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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 Reunion
Middle School Updates
Continuing Care
Caregiving Tips
Quick Links

Generations United 
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New Director of Continuing Care
Wendy Friswell joined AACY this summer. She is originally from Trinidad, has a Master's degree from Florida International University and a Bachelor's from Temple University. She also worked with the special population community and has years of experience in health and wellness field. She resides in Boca Raton with her husband David, daughter Michelle, a junior at Florida Atlantic University and son Ryan, a freshman at Palm Beach State College.
Tax Free DaysAugust 2 - 4         
Florida's tax free weekend is scheduled to take place from August 2-4, 2013, which is perfect for parents who need to pick up school supplies, clothing, shoes, and other back-to-school shopping items.

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Each year, over 78.8 million kids, teens, and adults enroll in school. 


The crayon, ranks #18 on the list of most recognizable scents, according to a study done by Yale University.

In the crayon Color Census of 2000, blue was voted the favorite crayon color. The worst? Tan, tumbleweed and spring green.

 Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million US children to and from school every weekday.

To all our volunteers and supporters!   




 "In man's search for truth, the first lesson and the last is love. There must be no separation, no 'I am' and 'thou art not'. Until man has arrived at that selfless consciousness, he cannot know life and truth." - Hazrat Inayat Khan 

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. 


FREE meals for kids and teens all summer long. 

For additional information,  please click on the link for more information, including locations.   
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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Issue: #63 July 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

The back to school countdown is starting! I'm a big believer in, "If it's not broke, don't fix it!" So, if your past year at school was a huge success, keep on keeping on! If it wasn't exactly the best it could be, then plan for and implement what you can do differently. If you are not sure what you can do differently, email or give CYP a call and we'll discuss it with you, help and support you in the process.


Let's all work together to make the 2013-14 school year the very best it can be! Remember, together we are stronger!

In July both middle and high school CYP students attended the Camp Treasure Reunion at the FAU Boca campus.  They participated in swimming, ropes courses, and had a tour of FAU campus. 
CYP Camp Treasure Reunion group photo at FAU.
A big thank you to our staff, AmeriCorps members, FAU staff, volunteers, Dr. Brown (Board Member), United Healthcare and Sam's Club for helping make this event possible.
Rock climbing; exceeding your limits!
Ropes course can be a real challenge.
Time to cool down and have fun in the pool.

On July 25th CYP students Aereonna D. and Begee M. attended the annual Fearless Caregiver Conference.  Thank you for representing CYP and reminding others that youth are caregivers too!


Good Luck to all our caregiving eighth graders starting high school.




Wrapping up the day at Camp Treasure Reunion.


If you haven't already, "Like" us at AACY on Facebook.  Of course you may always give us a call - we love to hear from you!


Reminder:  we have staff available to assist you with your FAFSA forms and student aid applications. 


Let us know if you need community service logs.



Caregiving is a bit of an adventure! Like many other things we all face in life, how we handle it depends on our attitude. You may be a caregiver simply because no one else is available.

You may have been asked or assigned to this role. Or, you may have willingly stepped up to the plate because you knew your help was needed.

There is no doubt that however you got there, you are here and your life has and continues to change. So the challenge is how you can frame what you are doing so that, in addition to the person you are helping benefitting from your caregiving, you are also!


Take a step back from the tasks you must do. How is learning to do them helping you for your future? Are you learning new skills? As he was graduating from Boca Raton High School Mishu, a CYP participant, said he now realized that he was ahead of many of his peers who were also graduating - as a result of his caregiving, he knew how to do many things that they had yet to learn!


Next, take a look at your ability to have a special relationship and bond with the person you are caring for. A caregiver friend who was in his 80's said he never learned about love until he took care of his wife when she became ill. Having the opportunity to be a caregiver when you are young allows you to experience relationship in ways that many people never get to experience in their whole life!


As you consider your role as a student and as a caregiver, celebrate yourself! Recognize the many values you are gaining in knowledge, skills and relationship building. If you allow them to grow and develop, they will carry you great distances throughout your adult years.





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   

HANNAH FIDOTEN, AmeriCorps Member  

As the end of my year of AmeriCorps service draws to a close, I am thinking more and more about saying goodbye; and, I am reminded of a poem about relationships, which begins, "People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime."


Those who come into our lives for a reason, sometimes leave abruptly. They may die, leave without saying goodbye, or do/say something that upsets us that ends the relationship. It may make us sad to lose these people, but regardless of how we feel when we lose them, they have still had an impact on our lives. They may have taught you something new or helped you through a difficult time. Losing these friends can also remind us of the importance of appreciating people while they are still in our lives.


People who come into our lives for a season can help us learn and grow. All of you have helped me learn and grow. Before beginning my year of service with the Caregiving Youth Project, I had never heard the phrase "youth caregiver." I could not even begin to understand the effects of being one, and so hearing your stories and the obstacles you have overcome has had a profound impact on my life. Though I have served as your tutor and mentor, you have taught me patience, acceptance, optimism, and that our circumstances do not determine our future.


The people who are with us for a lifetime, teach us lessons that will stay with us throughout our life. We continue to grow as we create new friendships and all of these people help us become who we are. Though my time has ended with CYP, what I have learned from all of you will stay with me. Best of luck with your upcoming school year and keep on being awesome!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- Thomas Meeha
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


The 2013 Back To School Breakfast Honoree is Jan Savarick, President of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.  Jan has supported the work at AACY for more than a decade!

Elected officials, business, healthcare, and education leaders will join together in a fast-moving, early morning program designed to celebrate the opening of school in Palm Beach County.  Religious leaders will join Dr. Tom Tift of the AACY Board in a prayer for all students and school staff.

This is a Boca Festival Days event in which Allegiance Home Health and Rehab companies has partnered with AACY to help make this fundraiser a success.