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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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  1. Super Bowl Sunday
  2. New Year's Eve
  3. Halloween
  4. The night before Thanksgiving
  5. New Year's Day













Congratulations Dr. Ronda Talley, AACY Board Director.





Great day, great turn out.


Pictured above is our volunteer Robin Hardy and our FAU intern Chrystal giving information out about our CYP program.







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Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
February 2, 2013

Oceanfront Park
6415 N. Ocean Blvd.(A1A) 
Ocean Ridge, Fl

Sign In: 8:00 am

Event Ends: 10:15 am

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Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128. 








QUOTE:  The one man team is a complete and total myth.
Author:  Don Shula


Gerry Fallon


American Association of Caregiving Youth







Issue: #57

January 2013



 Dear Reader,

Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


"I have a dream" were the wishes we were reminded of as we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day earlier this month. During my life sadly I have witnessed many inequalities in our systems and among peoples. In a couple of weeks we will celebrate Valentine's Day, a time of loving one another. Might it be possible to build a bridge between the two?  The bridge could be built through the power of forgiveness and the freedom that comes with it...forgiveness for something, some inequality or for someone and importantly for yourself.  Then you can enjoy Valentine's Day in a new way.  And, don't forget the chocolate! :-) 





His smile "lights up the room" as Karen Harwood, MSW and the CYP Director of Family Care described Keith when she first met him. Keith first learned about the CYP at a Lunch and Learn with  Karen when he was in 6th grade at Boca Middle. It was a tough time in his life as the night before he had spent at his mother's bedside after her open heart surgery. She was on a ventilator and had "tubes coming out from all over her body." He wondered if his mom was going to leave his life. He was the only son left at home where he also lived with two young nephews and an ailing father.


Keith's grown up within the CYP support system. He has learned the hard way the importance of his education. Tutoring as well as many other CYP activities helped to transform his life. During these seven years, his mom has also had three back surgeries. Keith has always stepped up to the plate to help them all and to keep his home going.


Now a senior at Atlantic High and defensive tackle All Star, it's through his hard work he feels "honored and blessed" to have 11 full football scholarships to college on the table! His final decision will be on February 6th. Right now he's leaning toward FSU. Why? He likes the coaches and "they have a 90% graduation rate for their athletes." Although pro-football may capture a part of his life in the future, Keith's eyes are on becoming a physical therapist. He knows full well the twists and turns life can take and understands the need to have as he says, "something to fall back on."






"Reframing" is somewhat of a trendy buzz word. What is it? It is changing the way you think about something so that you can view it more positively and decrease the amount of stress you experience. It doesn't change whatever is creating stress for you. Instead it allows you to take control about how you view the circumstances that are happening.


How does this relate to caregiving?


Your caregiving is the result of someone else's health condition. It is not something you created. You may have stepped up to the plate to help, you may have been asked or you may feel there is no other option. "Why me?" is a common response!


The need for someone to receive care is nothing you can change at this time. How do you think about this role? Are you frustrated or angry? Is there something good that can come out of this? Are you learning something and developing life skills that your friends may not have?


Take time to notice your thoughts about something you need to do but perhaps don't like doing. Write down your thoughts and then examine them. Determine if there is another way to consider the situation or task. Talk about your circumstances with a CYP staff person or other trusted adult. Ask for help to rethink...or reframe...your role in helping your family member.


When you take a step back and turn the situation around to something positive for yourself you are "reframing"! This technique can be used for caregiving as well as any other situation you are dealing with, including school work and relationships. Like anything else, it takes practice. The CYP is here to help you reframe and stress less! You are important and you are valued! 









Join us at John Prince Park in Lake Worth Monday, February 18 from 12 to 3pm.  Limited transportation is available.  Please call 561-391-7401 to RSVP.  The deadline to RSVP is February 13.  








We are continuing groups. The Lake Worth High group is held during lunch every fourth Wednesday of the month and from 9:30a - 10:30a every second Wednesday at Santaluces. Atlantic will be held every third Wednesday from 9:30a- 10:30a. 


Scholarships are available for High School seniors! Get a head start now as deadlines for the scholarship applications are fast approaching. Visit  for a list of scholarships! Seniors, please sign up for an account at the above website before you apply for a scholarship! Examples listed include the "Superpower" scholarship 2013, where one winner will be chosen to receive a $2,500 award. The deadline for this particular award ends at 11:59 PM on March 31, 2013. Check out the "All about Education" scholarship from the same website, as one winner will be chosen to receive a $3,000 award! The deadline is by 11:59 PM on April 30, 2013. Don't forget- your guidance counselors are here to help you as well! Ask your guidance counselors for more scholarship information. Good luck seniors!


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. 






Hannah Fidoten, Americorps Member

Epilepsy is a brain condition where the brain's communication system does not work properly; the brain sends signals to other parts of the body, which causes seizures. A seizure can look different for different people, but it refers to a change in awareness, movement, or behavior. During and after a seizure, people may be unsure where they are and what is happening. You may notice the person acting differently from how they usually act.


When you think of a seizure, you may imagine a person falling to the ground as he or she loses consciousness and then shaking uncontrollably. After a few minutes the person will slowly stop jerking and begin to become aware of the world again. He or she may feel tired, confused, or upset. This is referred to as a tonic-clonic seizure. Though this type of seizure is portrayed most often, there are other types: focal, absence, myoclonic, and atonic seizures. A simple focal seizure only affects a part of the brain so the person will not lose consciousness. However, he or she may find that things look, smell, feel, taste, or sound different. When someone is experiencing an absence seizure, he or she may look like he or she is day-dreaming; the person will stare off into space and may not be aware of the world around him or her.


It can be scary if someone is experiencing a seizure, whether you know   what to do or not. Though seizures can seem scary, the best way to help the person is to stay calm and let the seizure happen. This means you should not shake or restrain the person experiencing a seizure. You can gently roll the person onto his or her side, place something soft under his or her head, and remove any items around the person that may be dangerous. It is also important to keep track of how long the seizure lasts and provide that information to medical personnel.


Taking daily medication is the most common treatment. Unfortunately, anti-seizure medications have side-effects: feeling tired, dizzy, and/or clumsy, as well as others. While these side-effects may not be pleasant, it is important to take the medicine as directed by the doctor. If medicine does not, a doctor may suggest surgery.


For more information about epilepsy, please visit epilepsy foundation.