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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.
In This Issue
Stop Bullying
Hurricane Tips
Sand Sifters
Health & Wellness Fair
Summer Breakspot
Internet Essentials
Free Health Fair
Health Americorps
Continuing Care
Caregiving Tip
Caregiver Conference
Chiari & Syringomyelia
TD Bank Summer Reading
PBC Summer Reading
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This government website informs students how to prevent, respond to, get help, and other information regarding bullying.




*Evaluate Your Property  

* Preparing Your Home

* Action Steps during a Chemical Emergency
* Essentials
* Supplies on Hand Will Include
* Map of Area Shelters 
To get your disaster preparedness guide click here

Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
July 7, 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.

Join the Sand Sifters for this Patriotic Beach Cleanup.

Monthly Beach Cleanup & Collecting Supplies for the

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Group. Armed service members

will receive packages knowing that they are valued and

not forgotten. 




Held at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, July 14  9:00am - 2:00pm

801 Eighth Street, WPB, FL 33401 


  • Educational Materials, Displays, Demonstrations
  • Snacks, Refreshments and Door Prizes
  • Immunizations for Children (2 months - 12th grade)
  • Ask the Doctor booth
  • Free Screenings (vision, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol) 

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 



Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches & T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society presents 21st annual free health fair.
Saturday, July 21st, 2012 8am - 2pm
FounderCare, 2330 South Congress Ave., WPB, FL 33406
for more information call:  561-318-0814
FREE back to school Physicals & Immunizations (2 months - 12th grade)    


With a dynamic 25-person cast, this production of the smash hit musical JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will run for 10 performances at the Count de Hoernle Theatre, the former home of the Caldwell Theatre Company, located at 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton 

Performances are July 5 - 15

call the AACY office at 561-391-7401 for free ticket information. 



Issue: #50 June 2012  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


Isn't it exciting to watch the Olympic trials? What wonderful things our bodies can accomplish! It's amazing what training and tenacity can do for us...whatever our age! Yes!  Even for Grandmas such as myself! I remember visiting a local tennis academy. One of their courses is "Mental Toughness". If you think about it, caregiving can require physical work - often that is the easy part. It's all the rest of it that is challenging. So, I'm giving myself an assignment to explore bringing a Mental Toughness workshop to caregiving just makes sense!  

Behavior and the Law
By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member

Being a caregiver, it is important to recognize your own emotional and behavioral health in addition to the health of your family members. Learning how to regulate your emotions in a safe and appropriate way is very important, because even a minor conflict with the law can have reverberating effects on your future that you never dreamed possible. Black marks on your record received during middle school or high school can become an obstacle for you to gain college admission, scholarships, military options, and of course job opportunities. 


In the State of Florida, upon contact with law enforcement, you can expect one of two options:   1) being taken into custody or       2) receiving a civil citation (a new program designed as an alternative to arrest, where the minor is placed into a behavior-adjustment program). The civil citation is an option if you are a first-time offender only. Thus, as you build your life and your future, you must avoid committing misdemeanors; the best way to ensure that is behavioral regulation - keeping your actions and reactions in check.  


Keeping your self in check means managing your stress and frustrations! Only you can do this for you! As you participate in stress-busting exercises to keep calm, it is also important to remind yourself that acting out in school or in public will only complicate things. As caregivers, you have greater responsibilities than your peers, and family members are depending on you to maintain appropriate behavior and to not get in trouble with the school or the law. Enlist the help of your school counselor, CYP staff, or trusted mentor to talk to when you feel overwhelmed. Consider the consequences, take time to think, and talk with those you trust.

For more information, please visit   






If you are in high school and haven't yet received a letter about earning community service hours for your caregiving at home or if you have questions about the form you received in the mail, earlier this month, please call us. 


This summer, we continue to offer tutoring and coaching to our high school students. Students are brushing up on their academic skills, completing E-2020 classes and applying for scholarships.


On June 29, a group of CYP students enjoyed the Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca Raton. In August, we will be having a tour of FAU. There may even be another event for both high school and middle school students some time in between.


Dinara Strikis, a University of Miami Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate student will be talking to some CYP students in  

July and August. She is collecting information about your experience with the health care system so that we can better help you and your family members take care of your health. Please let us know if you would like to speak with her.


