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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 continuing its pharmacy discount 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 compare medication 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 very excited and fortunate to have Lorry join our team.  Lorry was the Executive Director at Florence Fuller for more than 25 years.  Prior to that, she was a teacher, and educational coordinator.  Lorry has often been awarded and recognized for all the work she has done in our community, including as "Women of Distinction".  We welcome her expertise and help!
Carlos Herrera, Hattie Parker and Mike Miller
It was a picture perfect evening in Florida and the view from Oceans 234 was improved as celebrity bartenders created a fun way for us to inform the public about National Family Caregiving month while raising needed funds for the Caregiving Youth Project.
Gary Barg, Connie Siskowski, Dick Stockton and Susan Haynie.
We would like to thank Deirdra Abrami, Gary Barg, Susan Haynie, Kevin Kaminski, Dick Stockton and Janice Williams for being such good sports and assisting us with games and bartending.  We would also like to thank Oceans 234 and their staff for the opportunity to hold the event at their restaurant, donating drawing prizes and making us feel welcome.


The first American Thanksgiving was held by Plymouth pilgrims and neighboring Wampanoag indians (Native Americans) in Autumn of 1621 in Massachusetts.


The first Thanksgiving feast lasted an entire 3 days.


Turkey is the traditional dish served because in the 1600s, Turkeys were the most plentiful of meats.


An astonishing 92% of Americans eat Turkey at their Thanksgiving feast. 


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Issue: #67 November 2013  
 Dear Bill,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


"You always hurt the one you love" is a saying you may have heard. Sometimes it is because we strike out at the person, knowing that whatever we say or do, that person will still love us unconditionally. During this time of Thanksgiving as we take time to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives, also let that special someone know how much you appreciate and love them, no matter what! Happy Thanksgiving! 




The focus of our Lunch and Learn sessions this month has been diabetes.  Groups are continuing at Boca Raton, Carver, Congress, Lantana, Omni, Okeeheelee, and Palm Springs.  During these group sessions, you will learn life skills, how to advocate for yourself, and how to handle peer pressure, including drugs and social media.


Ellen Jaffe from 101.5 FM radio interviewed four students, two parents, administrators from Omni Middle School in Boca Raton and Dr. Connie.  Stay tune for the announcement of when this 30 minute program will be broadcast!  



If you attend one of these schools and haven't yet done so, you are welcome to join CYP groups at Atlantic, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, John I Leonard, Lake Worth, and Santaluces.  What do we work on? YOUR goals for the year as we talk about the skills and qualities you will need to achieve them.   

Need a little extra academic support? Let us know! We want you to be the best you can be and get the best grades possible - your future is in YOUR hands! We have tutoring available for you by Cassie, AmeriCorps member, or through others.

A special note to CYP high school SENIORS! Quickly contact us to let us know your plans after graduation. We are able to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications or any other decision tips or question you may have.  



This year the annual event will be held from 1pm-4pm on December 22nd at Benvenuto's in Boynton Beach. The Celebration is for youth caregivers and their immediate family.  Invitations will be going out the first week of December, so look for more details in the mail.

Thank you Summer Faerman for inviting us to participate at the Temple B'nai Torah annual Mitzvah Day.  Volunteers from the community put together student success packages for our caregiving youth.

AACY joined the South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation at Florida Atlantic University for a day of walking and education.

Visiting Angels and AACY partnered to celebrate November as National Family Caregiving month.  Throughout the entire month, Visiting Angels and AACY were able to inform bridge play groups in the community about services available to caregivers of all ages.  Thank you Visiting Angels for sponsoring these events and supplying cookies that put a smile on everyone's face.
 The School District of Palm Beach County has named the month of November Caregving Youth Month. 
November is National Family Caregivers Month. Years ago it began with one day of recognition for family caregivers and some years later it went to a week and then the whole month as the power and the appreciation of caregiving grew. Recognition has grown in The School District of Palm Beach County which has named the month of November Caregiving Youth Month.


Part of taking care of you includes taking time to give yourself a pat on the back and say "Good Job"! Recognize the important role you are playing for yourself, for your family and for society.


One of the important ways to acknowledge your role is to share your story. We encourage you to ask for help when we remind you that "Asking for help is a sign of strength". In a similar way, when you take that step of courage and share your story, you allow others to share their stories. You truly learn you are not alone in the challenges you face and overcome each day.


Also when you share your story, it helps other people to understand and appreciate you and the important role you play even more. The more other people understand, the more they will help reach other caregiving youth so the difference you will see is in support for your life at home, in school, personally today and in the future for you and the many other caregiving youth who also need support. 

Cassie Pfilster, AmeriCorps Member 

1. No homework doesn't mean don't bring anything home!           Take advantage of the nights when homework isn't assigned and use this time to look over notes and topics that are currently being talked about in class.   Studies show that you are more likely to understand and remember material when reviewed on a daily basis. 


2. Create your own unique organization system!     

Are you bombarded with different approaches to organizing your school papers and assignments?  Instead of using the exact system that a teacher recommends for the entire class, use a combination of that system and include a few personal touches.  When you create your own system that makes sense for you, it is then it will be most effective! 


3.  It is okay to have background noise or even music on when studying! 

Have you heard the phrase "Turn off all electronics when doing school work"?  The truth is that each person has their own learning preferences and some find it even more distracting when the room is silent.  Think about your study habits and pay attention to your surroundings when you feel you are at your most productive peak. Then work to duplicate this as you study!

"Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don't." Author Unknown
 "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more... It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie