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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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Attend Area Agency on Aging's Fearless Caregiver Conference, April 10, at the Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.  A limited number of free tickets are available.  The event runs from 8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m., with lunch included.  Experts will be on-hand to answer your questions about balancing family, work and caregiving; helping adult children become independent; aiding your parents and more.

Questions?  Call 954-362-8126.  To register, visit
Lorry Herdeen, Volunteer Manager

The cooking class for our caregivers was my first opportunity to attain transportation for

the caregivers.   What a pleasant surprise it was!! I got to talk to some amazing volunteers who were more than happy to "transport" the kids. I began to think about it and realized that rather than just being "transporters", these volunteers were really "Transformers" because every encounter with a caregiver transforms them, either for the better or for the worse. Obviously, this was for the better, knowing that these people took the time out of their busy schedule to carry them to an afternoon of learning how to cook and then receiving a slow cooker! We sure appreciate these unsung heroes: Laura, Lee, and Yaveth-Thanks So Much!!   

Cassie Pfister, AmeriCorps Member

Writing is a skill that you will need to use in all of your core classes in school.  Different classes require different types of writing and sometimes it may be difficult to organize and express your ideas. The following tips can help you to think about different strategies to turn your thoughts into the just the right words that you are looking for! 


1.Create a graphic organizer to help you organize your thoughts before you begin writing.


2. Grab a partner and talk to them about the ideas that you want to include in your writing. Classmates may be able to help you with different suggestions for how to best organize your thoughts.


3.Experiment with different writing styles. Students often have strengths in various areas of writing, so take the time to experiment and identify your weak and strong points.


4.Journal write during your free time. The more you write, the better you become at expressing your thoughts.   Journal writing is a great way to practice writing with no limitations or guidelines.


5.If possible, relate your own life to the things that you are required to write about. It is no secret that writing is more interesting when the writer has a connection to the material, so take a shot at using this strategy to strengthen your writing skills!  


As a teacher, I promise you, that investing time in improving your writing will not only help you do better in school now, but will be useful after you graduate too! 

Nigel, a therapy 

dog, provided a special St. Patrick's Day greeting. Laughter is good medicine and he brings a smile to our faces!  Enjoy! 

Four U.S. Presidents. Andrew Jackson, James Madison, Grover Cleveland and John Tyler where born in this month.

March starts on the same day of the week as November every year.

March's birthstone is aquamarine and bloodstone.

Its birthflower is the Daffodil (Narcissus).
Issue: #71 March 2014  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


When we enter a relationship, we each have core values in our lives that we anticipate the other person will also have.  

Trustworthiness is an important value to form a solid foundation in a relationship - at school, at work, among friends and family. One aspect of trust is always knowing that the person is going to do what he/she says they will do. When this is violated, a red flag goes up; trust, and therefore the relationship, begins to crumble. Let us all work to build solid foundations of trust in relationships by doing what we say we will do! 


This month, 16 students had the opportunity to attend a cooking demonstration and become educated on nutrition and the organic food process at the Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton.


We would like to thank Abigail, and her team, at Whole Foods Market for providing a tour of the store and the cooking demonstration using Crockpots.   We also appreciate Jarden Consumer Solutions for generously donating Crockpots for each student as well as a Crockpot recipe book. A special thanks to Dawn Dosch-Betters, Monte Davis, and Micall Rylander of Jarden who graciously attended the event and their VP of Communications, Rocki Rockingham, for the continued commitment and support.


Crock Pot cooking with the support of Jarden Consumer Solutions and Whole Foods Market allows you, our caregiving youth to receive education on the benefits of health eating, economical ways to shop, kitchen safety, and provide you with a way to help the care receiver with meals when you are in school.

In addition, CYP would like to acknowledge and thank Summer Faerman for her hard work in helping to organize this event.  



Camp Treasure will be taking place May 2rd and 3th. Anyone interested in attending should call 561.391.7401. Camp is open to CYP middle school students.

Skills Building group at Omni MS. 


Boca Raton High School Leadership students will be sponsoring an ice cream social at Boca Raton Community Middle School on April 8th. Thank you for helping to ease the transition to high school! 

Skills Building group at Congress MS.



Eighth grade students can look forward to their final group that will include a party and information on continuing care.   



We are excited to announce that we are in the process of coordinating groups with Atlantic High School, Boynton Beach High School, John I Leonard, Lake Worth High School, Santaluces High School and Boca Raton High School.

The activiities for high school students include tutoring and college preparation and career exploration These services are of no cost to you.

Remember to join the CYP facebook page and contact the office at 561.391.7401 if you need help with tutoring and college application. 


In recent weeks there have been many activities within schools and within the community to raise awareness and say "It's okay to talk" about mental health issues. When your family member has a mental health illness, it is sometimes hard for others who have not walked in your shoes to understand. The person may look fine and may be "normal" for much of the time so it is different than caring for someone who has a visually noticeable issue such as needing to walk with a walker.


One thing you can do is to help others understand that these types of illnesses are often unpredictable. When your family member suddenly "acts out" or behaves in an unusual way, people may say something hurtful out of ignorance. Arming yourself with knowledge about the mental health condition as well as the reaction of others can help them and in turn also help you.


Sometimes it is easier to provide care for someone by doing a specific task to help them such as assisting with dressing or walking or giving them a medicine than it is to provide the support that is needed when your family member has a mental health condition.


A few tips that can help you include:

  • Maintain your friendships - catch up with others to help you relax
  • Engage in an activity that captivates your mind and takes you away from caregiving; music, reading a great book, watching a TV show or a movie are some examples
  • Seek extra help through counseling - it helps you get and stay healthy
  • Use deep breathing, stretching and yoga techniques to increase relaxation
  • If your family member has a tendency towards being violent, it is generally best to remove yourself from the situation.      Be prepared ahead of time with a Plan B so you know what to do. If you are not sure of what to do, discuss your Plan B with a CYP staff member to make sure you have all the options available to you.

Remember, having feelings of frustration or anger are normal and they are just feelings; they are not who you are. It's "okay to talk" and asking for help is a sign of strength - it is good for you and for your family member!

Kim Fort, Claudine Jean-Louis and Jennifer Raymond attend the FAU School of Social Workers Career Fair on March 19th to continue our mission of bring awareness and recognition of youth caregivers.  

"There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them."

-Clare Boothe Luce  


Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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