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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
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
Sand Sifters
Top Ten CNN Hero
Caregiving Tips
Fun Fact
AACY and Dolphins
Youth Caregivers
Sophia is a Rising Star
Continuing Care
Health Americorps
United Way
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
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Hello!  My name is Chrystal Yau and I am an FAU graduate student in the School of Social Work. I am  doing my internship at AACY.  I have a passion for helping people, especially the youth in our communities. I look forward to meeting all of you soon! A fun fact for everyone - I have a twin sister who is one minute younger than me!




Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year is open online( November 28, 2012, and voters can do so up to 10 times a day, every day. The only requirements to vote are a valid email address and internet access, and there are no age restrictions to vote. Follow AACY on Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter and follow CNN Heroes & 

and use hashtag #CNNHeroes.



Sometimes when you are caring for someone who needs help you may need to do some lifting... 

lifting of the person or lifting of an object that is heavy. Lifting something heavy may be necessary and yet it can cause injury to yourself. So, how do you protect your health?

 The best way is to get help! But, that may not always be possible.  Here are three things that you can do to reduce the chance of injuring yourself: 1) Place your feet firmly on the floor in a stance wider than your shoulders; 2) Lift or assist by bending your body with yourknees rather than bending over at your waist; and 3) Keep your body close to the person or the object you are lifting.


If this lifting is something you just are not physically able to do,

then evaluate if this is something that must be done immediately or if you can wait until you can get the help you need. Always remember: Asking for help is a sign of strength! 



This month's fun fact: Textaphrenia is a disease found in teens, in which they have heard or felt a new text message vibration when there is no message.


November 11, 2012 

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It's why Connie Siskowski started the The American Association of Caregiving Youth in Boca Raton. Siskowski took care of her grandfather as she was growing up. She knows first-hand the hardships and challenges that children who care for their here to read more
Issue: #53 September 2012  
 Dear Bill,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


 In the past we have talked about "stretching"...doing something different to learn and grow, especially something outside of your comfort zone.  For me, asking you to vote for me is isbeyond my level of comfort and yet I know that it is only by your votes that will we make it to the top of the CNNHeroes. So please vote for me at  we are all in this together and a win for me/AACY is a win for us all.



Sephora Dubreuze

Boca Raton Community High School

Miami Dolphins star players, Sun Life Financial and Miami dolphin staff surprised Sophora at BRCHS on Sept 19th.  Sephora was the only student in Palm Beach County to recieve the Rising Star Award.


In addition to her family caregiving responsibilities, Sephora is active in her local community: she has built homes for Habitat for Humanity, helped the elderly and disabled at Avanti Nursing Home, constructed event sets for the City of Boca Raton's Parks and Recreation Dept., volunteered with Surfers for Autism helping autistic children, and volunteered for In the Pines by working with children from migrant families. She maintains a 3.7 GPA and hopes to study culinary arts and business.

The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program addresses low high school graduation rates in large urban school districts by providing financial resources and education to students and nonprofit organizations and promotes financial literacy as a means to achieve life-long financial wellness and stability.  "We are making an investment in our youth, our education system and the workforce of tomorrow through our Sun Life Rising Star Awards program," said Sun Life Financial U.S. President Wes Thompson.  


Thank you Sun Life Financial and Miami Dolphin Foundation for recognizing AACY and Sephora.  AACY believes the ultimate goal is for all caregiving youth to be able to complete their education and become healthy, productive adults; no child in the US should need to drop out of school because of family caregiving responsibilities.




Attention CYP high school Juniors and Seniors! Beyond high school can be overwhelming as well as exciting. Contact us soon if you would like help with college, scholarship and financial aid applications. Seniors: the George Snow Foundation AACY Caregiving Youth Scholarship and other scholarships will be available for you to begin applying in October. It is an opportunity you won't want to miss! Get a head start with our help!


Want help with your grades? Hannah is ready to tutor math and science! Please contact us to schedule a time to meet with her. You'd be surprised how much the extra assistance will mean to your future.


Are you on Facebook? Participate on the CYP students' page. Friend request Ms. Cristy or Ms. Kaeron so we can add you to the group.




Sickle Cell Anemia

By Hannah Fidoten, CYP AmeriCorps Member


Are you caring for someone who has Sickle Cell Anemia? HbS disease, hemoglobin S disease, and hemoglobin SS disease are all names for Sickle Cell Anemia. The name Sickle Cell comes from the shape of the blood cells that are affected. The red blood cells look like a sickle (a farm tool used to harvest grain crops), or a crescent moon. The crescent shape causes complications in the body. Because of the shape, the blood cells are more fragile and they are unable to carry enough oxygen. A healthy red blood cell stays in the bloodstream for about 4 months, but a sickle cell usually only lasts 10 to 20 days, which can cause anemia. Anemia occurs when the number of red blood cells in the body (or amount of hemoglobin) falls below normal. Someone with anemia tends to become tired easily and may be weak.


 Also, due to the shape of the red blood cells, a person with Sickle Cell Anemia may get blood clots, which means the blood cannot flow easily through the body. These blockages can be very painful and last several hours, days, or weeks. These pain episodes are referred to as a sickle cell crisis. 


 When you care for someone who has this illness, reminding them to always stay hydrated, that is to drink enough water and fluids is very important. They may have prescribed medication (including folic acid supplements) to take. Getting enough rest is also helpful. When the pain becomes severe or there are other symptoms, the person should go to the hospital. Know that even if you do and you help the person do all the right things to manage this or any other health condition, sometimes a crisis still happens that is beyond anyone's control.




Here is Benise, starring in a short United Way video: 


American Association of Caregiving Youth & United Way of
American Association of Caregiving Youth & United Way of
Ronney Wiener, Lisa Cunningham, Connie Siskowski, Commissioner Burdick, Judith Migdal-Mack, Denise Chin, Sue Bartolomeo
On Wednesday, September 5th the subcommittee of the Palm Beach County Family Caregiver Coalition held a celebration luncheon honoring grandparents raising grandchildren. There are more than 15,000 grandparents managing these responsibilities in Palm Beach County. In recognition of National Grandparents Day, Commissioner Paulette Burdick presented a first of its kind Proclamation honoring the caregivers, and designated September 5, 2012 as "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Day" in Palm Beach County. Michelle McGovern was also in attendance on behalf of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

The luncheon was held at Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and festivities included entertainment, door prizes, and soul line dancing. More than 90 participants including grandparents, children, and community service providers attended the celebration.


For additional information and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren, please call Families First - 561-318-4224, MorseLife 561-289-8578, or GRandS Program 561-233-1742. National Grandparents Day was September 9th and is the first Sunday after Labor Day.


Quote of the Month: 

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate

themselves throughout their lives.

Robert M. Hutchins
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth


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