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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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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   



The first US observance of Labor Day came in the form of a parade. Sponsored by the Central Labor Union, On September 5th, 1882 ten thousand workers paraded through New York City. This is commonly considered the first observance of Labor Day in America.


In February of 1887, the great state of Oregon was the first in the Union to pass law making Labor Day and officially recognized holiday.


Making Labor Day an official national holiday as part of his political campaign, in 1894, President Grover Cleveland made good on his promise, and signed a law making Labor Day an officially recognized US holiday.


Although Labor Day hails from Canada and the US, a large number of industrialized nations around the world celebrate Labor Day as a time to respect and reflect upon workers around the world.


 "You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world."

-- Unknown Author

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. 




Part of Boca Festival Days


 CYP students participated in Boca Helping Hands Seventh Annual Bowling for Bread event.  The event Bowling for Bread took place on Sunday August 25th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Strikes in Boca.









And help AACY at the same time.

On Sunday September 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM a pair of generous ladies have organized a Vendor Fair at Acupuncture Advantage, 33 E 7th Street, Suite C in Boca Raton. They have gathered a great variety of items and are planning to donate all the proceeds of the drawings to AACY. The flyer for this event is posted on our FaceBook.  If you would like to purchase drawing tickets in advance please call our office.  While you are there please remember to "like" AACY on FaceBook.    

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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Issue: #64 August 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


 Recently I read the "Caregiving Tips" by Elder Issues with a reminder to all that when we care for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and their behavior becomes problematic, we must remember it is the disease, not the person choosing to behave in a certain way. As with AD, it is also wise to remember that with mental illness, it is the condition, not the person that is creating the issue. This school year let's work hard on our understanding of others!



 On July 30th, CYP students took part in the Kids Fishing Day with the West Palm Fishing Foundation at Lake Park Marina. CYP students enjoyed a fun day deep fishing and then learned about eco systems, preparing poles and reels, fishing games and about Florida fish. Dinner was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Emma C. for winning the catch of the day! Thank you West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation for another fun, educational day!


Begee from Boca Middle was interviewed and featured in The Palm Beach Post. Congratulations Begee and thank you for sharing your story!


Thanks to Boca Helping Hands for including CYP in their bowling event on August 25th at [email protected]   Everyone had a great time bowling and congratulations to Sydney for winning a drawing prize.


Advanced Skill s Building will begin soon at all the CYP middle schools. We look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks!




Good Luck to all our high school students. Ms. Wendy Friswell is our new Director of the Caregiving Youth Project. Friend request her on AACY Facebook page. If you haven't already, join CYP student and CYP graduate groups. Announcements, events, scholarships and group meetings will be posted on the AACY Facebook page. A special message to CYP juniors and seniors! Contact us to let us know your plans. We are here to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications.


As the new school year begins, we welcome AmeriCorps member Cassie Pfister to AACY/CYP.   Cassie has experience working in schools and is excited to have the opportunity to tutor you.   For the seniors writing college essays, Cassie is available to assist you.   Please call us to schedule a time with her. 

Jan Savarick & Bucky Dent
The occasion was AACY's fourth annual "Back to School Breakfast," held as part of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's Boca Festival Days events.  This year AACY partnered with Allegiance Home Health and Rehab Company which arranged for Yankee legend and now youth advocate, Bucky Dent, who generously greeted fans and autographed photos for the attendees.  

Honoree Jan Savarick, Mayor Susan Whelchel, AACY Chair MarkHansen, AACY President Connie Siskowski

Following welcoming remarks by Mark Hansen, Board Chairman of the non-profit American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY), Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel officially proclaimed August 21, "Jan Savarick Day," as she thanked Savarick for her many contributions to the community.


Jan Savarick, President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, was saluted by city officials, business, educational and religious leaders, along with community supporters, all of whom gathered to recognize the difference Ms. Savarick makes every day in the lives of thousands of people, including the caregiving youth of Palm Beach County. 

Luene Torner, Vice Principal of Omni Middle School inspired the audience as she described the benefits of the CYP and told about the progress of one Omni caregiving youth.


New AmeriCorps Member


Hello! My name is Cassie Pfister and I am serving with the American Association of Caregiving Youth as an Americorps member for the 2013-2014 school year. The Americorps program is an extension of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, and the mission of my purpose with the organization is to increase effective literacy practices with children and families while at the same time aligning my service with the goals of the AACY organization.


Some background information about me is that I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and have recently obtained my Bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While completing my foundation of college courses in education, I was fortunate enough to have had many experiences in the public school atmosphere both through teaching and tutoring. These experiences have greatly contributed to my interest in education based non profit organizations, and while the field is somewhat new to me, I am extremely eager to learn more about the needs that are met by non profit organizations and to work with an experienced team of professionals both within the schools as well as at the office.  Most of all I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve academic success.




We always talk about taking care of yourself so that you are able to take care of someone else. Often, the subject is limited to one aspect of wellbeing or another. This month let's look at well-being from a more holistic sense and view five of the various dimensions, all of which contribute in various amounts to your "well-being" and therefore your ability as a caregiver.


Please consider:

  • School - feeling good about achieving your education - you are investing in yourself, your family and your future!
  • Social - increasing your chances of having a great day means interacting with others for at least an hour!
  • Experiences - investing money in stuff helps for a short time but spending your dollars in doing things that create good memories lasts longer!
  • Exercise - keeping your own body moving and toned is key and it doesn't have to be anything fancy - you can walk, march in place or climb steps right in your own home!
  • Build Community - giving to others as you are already doing through service helps to give purpose and extra meaning to your life!
There is also a personal spiritual dimension that is part of the holistic view to your well-being. Take a moment and review this list...what is the common denominator? It is YOU! Each component listed is in your control. YOUR contribution to yourself is how to achieve well-being. As Nike says, "Just do it!" and, if you need help, CYP staff are a phone call, email or Facebook message away: "Asking for help is a sign of strength!" Be well.



Male Mentors, Football, and Wings: If you are a male or know someone who wants to become a mentor for an AACY young man United Way has a professionally designed approach to train you. Recruitment events are planned at Duffy's Sports Grills on September 12 and 19. Call our office for details.


Be a Connecting Link: For the past several months AACY has enjoyed having the willing services of a volunteer intern, Michael Hilson who hails from Toronto, Canada.  He is planning to return to Toronto in October and will be looking for a paid position in a non-profit organization. We all know that the "who you know" part of a job search is very important. If you happen to have friends or relatives in Toronto who might help him find a placement please let us know.


A Special AACY Thank You: Adleen Rawlings has been volunteering for us since the day we opened our doors and Michael Hilson (mentioned above) has given us over 700 hours of service.

To all our volunteers and supporters!