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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.
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Sephora Dubrereze and Lynne Durbin travelled to Washington, DC February 24-26, 2013 to attend the  Grad Nation Summit.  The goal is to achieve 90% graduation rate.   
Ann Marie Lent
Ann  Marie was invited by the Schmidt Family Foundation to share how CYP has helped her change her and her family's life during  the past seven years.  By doing this, she has helped bring further awareness to the CYP students and the need for the program to grow and be available to all caregiving youth.  Thank you Ann Marie!

1.  Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is the oldest continuously celebrated Jewish festival.


2.  The Hebrew word seder means order.  The seder is traditionally celebrated in the home, although community seders are also popular.


3.  The date of Easter Sunday changes every year because it's celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. The Paschal Full Moon is part of the Ecclesiastical Calendar and varies considerably, so Easter Sunday can be any time from March 22nd to April 25th.


4.  In the Christian calendar, Easter marks the rebirth of Christ and the end of the 40 days of Lent.

Host Kim Power Stilson has a whole list of things she wants to learn about, and on her show "Talkworthy" she invites you to join her as she interviews experts, learning something new along the way.  Connie Siskowski was interviewed on Kim Power Stilson's Talkworthy Radio Show (Sirius-XM Channel 143.  BYU Radio is sponsored by Brigham Young University.


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Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
April 6, 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. 


 If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  ~Anne Bradstreet


Issue: #59 March 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


In recent days, we have had very windy weather!  Trees and plants that are strong and able to bend as the wind blows, survive. Their roots are seldom impacted; they are firmly grounded. Your roots are your values, the core of your being. When life happens...and it matter who we are...the deeper your roots are planted, the more you are able to handle whatever winds blow your way, you will survive and thrive. This school year is now almost over, there are tests coming up! Take deep breaths as you allow your deep roots and core values to provide you with the ability to weather whatever wind blows your way. And, always remember, we at AACY are here to support you, no matter what! 

Camp Treasure will be taking place May 3rd and 4th.  Anyone interested in attending should call 561.391.7401.  Camp is open to middle school students. 
Boca Raton High School Leadership students sponsored an ice cream social at Boca Raton Community Middle School.  Thank you for helping to ease the transition to high school!
Eighth grade students can look forward to their final group that will include a party and information on continue care.

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of coordinating groups with Boynton Beach Community High School and Boca Raton High School.

The activiities for high school students include:

  • tutoring and homework help
  • one on one coaching toward graduation
  • out of school educational and recreational activities
  • educational workshops
  • goal setting
  • college preperation
  • career choices
  • life skills

These services are of no cost to you.


There  will be a very special event April 30th for all high school juniors.  Those who participate will attend have an opportunity to win amazing prizes.  Transportation is available. If you are interested call, email, or Facebook us! 


HEARTS & "SOLES" 2013 

Heroes Edition
The room was all a glow or at least it looks that way in the pictures. It was an emotional evening held at the Lakeside Terrace in
Carlos Herrera, Co-Chair of Hearts & "Soles" thanking sponsors and welcoming guests.
Boca Raton.  Michele Wright from CBS was the emcee, Gary Goodman provided entertainment and Carlos Herrera and Mark Hansen were co-chairs of this successful fundraising 
Keith B. speaking about his CYP experience.  Keith entered the program in 6th grade and is heading off to college in the fall on a full football scholarship.

Neil Saffer conducted the live auction, which included donations to provide academic support and help with Camp Treasure. 

 Dr. Connie announced a new project for high school juniors supported by Bomar Foundation and "Chin Music" author, Lee Edelstein. Sharon Whiteley traveled from Arizona and plans on returning to Florida for Camp Treasure to donate additional Pluggz flip flops to the campers. 


Several educators were recognized and District 5 School Board member Frank Barbieri Jr. was among those attending.  Mr. Barbieri later commented, "your work is priceless." 

Connie, Jimmy, Michele, Bernise, Aereonna, Ann Marie, holding special Pluggz donation.


"What we honor in these young people is their capacity to love," Dr. Tom Tift, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, said in the invocation. 


Congratulations to our courage award recipients! They went above and beyond and shared their stories with the media. Mandy A., Draven C., Nickolaus D., Isis M., Christopher M., Terrel T., Alexa W., Jimmy B., Keith B., Aereonna D., Ann Marie L., Bernise L., Ginelle R., Sephora D. were the recipients.  

Karen Harwood, AACY Director of Family Care received a special award for making a difference in the lives of many CYP families.




Special thanks to our event Sandel Sponsors, Daszkal Bolton LLP, Douglas M. Weissman MD, Stratis Business Systems, QEP, Wells Fargo and Flip Flop sponsors, Alpha Capital Group, AutoNation, Law Firm of Colson-Hicks-Goldberg, Kim Hermanowski, Pluggz, and Prescription Corporation of America.  Thank you to our guests for attending and volunteers for your continued hard work.   






In addition to CPR, learn BPR! What in the world is BPR? The reality is that BPR is the life saver of caregiving.

B = Have a Plan B. Sometimes life happens and you, the caregiver, gets sick. You miss school. You can catch up with that but who are you going to call to help you care for your relative. If you are unsure who you can rely on, please call the CYP staff so we can help you determine who should be your Plan B person. Sometimes we unconsciously wonder and worry about what you will do...if. Reduce your fears and relieve your worry by having a Plan B in place.

P = Protect your health! There are many things we already know we can do to stay healthy; the key is making wise choices and doing them! If you become ill, then who will care for your relative and you? Three keys to good health include: exercise, good nutrition and reducing stress. These are all within your realm of CAN protect your health! As Nike would say, "Just do it!"

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

Whatever happened yesterday is done; it now in the past. Be present today, be proactive and give yourself and your family the gift of BPR.

Hannah Fidoten, Americorps Member


The brain is our command center; it sends messages to our muscles so that we can breathe, blink, and move. These messages travel through our spinal cord to our nervous system. If there is any damage in the brain or spinal cord, these messages that help us complete everyday activities may not be able to reach their destination. When someone has multiple sclerosis (MS), his or her immune system, which usually fights germs, attacks myelin. Myelin is the layer of tissue that surrounds and protects our nerves. Just like you develop scars after you scrap your knee, you develop scars when the myelin is attacked. These scars act as roadblocks, which makes communication between your brain nerves & muscles difficult.


Most people with MS will experience their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40. Some of the early symptoms include blurred vision, clumsiness, loss of balance, and numbness. A doctor can diagnose MS with a magnetic resonance imaging test, more commonly known as a MRI. The doctor takes a series of pictures of the person's brain and spinal cord to check for scarring. Evoked potentials (EP) tests are another way to diagnose MS; during these tests, the doctor is checking for the time it takes for nerves to respond. A longer reaction time may indicate that there is damage along the nerve pathways and the person may have MS.


Medication can help deal with some of the symptoms. Some medicines treat specific symptoms like inflammation, while others work to decrease the number of flare-ups and slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis. Physical and occupational therapy can also help people with MS. Physical therapy & exercises can help with balance problems, pain, and weakness. A physical therapist will provide exercises that will help the person cope with these symptoms. Occupational therapy focuses on helping a person complete everyday activities like cooking, eating, bathing, and dressing. An Occupational Therapist may teach alternative ways of completing these tasks. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet and exercising regularly can improve overall health and well-being.  


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Have a Happy Passover and Easter!  

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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