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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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The Caregiver Space is an online community for caregivers of all ages. As an initiative of the Caregiving Youth Institute to connect children across the United States who are caring for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members, the American Association of Caregiving Youth ® now hosts a Caregiving Youth Forum and a biweekly chat on The Caregiver Space. You may access both the forum and the chat by registering for free at: 

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. 
Lynda Walsh
visit this boutique style  "store" dedicated to providing  fashionable clothing, free of charge, to teen-agers.  Making a good appearance will help you build confidence and success in life! 
CYP or a community partner will refer you and you must be with an adult.  
United Way of Palm Beach County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free and safe income tax preparation services throughout Palm Beach County to those with a 2014 household income of $60,000 or less. This year, VITA offers three options: 
  • FILED For You: Visit one of 14 VITA sites throughout Palm Beach County and an IRS certified VITA volunteer will prepare and e-file your tax return.
  • FILED With Help: Visit select VITA sites where you will file your own tax return online with the support and guidance of an IRS certified VITA volunteer.
  • FILED Yourself Tax Online: Log on towww.MyFreeTaxes.comand file your own tax return. It's simple, fast and secure. Have a tax or software related question? Call the toll-free helpline 1.855.698.9435 to speak with an IRS certified VITA volunteer (open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday).
Click Here or call 2-1-1 for sites or more information.
The Twenty Pearl Youth Group of Zeta Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting its 6th annual Promtique.  if you would like to attend your middle or high school prom but cannot afford a dress, please stop by Promtique on March 21, 2 -4pm, at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 801 8th St.,  West Palm Beach.  Try on some fabulous dresses!  If you try on a dress and you like it, it's  yours for free!  Refreshments and changing rooms are also provided.

To RSVP, please call Monica McCoy at .

Issue: #82 February 2015  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

As February ends let's March on realizing that we can't expect things to be different by doing the same things over and over again. Consider what you can do to improve just one thing - maybe something like getting help with math - and you will see your GPA go up and we at CYP will celebrate with you! With space travel increasing, the sky is no longer the limit - you can soar on! 


Seniors, it is time to complete your FASFA application!! If you have not done so or need assistance there are many individuals to assist - contact your school guidance counselor or the staff at AACY.

Many scholarships are available for High School seniors! Get a head start now as deadlines for the scholarship applications are fast approaching.

Please call the office if you have any questions. Don't forget- your guidance counselors are there to help you as well! Ask your guidance counselors for more scholarship information. Good luck seniors!

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! Please contact your Family Specialist or Cara Zimmerman at the office - 561-391-7401

The next high school event will be a college campus tour of Lynn University on March 19th for juniors and seniors.  Our annual picnic at John Prince Park will be held on March 23rd. Please call Vera at 561-391-7401 to RSVP.   


Groups are in full swing at all of our middle schools for the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Thank you to all who are participating; we look forward to seeing you at our next group session. Please remember that we are here to assist you and your family beyond your group meetings at school. If you would like a home visit to help you and your family, speak with your guidance counselor or CYP Family Specialist.

   Omni Middle School CYP participated in a nutrition cooking class thanks to the Jr. League of Boca Raton.  Boca Middle School will feature the class in March. 

During March we will be focusing on Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders at Lunch and Learn.  Please stop by our table and pick up information.  

Connie, Aereonna, Isis, Kim,
Carter, Mary Ann.
CYP students and staff participated in the Susan G. Komen walk held in West Palm Beach.  They walked in honor or in memory of their mothers who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. 
CYP student's remembering their mothers.
Joined by thousands of others, it is always good to know you are
not alone in this fight!

Valentine's Day has come and gone while the focus of CYP this month remains on all types of Heart disease. Did you know that the most common chronic illnesses among family members of CYP participants is a variety of heart related conditions?

Caring for someone with a heart or a heart related condition can be frightening. One of the scary things is knowing that the heart is vital to living and another is that change can happen unexpectedly. These two factors alone can make caring for someone with heart disease super stressful.

There are several things you can do to ease the heart-related stress:

  1. Make sure the location ID is activated on the cell phone of you and your family member so that in case of an emergency, first responders know your location.
  2. Stick to the medication routine.
  3. Keep the list of medications updated and in a place where it can easily be found.
  4. Help your family member follow the prescribed healthy diet and exercise.
  5. Enjoy the gift of each day.

No matter what health condition your family member has, there are always many things that can happen way beyond your control and even beyond the control of your family member. Always do the best you can so that you will experience reduced stress and frustrations; accept that everything can't always be fixed.

Finally, if heart disease is in your family, do all that you can to reduce your risk factors by lowering your stress, keeping a normal weight, eating healthy foods and doing regular aerobic exercises!

By Guest Blogger Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD

As February draws to a close there are perhaps still some signs of Valentine's Day slowly lingering or that box of yet-to-be-eaten chocolate on the table.

It is also likely that either you personally or someone you know has been touched within their family with some type of heart condition.

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Quite simply ChariTEES is a tee shirt printer with a purpose. For over 16 years their mission has been to offer only the finest in custom tee shirt screen printing and related  products and services to non- profits, foundations, school organizations and socially conscious corporations.

ChariTEES has partnered with AACY for many years to create fun and colorful t-shirts for our Camp Treasure.  Most recently, Jeff Firestone, CEO and Founder, generously donated funds for future scholarships for caregiving youths.  They will be awarded through the George Snow Scholarship Foundation.

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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