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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
Safety and Wellness Fair
Cookies for Caregivers
Sand Sifters
TD Bank Affinity Program
Shop Online
Homework Help for FREE
National Family Caregivers Month
Continuing Care
It's Bridging a Gap
AACY Appreciates
Welcome New AACY Members
A Women of Distinction
Health News


 Hey Everyone!!

I know we have all experienced this. We wake up one morning and something just doesn't feel right. It seems that every little thing that could go wrong does. While these times can be far and few in between the bottom line is that they exist. I have come to learn that life is what you make of it. So make it a good day! When you are experiencing one of those days, turn on your favorite song, watch a TV show that makes you laugh, or read a good book. As caregivers life can be very stressful and there are times when you just feel overwhelmed, it is your choice to embrace those feelings or not!
All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW
Come learn about the benefits of a safe and healthy lifestyle!
  • Free Helmets
  • Bicycle Safety Rodeo
  • Healthy Eating on the Go
  • Free Food
  • Fun for the Whole Family

November 5, 2011

10:00am - 2:00pm

Forest Hill Community High School

6901 Parker Avenue, WPB FL 33405



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This program is FREE to ALL Family Caregivers and Faith Community Nurses!  Bring your loved one to Shared Care, a weekly respite program run by trained volunteers at Temple Beth El.   
Wednesday, November 16
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
333 SW 4th Avenue, Boca Raton RSVP to Abbi 561-499-1335 
FREE Breakfast & Lunch
  • Vendor tables
  • Breakout sessions
  • and More

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

Saturday, November 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.

 Affinity Program
HELP AACY RAISE MONEY!  TD Bank will make a donation to AACY just by having account holders acknowledge their support.  Nothing to pay!  Easy to do!  Just fill out this form and drop it off at any TD Bank.  Form

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

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


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.


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! 

Issue: #42 October 2011  
Dear Reader,

"Asking for help is a sign of strength" is a saying that is so very true, so hard to believe and even harder to do!  Yet, what is the worst that can happen if we ask?  Is it that someone says "No?"  And, if they say "No" does it mean they don't like us?  That we should never ask again?  That they do not want to help us?  Is it possible to reach a point of allowing the person we ask for help the total freedom to say no - or, even better to say "YES!"  If we never ask, we will never give that person the chance to say yes, and to help.

This November, National Family Caregivers Month, please try asking for help and also try giving the person you ask total permission to say "No" or to say "Yes!"  Be strong; ask; don't take the response personally, and soar! 

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


National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers of all ages; and for AACY, especially caregiving youth.


Family caregivers demonstrate compassion, often at great sacrifice, to assist with everyday activities for family members who are chronically ill, frail elderly or disabled.  You, as a family caregiver are the backbone of our nation's long term care without which our whole system would be bankrupt.  Your dedication contributes to a culture of caring and responsibility among more than 65 million adults all across our contry. 


At the CYP while November may be the official month to recognize your acts as a family caregiver, every month and every day is one in which you make a difference.


 Today there are many resources to support adult family caregivers such as the National Family Caregivers Association for which Dr. Connie has volunteered for more than a decade.  Other resources my be found here Also with counties there are support centers sponsored by Area Agencies on Aging.  Todays Caregiver magazine: Palm Beach/Treasure Coast is free of charge to readers and can be found at


AACY salutes and thanks caregivers of all ages you for all that you do within your family and for society!



Carolyn Sims Community Center at Wilson Park, Boynton Beach

Wednesday Continuing Care Workshops at the City of Boynton Beach's Carolyn Sims Community Center are now open to all CYP students. Workshops are held from 3:30 - 4:30 on Wednesdays. Ninth and 10th graders will meet on November 2, 16, and 30. Eleventh and 12th graders will meet on November 9 and 23.


The address of the Carolyn Sims Community Center at Wilson Park is 225 NW Avenue in Boynton Beach. It is within walking or biking distance from those of you who live in the Boynton Beach Seacrest area.


CYP provides limited transportation which is available on a first come first serve basis. Make your reservations with Kaeron or Amy by calling 561-391-7401.


