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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
Sand Sifters
Stars for our Troops
Stress Buster Winners
CYP Families Celebrate
Continuing Care
Exciting News
Club Soaring Eagles
Health News
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AACY is thankful for its in-kind partner OOTBS. They generously donate space at an ultra secure facility that houses all of our data.  his means we can face even a disaster and know that our - and your - valuable information will stay untouched. 


Thank you OOTBS for keeping us safe. 


OOTBS prides itself with recognizing customers as #1.  For more information Contact OOTBS at (800) 905-0698 or [email protected]

Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
January 7, 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
Visit the Website:


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






CYP values the contribution of US troops through the years who give of themselves on behalf of our country and our freedom. Thus CYP is working with the Stars For Our Troops Project to make sure that your family member who is a Veteran, active military or a reservist may have a STAR!


Volunteers have cut each "embroidered star" from a worn flag, which has been retired properly. The STAR has been cleaned and placed into a plastic packet with the following message...


"I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten."


Please make sure that CYP knows about the Veteran, active or reservist Military individual in your family so we can make sure that your family receives a STAR. If you are not sure that we do, please call Gerry at 561-391-7401 or send her an email [email protected].


The Stars for our Troops Project is sponsored by the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute. Learn more at





Gifts for Caregiving Youth were donated by Toys for Tots, Spirit of Giving Network, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, City of Boca Raton Finance Dept, and community members. Christmas trees for families were donated by Target, the United Way, Ascension Catholic Church, and Ron Allen's friend and neighbor.


Wonderful gifts were received, given and delivered by volunteers and staff.



Entries were submitted from CYP students from all over Palm Beach County. Each entry was reviewed and scored. The overall winner was Ben D., from Boca Raton Community Middle School who wrote an essay, "How to Manage Stress". His advice includes talking to your parents about what is stressing you and also to pray because "there is nothing impossible with God."


This year's 2nd place winner is Juan B., of Boca High who shared his rap song, "Shine." It concludes, "Each and every life is truly one of a kind live, love, laugh and forever you will shine." View our videos on YouTube


Congratulations to Ben and Juan!


Thank you to all the students who participated!





Issue: #44 December 2011  
Dear Reader,


As we begin the New Year, please remember that any challenges that others put in your path can be pushed aside and dealt with in lots of different ways.  However, the challenges that you put in your own path can only be removed by you! So, rid yourself of any obstacles that you have put in your own way and move on to a wonderful 2012!


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





The Caregiving Youth Project held its 5th annual Holiday celebration on Dec. 19th. Over 350 guests and volunteers attended the dinner event at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. Benvenuto's was beautifully decorated for the holiday season.


Board Chair, Mark Hansen welcomed everyone and kicked off the evening which was filled with many activities. Youth visited the Holiday Shoppe and selected gifts for family that were donated by Stratis

Business Systems and many local community members. Families ate dinner, enjoyed holiday singing led by Donna Drucker (with dancing by some brave young guest). Special volunteers helped younger youth make some great cards in the arts and crafts area.


Throughout the evening, CYP families were given the opportunity to have a portrait taken by professional photographers. Thank you Lynn and Glenn Freytag!


Door prizes were awarded at the end of the celebration and every caregiving youth received a bag of sweets. 

 This special event, orchestrated by Summer Faerman, is only possible through the generous donations of many in our greater community. We thank Benvenuto Restaurant, Chartwells Food Services, Chipotle Mexican Grill, First United Methodist Church Men's Group, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, St. Paul's Luthern Church Mom's Club, Stratis Business Systems, Volunteers, and Walmart. 



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.


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!





Twins, Stephanie and Natasha have been with CYP for 5 years. They and we at CYP are so excited that they both have just passed their CMAA (Clinical Medical Administrative Assistant) exam. They are hoping to soon be working in doctor's offices. By the end of the year, they are planning on passing their ECG (Electrocardiogram) exam and becoming ECG techs.


"We would like to thank CYP for being such an amazing support system/family."

                               Love Always,

                               Natasha P. and Stephanie P.


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 
you 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.






Families First assists Palm Beach County families who are struggling to provide the best possible environment for raising their children. In some cases, these families are dealing with learning and physical disabilities, domestic violence, HIV and substance abuse. An increasing number of the clients are adults over 40 years of age who have unexpectedly had to assume care for a relative's child.


Their Kin Support Program assist relative caregivers.  In collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, they educate and empower grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings caring for a relative's child by increasing their knowledge and use of community resources and legal services.


Program staff counsel on a wide variety of issues and concerns, which include obtaining economic benefits and health insurance.


The CYP partners with Families First to support children in the Kin Support Program if their relative becomes ill or disabled.


Working together, CYP and its collaborative partners build stronger families.



By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

 Perhaps you are one of the CYP youth who assist a sibling with autism. Here we help you learn a little more about autism.


Autism is a spectrum of developmental disorders, usually first noticed around the age of three. It affects the brain's normal development including social skills. The cause of autism is still largely unknown, but it does appear to be partly related to genetics. Other possible factors have been thought to be diet and environmental toxins, but these have not been proven yet.


Autism affects boys 3 to 4 times more than girls. Your sibling may lack verbal communication, of eye contact or response to stimuli, and have repeated body movements. Some children even appear to develop normally up to age 1 or 2, and then regress, losing all their language and social skills (regressive autism). The diagnosis of autism is based on behavior, and not from a blood or other test.


Your pediatrician assesses your normal rate of development

You can help your sibling with autism by keeping up the same routine and structure as this provides comfort.  When caring for someone with autism, it is important to learn about the latest research so you can help provide the best care for your brother or sister.


Please visit for more information.

 "Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."  ~Hal Borland

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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