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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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Sand Sifters
Summer Breakspot
Important News
Continuing Care
Caregiving Tip
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The City of Boca Raton, in conjunction with Downtown Boca, presents the [email protected] Fit & Fun Fitness Program.  Come down to Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca every Saturday for complimentary fitness classes (i.e. Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, etc.) and then stay for the day exploring restaurants, shops, and museums and more! 8:45 A.M. REGISTRATION, 9 A.M. YOGA AND 10:30 A.M. ZUMBA.  For questions, call Nicole Gasparri  at 561-393-7703.

Dates: Recurring every Saturday

Where: Sanborn Square in Downtown Boca

72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, Florida 33432

Price: FREE, open to all ages

Time: 8:45 a.m. registration, classes 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Join us for Free Classes for Family Caregivers:
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
A Six Class Series Meeting
Every Thursday, from May 3rd to June 7th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at

Arden Courts of W. P. B.

2330 Village Boulevard 

West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
May 5, 2012
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl, just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 

May 19, 2012 

4489 North Ocean Blvd. (A1A) 

Gulfstream, Florida

Sign In: 8:00 am

Event Ends: 10:15 am
Visit the Website:

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


FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long. 

For additional information,  please Click here 



Comcast has expanded eligibility and doubled download speed to benefit more families. click here 



You are invited to a community workshop

Free Admission and Continental breakfast

May 18, 2012

8:30am - 12:00pm

Safe Schools Institute

1790 NW Spanish River Blvd.

Boca Raton, FL 33431


Sponored by Boca Raton's Promise

"Stress is like spice - in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you."  ~Donald Tubesing 
Issue: #48 April 2012  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President



Whew!  FCATs are over and the end of this school year is in your sight!  Are you thinking about special plans during your summer break?  As you are thinking, consider something you are afraid of doing.  Then, develop a plan (and we can help!) to figure out how you are going to do it anyway...overcome just one fear and you will never have to be afraid of that one thing again.  You will grow, soar and we will celebrate that with you! 



More than 100,000 people made a difference!  Ohio baseball player can now walk at graduation after caring for cancer-stricken mother

A 17-year-old varsity baseball player in Ohio was being banned from walking at his own graduation for racking up two too many unexcused absences. While those circumstances might be considered the fault of the athlete in most cases, Carrollton (Ohio) High senior Austin Fisher's case was like many of yours!  His absences were all brought on by time he spent caring for his mother, who has spent the past six years battling breast cancer.  Learn More...



In April, Erica Reuter from the Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL) spoke to a group of students at Boca High.  Boca PAL meets on Wednesdays in Dixie Manor from 6 - 7pm. All CYP youth are eligible to join. Boca PAL provides opportunity to earn community service hours, visit colleges around the state and participate in other fun field trips.  If you are interested, please call Ms. Erica (561) 338-1271 or attend a Wednesday night meeting at Dixie Manor. 


CYP Wednesday Workshops continued through April. In May we will hold our last workshops for the school year, so join us as much as you can.


Students remember: Cristy posts events and scholarships to the American Association of Caregiving Youth Facebook page, and Cristy and 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.  AmeriCorps member, Bryan Still, continues to provide college admissions and scholarship application assistance. You can reach him through Facebook or call the office.


This week, Cristy posted on her Facebook wall the Nordstrom Scholarship for high school juniors.


The 2012 Youth Summit with Special Keynote Speaker, Anquan Boldin, wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, will be held Saturday May 5 at Gaines Park, 1501 North Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, 33401.  There will be sessions on employment preparation, education, health, and violence.  Click here for the flyer  


We will miss Amy Seltzer, FAU MSW Intern, who spent the school year with us.  The students at Lake Worth High were especially sad to see her go as she led their lunch time workshops every other week.  Amy has already told us that she misses us too, especially Lake Worth High and Wednesday Workshops. 




Life happens just when you think everything is under control.  Sometimes the "Life Happens" events can be prevented by checking around and keeping the home environment as safe as possible.  It will make your caregiving easier.  A few easy things you can do to increase safety and prevent falls are:

  • Turn on a night light;
  • Have your family member use non-skid shoes;
  • Keep stairs and pathways clear of clutter;
  • Participate in strengthening exercises with your family member - they are good for you both!
  • Make sure the all the doctors know about every medication your family member is taking - even those that are over-the-counter as they can also cause interactions with prescriptions.

These few simple steps can help keep you and your family safe and prevent falls.  To learn more about fall prevention, go to:


Thanks to the nomination by Cristy Hom, LCSW, Director of Continuing Care, three CYP students Rhode E., Bernise L. and Kelsy T. have all been selected for the Women's Foundation's fourth annual Girls Leadership Institute being held Saturday, May 5, 2012. The program will provide training in public speaking, conflict resolution, and other critical leadership areas. Congratulations, we are all so proud of you!

By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

At this time around the end of the school year, amidst FCAT and exams, stress takes its toll on all, and especially you who are youth caregivers. Stress itself is a rapid physiological response which releases hormones that elevate breathing and

increase heart rate.  This response is known as

the fight-or-flight response, and it is useful in dangerous situations, but can be harmful if activated for prolonged periods of time. Long term stress (accompanied by long term raised levels of cortisol, a hormone, in the bloodstream) can result in headaches, appetite loss or gain, trouble sleeping, and even a weakening of the immune system. This means that you are more likely to get sick when you are consistently under stress.


Stress management begins with identifying the major sources of stress in one's life at the time.  The added responsibilities of caregiving on top of schoolwork and social activities at this time can take a toll on you.  Look for ways to reduce stress in your daily life- for example, organize your time more efficiently so you are able to take care of the priorities responsibilities.  Coping strategies are also very important in dealing with stress: the goal is to recover from stress with beneficial activities such as relaxation techniques, healthy eating, and getting a full night's sleep.

One of the most recent proven stress management techniques is any form of breathing-control exercises (yoga, meditation, deep breathing). This increases oxygen intake and blood flow to your brain and the rest of your body.  Then cortisol levels reduce. Another technique to help you is positive thinking.  This can lift your  mood and promote healthy behavior.  If you feel overwhelmed by stress, take a break from your routine and try putting these activities into your day- you might find yourself healthier and more able to juggle your responsibilities.  For more information click here 



A new caregiving video can be seen on youtube by click on the link provided Caregiving Youth Across Generations  or our website  Caregivng Youth Across Generations is a video of past and present caregivers who share their personal experiences to help bring awareness to youth caregivers and their responsibilities.  Thank you Nonstop Film Productions for creating this video! 
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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