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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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Stop Bullying
Hurricane Tips
Sand Sifters
Summer Breakspot
Internet Essentials
Classes for Caregivers
Talented Ladies
Project Reach Out
Camp Treasure
Continuing Care
Caregiving Tip
Health Americorps
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This government website informs students how to prevent, respond to, get help, and other information regarding bullying.



The Palm Beach Post has created an online catalog that lists important phone numbers, food and supply list, evacuation sites, and a hurricane tracking map.  

Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
June 2, 2012
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.


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 





Please join us in a free 6 week educational series providing caregivers with tools to help take care of themselves, with a focus on reducing stress, making tough decisions and locating helpful resources.


Thursdays from June 7 through July 12, 2012 9:30am - 12 noon


Caregivers wishing to take advantage of respite care during the class sessions will need to make advance arrangements and should contact Latoya Gillette, LPN, program manager, at 561-330-3541


Please RSVP to Tiffany Puhlman at 561-683-5012

Seacrest Presbyterian Church

2703 North Seacrest Boulevard

Delray Beach, FL 33444

Thanks to the Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida and the Linus Project, CYP middle schoolers were each presented with a handmade blanket.  These blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to our young caregivers.   

Project Reach Out Can Help You!

Find out what programs you are eligible for and how to get enrolled.

  • Medicaid
  • Project Access
  • Health Care District of Palm Beach County

Friday June 15, 2012

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday June 16, 2012

9:00am - 1:00pm

Palm Beach County Medical Society

3540 Forest Hill Blvd. # 101

West Palm Beach, FL 33406



Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


Hopefully by now you have seen the CNN Hero videos and read the reactions of people from across the country. How wonderful that CNN takes the time and makes an investment in everyday people to shed light on subjects that are otherwise off of the radar screen for professionals and the public!


We at AACY are not only grateful to CNN but also to you, our caregiving youth and your families who have had the courage to share their stories and open their homes.


We are also thankful to principals Mrs. Harris and Dr. Samore for allowing CNN to film at Congress and Okeeheelee Middle Schools.  We must continue this journey of raising awareness of how family health situations impact the whole family and the futures of all, not only the person with the medical condition for whom you care. We must also continue working together - those in healthcare, education and the community as we strive toward synergistic solutions and healing from within on behalf of you and all of America's Caregiving Youth! 


PS - Here is a link just in case you haven't yet seen the videos, each < 2 minutes: click here  




Karen Harwood, MSW and Director of Family Care organized her 11th Camp Treasure.  Thanks to Karen for creating a fun and educational experience for caregiving youth. 




Students from eight middle schools and    

one elementary school participated in camp.

  CYP students enjoyed swimming, arts & crafts, learning caregiving skills, making new friends, relaxing, and having fun!! 


We are proud to announce that CYP senior, Bernise Luzincourt was awarded the Community Foundation of Palm Beac
Cristy, Bernise & Bryan
h and Martin Counties "Your Community Foundation Scholarship. " Bernise worked with AmeriCorps member, Bryan Still twice a week in an effort to earn scholarships, secure financial aid, apply for college and improve her grades and academic skills. Bernise was also chosen as a Palm Beach State College Presidential Scholar. She plans to enter PBSC in the fall working toward her RN and eventual degree and license as a Physician's Assistant. Congratulations Bernise!  


We also extend congratulations to the class of 2012! This year we have 24 CYP students graduating from high school. We recognize that as caregivers, you've had to manage extra stress and responsibility beyond that of your classmates and have had to use positive coping skills to make it through successfully. Please keep in touch with us and let us know your plans. We want to announce the accomplishments of all of our CYP students, so give us a call and let us know about yours.


In May the video used for Sara's dissertation dissemination for Brandeis university was released. Student researchers, Ana M, Enase P., and Mishu K. worked closely with Sara to create this video. Content was taken from the middle school focus groups that they facilitated earlier in the year. The video is posted on our website. Please check it out. It is phenomenal!  Young Caregivers Tell Their Story


This summer, we are planning a beach party, pool party and possibly even another field day (a Continuing Care favorite). We will let you know through Facebook and phone calls, so make sure you answer us and call us back if you want to know about summer activities. 




This month we are going to begin to consider the journey of a person with a disability and our role in his/her life.  As our population ages, we see more and more people with mobility impairments...there are buses with wheelchair lifts, ramps on sidewalks and into buildings, fancy canes, walkers and the list goes on and on. Perhaps the person for whom you care has a disability that may show such as in a limp when the person walks or it may not show to our eyes such as a hearing impairment or an illness such as heart disease. 


Helping a person be all that he can be helps move disability to ability!  So, what can you do?

  • Realize differences are what makes us unique - be aware of yourself - how are you "different"?;
  • Focus on strengths - is there really a "normal" or is that a concept only in your mind?;
  • Ask the person in what ways you can be helpful. For example, a person without strength in one hand may need help carrying a tray in a cafeteria;
  • Be patient as sometimes it may take someone else a longer time to do a task than it takes for you to do the same task;
  • Celebrate successes - yours and others!

Just as we are all different, we will not always be the best we can be in every situation.  When you are not pleased with your reaction, think about how you can improve the next time.  Feel free to discuss your feelings and how you handled a situation with a CYP staff member or another trusted adult - learn and grow!




Non profits first would like to promote parent involvement in their children's education.


They are asking education professionals, parents, grandparents, guardians and families of children to provide us feedback on why parental involvement is important, what activities increase parental involvement and what barriers exist to parent involvement.

 Click here for survey 


It should only take a 5-10 minutes of your time but it will help them support parents, schools, and children in Palm Beach County. All responses are confidential. 

By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member


Perhaps you are caring for a sibling or other relative with Cerebral Palsy (CP). 
CP is a group of disorders in which the brain or nervous system do not function normally. It is most commonly caused by injury or during the time of brain development during pregnancy or during the first two years of life. The most common cause of CP is hypoxia (low oxygen circulation) in the brain.


Your relative is not alone with CP! It is estimated that one in 300 children in the United States have CP in some form, making it the most common motor disability in children. The symptoms vary from mild to severe and can affect up to both sets of arms and legs, which becomes more noticeable during the development of the child. The muscles tighten up over time, joints can be tight and do not open, and abnormal movements (such as twisting or jerking) are common.


When a person has CP, constant care is often needed due to ambulatory difficulty and the accompanying symptoms of learning disabilities and difficulty eating. Hearing and vision difficulties may also be present. CP is diagnosed by neurological exam, physical exam, and an MRI of the head. There is no cure, but treatment is designed around helping the individual function as independently as possible, for example with physical and occupational therapies.


The care needed for your relative with CP depends on the severity of the condition. It can be a full time job including feeding and bathing. More than half of children with CP are able to walk independently, while roughly one-third of them have limited or no walking ability.


As you and your family care for someone with cerebral palsy, take the time to learn as much as you can about tips to prevent complications that may occur as a result of CP. And, as always, take good care of yourself!


For more information, please visit 






Congress, Okeeheelee, Lantana, and Boca Raton Middle Schools were treated to a presentation by TD Bank and Wells Fargo on money management.  The students learned about saving money and the different programs offered to students.