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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletterę
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 July
Caregiver Support Line
Volunteer With CYP
Update Your Contact Info
George Snow AACY CYP Scholarship Winner
Continuing Care News
Ms. Donna
Why Manage Your Weight
Jersey Mike's Spirit Night
Enjoy the 4th
Quick Links


Hey Everyone!!



What is your favorite song? Do you even have a favorite song? I know that I have many different songs that I enjoy and each of them has a special meaning and is appropriate for the feelings which I am experiencing. I have come to appreciate the diversity of music, the power of the lyrics, and how it always seems that certain songs will find you at just the right moment.


Life has its ups and downs. When we are experiencing those downs is can seem that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In the past couple of weeks, I have been working on learning to appreciate those low times, and here is the reason why. When you do this, you can begin to gain a new sense of appreciation for those good times. Also, with every life experience, we can learn new lessons.


Remember..enjoy your summer, enjoy music and take some time for yourself!!!


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 this Patriotic Beach Cleanup at Oceanfront Park. 

Saturday, July 2, 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.

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 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


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


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].


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].

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Issue: #38 June 2011

George Snow/AACY Caregiving Youth Scholarship Winner!

My Story - By Katrina Farese

Not many children grow up having a completely bed-ridden uncle

Katrina Farese

Graduated from Olympic Heights Community HS

living with them.  Or a little sister with Down syndrome and severe heart complications.  Or a little brother who could hardly hear as a young boy and who has Apraxia.  But, those who do have a unique privilege.  Why, you might ask, do I use the word privilege?  Doesn't the word "problem" or "difficulty" or "burden" describe the situation better?  No.  This situation is a privilege because it is a challenge.  And it is in and through challenges that one may grow.  Because my family has had these challenges, we have increased in love for one another and have been unified into a solid family.  My parents have made enormous self-denying concessions to do what is best for their extended and immediate family in caring for those with physical and mental needs.


Read Katrina's whole story at

Dear Reader
Caregivers are courageous and encourage others! Courage is both a heart and head connection! With little thought, we exhibit courage to do things that we never even knew or dreamed about.  We do them because they need to be done and it is the right thing to do for our family members. This courage comes from within us, from our hearts. As caregivers, we also encourage others, (including the ones we care for), through their brain - what they see, feel, hear and experience from us and as summer continues, consider and celebrate the courage you exhibit and the encouragement you give to others.  We at AACY celebrate courage with you!


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




A special thanks to the 282 CYP students who gave us written feedback at the end of theis school year.  You unanimously responded that student caregivers in other schools should also have and need a CYP!  We will be sending the data without your name or ID to Dr. Cohen and her team for analysis.  This is an important way for your voice to be heard!  Your voice will ultimately help others - Thank you!

Summer Reading Challenges and Rewards
Earn $10 with TD Bank's Summer Reading Program 
Read 10 Books this summer, list the books on a form, take it to your nearest TD Bank to get $10 deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account.  Click on the TD link for more details.   TD Bank Summer Reading


Visit a Palm Beach County Library
Patrons of all ages are invited to join our "One World, Many Stories" Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 6 to July 29 at all Palm Beach County Library System locations, including the Bookmobile.  Our programs and special events will encourage you to read about people from all over the world.  Click on the link to find a location near you, as well as, times and special events.  Palm Beach County Library - find one near you 


2011 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading - Earn a FREE BOOK when you read 8 books.
Parents can enter for a chance to win a Nook!  Click on the link for details.

 Ms. Donna Drucker, together with her husband Frank of 29 years, and their two children Christina (24) and Alex (22) moved to Florida 13 years ago from Syosset, NY.


Ms. Donna

Ms. Donna is a licensed clinical social worker, who brings many years of experience with children and families. Donna is a clinical supervisor for our interns, is an adjunct Professor at FAU, is the Director of Family Ministries at Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, and keeps a small private practice.


Ms. Donnas' passion for her work towards empowering people to gain and maintain a healthy balance of mind, body, spirit, so that each individual can shine with the gifts and talents that they have been given. Donna loves to savor a really good chocolate chip cookie, play volleyball, and have precious time with her family.


Ms. Donna loves being on the AACY team and providing services to our youth and families at Boca Middle and Omni Middle Schools.

Ms. Donna can be reached via email at [email protected].

Why Managing Your Weight is Vital to Your Health

by Celia Mouyal, CYP AmeriCorps Member


Why is it so important to keep our bodies at a healthy weight?  Obesity increases your risk of developing other medical conditions that can be life-threatening.  This includes coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and even some types of cancer. If you are overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your weight may prevent these diseases, make you healthier and improve your quality of life!  This is why maintaining a healthy weight is absolutely worth the effort.  Go to to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and assess your weight.


What can you do to lose weight or prevent obesity?  First it's important to pay attention to what you are eating.  Watch your meal portions and calorie intake.  Avoid high fat and sugary foods with little nutritional value.  Visit to learn what a healthy meal looks like and how to make good, nutritious food choices that will help you lose or maintain your weight.


Physical activity is another important part of managing your weight.  Reducing the time you spend in front of the TV and computer and increasing the time you spend doing physical activity will help you to stay fit.  If you don't like sports or don't have access to a gym, that doesn't mean you can't include physical activity in your daily life.  Increasing activity, by doing simple things such as taking the stairs and walking for 30 minutes everyday, will provide health benefits. 


Use your extra time this summer to become fit for success in school and in life.  You'll be glad you did!




Special Thanks to Jarden Consumer Solutions Community Fund

Cynthia Cummings delivering a Certificate of Appreciation to Dawn Dosch


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






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) 772-480-1623. They serve great subs, wraps, and salads. View the menu here.








Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. 


 ~John Lubbock

Gerry Fallon, Editor
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
American Association of Caregiving Youth 

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