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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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CYP Juniors
Continuing Care
Middle School Updates
Caregiving Tips
Camp Treasure
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On April 30th, an event was hosted for CYP juniors at Florida Blue in Boynton Beach. The event began with a presentation about stress management and ended with all of the juniors leaving with some prizes. After the stress management presentation, Lee Edelstein, author ofChin Music, shared a little about his book and then surprised the juniors by giving each student a signed copy. Bob Haupt added to excitement by explaining there would be an essay contest associated with the book. The first prize winner will receive $1200. Support is available to students who need help with their essays. If you are a junior, who was not able to attend this event, but would like to participate in the contest, please contact our office at 561-391-7401.  REMEMBERthe deadline is August 1st at 4:00pm.


In addition, to American Association of Caregiving Youth, we have started a new Facebook page that is easier to remember: AACY!

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We so appreciate the ten years of service you have given to the AACY Board and for the many other ways you have supported our work including providing transportation to CYP activities.

Tom Tift was born in Macon, Georgia and moved to Boca Raton in 1996 after having lived previously in Pineville, Louisiana and New York City. Tom earned an undergraduate degree from that football powerhouse, Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the FUMC staff in 1998, he had worked as an employment specialist, a college professor, a business communication consultant, and the organist coach for a minor league baseball team. Tom and his wife, Jana, have two sons, Madison and Nelson, who live "just around the corner" in Washington state. 


Thanks to the Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida and the Linus Project, CYP middle schoolers were each presented with a handmade blanket.  These blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to our young caregivers.  
Jeanna and AnnMarie joined Dr. Connie and Lynne at a School District Wellness Task Force presentation.
FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long. 

For additional information,  please click on the link for more information, including locations.

To all our volunteers and supporters! 
Camp Treasure Reunion is being held on July 9th at FAU in Boca Raton. Please call 561-391-7401 or email [email protected] to reserve a spot.  We will announce the date of the next field day event via Facebook and phone calls.


Hurricane Season begins June 1

Live in a hurricane area with an older relative? Does your parent or someone else you're responsible for? The hurricane season is six months long (June 1 to Nov. 30).  It makes sense to have a plan.  Click on the link below contingency plan tips. 




Watermelon is a vegetable. As the air heats up, so does the consumption of watermelon. This vegetable is part of the cucumber, squash and pumpkin family. Americans eat 15 pounds each year.


Frisbees were invented by accident. If you visit the park in the summer, you probably enjoy tossing a Frisbee. This toy was creased in the 1870s as a pie plate. (Yum!) Students started throwing them around in 1940s changing the use to a form of entertainment.


The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. This historic structure is made of iron. Metal expands with heat. As a result, the Eiffel Tower can grow more than six inches in hot weather.  

Issue: #61 May 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


At AACY we are all so excited for the CYP graduating seniors! Way to go!  Last week I had the chance to attend the graduation of one of my granddaughters.  It was outside. We were sitting on the first row of bleachers; I was by the sand filled crack in the concrete, the perfect pathway for red ants! With my feet in sandals, I knew that moving to another seat would be a wise choice...but I didn't...soon there were consequences!! Like me, you may have made some choices that aren't the best. As we move forward, let's be smarter, remove ourselves from those ant paths and make wiser choices for our lives!   




We extend congratulations to the class of 2013! This year we have 33 CYP students graduating from high school. Hats off to all of you! We are planning a celebration for our graduates on June 4th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm in Mizner Park. All seniors and two family members are invited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email: [email protected] or [email protected]  or by phone: 561-391-7401.


CYP high school students.
Graduating seniors, if you are in need of assistance getting financial aide or applying to schools, please email [email protected]or call office.


High school students who have not completed the End of the Year Feedback Forms will be contacted during June. Thank you for your cooperation.


Thank you to everyone who came to our junior event. Happy reading!


Camp Treasure Reunion is being held on July 9th at FAU in Boca Raton. Please call 561-391-7401 or email [email protected] to reserve a spot.  We will announce the date of the next field day event via Facebook and phone calls.




