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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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By:  Lee Edelstein



Chin Music weaves a keen awareness of human emotion and a passion for baseball into a coming-of-age story that is part sports tale, part family saga, and 100% compelling reading.  It's an inspiring story that will help you learn how to have a home run in life.  Thank you Lee for helping AACY with your book!


  • Some states, including Illinois, still observe Lincoln's birthday on February 12, in addition to Presidents Day.
  • Some states only observe Presidents Day.
  • Some states celebrate neither birthday.
  • The state of Alabama, has gone its own way. Despite the fact that no one else celebrates Thomas Jefferson's birthday, Alabama has decided that the third President of the United States is worthy of a celebration in their state during the month of February, despite the fact that his birthday is actually in April. If you're visiting Alabama on the third Monday of February, be sure to tip your hat to the memories of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.


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Megan Bary is a student intern from Florida Atlantic University.  She will be graduating this May with her Bachelors in Social Work.  Megan will continue her education at the University of Central Florida to obtain her Masters degree in Social Work this summer.  Her hobbies include running on Florida Atlantic University's cross country and track teams, yoga, and eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.  Megan is looking forward to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the goal of making a positive difference in people's lives.   
Lila recently celebrated her birthday and surprised Dr. Connie Siskowski by donating a birthday check received from her grandparents, Myrna and Dan Norwitz,  to AACY.
Palm Beach County School District Guidance Councelor of the Year
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
March 2, 2013
Oceanfront Park
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) 
Ocean Ridge, Fl
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Issue: #58 February 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


"Kids shouldn't be doing that" is what we sometimes hear when people, even doctors and nurses, first learn about the responsibilities and tasks of caregiving by you. Many people think that there are systems and programs in place to relieve family...and thankfully, there are some - but they are for adults. A special thank you to those of you who have been willing to share your story with others, including the media.  Hearing from you is the more powerful message we can offer for change.  Our pioneering journey together continues making progress, little by little, as we clear the path and then pave the road for tomorrow's caregiving youth. 



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Let's be real. Sometimes when we are caregiving, we see things that are part of the person we are helping that are just not pretty. We love that person in ways we never knew possible. In our minds we know that what really matters is the person inside but still, what we see can get in the way. Or, we might block it - we each have amazing coping skills - but then later in life, out of seemingly no where it pops up and can even hinder of our future successes and relationships.


If you are dealing with taking care of someone and are wondering how you are going to manage it all, speak out and ask for help.

Remember, as part of being a healthy caregiver, you must first take care of yourself. That means in every way, including emotionally.


There is no shame in needing help and support, including from a professional person.


Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength. Email, message or call any of the AACY Team so we can work on finding the right resources for you!

To celebrate President's Day, CYP high school students enjoyed a picnic at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.  Only the temperature outside was chilly.  Hearts were warm with laughter as arts and crafts, football, music, and a plethora of food was enjoyed by all.  The afternoon ended with a game of competitive kick ball. 


Reminders: CYP students complete your community service hours for caregiving.  If there are any changes or updates in your family please inform us so that we can provide appropriate support.  The CYP will be continuing to provide groups for students at high schools.  Please contact the CYP office if any student needs assistance with applying to schools, financial aid, or any other school related questions or deadlines.

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Hannah Fidoten, Americorps Member



Blood helps transport nutrients and oxygen to different parts of our body. Without oxygen, our organs, like our brain, would stop working. When someone has a stroke, it means that blood is not able to transport oxygen to the brain. The two main types of strokes are ischemic and hemorrhagic. If a doctor says that the person had an ischemic stroke, it means that a blood vessel that delivers blood to the brain was blocked and blood could not get to the brain. This is the most common type of stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke describes a situation when a blood vessel near the brain bursts and the blood spills out of the blood vessel.



Recovering from a stroke can be a long process and will affect family and friends. Strokes can also affect a person mentally, physically, and emotionally. A person recovering from a stroke might have to relearn different skills; such as, walking, talking, and feeding oneself. Caring for someone who has had stroke can be a challenge. Typically when a person has a stroke, he or she may need physical therapy, medicine, and lots of medical follow up. Relearning skills can be frustrating, so they may get upset and yell at you, even though you did not do anything wrong. Try to be patient and not take the burst of frustration personally.



To prevent a stroke, maintain a healthy lifestyle. That means that you should not smoke and limit the use of alcohol.  Additionally, eat healthy foods; and try to decrease eating junk food. Exercising regularly for heart and health is also really important.



For more information about strokes, please visit 




 Chrystal Yau

Why do I want to be a social worker? The question lingers on my mind as I began to explore the many reasons why. First and foremost, I know that being a social worker would fulfill me in more ways than imaginable. I gain my happiness by helping people in need, especially those deemed less fortunate. It brings me so much joy and contentment. I believe this is the catalyst that will keep me going as I pursue my dream of becoming a social worker. In a society that seems to lack heart, many of these less fortunate individuals may be overlooked or ignored. There is a tendency for people to turn a blind eye when it comes to such injustice. As a future social worker, I would be able to advocate for clients on their behalf and be their "voice". Life experiences have truly opened my eyes to appreciate the beauty in mankind and to value people for who they are and not where they have been. Every person has a story or has been through a struggle. I recognize what it takes to strive for social justice (more change, drive, hard work, and acceptance). I want to be a social worker so I can impart positive change in society and impact our communities for the greater good. Change is about moving forward. Society cannot grow and evolve without change, as it is inevitable. It has to begin somewhere, even with just a single person.


My journey thus far is only just beginning because I believe in taking steps in order to achieve something greater. The first step was going back to school for my MSW degree. Volunteering in the community and becoming a Social Work intern through my program followed. As a graduate student, I have gained a deeper and a more profound insight into the field of social work and what it means to truly be a social worker working on the frontline. There is a quote that alludes to the fact that if a person finds a job that they love to do, they will never work a day in their lives. I find the greatest joy in helping people and also doing my part to bring change in this world. I have found my love and passion for making a difference, standing up for a cause, and reaching out to people in need. Without a doubt, I know that this is what I want to be pursuing for the rest of my life and I hope to continue on this path that I believe was chosen for me.



Determination pulls success toward you, and focus pushes obstacles away. Brahma Kumaris


Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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