Treasure Talk 43

Treasure Talk
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
It's Bridging a Gap
Sand Sifters
A Women of Grace
Homework Help for FREE
Camp Treasure
Continuing Care
Club Soaring Eagles
University of South Florida
Health News
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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



Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
December 3, 2011
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl. Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 

December 17, 2011
Gulfstream Park-Saturday 4489 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A), Gulfstream FL.
8:00-10:15 a.m.
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am

Visit the Website:


Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128.




Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, of Boca Raton became a Women of Grace at the 12th annual Women of Grace luncheon of the Bethesda Hospital Foundation.


Siskowski earned the award for her volunteerism and for making a difference for caregiving youth and their families in Palm Beach County.


"We need healthcare, education and the community to come together to recognize, reach out, and support caregiving youth to safeguard their education, their health and well-being along with their futures," say Siskowski. 


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: #43 November 2011  
Dear Reader,


The holiday of Thanksgiving is one special day that we have just set aside to be thankful for our many blessings. Hopefully that one day is a small reflection of the rest of the days of the year - taking at least a few moments each day for being thankful for whatever situation we are in and for what we can learn from it that we don't even realize now!


I look forward to seeing you at our 2011 Family Holiday Celebration!

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



Friends were made

The Caregiving Youth Project held  an amazing 10th Camp Treasure on October 28th & 29th. CYP students enjoyed a wide array of activities. Swimming, singing, yoga and a ropes course were all part of two fun-filled days. 



Yoga was taught as a great stress reliever!
Ropes were climbed









The Friday night rain didn't dampen spirits or our ability to make microwave s'mores!  Everyone enjoyed the new scavenger hunt, activity room and the ping pong, foosball, and air hockey games that went with it. As with all nine other camps, Cabin Time remains a favorite. Special thanks to all who make Camp Treasure possible!

2011 Camp Treasure Group Photo


Carolyn Sims Community Center at Wilson Park, Boynton Beach

Continuing Care's Wednesday Workshops are increasingly popular as attendance increases each month. Wednesday Workshops are open to all CYP students. They are held from 3:30 - 4:30 on Wednesdays at the Carolyn Sims Community Center at Wilson Park - 225 NW Avenue in Boynton Beach. It is within walking or biking distance for 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.


In November, Wednesday Workshop participants took career-interest inventories and created collages for their future. They also discussed college admission requirements and financial aid.


AmeriCorps Member Bryan Still reports that CYP high school youth are extremely focused, highly motivated and committed to increasing their GPA's.


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 - it's all about you!


Continuing Care is having a fun field day on January 16th - stay tuned for details!







 Have you heard about Club Soaring Eagles? It is a club for CYP students at Boca, Congress, Lantana, Palm Springs and Okeeheelee Middle Schools. The Club meets once a month on specific Wednesdays after school from 4:10 to 5:15 pm.   When the Club is over, the activity bus takes students home.


Club Soaring Eagles allows you to keep in touch with CYP, express yourself and have time for some fun! You will meet new friends and talk about specific topics and interests.


Stay tuned for upcoming Club classes on: money saving, college, careers, scholarships, family matters, music, shopping, and celebrities



You also receive help with tutoring and learn essential information to help you be an all around excellent student.



 Dr. Donna Cohen, our external evaluator at USF in Tampa, has introduced the first US Caregiving Youth Honors Courses. This semester students have taken on the project of raising awareness about caregiving youth. They held a Town Hall meeting on November 16th. At the meeting Jaun Baso shared his caregiving story. The group also enlisted "Five Guys" to hold a fundraiser for AACY on November 30th.


Thank you Dr. Cohen and your honors class students - they are making a difference!

By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which is the virus that can cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV is a retrovirus, meaning that the virus itself does not contain DNA, but instead produces viral DNA in infected host cells from its RNA. In the body, HIV targets the immune system by specifically destroying CD4+ T-cells, which are the cells our body releases to combat infections.

Infection is primarily caused by sexual contact with an infected person, where transmission occurs through exchange of either blood or sexual fluids. Contact with infected blood can result in infection, so caution must be exercised when caring for an HIV+ patient. Many people do not even realize they have been infected, because there are little to no symptoms upon contracting the virus, which may lay dormant for years.


A simple blood test can determine whether one is infected or not, which is free in many clinics, and it is important to be tested annually if one is sexually active. The most important thing for HIV+ individuals to remember is that adherence to medication is the single most important factor for staying on top of the disease. If you are caring for an HIV+ individual, make sure they are taking their medications on time and regularly, for those medications are extremely effective when taken with 100% adherence.

For more information, visit
 "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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Created on ... December 07, 2011