do you know that volunteers are a GREAT help to us at CYP??


You may have met a few of our volunteers at different events.   They take time out of their days to make fun events possible! One of the many ways CYP is able to provide you with support is by asking volunteers to help with transportation. 


Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Community outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Mentoring
  • Office work
  • Social networking
  • Tutoring
  • Writing articles
  • Tech support 

We are constantly looking for volunteers. An hour of your time can make a difference to a child-caregiver. You can earn community service hours! Call us today to  help!! Please contact Summer in the CYP office: (561) 391-7401 or [email protected].


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Issue: #37 May 2011

The Ropes Course

"I enjoyed everything!" stated Tammi L.


For the first time ever, during the Ropes Course at Camp Treasure, D.J. and Djod crossed the ravine without props. It was unbelievable! This was also the first time that students from all eight CYP middle schools attended.


Students left school a little early on Friday for Camp Treasure in Lake Worth. After arriving, they made new friends, had dinner, activities, and then headed outside for a bonfire. Ms. Donna played her guitar, sang new CYP songs while everyone roasted marshmallows and made smores. 


Music activity

Saturday morning, youth woke up to a day filled with fun including swimming in the pool, music, art, Ropes Course, a first aid demonstration, and also enjoyed some good home cooking! 

During art, students created personalized "treasure boxes" to take home.


It was another incredible Camp Treasure weekend. Stay tuned for news about Camp Reunion on July 16th at FAU.


Caregiving youth are always giving of themselves.
This time they were the receivers! Project Linus, a group of volunteers that create handmade blankets, gave special gifts to our youth caregivers. More than 130 blankets and quilts were presented to new CYP student-caregivers in eight middle schools.
Palm Springs Middle School student Jamie Y. said, "I love the blanket. It was so amazing for them to be able to do such a great thing for us."
Thank you Project Linus! Visit Project Linus for more information.
It's Yours to Keep Forever, a poem by Soni Uhler
Linus has a blanket that's all his very own.
It comforts and sustains him when he's feeling quite alone.
He knows that others love him for 'twas made with special care
And because it means so much to him, it's carried everywhere.

You too can have a blanket that's created just for you,
To comfort and support you when you're feeling rather blue.
It's yours to keep forever, so you may always know
That others out there love you and to you our wishes go.


AACY would also like to thank Cindy Deppen from Stratis Business Systems for helping gather additional quilts for the CYP Project Linus event from Piecemakers of the Hibiscus Quilt Guild. Visit Hibiscus Quilt Guild for more information.
NEWS From Continuing Care

Continuing Care student Kethia D. sang at Walt Disney World with the Boynton Beach High School chorus. Disney staff told the group that they attracted the biggest crowd of any performance of its kind. Kethia's group has also performed on the Today show.


If you have any exciting news for us, please let us know. We want to share your accomplishments with our friends.


In-school groups have ended for the school year. We are thankful for the school guidance counselors and staff that make it possible for us to meet in the schools.


Over the summer, we plan to have a few activities including reunion camp, so students, please stay in contact with us. Call, email or message us on Facebook. 


A new video about our caregiving youth can be viewed on our home page at It was created by Mr. Nelson, a CYP volunteer. Please share the video to help spread the word about caregiving youth.

Last October, Ms. Lynne recruited Mr. Nelson Barquet as a new volunteer. AACY is ever so grateful!
Born in Miami, Mr. Nelson has lived in S. Florida most of his life (except for college in Texas and alot of travel, both in the U.S. and overseas). For the past twenty-five years, he worked as a television producer/writer in news, documentaries and sports. He also is a part-owner of a transportation company in Miami. 
Mr. Nelson has done a variety of things at AACY including helping out with outreach and media relations, press releases, etc. He also put his production skills to use by editing some video presentations from several stories done about AACY. He has provided transportation for CYP students to events and recently had the opportunity to serve as a counselor at Camp Treasure. He thought it was great fun, and very rewarding.

His advice for youth caregivers: "Ask for help. That's what CYP is here for. Caregiving is challenging even for adults, and nobody - especially kids - should have to go it alone. Remember that you are not alone. That there are others just like you, kids and grown-ups too, who understand what you're going through. And remember the old saying: 'Sorry shared is halved, Happiness shared is doubled'." 

In August, Mr. Nelson will be going back to school for the first time in a long time! He will be pursuing his doctoral degree in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Someday he hopes to be of service to youth caregivers and AACY as a mental health professional/counselor.

Mr. Nelson can be reached via email at [email protected].

EVERY Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm., Jersey Mike's of Boca Raton is donating 15% of all sales to help provide support services for CYP.


