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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
Volunteer Spotlight
Exciting News
Staff Spotlight
Caregiver Conference
CYP Event
Continuing Care
AACY thanks City
Caregiving Tip
Club Soaring Eagles
Health News
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Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
February 4, 2011
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl, just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 

February 18, 2012

4489 North Ocean Blvd. (A1A) 

Gulfstream, Florida

Meet at the Picnic Tables on the Entry Path 


Sign In: 8:00 am
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 Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128.





 Kim Hermanowski helps AACY in a million different ways....she has driven to and attended many CYP events, such as, Fishing Day, Camp Treasure, Whole Foods Market, she has tutored students, educated the public about our caregiving youth, helped in our office and so much more. Thank you Kim for making a difference in the lives of our caregiving youth.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at AACY, please email [email protected] or call 561-391-7401.



'Medical Home Day' is an answer!

Palm Beach County's "Medical Home Day" February 11, 2012 from 10 am-6 pm at 12 clinic locations across Palm Beach County.  The event aims to find a doctor and long-term care for the unemployed and others struggling to afford health insurance.


What started as an idea for a one-spot gathering of volunteer doctors and patients in need has grown into coordinating clinics countywide for a day of walk-in medical treatment as well as help getting low-cost or no-cost health insurance. Click here for more information Medical Home Plans



Lessep T. Duncan born in London, England - many years ago-of Jamaican parents. Lee has been living in the US since 1989 and in Florida since 1994. Currently he is studying at FAU and enjoying his MSW internship at AACY where he works with middle school students. He says, "This experience has introduced me to an under-considered population and given me a new insight into social work." He appreciates all of the AACY staff who he says, "have made my internship rewarding, enjoyable and helped me to grow as a Social Worker."





The conference provides answers and support for family caregivers on February 23, 2012 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm lunch is included. To obtain FREE TICKETS Register at or call 877-829-2734. 




Issue: #45 January 2012  
Dear Reader,


After our CYP team recuperated from the Holidays, we began 2012 with change...we moved our office!  And yes, change can be hard!  But now we are stronger!  Thankfully we are on the same floor (our new Suite # is 218), and we had lots of help moving...little by little we are getting settled (I have three boxes still to unpack!)  A New Year, new space...and hmmmmm...stay tuned for what's next! 


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




 CYP students from seven different Palm Beach County Middle Schools spent an afternoon at Whole Foods Market. The students learned about the different departments in the grocery store, how to shop, how to make cost effective meals and the difference between processed vs. organic food. CYP students participated in food preparation and lively discussions.


Thank you to Laura and Tara from Jardin Consumer Solutions for attending and donating state of the art slow cookers. The slow cookers were used during the cooking demonstration, as well as, each CYP student received one as a gift to take home with them.


Thank you to Abby and Kristin from Whole Foods Market for hosting this meaningful event in the Lifestyle center. 




Scholarships. College choice. Admissions. Financial Aid. We had an active start to 2012!

It is a busy time of year for Continuing Care and especially for our seniors. We will continue to let you know about scholarship opportunities and offer you our assistance with all applications.


At our Wednesday Workshops, CYP students from multiple high schools gather to learn and have some fun. This month, Ms. Kaeron led workshops on career choices, college interviewing and began a three-part budgeting exercise.


On January 16th, high school students met at John Prince Park for our first Continuing Care Field Day. We played a fiercely competitive kickball game, took a walk around the lake and socialized. Lunch was donated by Chipolte and volunteers provided transportation. Thank you to all for making it a success. If you missed it, we will be having another Field Day event during spring break, so keep checking our Facebook pages for more information.


In January, we began our monthly in-school workshop at Santaluces High School. It will meet the third Wednesday of every month from 9:30-10:30. Thank you to Ms. Rosefort for advocating for us and for being so accommodating.


Students remember: Cristy posts scholarships and events to the American Association of Caregiving Youth Facebook page, and Cristy and Kaeron invite you to become their Facebook friends as well! If you don't have a facebook page, please email [email protected] to let me know the best way to reach you.




At the special request of Deputy Mayor Ross, Mary DeGraffenreidt, Senior Recreation Manager,  graciously
Carolyn Sims Center Boynton Beach, FL
arranged for weekly meeting space for our high school CYP students to gather at the Carolyn Sims Center for their Wednesday Workshops.  On behalf of our youth, Thank You!  You are helping to make a difference in their lives.  


Funfare! Magazine contains complete and detailed information for activities and classes for all ages offered by the City of Boynton Beach, Recreation & Parks department. 


Promoting Independence

It doesn't always work - and that is OK!  We all know that it is important for the ones in our care to have as much independence and dignity as possible.  Perhaps grandma takes too long to get dressed. And, sometimes giving her that opportunity takes much longer than the time you have planned.


So, what to do?  Go ahead and help her get dressed today and then get her started earlier tomorrow!  Sometimes that works!  It is one way to reach a solution so that you can be on time and grandma can feel she has been able to manage her life.


And, by trying to manage this caregiving task in a different way honors her and helps you feel good about not doing the same thing over and over the same way and expecting a different outcome. 


Do you have caregiving tips that can help other caregiving youth?  Please share them and email [email protected] - Together we soar!


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.


By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

 Addiction has many sources, from genetics to environmental factors, but at its center is the mental obsession with satisfying a craving. For many addictions, such as smoking or alcohol, the craving is largely biological, where the body experiences withdrawal symptoms if the levels of nicotine or alcohol in the blood stream fall too low. This is how a cycle of dependence forms in the addict, where the mind becomes entirely focused on fixing the levels to experience the good effects of the substance. Addictions are not always about substances. For example, with gambling or sex the person can become obsessed with the mental high from the excitement of winning or performing the act that gives pleasure. In these cases, a neurotransmitter, dopamine is the agent by which the addict experiences the high, because the rush of performing the addicted act releases high quantities of dopamine into the blood stream and it triggers the pleasure centers of the brain.


If you notice a family member for whom the activity of addiction is more important then anything else, even if there are negative consequences, seek some help from your guidance counselor or CYP staff. And remember, you are only responsible for the choices you make, not the choices of any else!

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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." Charles Dickens
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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