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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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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   


We are all excited to announce that we have started the planning process for one of our most special holiday events. Our annual Holiday Party for our caregivers and their families will be held on Sunday, December 22nd at the Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. Stay tuned for more information on this event and when to expect your invite!  

  • It commemorates Columbus' arrival in the Americas 519 years ago on October 12, 1492.
  • It's been celebrated officially in the US since 1937 but unofficially ever since the colonial days.
  • In addition to being a US holiday, it's also celebrated in the Bahamas, Spain, Uruguay, and many Latin American countries.
  • It's a great day for shopping because of all the sales!
On Thursday September 19, AACY was featured in a community showcase held by the NCII Holdings in Boca Raton. Our Director of Continuing Care, Wendy Friswell, attended this event and represented our organization to spread awareness and knowledge about the invisible population of student caregivers. Our organization was also well represented at the Florida Atlantic University Volunteer Fair, where brochures and cards were passed out to the students on campus in order to recruit volunteers to serve with our organization.  
 Please help us welcome our new staff members         

Ann Faraone, EdD -Director of Education Services

Cina Hooey -Intern graduate social work student from FAU


We will be highlighting them in upcoming Treasure Talk issues. 

Singer Island, FL 2013
"Perhaps not everything has to be measured. I'd argue that this is especially true when it comes to

matters of art, matters of beauty, matters of the soul.  It is nice to know where we stand, but let us not become so obsessed with where we stand that we lose all sight of what we really stand for."

-Pete Jutras, Editor, Clavier Companion, September/October, 2013 

Issue: #65 September 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


This is an exciting time of change for the Caregiving Youth Project! We welcome new members of our team as Ms. Karen, Ms. Lynne and Michael are leaving their current roles and expanding their futures.  They are more or less graduating as they, like you when you complete high school, continue on a life journey. We all, and I personally, so appreciate their talents as they, also like you, have made amazing contributions and will continue to do so, to the growing success and reach of AACY. 



As for our middle schools, our family specialists have been actively preparing for the first visits of the school year.   Lunch and Learn sessions were held at Boca Raton Community Middle School and the Caregiving Youth Project Skills Building groups II and III have also started meetings for students who attend Carver, Lantana, Boca Raton Community, and Omni Middle Schools. 


CYP group meetings are in full swing for the 2013-2014 school year. So far, we have held our first group meetings for our Skill Building groups IV and V at both Boca Raton Community High School as well as Santaluces High School in Lake Worth. These group sessions focused on sharing information among students as well as continued participation in the Caregiving Youth Project. We have also completed intake sessions at Lake Worth High School and we extend a warm welcome to those students who are joining us just in time for this school year. 


Please let us know if you need assistance with buying a bus pass, securing internet services, applying for a library card, or receiving tutoring services. We have resources available to you through our organization and our AmeriCorps tutor that will help you to reach your highest potential while at school.


On Thursday October 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 there will be a college fair held at the South Florida Fair grounds. This will be one of the biggest college fairs in the county and have over 200 schools that can provide you with important information when choosing a college.  There will also be many other opportunities for smaller college fairs at local high schools, so stay tuned for more updates and make sure to check Facebook to keep up to date on these events.  


The American Association of Caregiving Youth will be forming an official club at your school soon! Within this club we will build a stronger network of youth caregivers as well as help you recognize the value of your life experiences.  they can translate to furthering your education and choosing a career path. Please stay tuned for details about becoming involved in the AACY Club at your high school.  




You are important and you are on your journey to be all that you can be! You can because you already shine with all that you do in school and at home. We at CYP are asking you to do one more thing in case you don't already do it - take intentional time to exercise! It is good for both your physical health and your mental well-being. As we always say, you must be well to be able to take care of someone else.


Eric Stern, a health and fitness expert from The School District of Palm Beach County is creating for you some at home exercise options! We talk about taking a walk for stress relief. Regular walks can prevent stress build up. You may say that you can't walk because your neighborhood is not safe, or you need to be home because of caregiving responsibilities, or you don't have equipment to exercise, or you don't have the right clothes, space, or, or, or....


What we are asking you to start thinking about is how you caneliminate the barriers to your exercise plan. How creative can you be? You are already great at multi-tasking. Is it possible for you to multi-task while exercising? For those of you who are already exercising regularly, is there something that you can share with others?


Together we are focusing on fitness as we choose to be all that we can be...body, mind and spirit! 

 New Family Specialist

Jennifer Raymond is the newest Family Specialist working at the Caregiving Youth Project. Jennifer graduated with her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has been working in the social services arena for over 15 years. Jennifer's background includes working in colaboration with Department of Children and Familes as a Family Prevention Advocate as well as providing intervention and educational services to the immigrant population throughout Palm Beach County.   



Cassie Pfister, New AmeriCorps Member


Students, free tutoring services are available through ourAmeriCorps tutor. Tutoring can focus on a variety of topics from completing school work to looking at financial aid and college applications. Students at all age levels are highly encouraged to send in or upload their essays and writing assignments for peer review before turning in for a grade.

This is a no cost alternative to completing the peer review step in the writing process, and useful suggestions will be given.


You can contact Cassie, the AmeriCorps tutor, at

[email protected] or through the Facebook page at


The 2013 AACY Nominee for the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction

 The following reveals how Virginia looks at her commitment to the greater good of the community.

When I was an active career woman, I was given many honors for my accomplishments and my contributions to the community. You can see some of them, along with my autobiographical book and my book of poetry, in a large glass case on the second floor of the FAU Library. 


Now at age 93, having recovered from 2 strokes, I am less active than I was before and yet I remain committed to helping. Happily I am now recovered and thus I contribute as I can. 


I am honored to be nominated for the Soroptomist Women of Distinction Award by AACY. It is an organization dedicated to helping youth who tirelessly give to their community by being at home (typically invisible) caregivers. This nomination is a credit both to me and the AACY youth who make invaluable contributions to the their family and community.    



Volunteers give us invaluable help with driving caregiving youth to events. Every year the number of youth and their families whom we serve grows. This means our need for drivers grows and we need to "grow" our pool of drivers. We are seeking to be creative in our outreach to find sources of drivers. If you have a doctor who provides transportation to her or his patients you could help us by either asking if the doctor might help us out or by giving us a name so we could make contact ourselves.


Our next time when we will need to be finding a whole team of drivers is December 6th for Camp Treasure.

To all our volunteers and supporters! 
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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