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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.
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You may take care of someone who is hard of hearing. And, not everyone who is unable to hear is willing to wear a hearing aid or even ever be able to hear again.








There are, however, several things that you can do to enhance your ability to communicate with a person with impaired hearing. Some of these include:

a.. Speak slowly facing the person so they can "see" your words

b.. Use a deeper tone of voice as much as possible

c.. Exercise patience - be willing to repeat what you have said

d.. Eliminate background noises

e.. Keep a paper and pencil handy to write what you have said.


There are also many technical devices that are available to assist the person you care for. Explore all the options and be willing to try "What Works!" 



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Join a free 6-week education series providing caregivers with tools to help take care of themselves,  with a focus on reducing stress, making tough decisions and locating helpful resources.

When:  Thursday from March 15 through April 19, 2012 9:30 am - 12 noon.  Where: Windward Palms Independent Living 8440 S. Military Trail

Boynton Beach, FL 33436

Pre-registration is required.

For more information call Tiffany Puhlman at 561-683-5012.




Issue: #46 February 2012  
Dear Reader,


Everyone at AACY is so proud of all the CYP students who received

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

Courage Awards at our annual Hearts and "Soles" event on February 23rd. This is our third year of giving Courage Awards - if you have received an award in the past, your name will soon appear on the CYP

website, This year Juan B. won a Courage Award for his "shining" rap performance debut. You can view it at: In months ahead, people may forget Juan's lyrics just like people may forget what you told them; but they will never forget that he - and you - didn't give up! Soar On!   





On Saturday, February 11, Education Coach and Entrepreneur, Tanya Knight, owner of Tanya Knight International, donated her time and expertise and presented high school students with a webinar entitled, 10 Ways to Successfully Prepare for College. It included:  

  • What are the benefits of College
  • Discover Your Passion
  • College Life Cycle of CHOICES
  • 10 Steps To Successfully Prepare and Enter into College
  • Various Exercises and Activities
  • Tips on Succeeding in Colleges
  • Question and Answer Session

Check her out at


AmeriCorps member, Bryan Still, continues to provide college admissions and scholarship application assistance. You can reach him through Facebook or call the office.  


In February at Wednesday Workshops, Ms. Kaeron led a series of sessions where she encouraged you to think about the costs of living and to identify how you wish to live and what you wish to have. Then it was time to figure out how much money you will need to make in salaries to fulfill their dreams. And, Ms. Kaeron made it totally fun!


CYP high school students mark your calendars! On March 21, we will be having another Field Day at John Prince Park. We will first reach out to those students who weren't able to attend the one in January. If you are one of these students, please call the office and speak to Ms. Kaeron or Ms. Cristy to reserve your spot for this fun time. We encourage you to find your own transportation. It helps us makes these events open to more people.


Students please remember: Ms. Cristy posts scholarships and events to the American Association of Caregiving Youth Facebook page, and both Ms. Cristy and Ms. Kaeron invite you to become their Facebook friends as well! We've realized that this is the easiest way to get in touch with you. 





AACY's 3rd annual fundraiser was held on February 23, 2012 at Via Mizner Golf & Country Club. The event has adopted the theme: Hearts and "Soles" in an effort to promote awareness of what it must be like to "walk in the shoes" of caregiving youth.


Rina Jakubowicz, Honorary Chairperson and inspiring keynote speaker is well known for her approach to yoga and to life. She strives to challenge you beyond measure to reach your pinnacle of personal achievement and experience joy.


Rina also challenged caregiving youth to do the same. Caregiving youth that attended the evening were already on their journey as they received Awards of Courage for participating above and beyond in the Caregiving Youth Project.


Thank you Rina for your inspiring speech and participation in bring awareness through the Hearts & "Soles" event as our Honorary Chairperson. Congratulations to of courage award recipients, Mishu, Ana, Enase, Bernise, Andrew, Amber, Isis., Antonio, Juan.  Thank you Emiliano Brooks for donating your time and talent to produce wonderful memories through the pictures you took.  


Look for more highlights and photos from the Hearts & "Soles" event next month.



By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

          Perhaps you take care of or know someone who has seizures which are also known as epilepsy. The person doesn't look any different and no one can tell just by looking that there is any type of health condition present. However, for you there is often the ever present concern that a seizure can occur at any time. When you are with someone who is having a seizure, it is normal to feel out of control; their protection becomes your focus. You may wonder, "Am I prepared?" and, if you are with your friends, "What will they think?"

            Learning more about epilepsy or any other illness arms you with understanding - "knowledge is power" - and knowledge is something you can share. You can also reassure others that seizures are not contagious.

            Seizures occur when electrical activity in the brain exceeds the normal range. They have a range of triggers and degrees of severity, which in turn damage the neuronal structure of the brain. Seizures can be classified into two major types- general (involving loss of consciousness) and partial (retaining consciousness). Within general seizures, they are further subdivided by the presentation of the seizure, with tonic-clonic seizures being the most common type (and the one we associate with seizures from television and movies).

            The causes of epilepsy are as of yet unknown, but in some cases there has been a head injury, an episode when the brain does not get enough oxygen, or there may be tumors in the brain. Epilepsy can be treated with medications (which control seizures by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain) but a cure has not yet been discovered. It takes time for a person who has seizures to find the right combination of medication, dosage, and frequency of dosing to control their seizures.

            If you have a family member with epilepsy, think about what might be a seizure trigger and discuss what you and other family members can do to reduce their exposure to such triggers so together you can work to prevent them from happening. Sometimes it is as simple as avoiding flashing lights or certain medications.

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"You cannot tailor make the situations in life, but you can tailor make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise." ~ Zig Ziglar
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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