Please visit Jersey Mike's for dinner with family or friends or take out meals to help raise funds and support CYP. Show your spirit and support for CYP!


Jersey Mike's is located at 1920 NE 5th Avenue in Boca Raton (in the 5th Avenue Shops plaza). They serve great subs, wraps, and salads. View the menu here.


Also, on Friday, June 3rd from 11:00 to 2:00 pm, Summer and Dr. Larry Faerman's daughter, Shoshanna, will be celebrating her 6th birthday by having a party at Jersey Mike's. In honor of this special day, she and her friends will be making a six-foot sub. You are invited to Shoshi's party! A portion of the birthday party's proceeds will be donated to CYP.   


Thank you Jersey Mike's!!


by Jessica ReJune

One of my favorite yoga postures is the Cobra which has a powerful appearance and health benefits. The Cobra is a type of back bend. It gets its name from its depiction of a serpent. The Cobra focuses on the lower back and specifically aims to build strength in that region. As with all back bending postures, the Cobra increases flexibility of the spine. It also can tone and massage back muscles and stimulates the nerves of the spine.


To come into the Cobra position, you begin laying flat on your belly, forehead on the floor with your legs behind you, toes face down. Place your hands under your shoulders and directly beside your body. Pay close attention to keeping your elbows in towards your body, and shoulders back and down squeezing in your shoulder blades. As you inhale, push through the heels of your hands slowly lifting your chest and belly off the mat so that only your pelvis remains on the mat. Remember to keep your elbows slightly bent throughout the extent of the posture. Relax your shoulders so that they don't creep up towards your ears. Now expand your chest and look up towards the ceiling.


Hold this position for 4 deep breaths in and out of the nose. Another fun option is to raise up a little higher each time you go into Cobra. You will feel a sense of inner power when practicing the Cobra that will go beyond its physical benefits. 


Tip: Always remember to listen your body! It is important not to force your body into any yoga position.  Also remember that breathing properly will release tension and allow for more flexibility.


by Celia Mouyal, CYP Americorps Member

 Dementia describes a loss of memory or mental abilities that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.


Early signs of Alzheimer's include trouble remembering recent events, names of people and places, or how to solve simple math problems. Later signs include difficulty remembering names of common things (house, orange, etc), as well as difficulty remembering how to do everyday tasks like brushing your teeth. These symptoms may be caused by other problems so seeing a doctor early on is important. While research is still being done and there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, there are some medicines that may help to treat your symptoms. 


If you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's, remember to take care of yourself and manage your stress. Accept changes and adapt as best you can, ask for support, and feel proud of the help you provide. For more resources visit the Alzheimer's Association website at or consider joining AFA teens.



Employees at Jarden Consumer Solutions in Boca Raton voted to donate funds to CYP to provide respite services to our caregiving youth. 


This year, Boca High School students Mishu K. and Ana M. joined Jarden employees and spoke about their experiences and how much CYP support has helped them with their caregiving roles at home and in school.


As a complete surprise and in recognition of their caregiving, the employees at Jarden gave them each a Crock Pot, The Original Slow Cooker and Cupcake Maker.


Thank you very much Jarden! 


Jarden Consumer Solutions with CYP students


The Palm Beach County Medical Society awarded AACY the prestigious Community Outreach Heroes award on May 11 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
This is the first award that AACY has received.
Congrats to the AACY whole team!    

Blue Martini in Boca Raton and AACY partnered together to enjoy a Happy Hour on May 19, 2011.


HSBC Bank and friends

The evening event was lively and fun. Many attended including staff from Boca Magazine, FAU, HSBC Bank, Penn-Florida, and Stratis Business Systems. Guests enjoyed music, food, prizes and good company.


Thank you to Blue Martini and everyone who supported our event!

Stratis Business Systems



AACY participated with the South County Mental Health Coalition and Boca Raton's Promise at a conference on May 5th. The film Breaking the Silence was featured to help educate others about causes of depression and issues surrounding mental health. Dr. Connie and Ms. Mary Jo participated on the panel and spoke about caregiving youth and their families.


Remember that May is Mental Health Month!  Visit 


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In support of caregiving youth and our "Hearts and Soles" event, Florida State Representative Bill Hager published an article in The Hager Herald. Read it here. 



"The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it." 

~Charles DeLint


As you enjoy Memorial Day weekend, take time to give thanks to our soldiers and veterans. 


AACY extends its support and prayers for all who are suffering, and especially for caregiving youth and their families, in the wake of the tornados' devastation.


Remember Father's Day on June 19th!
Laura Poklemba, Editor
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
American Association of Caregiving Youth 

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