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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
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Continuing Care
How Sweet
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The annual Enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries ends 12/7.

 A cordless telephone with clarity power technology was donated.  If you have a need for this type of phone, please contact the AACY office at 561-391-7401.


So you made it through Thanksgiving and it is almost time for the December Holidays! You may be in one of the most challenging situations in your young lifetime, have a ton of school work to do (yes, a priority!) AND you have to help your family with caregiving responsibilities and also somehow prepare for the Holidays. How can you possibly juggle it all?

One way is through a continuous effort called "stacking". Use a sticky note or a note card and write each thing you need to do on one piece of paper or card. Then arrange the paper or cards in a stack or a pile, putting the things that are the absolute priority...and may have a deadline...on the top of your pile. As you complete the item on the top, throw the paper or card away and watch your stack diminish! When other things come along, use the same process, always arranging them in priority order.

Then, take a deep breathe, relax and enjoy the Holiday time! You deserve to celebrate! 




Thank you for attending the Miami Dolphin game against the Tennessee Titant.  Although it did not result in a win for the Dolphins, it was a win for the Caregiving Youth Project. Pictured above you can see our veterans being recognized at the game.

Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
December 1, 2012
Oceanfront Park
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am
Visit the Website:   
Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128. 


Make sure your home is a safe place for the holidays.
Everything is FREE. 
December 8, 2012
Florida Blue
1501 N. Congress Ave. 
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
10:00 am - 8:00 pm 
  • Health screenings
  • Holiday safety checklist
  • Fire safety
  • Decorating safety
  • Child safety
  • Heating safety
  • Cooking safety 


Issue: #55 November 2012  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President



Thanks to CNN coverage, more people than ever before are learning about the challenges you face every day. The past few months have been an exciting time in the history of the Caregiving Youth Project!  And, you have been part of our history.  A special thank you to the students and family members who have had the step of courage to be filmed and to share your stories.  In doing so, you are helping others in healthcare, education and the community understand all that you do for your family and for society.  We are so proud of you!


For those who have participated by CNN voting, THANK YOU!  Voting ends at 11:59 Eastern time on November 28th!  If you haven't been able to vote yet, Click Here.  Then be sure to have your homework finished so you can watch your friends on the Sunday, December 2nd CNN Tribute show starting at 9 PM Eastern!





and voting ends at 11:59 pm Eastern time.



Voters can log on to - online or on their mobile devices- to cast ballots for their favorite Top 10 Hero up to 10 times per email a day.  Votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. The Hero with the most votes will be named "CNN Hero of the Year," and receive an additional $250,000 grant.


For the latest info about the Top 10 CNN Heroes, viewers and online users are encouraged to visit the CNN Heroes page on Facebook, follow @CNN Heroes on Twitter and use the hashtag #CNNHeroes. Additionally, behind-the-scenes CNN Heroes images can be viewed on CNN Heroes' Instagram account.


Hosted by Anderson Cooper from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Peabody Award-winning, Emmy-nominated broadcast CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air live on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9pm ET/6pm PT on CNN, CNNi and CNN en Espanol.



We began Continuing Care groups in Lake Worth and Santaluces High Schools! What do we work on? YOUR goals for the year as we talk about the skills and qualities you will need to achieve them. The Lake Worth High group is held during lunch every fourth Wednesday of the month and from 9:30 - 10:30 every second Wednesday at Santaluces. Other groups are being of scheduled at Atlantic, Boca Raton, Boynton High, and John I Leonard.


Need a little extra academic support? Let us know! We want you to be the best you can be and get the best grades possible - your future is in YOUR hands! We have tutoring available for you by Hannah our AmeriCorps member or through others.


The Holiday Celebration dinner, complete with our Holiday Shoppe for CYP students and their families will be held on December 17, 2012 at Benvenuto's in Boynton Beach at 5:30pm. Watch your mail - more details will be coming to you soon!


If you haven't done so 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 place for us to discuss subjects and issues so please feel free to post and let us know what you would like to include.


A special note to CYP high school SENIORS! Quickly contact us to let us know your plans after graduation. We are able to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications or any other decision tips or question you may have. 


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




Two elementary school students, Adriana and Sunny, sold lemonade and cookies in their neighborhood in order to raise funds for the Caregiving Youth Project.  The girls presented the money and a toy donation to Mark Hansen, Connie Siskowski and Cynthia Cummings.



By Hannah Fidoten, CYP AmeriCorps Member

What are food allergies? Allergies are an abnormal response to things that are harmless to others. When you have food allergies, your immune system - the system that keeps your body healthy - mistakenly attacks the food (or allergen) because the immune system thinks the food is harmful. The immune system produces antibodies, which causes your body to release a chemical called histamine. Histamine is what causes itchy throat, hives or rash, swelling, and problems breathing - which is why over the counter allergy medicine is an "anti"-histamine; it works against the chemical. The severity of the reaction varies by the person and even the type and amount of food consumed. The best way to avoid a reaction is to learn what your body is sensitive to and avoid those foods!


What is Your Role as a Cook?

It's not only your body's reaction, when you are preparing food for family and friends you need to know if they have food allergies or if they are on any special diets. Then you need to read the labels to make sure that what you are making doesn't have the allergy producing products. The more you know, the more you can do to help keep family and friends safe and healthy!


Avoid Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination occurs when an unsafe food makes a safe food a potential danger by touching it or by touching the same surface. For example, when you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you may spread the peanut butter on the bread and then use the same knife to spread the jelly. The jelly has now been contaminated with peanut butter. Wiping off the knife may not be enough; peanut butter residue may still be on the knife. To avoid the foods touching each other, simply wash the knife with hot soapy water.


It's Not All Your Responsibility!

You can still make your favorite treats that a family member or friend is allergic to, but make sure you let him know that the food is not safe. For example, you may love Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies, but your friend is allergic to peanuts. At a quick glance, he may not realize the cookies have peanut butter in them. Likewise, if your friend knows he is allergic to peanuts, it is his responsibility to ask if there are peanut products in the cookies.


Information Wins!

The easiest way to avoid these accidental exposures is information. You may not be able to tell everyone at a gathering about all of the ingredients in the food, so consider putting a little sign by the food that lists what common allergens it contains. You can also keep a list of foods with you that you are allergic to and ask those who have made the food if it contains any of these items.


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"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." -- Oscar Wilde, Author & Poet 


Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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