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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   

Parties aside, the New Year typically brings hope for a more prosperous and happy 365 days.


The top three places to celebrate New Year's Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City.  


Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.


The traditional New Year's song, "Auld Lang Syne," means, "times gone by." 


Thank you [email protected] for hosting a fun and wonderful event on our behalf.  Thank you Dr. Ann Faraone for arranging and helping with the Breakfast with Santa event on December 8th. 
CONTINUING CARE - Tips on Social Media Etiquette contributed by Ilya Pozin, Forbes

I encourage everyone to think before communicating through social media.
  1. Will I offend anyone with this content? If so, who? Does it matter?
  2. Is this appropriate for a social portal, or would it best be communicated another way?
  3. How many times have I already posted something today? (More than three can be excessive.)
  4. Did I spell check?
  5. Will I be okay with absolutely anyone seeing this?
  6. Is this post too vague? Will everyone understand what I'm saying?
  7. Am I using this as an emotional dumping ground? If so, why? Is a different outlet better for these purposes?
  8. Am I using too many abbreviations in this post?
  9. Is this reactive communication or is it well thought-out?
  10. Is this really something I want to share, or is it just me venting?

Run through these 12 questions in your mind-before clicking "post." Trust me-you'll be happy you double-checked before sharing with the world.

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Issue: #68 December 2013  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


We are often encouraged to make New Year's resolutions; yet, all that we really have is today, the moments we currently enjoy. Let's remember that as we elect to spend one minute in an angry or negative way, we are robbing ourselves of sixty seconds of happiness or being positive. So instead of looking at resolutions for a year at a time, join with me and choose to do the best that we each can, one minute, one day at a time! Wishing you peace, health, success and many blessings in 2014!

Group photo of campers, staff and AmeriCorps volunteers.
Gotta love Florida, swimming in December!
A time to make new friends.
Benny Blades, former NFL and University of Miami football player, stopped by the campfire and s'mores making to share his life's story, including his role as a caregiving youth.


Ellen Jaffe from 101.5 FM radio interviewed
 Dr. Connie, four CYP students, two parents, and administrators from Omni Middle School in Boca Raton.  Listen to Connie Siskowski's latest Radio interview on 101.5 LITE FM (Miami Lite) here  



Please feel free to call us at CYP or ask about something you don't understand when we have Lunch and Learn or a workshop at your school.  Even if we don't know the answer right then, we will help you find a trusted resource and the answers to your questions. 


Let's make 2014 a year to learn as much as you can about your caregiving situations so that we can limit the stresses of your worries. 

We are continuing groups.  If you attend Atlantic, Boca, Boynton Beach, John I Leonard, Lake Worth, or Santaluces,  join us Monday during lunch.  


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 our AmeriCorps member or through others.


If you haven't done so already, join CYP student and CYP graduate groups through Ms. Wendy's FaceBook page. find announcements, events, scholarships, etc. Friend request her at Wendy Friswell. 


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

Nelson Mandela left a legacy for the world; a legacy that extends to you as a family caregiver. In his book,Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, he wrote: 

"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture,I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death." 


As a caregiver, it is normal to experience fear, frustration, despair and even depression. It is hard enough to manage school and life without having to care for and help to manage another's life. How can you mirror the optimism held and exemplified by Mandela? He tells us that he held his head up and kept moving forward.    


Mandela built inner strength. Here are five ways that you too can develop your inner strength:

  1. Remind yourself of the life challenges you have already met; times when you, like an eagle, have soared.
  2. Remember the Ropes Course and the trust fall at Camp Treasure; it's okay to trust and lean on others including those at CYP to help you make it through tough times.
  3. Build a strong foundation by taking care of your body; eat properly and get regular exercise and rest.
  4. Lessen your fears by expressing and addressing your concerns with trusted others and/or CYP staff; no one can read your mind.
  5. Establish respect for yourself and those in your care by creating and sharing structure and boundaries for your caregiving responsibilities.

As you practice these steps, little by little, your attitude will change. Keep in mind that you may not be able to change the physical condition of your family member for whom you provide care. However, there is a lot that you can do to manage your life while being the best caregiver you can be!


The 2013 CYP annual Holiday Celebration was held at Benvenutos Restaurant in Boynton Beach on December 22, 2013.  There was singing, family portraits, arts and crafts, shopping, presents, and a wonderful meal shared together.  This event is made possible through many individuals in our community who donate their gifts, time and energy to help. 

Thanks also to the many  corporations and organizations that  contributed to the success of the afternoon:  Benvenuto Restaurant, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Broken Sound Club, Junior league of Boca Raton, Matrix Homecare, Nordstrom's, Oceans 234, Olive Garden Restaurants, Penn-Florida, Quota International, Sam's Club, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, Spirit of Giving Network, Walgreen's, Walmart, and our many volunteers.    

"Forget all the reasons it won't work and believe the one reason that it will." - Unknown

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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