Atlantic High's monthly workshop will be held this Wednesday, November 2. We will be at Lake Worth High on November 9 and 23.


If you are in high school and want individual assistance with college essays, financial aid applications or career planning, just call us, and we can help you with this.


Please remember that Ms. Cristy posts Continuing Care news, events, scholarships and volunteer opportunities on AACY's Facebook page. Make sure you check it out. 






The Bridges program has come to your community! Brought to you by the Children's Services Council, this unique program has been formed to support your whole family so that all members, especially your younger siblings, can be as healthy and successful in school as possible.


There are 10 Bridges in different parts of Palm Beach County which will connect your family with local organizations who know your community. Some of the services that the Bridges programs will include are health and wellness information, parenting support, prenatal and early childhood medical care and referrals to teen healthy choice projects.


To find the Bridges nearest you, visit

Joeseph Pores

CEO Call 4 Health

Special thanks to Joe Pores who, since the early days of CYP, donated 800-725-2412, complete with 24/7 personal answering service, on behalf of all our nation's caregiving youth.  


We are grateful for the toll-free number and all the other support and partnering of this national company.


Only together we are stronger.  Thank you Joe aand to your team for continuing to make a difference in the lives of Caregiving Youth!


For more company details and to learn about their medical answering solutions visit or call 888-422-7352. 



Isabel Parrado

 Isabel (Izzy) Parrado, M. Ed., guidance counselor at Okeeheelee Middle School, has been elected to AACY's Board of Directors.  Okeeheelee is one of eight middle schools to house the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP).  Ms. Parrado is the fourth person on the AACY Board with special ties to education.  Mark Hansen, Board Chair, served on the Board of the School District of Palm Beach County, Dr. Charles Brown is a Vice President with Florida Atlantic University and Dr. Rhonda Talley is a Professor at Western Kentucky University.  The CYP is now in its fourth year at Okeeheelee Middle School where Izzy says, "It is a safety net that saves at risk students."



Adleen Rawlings

For nearly 10 years Mrs. Adleen Rawlings has faithfully shared her time and talents to help in the AACY office.  She may be sending mailings to you, helping with sorting or filing and a whole host of other responsibilities - she is always willing to do whatever she is asked.  For her help, Summer Faerman, AACY's Civic Engagement Coordinator, nominated Adleen for this award.


Adleen was honored for her service to AACY as well as Aloesea, First United Methodist Church, Family Promise and St. Andres at the 38th annual Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach Annual Awards breakfast which recognizes women who make our greater community better.  Adleen is there for anyone who needs a hand; a role model and inspiration for all women.  Thank you Adleen!

By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

You may be caring for someone in your family who has Hepatitis. The word literally means "inflammation of the liver."  It describes a class of diseases of the liver which results in the failure of the organ.


The most severe type of Hepatitis is Hepatitis B (the hepatitis B virus: HBV), and it is also one of the most common today, affecting over 2 billion people.


The liver is one of our vital organs, meaning we cannot live without it. The liver works to detoxify chemicals in our blood and aids in digestion. Inflammation and failure of the liver results in a buildup of toxins or poisons in our body. When this happens, it can cause many other serious symptoms and effects on other vital body parts and eventually results in death.


Infection from the Hepatitis B virus occurs through contact with bodily fluids (blood, semen, etc), so the greatest risk of transmission comes from handling that person's body waste, sexual contact with an infected person or use of a needle that carries the virus (for example, getting a tattoo or drug use). Many recently infected individuals will show no symptoms at all for awhile, but when those symptoms do occur, they are similar to the flu (fatigue, nausea, appetite loss).


There is a vaccine for HBV, so make sure you are vaccinated. Also, stay away from risk factors such as touching body fluids, the re-use of needles and unsafe sex. You can stay healthy while caring for someone with Hepatitis B by taking all the necessary precautions - and remember to always wash your hands!


For more information, visit the Hepatitis B Foundation:


 "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world's problems."
                                                                          - Ghandi  


Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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