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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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Preparing for the hurricane season

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.
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. 

Inner Thigh Stretch   

While seated, pull both feet inward toward the body. Grab your feet with your hands, while using the elbows to press downward slightly on the knees. You should feel this stretch in your inner thighs. Hold for 10-30 seconds.



  "Cat" (Back) Stretch

To stretch the upper back, hands and knees should be on the floor. Just as a cat would do, slowly lift your back up toward the ceiling and hold in place for 10-30 seconds.

Your vote counts, registration deadline is October 6th.

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.
Dr. Connie, Blogger


Click on the link below to read the article.  


The event will be held at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.  The Celebration is for youth caregivers and their immediate family.  Invitations will be going out in the mail the first week of December.

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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Issue: #77 September 2014  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


It is no surprise that the CYP Junior Essay Contest Award winners for two years in a row were caregiving youth who asked for and received help with the editing of their essays.  They wanted their entry to be the best it could be!  Ultimately our strength as individuals and with whatever group we are in - on a team, working on a project, or even at AACY...together we ARE stronger!  Asking for help is a sign of strength - BE STRONG!



Can you believe progress reports have already come out?! The time sure is flying by, especially for our CYP Specialists who have been hard at work gearing up for the first visits for the fall 2014 semester. And, our Lunch and Learn sessions have also begun. Watch for Skills Building II and III groups at all of our middle schools. Remember, our favorite time of the year is coming up: Camp Treasure! You must turn in your Camp Treasure Applications to become a part of the overnight fun on November 14th 2014! Ask your CYP Specialist for an application today!  


The CYP meetings are officially underway in the high schools! We are excited to have your continued participation in the CYP and look forward to another successful year. As always, we welcome students that are joining us for the very first time.


Please let us know if you need guidance with applying for scholarships, securing internet services, obtaining a library card, buying a bus pass, or help finding tutoring services.  Our organization has resources that are made available to you.  

                        Johathan P., Mandy A., Tierra J.,                   Kelsy T., Mandy A.,
                        Charlene N., Jailene N, Grace C.                           Dr. Connie

A big congratulations to our Junior Essay Contest winners! They are now seniors and the award dollars makes a difference - just ask Kelsy, last year's contest winner!


Last year 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. Last year's winner, youth caregiver Kelsy Timot, attended the event and shared her story and the difference that winning the contest made in her life.


Essays were independently evaluated according to specific criteria by seven judges: Gary Barg of Caregiver Media Group; pediatrician, Dr. Julie Belkowitz; Barbara Carney, book club member of Broken Sound Country Club; author Lee Edelstein; former school principal, Dr. Ann Faraone; and medical students Matthew Cagliostro and Jillian Halper. Medical students from UM Miller Medical also volunteered to mentor the participants. The BOMAR Foundation has sponsored the events as an encouragement for students to read, write and to provide awards for students to help them prepare for their high school graduation and futures. The reception was held at Boca Raton Resort & Club  and emceed by Dr. Tom Tift, on Thursday evening, September 18th.

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]

Nettie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and lived most of her life on Staten Island, New York. It was there she achieved her Bachelor of Arts in the field of Early Childhood Education. Nettie and her family relocated to Southern Florida 23 years ago, whereby she obtained her Master's in the field of Social Work at Barry University in 2006. Nettie stands on this principal as noted by Nelson Mandela:

"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learned how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."

Nettie's many pleasures are reading, dancing, watching horror films, eating chocolate, and spending time with her family.

Nettie has noted "how proud I am to be a member of such a warm friendly group of people who are dedicated to helping the caregiving youths in our community."

The Caregiving Youth Project has launched a pilot mentoring program called MACY (Mentor a Caregiving Youth). Partnering with the honors program/leadership students from Phi Theta Kappa at Palm Beach State College (Boca), students from Boca Middle School & Boca High School had their first "Meet & Greet" hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Ron Belletieri of Strikes of Boca.

The Caregiving Youth met their college mentors, interviewed each other, and had a great time as they shared stories, career interests, hobbies, and dreams, enjoyed a pizza lunch and even bowled a few games. The MACY mentors will be communicating with the Caregiving Youth on a regular basis, as they plan individual and group activities. AACY intends to expand the MACY program, so if you are interested, please call Lorry at the AACY office at 561-391-7401.

When we are in our caregiving roles, sometimes it is so hard to say "No" even when you know that saying "no" is what is best for you and even for your loved one. And the "no" doesn't need to necessarily be a forever no.


The caregiving relationship is one that is unique. It is one of dependence and so it is different than a friendship between two healthy people who can respect one another's wishes.


Unlike a football or soccer field that has definite out of bound areas, the boundaries in relationships are invisible lines of behaviors around which limits are established. How do you know what boundaries you need to set and how do you build them?


An example of a boundary in caregiving is the giving of a pain medication. The doctor has ordered that your loved one may be given a pain pill every six hours. Only three hours have passed and he/she is asking you to bring another pill. You must tell your family member that it is not yet time. You can also offer to call a healthcare professional to see if there is anything else you can do or give in the meantime.


Boundaries are two-way streets. Supposing you are taking care of your sister who is unable to walk and must get around with a wheelchair. Your "friend" makes fun and calls her a "crip". Your grandmother with whom you live hears this and has told you that she feels upset with the language that your friend uses. Actually, down deep you do not like it either! Your grandmother has asked you to not invite that friend over ever again and encourages you to think if this person is someone who shares your values. You also begin to wonder if this is someone who should be your friend. You must respect the boundary that your grandmother has set for your home and not have that friend over again.


Recognizing, respecting and establishing limits around your actions becomes more and more important as you grow older. And, as in the example of the medication, keeping boundaries may take on special meaning in your caregiving role. Thankfully, with the setting and keeping of boundaries...which often takes lots of practice...comes freedom.


If you and/or your family are feeling challenged by caregiving responsibilities, please feel free to call the AACY office (561.391.7401) so we can work together on new solutions of caring and learning what works best for you and your family.


Thank you to Horses Healing Hearts, for welcoming our students to a barn day pilot session in Boynton Beach. Our students who attended learned horsemanship and barn duties. A special thank you to our AACY Board Secretary, Abbi Bentz, for her support and assistance during the day.

Photos courtesy of Palm City Polo,
Marco Bernal,  and Steed Training. 


Join us on Sunday, October 5th for the Horses Helping People Family Resource Day. It is at the Van Kampen Arena in Wellington from 1-4pm and will include arts and craft activities, raffles, demonstrations, a resource fair, Personal Ponies and more!