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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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It's that time of year again!  
Preparing for the hurricane season
The last eight years have been kind to us, but it only takes one storm to remind us of Mother Nature's fury.  It is everybody's responsibility to be prepared in case a storm hits.

Please refer to the"Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide" getting ready for the 2014 hurricane season.  It contains valuable phone numbers, lists and tips to keep your family safe in the event of a storm.

Natalia was born and raised in South Florida and feels blessed to return home after college. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Economics at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. It is there that Natalia embraced the Jesuit concept "men and women for others" through her volunteer work in the greater Boston community and mission trips abroad. As such, her future plans include law school and a career in public interest law and advocacy.


During her free time, Natalia enjoys yoga, ice skating, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys watching most sports but LOVES ice hockey. Her favorite teams include the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, and of course, the Boston College Eagles!


Natalia is delighted to join the AACY organization and honored to be a part of a team that supports and encourages caregiving youth.


The Palm Beach County has a online research link.  Practice for an upcoming drivers test, research products, download music and much more. 

Students, do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you have a smoke detector?  If not, please call our office 561.391.7401 and let us know!  We want you and your family to be safe! 

These stretches are an excellent daily routine that emphasize stretching the muscles that are most frequently used in normal day-to-day activities. 

 Quadriceps Stretch

Supporting your body with your left arm against a solid object, grab your left toes with right arm. Pull your heel up to your buttocks until you feel the stretch in your thigh. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Stretch the other side.


 Triceps Stretch  

Bend the right arm while placing your fingers in the middle of the back. Using the left arm, pull your right elbow backward until you feel the stretch in the back of your arm. Hold it for 10-30 seconds. Stretch the other side.
Issue: #76 August 2014  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


One of my friends wrote at the bottom of her email, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.  It's about learning how to dance in the rain."  During these unsettling times, insecurities throughout the world are all around us. There is so much beyond our control! It is up to each of us to decide - do nothing or do what we can to make the circumstances we control into the best they can be; let's choose to dance!   



Thanks to Boca Helping Hands for including CYP in their bowling event on August 24th at[email protected]   Everyone had a great time bowling.  And Congratulations to Daniel for winning a drawing prize!


Advanced Skills Building and Lunch and Learns will begin soon at all the CYP middle schools. We look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks!   

Good Luck to all our high school students. If you haven't already, join CYP student groups on facebook. Announcements, events, scholarships and group meetings will be posted on the AACY Facebook page. 

A special message to CYP juniors and seniors! Contact us to let us know your plans. We are here to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications. 
You have told us that you want more kids to know about and receive support from CYP.  Currrently CYP is working on  a CYP connection initiative.   We are looking for students to participate in this pilot program.  We want and need your help to do this!  High school students can earn community service hours while participating in this special group.  Learn more by contacting Ms. Vera at 561.391.7401 or [email protected]
September is National Hunger Action Month.  AACY is supporting  Feed My Community in their second annual mega food drive.  

Feed My Community seeks to secure broad participation throughout the Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach community from schools, businesses, civic groups, congregations and neighborhoods.  The food will be sorted by volunteers and distributed to the participating local food banks and pantries.

Visit to learn how you can get involved through volunteering or collecting food.  Please email Mary Beth Tate at [email protected] or call 561-395-1244 x123 if you have any additional questions. 

The AACY is proud to announce the launch of Mentor a Caregiving Youth, a pilot program that connects mentors with students of the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP).   Lead by David Horowitz, the mentors attend Palm Beach State College and are members of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. As a teenager, David struggled with school. However, he has overcome his obstacles and is currently a successful college student. David, along with the other mentors, are eager to spend time with, our caregiving youth!  Although this is a M.A.C.Y pilot, our intent is to expand it in the future.  Stay tuned! 


Special thank you to [email protected] for hosting this special event. 

On July 30th, CYP students took part in the Kids Fishing Day with   

the West Palm Fishing Foundation at Lake Park Marina. CYP students enjoyed a fun day deep fishing and then learned about eco systems, preparing poles and reels, fishing games and about Florida fish. Dinner was enjoyed by all. Thank you West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation for another fun, educational day!    

Call 561.391.7401 and speak with a Family Specialist if you are interested in receiving  tutoring help during the school year.


We have certified teachers in all subjects.  If you struggled last school year, let us help make this school year easier for you. 

Caregiving for another human being is an experience between two people that is impossible to duplicate between two other people. For a few minutes each day allow yourself to remove the frustrations and the demands on your time to consider what you are learning about building a special relationship. It is a relationship that develops and deepens over time as long as along the way you receive the support that you need. The CYP is one important avenue of support for you!


Did you know that some studies (on adults but it is probably also true for persons of any age, it is just not yet scientifically proven) show that your well-being and ability to cope with stress can be enhanced by the positive emotions that caring for another can bring?


As much as you might wish that the one being cared for could say "thank you" for what you are doing, sometimes this may be an unrealistic expectation. The "thank you" may not come in words. Alternatively it may be as simple as a smile of thanks. However it arrives, be always open and receptive to receiving it and knowing you are doing a good and important job.  


School is back in session with important demands on your time; one of your jobs is to become educated so you can be successful in life.If you and/or your family are feeling challenged by changed caregiving responsibilities, please feel free to call our office (561.391.7401) so we can work together on new solutions of caring and learning what works best for you and your family.

Dr. Connie, Blogger


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Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.  Martin Luther

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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