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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 have special challenges to face when the person you are helping is older than you are, especially if it is your parent, grandparent or even great-grandparent. At some level you both know that you are the child and that older person would typically be the one taking care of you! However, that is not your situation, so what are some tips for caring for an adult?


By now you have met other caregiving youth and you already know that you are not alone doing this! That makes it a little easier but still you have the day to day issues to manage - plus you have school! This is your time to learn so that you can have future success - obtaining a good education is key for that!

When a family member is having health challenges, one response that happens very often is to try and manage everything alone. This leads to isolation and isolation can result in depression - depression for the person needing care and depression for you as the caregiver. So, here are some ways to reduce isolation:

* Reach out to friends, family, organizations or your faith community to engage a person to stop by while you are at school. This could be one person or it can be several people. You can create a care and caring team - name the team! Set up a visiting schedule and thank people for being on your team! You will discover that when you are in school and it is your team visiting day, you will worry less and can focus on learning!

* Explore old and maybe even new activities that your family member would enjoy doing. TV surely helps but think about what else could be meaningful? Maybe they like to read but their vision is limited. If a large print book isn't the answer, then perhaps a talking book would help to engage their minds and pass the time.

* Consider the possibility of adult day care or a senior center. It doesn't have to be every day but is wonderful for being with other people who often share similar circumstances. Transportation to a center is likely to be available.

If you need help to organize or plan any of these activities, please check in with CYP staff who will provide the assistance you need to make this happen. Helping your family member in this way helps you too!

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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Issue: #52 August 2012  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


"Change Ready" was a saying that my husband would use related to his work and the ever dynamic landscape of his business market. To be successful, a company had to always be on the alert and prepared to respond to a variety of situations.


Family health conditions can take unexpected twists and turns, all beyond our control. Thinking ahead and knowing what you will do when a twist or turn comes, having a Plan B is being "Change Ready". It's like being prepared for a hurricane by knowing what we will need and what to do, we reduce the stress on our lives. It makes us "Change Ready". It is a good thing!

Students learning about sealife

CYP students took part in the Kid's Fishing Day with The West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation at Lake Park Marina. The students learned about Florida fish and ecosystems, as well as net and land fishing, preparing the pole and reel, and baiting the hook. CYP students boarded a boat and fished in the deep sea. CYP looks forward to next year's fishing excursion! 

Thank you West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation for another fun, educational day.





As the new school year begins, we welcome AmeriCorps member Hannah Fidoten to AACY/CYP. One of her responsibilities is tutoring - and she likes math! Please call us to schedule a time with her. You will be glad you did!


We are also excited to begin a new type of tutoring for CYP members using Skype. The person helping you with this is from out of state. She has a proven track record of success. Call to be among the first as we take tutoring for CYP high school students to a new level - and it will prepare you for on line learning capabilities in the future.


If you haven't already, join CYP student and CYP graduate groups through Ms. Cristy's FaceBook page. We use it to post announcements, events, scholarships, etc. Friend request her at Christine Kovach Hom or Ms. Kaeron at Kaeron Williams. The CYP group is also a way for us to discuss various subjects and issues so please feel free to let us know what you would like to include.


A special note to CYP high school seniors! Contact us to let us know your plans. We are here to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications.


And, remember, the George Snow Scholarship will award at least one youth caregiver this year. Let us know if you are interested in this opportunity and we will help you with the application process. Deadlines will be here before long!


A Note About Diabetes

By Hannah Fidoten, CYP AmeriCorps Member


Perhaps you are caring for a sibling or adult family member who is among the more than 25 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes.


There are two types of diabetes. Both types affect how the body digests glucose (sugar). Type 1 is usually diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 is the most common form affecting Americans today.


Food is fuel or energy. Your body converts the food you eat into energy with the help of insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. However, people with diabetes lack insulin so the body cannot convert the glucose or sugar from food into energy. Your family member who has Type 1 diabetes is unable to produce enough insulin and therefore the insulin must be introduced into the body. Some people have insulin pumps, which can help monitor and automatically pump insulin into the body, while others use insulin injections. How much insulin is introduced into the body depends on the body's level of glucose which is determined by testing the blood regularly.


If the person you help has Type 2 diabetes, he or she produces insulin, but there is either not enough or their body rejects the insulin that is produced. Again a blood test determines how much insulin is needed. With both types of diabetes, a physician determines the diagnosis and writes a prescription for how much insulin the body needs.


You may be helping your family member by monitoring what is eaten, making sure blood is checked and even administering the insulin. Helping your family eat properly, maintaining a normal weight and exercising regularly all help to manage diabetes.


When someone in your family has diabetes you are at greater risk for also having it. Taking care of yourself and limiting the risk factors mentioned above will help you from having Type 2 diabetes. Prevention is important for you today and for your future!


For more information, please visit the American Diabetes Association, 




In collaboration with Back To School Bash and Spirit of Giving Network, CYP students and siblings received needed supplies for success at school. Students and families flocked to the Delray and West Palm Beach facilities to select backpacks and supplies to prepare for a brand new year.

Juan and Lynne


Families also had access to school physicals, immunizations, clothing, shoes, hair cuts, face painting and food.


Together with its partners, the Bash will help students excel in the 2012-2013 school year!


Kaeron and Melody

 Special thank you to Melody Velez from United Healthcare for taking time out of her busy schedule to deliver backpacks to students so they would have the tools they need to be success in school. 



Over 100 local dignitaries, elected officials, business, educational and religious leaders and community supporters shared their esteem and thanks to two outstanding local women who have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children throughout Palm Beach County.


At the Third Annual Back To School Breakfast held by the non-profit American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), Karen Krumholz, Executive Director of the Spirit of Giving Network, and Stephanie Saraco, President of BASH, were honored for their commitment and continuing leadership roles in the annual county-wide Community Back to School Bash, which provides disadvantaged children with essential back to school supplies. This year's BASH event served over 12,000 children throughout Palm Beach County and included distribution of clothing and shoes, as well as medical screenings. 

Stephanie Saraco and her family


Following welcoming remarks by Mark Hansen, Chairman of AACY Board of Directors, an interfaith prayer for school staff and all students as they begin the 2012-13 school year was led by Rev. Tom Tift, PhD and AACY Secretary, and Rabbi David Steinhardt of Temple B'nai Torah. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel officially greeted the assembly and recounted her long-time affiliation with AACY and its Caregiving Youth Project, which was the beneficiary of the breakfast.

Karen Krumholtz


The event was highlighted by recognition of the dedication and commitment Stephanie Saraco and Karen Krumholtz have demonstrated over the year and historical background on BASH, from its initial inception over 21 years ago to today's evolution into a community, county-wide program. Also highlighted were retrospectives from the honorees themselves, overviews of local organizations that have benefited from the BASH program, and a summary of the important message and results such community programs as the BASH initiative provide.