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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 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 month of November is National Family Caregivers Month! Since 1997 all presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, have issued a national proclamation. AACY is working hard to make sure you as a caregiving youth are recognized during this time. More to follow in the November Treasure Talk! We...and you...understand that caregiving goes on for the 335 other days of the year.  Make sure you take a minute to celebrate your role as a caregiver and to recognize all of the hard work and compassion that you put forth for your families. It takes a truly dedicated and compassionate person to be successful at what you do! 


It is through the help of many volunteers that we are able to bring services to you! Volunteers help in the office, driving, with special projects, events, social media, fund raising and more. Please always remember to thank the volunteers who help you!

 I am currently a first year graduate student working towards my Master's in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. I am privileged to have been placed at the American Association of Caregiving Youth for my field placement. I firmly believe in the mission of the Caregiving Youth Project and am looking forward to a productive year with an incredible staff




We are excited to announce that we have started the planning process for the Holiday Celebration for you and your family.  This year it will be held during the afternoon of December 22nd at Benvenuto's in Boynton Beach. Stay tuned for more information and watch for your invite in the mail! 



Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 3


Not all states will observe the time change. Residents of Arizona, Hawaii and U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will remain on their normal schedules.


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Issue: #66 October 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


I recently read a couple of articles about words to take out of our vocabularies...words that we write and words that we speak.  By not using them, the authors stress we can add to our successes; having success in every aspect of our lives is a great goal!  Five of these words are, "no", "can't", "never", "really" and "but".  Please join with me to eliminate these five words to make a positive difference for ourselves and for others with whom we communicate!




Congratulations to Mandy!  During October Mandy who attends John I Leonard High School was elected to the National Honor Society! 


Regular workshops are being held at the following high schools: Boca Raton Community High School, Lake Worth Community High School, Santalues Community High School, John I Leonard High School and Atlantic Community High School.  If you do not attend a school with a regular group, please be sure to stay in touch.  Asking for help is a sign of strength.  Just ask Tony.  He needed help with his school computer project.  He contacted CYP, asked for help and then received some computer parts for his project.  No one at AACY can read your mind but we can respond to your requests! 


Look forward to more updates from the CYP on our Facebook page!  




Skills Building Groups are starting in your middle schools!  This is a time when you learn there are many other caregivers in your school.  Please feel free to stop by the table during Lunch and Learn. The topic for November is diabetes.  If you plan on attending the December Camp Treasure, we have sent out acceptance letters. Please be sure your family calls to confirm your spot. Keep up the great work!




You are special and we at AACY honor all that you do to assist your family members. In the process of helping and giving to others, it is easy to forget the importance of you.


So, what is one thing that you can do to give the help that your family member needs and yet take care of yourself? One pretty easy thing is to LAUGH! Even find things to laugh about yourself and allow yourself to be vulnerable; to be vulnerable is to be human! What does "being vulnerable" really mean? One resource says, "Vulnerable means to show yourself to others completely and utterly without holding back for fear of rejection or judgment."


This means even being open and honest with the person in your care. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you become authentic; when you are authentic, it allows everyone else to also be real. Here are two things that can help you on your journey to becoming more real:

            1) Own what you feel using the "I" word. An example is: "I am feeling frustrated because I need to be here instead of spending this time with my friends."

            2) "Asking for help is a sign of strength" is true for every person and especially for caregivers who have someone else in their care. When you ask and then receive help, you are allowing the person who is helping to experience purpose and giving. This experience is essential to a healthy life.


Now, take a deep breathe, relax, laugh and enjoy your journey!



Cassie Pfister, AmeriCorps Member


Students, I am available for tutoring services!        

Please let me know if you feel that you are in need of assistance with any academic work or with your college application process. This time of year is extremely busy and deadlines are quickly sneaking up. Do not be afraid to reach out for help. Also take advantage of the resources that are already present in your schools. You can reach me by contacting the office at any time, or friend the AACY AmeriCorps Facebook page and send a message!




Michael H.
Michael volunteered at the AACY office and now that he is back in Toronto will continue with us virtually! He was with us as a final part of his recovery program. When Michael left, we asked him if there was some advice he would share so you can avoid some of life's challenges he faced. This is what he wrote: 


"Three things I'd suggest to CYP kids so they can avoid what I went through would be:

1)    Keep good company and build relationships/friendships with people who are doing the right thing; avoid those who aren't doing the right thing like the plague.

2)    Stay away from drinking, smoking cigarettes and marijuana. Although they can seem appealing at times, they are incredibly detrimental to your physical, emotional and spiritual health. They always lead to harder drugs down the road and the hour of two of enjoyment isn't worth the long term effects and potential for life-long addiction. 

3)    Focus on the big picture in life. Whenever making a decision think to yourself will this be contributing to where I want to be 10, 20, 30 years from now? If so follow through, if it doesn't coincide with how you want your life to be down the road then don't do it."


Actually Michael, this is great advice for a person of any age! Let's hope we can all learn from you!

Essay winners shown here with Dr. Connie.
The "novel" idea to make a difference in the lives of caregiving youth came alive by Lee Edelstein, author of Chin Music and his good friend Bob Haupt.  Edelstein donated autographed books to CYP high school juniors. Essays were evaluated according to specific criteria by three independent judges, Edelstein, Barbara Carney of Boca Raton and Christopher Noe of Delray Beach. The BOMAR Foundation sponsored the awards and the event reception was hosted by Oceans 234 on Thursday evening, October 10th.

Edelstein commented, "The book is not really about baseball.  It's about the lives of people who face and overcome life's challenges.  We all have them in our lives and it's how we learn from them that make a difference for our futures."

Kelsy Timot, a member of the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) since 2008, is a senior at Atlantic High School.  She submitted the $1200 winning essay.  There were significant other prizes.  Cherlyn Rosemey of Boca Raton Community High won second place, an award of $750 while third and fourth place tied.  The $300 third place winners were Marica Dorzin who attends Atlantic High and Marlin Keim of Lake Worth High School.  Fourth place winners who received $100 were Rachelle Sagat of Lake Worth High and Kerry Maxime of Boca Raton Community High School.

Here are some excerpts from the entries:

Kelsey: "Similar to Michael, I have learned to accept the reality,   and not outwardly grieve over the adversities I face. I have learned to control my own feelings. As Sam helped Michael, the Caregiving Youth of America has helped me by giving me time to be a child again. Hanging out with kids my age and meeting people who cope with the same circumstances as I do has helped me overcome the challenges I face. The pressures of life don't stop their attacks, but it takes the strength of a mighty wind within us to seek help and not feel ashamed of whom we are."


Cherlyn: "Aside from this, my main goal is to become an inspiration to someone. I don't want to spend the rest of my life having a job that I don't want to wake up to go to every morning. I want to do something that'll make me happy and in the process inspire someone to also follow their dreams. If I can reach my goal of having someone come up to me and say "you inspire me, I look up to you" or anything along those lines, at the end of the day, my life will be completed."


Thank you to everyone that participated!
She may have been your teacher, your principal at Calusa Elementary or you may have met her as she has advocated on your behalf as the School District Director of Student Intervention Services.  AACY is pleased to welcome Dr. Ann Faraone on its team as Director of Education Services. Dr. Faraone is working with AACY both locally and nationally as the Caregiving Youth Project spreads to other states.  In her previous role with The School District, Dr. Faraone shepherded the initiation of the Caregiving Youth Project as it began at Boca Middle in 2006.  First hand she has witnessed your needs and how much support makes a difference in your lives. Together we are growing and growing stronger!
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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