Congratulations to all graduating middle school students and to those who completed their Enhanced Skills Building groups. We look forward to our continuing relationship with you. Please remember to let us know if there is a change in your family situation. We will be here all summer!


Middle school students who entered the Caregiving Youth Project this year were given blankets and quilts made by the Linus Project and Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida.






The majority of our care receivers take some type of medicine;often there are many medications to help manage various health conditions that our family members have.


Do you know even one person who has all the money in the world to spend?  Spending limited funds on medications is a necessary choice.  Here are three ways that we at CYP can help you learn to shop for medications so that you stretch your dollars.  


One way that we are excited about is through using a prescription discount card. The card is free for you and your family and even your extended family.  It is a card that you can use whenever you have to get a medication that is not covered by other insurances.  The average savings are about 30% for each prescription.  There are also ways to have medications mailed directly to your home at lower rates. 


Using this card, when it makes good money sense for you, will also allow AACY to receive a small donation which, little by little, will add up and help reach more caregiving youth!


A second way to save money is to connect directly with the drug manufacturer.  Some companies have a special number to call to determine your family's eligibility and others have an internet application.


The third way to stretch medication dollars is to do regular comparison shopping.  Although this takes a little time, the financial results can be meaningful to your family.  Just like food prices vary from store to store and from time to time, so do medication prices.


So this summer as you continue to help your family, explore these medication money savings options.  Call us if you need help; S-T-R-E-T-C-H your body and S-T-R-E-T-C-H your dollars. You and your family will be glad you did!   


Abigail and K'marah.
We would like to thank Abigail of WholeFoods Market for providing a tour of the store, gift cards and a cooking class using Crockpots.  We also appreciate Jarden Consumer Solutions for donating crockpots for each student as well as a cooking booklet. Dawn and Laura of Jarden attended the event to further demonstrate their support and commitment.  Thank you also to United
Abigail, Dawn and Jose.
Healthcare for providing bags and food that CYP students took home from this special event. These donations will aid our families to eat healthy meals while cooking in a safer environment.
Treasure box.

Thanks to Lynne, Kim, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, Quota International and United Healthcare, Mary Ann Kofoed, RN, and Listen Brands for creating a fun and 

educational experience for caregiving youth. 






Students from seven middle schools participated in camp. Sharon Whiteley, CEO of Listen Brands, generously donated Pluggz flip flops and books to each camper.  Hattie Parker and Judy Daniels lead the campers in a yoga session. United Healthcare surprised everyone by showing up with their mascot to distribute the T-shirts they sponsored. Stuffed bears sponsored by Quota could be seen being carried by students  to different events.  

Camp Treasure group photo.
CYP students enjoyed swimming, arts & crafts, learning caregiving skills, making new friends, relaxing, and having fun!! 
Hannah Fidoten, AmeriCorps Member


Are you challenged as you care for your family member who has autism? Autism is actually a spectrum of disorders because there is a group of diagnoses that are classified under it.  There are different degrees of autism which are determined by the level of difficulty your loved one has in interacting with people both with spoken and non-spoken communication as well as with repetitive behaviors.  Why people with autism have different abilities is based on different "wiring" in the brain.


One of the challenges you face in caring for someone with autism is that they may not be able to tell you how they are feeling or what they are thinking; sometimes, they might yell, scream, or bite.  You are able to understand social cues from other people such as their body language, gestures, and facial expressions but the person with autism may lack this ability. In addition, individuals with autism can be extra-sensitive to touch and sound, so they may not like being touched or may not like loud noises.


Here are a few tips as you care for your loved one with autism:

  • Try hard to keep the same routine as change can be upsetting
  • Use sign language to assist your communication
  • Consider using technology or even a small chalkboard to take with you to draw pictures


It is not always easy to remember what is going on in the person's brain and their behaviors is beyond their control.  As you grow older, you will appreciate the patience you are developing as you care for your family member with autism.    


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"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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