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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: 
Back to School Savings
The tax holiday will begin Aug. 7 and run through Aug. 16.
Items that will be tax-free include; clothing, footwear, wallets, and bags that costs $100 or less, school supplies that cost $15 or less, and the first $750 of the cost of personal computers and related accessories. 

PatientsLikeMe is partnering with AACY to help shine a light on the lives of caregivng youths.  But who are some of these hidden heroes?  Meet Katrina.  She's the oldest of three siblings, and growing up, she cared for her bedridden uncle, her sister (living with down syndrome and heart problems) and her brother (living with apraxia).  But as she says, "this situation is a privilege because it is a challenge."  Learn about her experiences. 

This year's Fearless Caregiver Conference took place on July 30th, in the Embassy Suites in Boca Raton. Alejandro and Sofia, joined staff in representing AACY and allowed Boca to see just two of the young faces of our very own Fearless Caregivers in our CYP. Students were able to learn for themselves all the different resources available to them in Palm Beach County. They also listened to other Caregivers share their personal caregiving stories.

Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family. 
The DS Golf Academy teaches children the fundamentals, etiquette and basic principals of golf. It also raises funds for The First Tee charity.
A 15 year old is trying to bring golf to more kids.  He is giving lessons to local kids and for every LIKE that his page DS Golf Academy receives he will donate $1 to The First Tee. Just need to like DS Golf Academy Facebook page. Thanks ! 
Back to School Bash will be August 8th.  If you are in need of school supplies, please contact us at561.391.7401.  
Develop a Family Emergency Plan prior to an event.  Click on the links provided to help  you put a plan together.  
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." 
The Traveling Teddy award is given on a quarterly basis to an agency employee who exemplifies excellence in working with volunteers.  The first recipient of this "coveted" award is GerryFallon.
Issue: #87 July 2015  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

As you approach this new school year...whether it be returning to your old school, attending a new school or college, entering the military or beginning a new career, it is always helpful to review what you have been doing in your life that works.  "If it's not broke, don't fix it!".  As you reflect, you may discover an area that needs fine tuning or doing something differently to achieve your goals. You are each a work in progress - make fine tuning fun - you'll like the results!

We look forward to supporting you again this upcoming  school year.  Look for us in your cafeteria in September.  Enjoy the final days of summer!       
Reminder:  we have staff available to assist you with your FAFSA forms and student aid applications.  

Essay Contest Final Reminder:  For those students that read I Even Funnier, by James Patterson, the deadline to submit your essay is Monday, August 3rd by 4pm.


This year's Camp Treasure Reunion was on July 8th at the Florida Atlantic University Boca Campus. CYP students enjoyed a fun day in the sun doing all sorts of outdoor activities. The High Ropes Course was awesome with some individual challenges such as the Wall Climb, while other activities required teamwork. Swimming in the beautiful pool was refreshing with lunch donated by Sam's Club at poolside.  Art by the pool, organized by Sue Heller, included collage pages for a scrapbook exchange between CYP and Young Carers in the UK.  A Skype call became the start of some new relationships with more to come in the future.  The day ended with Good Humor and cold treats for all straight from the antique truck.



Stacy Acker, a Professor of English Composition at Palm Beach State College, facilitated our very first Creative Writing Workshop. This event took place on July 15th, at the AACY office. The Workshop focused on strengthening writing skills in areas such as free writing, forming a strong thesis statement, writing essays for college and scholarship applications and writing with a voice.  The small classroom environment enabled participants to ask Stacy questions one on one during and after the workshop.  By the end of the lunch and learn, everyone felt more confident about writing and expressing their ideas on paper.  Thank you Stacy!    

CYP was happy to again have the chance to participate in a Kid's Fishing Day at Lake Park Harbor Marina on July 29th. There were a variety of activities throughout the afternoon. Deep sea fishing even yielded a few fish!  There were also mini seminars on water and equipment safety, corals, under water plant life, ocean life, and knot tying.  Some of the workshops were hands on allowing more engagement with the instructors. At the end of the day, students received certificates and fishing rods of their own.  What fun for all!



Your life and your caregiving responsibilities may have changed during your time "off" from school. You may have family members who are employed who share caregiving responsibilities with you. You too have a job - your job is being at school and learning.

It is well documented in studies about adult family caregiving that a person's work place may not be "caregiver friendly". Sometimes, and we have seen it among CYP family members, an adult is dismissed from work.

Thankfully, your working world cannot say "you're fired" from school because you have home responsibilities that take some of your time and attention.

The CYP works hard to educate school administrators and staff about the effects that family caregiving can have, especially at school. You may be late or absent more than others. Sometimes you don't have time to complete your homework or get help with special projects. Your state testing scores may be good yet your grades do not reflect your abilities. Plus, your family may not be able to attend special meetings or functions at school and people at school might get discouraged when family is unable to participate.

What can YOU do about all this? One BIG step is to be honest with your teachers and your guidance counselors about your home responsibilities and the challenges it brings for you. A good time to let them know is at the beginning of the school year. It is impossible for school staff 9or even for our CYP team members) to read your mind!

We are not suggesting that you use caregiving as a "cop out" or an excuse. We are saying that a reality check for people at school can help with their understanding of you and your circumstances. Perhaps if your responsibilities at home increase and you are unable to get all of your homework or a project completed, you can turn in what you have done and ask to turn in the rest the following day.

If you are struggling with letting your teachers know, feel free to speak with the CYP team member at your school to help educate your teacher(s) and speak with him/her on your behalf. At any time call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s). Together we will help you make this your best school year ever!

When a Parent Has Cancer, What About the Children?

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, nationally renowned author and speaker Wendy S. Harpham, M.D., will share practical and hopeful insights and advice about supporting children who have a parent with cancer.

The event is free and will be held at Boca Raton Regional hospital's Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion at the Lynn Cancer Institute 701 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33486.

5:00-6:00pm registration & refreshments
6:00-7:15pm presentation
7:15-8:00pm complimentary book giveaway & signing.
Please RSVP by August 27th.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Elsa Raynor, LCSW, at [email protected] or by calling 561.955.5265.

This program is designed specifically for adults.


Mentor A Caregiving Youth (M.A.C.Y.) is our agency's mentoring program specifically designed for you.  A mentor is a caring adult who devotes time to a young person. A mentor is a friend, a resource, an advisor or coach, someone you can talk to and ask questions when you need guidance or advice.

Our mentors are paired with mentees of the same gender and spend at least four hours per month with their mentee. Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings you together with caring individuals. Mentors can meet their mentees at school, the library, at home, or other mutually agreed upon location.

Potential mentors are CAREFULLY SCREENED before being matched and are provided orientation to AACY as well as education to learn about the program guidelines and expectations. There will also be some opportunities for group activities with other mentors and their mentees.

Would you like to become a mentee or do you know someone who would  like to become a mentor?  Let us know! 

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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