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The Club and many of its members have volunteered and participated in activities to help caregiving youth and their families. It takes a community and we are thankful for the help of the Broken Sound Club.

For several years, Broken Sound Club has generously provided food for more than 300 people at our annual CYP holiday celebration.

You have told us that you want more kids to know about and receive support from CYP. Currrently CYP is working on a unique connection initiative. Please participate in a pilot program. We want and need your help to create this! High school students can earn community service hours while participating. Learn more by contacting Ms. Vera at 561.391.7401 or [email protected]
By Guest Blogger Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD

One member of our team has delayed attending law school and returned to South Florida to help her family cope with her dad's early onset Parkinson's disease and ease the burden for her teenage sister. Her sister, Azzara, submitted a poignant essay as part of a homework assignment.

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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!


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.

"How did it get so late so soon?"

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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Issue: #80 December 2014
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

I have a card from a good friend by my desk that says, "Feel the hugs". My hope for you as 2015 begins is that you have felt needed support from the AACY Team (the A-Team!) throughout 2014. May you have the extra strength and courage that you need in your special role. Know we are not mind-readers and that you must let us know your unique challenges. Then we can help you through them and you too can "feel the hugs" and experience the rewards of education, health and your future.

Remember to make the scholarship deadline!
Help and support for the process is just a phone call away.

The Holidays are such an exciting time! Excitement, as well as tough times brings stress.

Laurie Connors, now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives in Vermont, was with AACY back in its early days. She stopped by our office to visit and shared an article that was published in a publication called "Healthy Living".

The title of her article is: "Managing Stress: Words of Wisdom for Caregivers". How appropriate to help all of us reduce our Holiday stress Laurie provides the following practical tips:

  1. Play music and build it into your day, surrounding yourself with your favorite songs.
  2. Intentionally add humor to your life by reading or watching something funny.
  3. Take a ten-minute time out for yourself by doing something you enjoy and that rewards you.
  4. Use another ten minutes to do isometric exercises to strengthen your muscles which you can do by using your own body weight for resistance.
  5. Practice being mindful, that is, stay focused in the moment and keep other thoughts out.
  6. Read books and access other resources for support.

Thanks Laurie for these important tips!

Remember, you are not alone in your role of caregiving! We at AACY and its Caregiving Youth Project celebrate you as we close 2014 and look forward to growing with you in 2015. Know that your gift of caregiving makes a difference in the life of at least one other person. You are valuable to your family and to society. Continue to do good today!

If this happens to be a time when you are feeling challenged by caregiving responsibilities, please speak with a CYP team member at your school's Lunch and Learn sessions or 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.


The 2014 CYP Holiday Celebration was held at Benvenuto's Restaurant in Boynton Beach on December 21, 2014. 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. Thank You!

Thanks to the many corporations and organizations that contributed to the success of the afternoon: Benvenuto Restaurant, Bethesda Hospital, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Broken Sound Club, Junior league of Boca Raton, Lord & Taylor, Lynn University, Matrix Homecare, Oceans 234, Olive Garden Restaurants, Penn-Florida, Quota International, Rapoport Restaurant Group, Sam's Club, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, Spirit of Giving Network, Steinger Iscoe and Greene, Stratis Business Systems, Toys for Tots, Walgreens, and our many volunteers.