Of course, we continue to be on Facebook. Ms. Cristy formed CYP student and CYP graduate groups in order to post scholarship opportunities and announcements. Friend request her at Christine Kovach Hom or Ms. Kaeron at Kaeron Williams.


You can also G-Chat with Ms. Cristy if you aren't on Facebook, give us a call. We love hearing from you!






Laughter - a GREAT caregiving medicine!

Many days it may feel that there is not much to laugh about. However, many studies show the importance of attitude and humor to keep us healthy.  And, we all know we have to be healthy to be a good caregiver! So, let's learn five ways to create humor in your life!  


* Find some funny pictures, comics or whatever brings a smile to your face - put them where you can see them regularly.

* Watch a funny TV show or movie - one that will make you laugh out loud - not sure of one - try watching America's Funniest Videos!

* Practice laughing - laugh your way through your shower!

* Learn a few jokes that you have ready to tell - maybe your friends need some humor in their lives too!

* Be with people who enjoy laughing and having fun at the expense of no one.

Remember caregiving means taking care of you too! Enjoy laughing experiences this summer - the price is right!!



Embassy Suites Hotel

661 NW 53rd St., Boca Raton, FL 33487

July 26, 2012

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Today's Caregiver Magazine Celebrates 17th Anniversary at Boca's Fearless Caregiver Conference.
  • Dr. Connie Siskowski to receive the Community Fearless Caregiver Award at the 117th Fearless Caregiver Conference
  • CYP will have a Booth
  • Free tickets and Lunch are available 

Register at

Questions? 954.362.8126




 On June 9th Karen Harwood, Director of Family Care, participated in Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation Unite @ Night walk held at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton FL.  Mariochi Fernandez and her son Kane have been active with the Caregiving Youth Project since 2009.  Mariochi was instrumental in coordinating this amazing event, which helps raise awareness and funds for Chiari Malformation.  The Chiari I malformation (CM) is a congenital malformation in which there is downward displacement of brain tissues into the spinal canal. The lower part of the cerebellum, called the cerebellartonsils, hangs down through the opening at the bottom of the skull and causes blockage of spinal fluid to the spinal canal.

Mariochi's journey through this illness has been filled with ups and downs.  She hopes this event will help others gain strength and knowledge knowing they are not alone.

To visit the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation website

Click here 



May 5, 2012, through September 29, 2012

Celebrating 10 years

            of summer reading fun


Read 10 Books  - Get $10

It's easy! Here's what you need to do:

1. Read 10 books this summer; see suggestions.

2. Print out the Summer Reading Form

3. Writedown the names of the books you've read
4. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
5. Watch $10 be deposited into a new or existing Young Saver Account

Tips to make summer reading more enjoyable

Find more useful financial education for kids Visit the WOW!Zone



now to August 3, 2012


"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney


Patrons of all ages are invited to join our "Dream Big: Read" Summer Reading Program, which runs until to August 3rd at all Palm Beach County Library System locations, including the Bookmobile.  The programs and special events will encourage you to dream big and read.  What dreams will come true for you this summer?

How to participate:

Children: Sign up at the Youth Services Desk and receive a reading log, a Miami Dolphins pencil and a copy of The Nightly News newspaper, featuring jokes, activities, word games and more. Complete 10 hours of reading to receive a finger flashlight and a voucher for two tickets to the baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday, August 3.*

Teens 12 to 16 years old: Sign up at the Youth Services Desk for the young adult "Reading Frenzy" and receive a reading log and a Miami Dolphins pencil. Complete 16 hours of reading to receive a flexible bookmark light and a voucher for two tickets to the Jupiter Hammerheads versus Charlotte Stone Crabs baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday, August 3.*

Adults 17 years and older: Sign up for a summer reading program packet including a reading log, a bookmark and a  smiley sticky-note pad. Then read or listen to five or more books or audio-books. Afterwards, bring your completed reading log to your local branch and receive: a 20 oz. coffee-shop-style acrylic cup & straw and a voucher for two tickets to the Jupiter Hammerheads versus Charlotte Stone Crabs baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday, August 3. Everyone signed up for the adult summer reading program is eligible to enter in our weekly book give-away contest.*

Everyone:  Attend special parties and programs throughout the summer!

*All materials, give-aways, and prizes are available while supplies last.  For more information or to laocate a library near you, Click here

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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