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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.
In This Issue
Camp Treasure
CYP Soaring Eagles
New Video
Caregiving Scholarship
Continuing Care
Middle School Updates
Caregiving Tips
Quick Links
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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. 



CYP juniors picking up

 Chin Music book.

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.  REMEMBER the 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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 Paula J. Alderson, RN, President and CEO of Hospice by the Sea, Inc. in Boca Raton.  We so appreciate the nine years of service you have given to the AACY Board and for the many other ways you have supported our work.



* Of all the days of the week, most ice  cream is bought on Sunday!

* Kids aged 2-12 and adults over 45 eat the most ice cream!

* Vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip are the most popular ice cream flavors!

* Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping!

 AACY is thankful to have previously received funding (2007-2011) from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Now view their summary of the Caregiving Youth Project.
CYP 2013 graduates.

On June 4th, the first CYP graduation party was held to recognize students for their academic and caregiving achievements.  All of us at AACY are so proud of each 80% of the 30 graduates of the Class of 2013 are going on to post secondary education. An invocation lead by Dr. Tom Tift was followed by an inspiring speech from AACY Board Chair Mark Hansen.  Ms. Kaeron sang to the party which was decorated by Ms. Claudine and team.  Special guests included Dr. Ann Faraone and Maria Levix who have supported the CYP since its beginning along with Dr. Carole Kain who facilitated the first Skills Building group at Boca Middle in 2006.

FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long. 

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


Watch two of our caregiving youth including 2013 high school graduate Keith Bryant   

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited with seven cargiving youth, Dr. Connie Siskowski, and board members at AACY on Tuesday.  The Congresswoman wanted to learn more about the issues facing caregiving youth.
To all our volunteers and supporters! 



The volunteer vision workshop held on June 21st was a great success!  Thank you for attending and sharing your ideas.  Special thanks to

Ken Hirsch, AIA who facilitated the meeting and his wife, Shirley for recording the information.  We will be following up with everyone shortly. 
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. 


Issue: #62 June 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


One would think that with school ending, the CYP would also take a vacation.  It does not!  The AACY team which includes its Board, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders know that caregiving goes on 24/7 for 365 days a year.  June has been an especially busy month including filming by the ABC TV production team. Special kudos to Ms. Lynne for being at the organizing helm of this initiative. And, special thanks to each of you who so willingly share your stories to help raise awareness and understanding about your role and CYP. One day we want all of our nation's caregiving youth to be recognized and supported...TOGETHER we can achieve this goal! 

Alice Kraus, Armaan, Dr. Connie

We would like to thank Joe Kraus, President of Stratis Business Systems for his contribution which made possible this year's scholarship with the partnership of the American Association of Caregiving Youth and the George Snow Foundation. This is the seventh year that a scholarship has been awarded to a deserving Caregiving Youth.  


CYP high school students.
Thank you for completing the end of year questionnaires. Your input is critical for improving the program.


Thank you to Kelsy and Anthony for sharing your caregiving stories with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.


Please let us know if you need help with financial aid forms, scholarships and/or applications.


Back to School Bash will be August 10th. If you are in need of school supplies, please contact us.


Thank you for completing the end of year questionnaires. Your input is critical for improving the program.


Thank you to Aereonna, Julianna, Chris, and Gerson for sharing your caregiving stories with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.


We hosted a movie and discussion at the office on June 25th. We will be hosting another movie and discussion on July 2nd. If you are interested in attending, please contact our office.


There will be a fishing trip on Tuesday, July 30th. If you are interested and have not attended previously, please contact us. You will have an opportunity to fish in the ocean.




June is the month when we welcome a new season even though it might come with "the dogs days of summer!" Did you know that 60% of your body is water related? The water content in your brain is even higher than that! As the weather becomes hotter, it becomes essential to drink more fluids both for you and for the ones in your care so that your bodies stay in balance.


When the temperature is warmer, especially when the air is dry or it is breezy outside, just with normal breathing a person can lose extra body fluid and become dehydrated. The skin is our largest body organ and water with electrolytes is also lost with perspiration.


Here are some tips to be sure you maintain your body's fluid balance and also that of your family members in your care. If your family member doesn't like to drink enough all at one time, having smaller amounts more often is also fine. 

  • Drink before and after exercise or other activity.
  • Carry a bottle of water with you during the day; use a thermal wrap to help it stay cool.
  • Freeze a bottle or water so it is inviting to drink as your thirst increases.
  • Drink water throughout the day, especially during times of outside activity.
  • Fruit such as watermelon has high water content and is a refreshing way to replace your body's water.
  • Sports drinks that contain electrolytes can be very helpful when your fluid loss is from perspiration. 

Be smart for you and your family and stay in fluid - as well as life balance. Then you can fully enjoy your well hydrated summer - it's good for you, your brain and your family!


Hannah Fidoten, AmeriCorps Member


Perhaps the family member you care for has had a brain injury.  Often this can come from a fall or other type of accident. Brains are soft tissue that is made mostly of water.  It is protected by the skull and cushioned by spinal fluid.  When the head is injured, the brain may collide with its hard and protective skull. 


Have you or someone you know ever twisted an ankle or hit a finger and noticed it becomes swollen?  An injury to the head  can result in the brain becoming swollen. When this happens there may be a concussion which is a temporary loss of normal brain function.  When the brain is more damaged, there may be permanent damage and loss of some body functions.  Your family member may have seizures as a result of that injury.  It is likely that the doctor will prescribe medication to decrease swelling and control seizures.


Please be sure to prevent a head injury...both for your family member and yourself! While you may not be able to control a car accident or a loved one falling, you can do things to help prevent some injuries.  For example, always wear a seat belt in the car.


Just like any other injury that your family member has, rest is important.  The brain needs time to heal. The time it takes for the brain to heal varies but must continue as long as a person is experiencing symptoms. As with most all health conditions, following the doctor's orders and medication schedule is important.


If you would like to learn more about head injuries go to:


          SUMMER READING  
Dig Into Reading!

Summer Reading Program

June 10 to August 2, 2013


Patrons of all ages are invited to join our "Dig Into Reading" Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 10 to August 2 at all Palm Beach County Library System locations, including the Bookmobile. Our programs and special events will encourage you to dig into reading and see what you discover through books. What will you unearth?
For more details, locations, and prizes, click on the link below.  
Back to School Breakfast

7:30 am - 9:00 am


Lakeside Terrace

7880 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33434

$35.00 in advance or $45.00 at Event


American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) with Allegiance Home Health and Rehab companies are partnering for the Boca Raton Chamber's Boca Festival Days.


Elected officials, business, healthcare, education and religious leaders will join together in a fast-moving, early morning program designed to celebrate the opening of school in Palm Beach County,one of the featured events of Boca Festival Days and the one community constituents won't want to miss!


The program will be highlighted by a special award to Jan Savarick. As president of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. 



AACY is excited to announce its new program under the sponsorship of RXAOA.  In addition to offering you and your family this benefit, each time you use it a donation will be made to AACY!  This will help AACY grow and reach more caregiving youth! The card is free for you and your family and even your extended family.  Please check costs and if it makes sense for your family, you can use it whenever you 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. click here to download your free card   


"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."

Eleanor Roosevelt

 Happy 4th!  Be safe.
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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