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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  
The Spirit of Giving Network, and led by it's executive Director, Wendy Friswell,  brings nonprofit organizations and communities together to share resources and knowledge to improve the lives of children, families and individuals.
AACY and SOGN partner to support our caregiving youth with volunteers, the community back to school bash, holiday gift drive, Boca Bowl and so much more!
A guide for teens
Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.

Through the Summer BreakSpot, free breakfasts, lunches and snacks are available to anyone 18 and under all summer long. Click on the link to find a location.

What challenges do young caregivers face? Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall makes a special house call.
Taking care of loved ones as they age is part of life. But sometimes circumstances force people into a caregiving position much sooner than anticipated. Stephanie is only 24, but she says her life has come to a screeching halt because of her father's illness.

Click the the link below to read an article by Get Healthy, Stay Healthy, at Pfizer.Shedding Light on Caregiving Youth 

By guest blogger, Dr. Connie.
We all hear about the importance of sleep. What does a caregiver do when responsibilities take over and good sleep becomes harder and harder to claim? We smile at Charlie Brown and his security blanket. There are many Charlie's among caregiving youth!  

Click to here to read the whole blog  


Starting in June, the Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) is implementing a new way for children to pay overdue fines on their library cards. Children and teens up to age 17 can participate in this program by signing up with a Youth Service staff member at their local library. For every 15 minutes spent reading they will receive a "Dewey Buck" which can be spent at the Library's circulation desk to remove overdue fines, purchase a replacement card, or buy a book bag. 
 "You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." - Epicurus 
Issue: #85 May 2015  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

School is almost over yet your caregiving continues!  So now what?  Here are five things you can you do to make these next weeks a time to rejuvenate:  1)Take regular healthy deep breaths; 2) Acknowledge the important role you have in your family; 3) Explore the many positive aspects of your life; 4) Spend time each day being thankful; and 5) Do some type of exercise every day. Although school is out, our CYP team remains ready to support YOU and your family!


Congratulations to all graduating middle school students and to those who completed their Skills Building groups. We look forward to our continuing relationship with you. Please remember to let us know if there is a change in your family situation or contact information. We are planning many fun activities for you throughout the summer!!

A pizza party was held at Boca Raton Community Middle School on May 14th. The Leadership class from Boca Raton High School organized the fun event for the CYP members. Activities included ice breakers and a kickball game in the courtyard of the middle school. All of the CYP members received gift bags at the end of the event provided by the high schoolers. 


Camp Treasure Reunion, complete with high ropes and swimming, will be July 8th at FAU. Please call to reserve a spot. All students who attended any Camp Treasure are invited to attend.    

Middle school students who entered the Caregiving Youth Project this year were given a blanket or a quilt made by the Linus Project or the Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida.  



Thank you for completing the End of Year Feedback Form. Your input is critical for improving the program!  High school students who have not completed an End of the Year Feedback Form will be contacted during June. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Books are currently being distributed for the CYP 3rd AnnualJunior Essay Writing Contest. The chosen book this year is I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story by renowned authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. You are asked to read the book and submit an essay or work of art by August 3rd. Volunteers are available to offer you assistance - prize money will be awarded.

Congratulations to all of our CYP class of 2015 graduates!  The graduation party to celebrate your achievements will be held on Tuesday June 2nd from 4-5:30pm. For you, the graduate and two family members. If you haven't already reserved your seats, call Ms. Vera today at 561-391-7401.


When you are a caregiver it is sometimes easier for you and for others to be helping someone with an illness or a disability that you can see and monitor. As you may have learned during the Lunch and Learn sessions this month, lupus is an elusive chronic illness. People with lupus have good days and those that are not so good. And, with good days there is a tendency to do too much and then the less than good days follow, often unbalanced with the good being the underdog.

Another aspect of lupus that makes it a challenge for you and perhaps even for your family and friends to understand is that not everyone has the same symptoms. When you care for a person with diabetes you know the importance of monitoring blood sugar. With lupus, there can be many symptoms that may not be the same from day to day! Your loved one may be tired all the time or have joint aches and swelling, fevers and skin rashes.

So, what can you do?

  • Help to balance activities so not too much is done on any one day.
  • Plan menus that are heart healthy to prevent cardiac complications of lupus.
  • Make sure your family member stays hydrated and drinks lots of water.
  • Find ways to exercise indoors as sunlight often prompts more symptoms.
  • "Make lemonade" and be flexible in dealing with circumstances way beyond your control.
  • Be creative and ask others in your family to also help, especially with household chores.
  • Join the Caregiving Youth Forum on Caregiver Space( It's new and just getting started - you can help yourself and help other caregiving youth too!

Please know that you are free to call the AACY/CYP office (561.391.7401) to speak with a member of the "A-Team" to discuss any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s).  


This year six caregiving youths received Character Counts awards from the Palm Beach County School District and the Division of Teaching and Learning. The ceremony was held on May 7th at Santaluces High School. Recipients of the award were Franco Ivan, Ivan Hunter, Khaliyah Hamm, Lawrence Merice, Riley Bernard, and Widnie Marcelin.  Congratulations to those students for continuously showing outstanding character at home, in school, and in the community.   

Courage Awards are given to caregiving youths who bravely share their personal story with the media to help bring awareness about the 1.4 million children who are caring for ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members.
Chris & AACY Vice Chair, Dan Davidowitz 

This year we celebrated them at Strikes @Boca in Boca Raton with a Cinco De Mayo themed party. 
Recipients of the award were Chris Miller,  
Isis & Dr. Connie 
Emma Walthers, Grace Cenat, Isis Michalski, Jonathan Gutierrrez and Maryann Singer. 
Jonathan & Frank Barbieri, of the School Board 


Thank you to all the recipients for sharing your stories and bringing attention to caregiving youth everywhere.   

SUMMER BOOST - Prevent the "Summer Slide"
Call 561.391.7401 and speak with a Family Specialist if you are interested in receiving tutoring help during the summer.  We have certified teachers in all subjects.  
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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