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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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Do you need tutoring in any subject area? Some pointers on how to study more effectively? Or just someone to talk to when you need guidance or advice. 

The Caregiving Youth Project is starting a new mentoring program this October. We already have a number of caring adults who have signed on as MENTORS with the M.A.C.Y. (Mentor A Caregiving Youth) program. If you are interested in having a mentor or tutor for this school year, reach out to your family specialist or call our office at (561) 391-7401.

Medical Billing Negotiation & Advocacy
 one of the nation's fastest growing providers of consumer medical billing advocacy and negotiation services, has announced a new partnership with the (AACY). Through this partnership, the AACY will be able to recommend Dispute's personalized review and consultation services for families facing medical expenses. This partnership is designed to give relief to AACY and to AACY families by leveraging Dispute's national network of experienced medical billing advocates to identify potential cases of overbilling, error, and fraud.
Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family. 
Issue: #88 August 2015  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President
It intensely bothers me when I learn that you have been told "you'll never amount to anything" or something similar. When this is said, it is usually in reaction to an incident that has happened. Please know that sometimes people, even people in authority, say things without thinking about how wrong, long-lasting or hurtful they can be. You can never control what someone else says. What can you do?  You can forgive them and prove them wrong!  Be in charge of your life and be the very best you can be - for yourself and for others in your care.
Skills Building Groups for our 7th and 8th grade students and Lunch and Learns will begin soon at all the CYP middle schools. We look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks! 

Our Back to School Breakfast honoring Office Depot Foundation President, Mary Wong was held on August 12th at Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton. This year we had the event before the start of the school year, making it possible for some of our active students in the CYP and a few CYP graduates to attend the event. Guests were treated to wonderful inspirational and touching speeches. Our CYP students were acknowledged for their hard work and sacrifices.
High school groups will be beginning soon at all the CYP high schools. Please remember the Family Specialists are available to help with college applications, scholarships,  community service hours, and financial aid applications. Tutors and mentors are also available to assist you as you journey through life. Call the office at 561.391.7401 if you need assistance.
Claudine Jean-Louis, Youth Development Specialist
This year the annual Back To School Bash was held on August 8th. There were different locations all throughout Palm Beach County.  
Kim Fort, Youth Development Specialist 
 AACY  participated in two community events. Our Southern population in the CYP attended the Bash at Village Academy in Delray, which was organized by Wendy Friswell from Spirit of Giving Network.  Families further North, attended the Community Back to School Bash at the Convention Center in West Palm Beach, organized by Dora Hodge from Friends of Foster Children. Thanks to the help of many, AACY was able to provide backpacks to our active students in the CYP and their siblings.
Have you seen the commercial sponsored by a home security firm that says, "When you are worried about what's happening at home, it's impossible to think about anything else"?
Does this ever happen to you when you are at school? When your mind wanders to wondering what's going on at home, it becomes hard to focus and to learn.

There's another security system commercial that shows someone who is on the floor saying "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
If you are worried about your family member falling, you are not alone! Not everyone is able to afford a security system and some people just don't think it is ever going to happen to them.

At AACY we always encourage you to take an active approach...what can you do to reduce your fears and concerns? One thing is takes some steps to help your family member prevent falls! Begin by having a talk with your family to let them know you are concerned and that falls don't have to happen.

Then take some fall prevention steps:

  • Eliminate scatter rugs that someone can trip over
  • Remove clutter so that pathways are clear
  • Provide only flat supportive shoes rather than slip on ones
  • Encourage your family member to get up slowly
  • Make sure assist devices such as a walker or cane are in reach
There is no doubt that sometimes no matter how hard we try, accidents still happen. Know that such an accident is not your fault!

If you would like a CYP team member come to your home to check on your loved ones risk of falling and to offer suggestions for preventing falls, 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!
Hi, my name is Marie Nerelus I am 23 years old and currently a senior at FAU. I was born and raised in Haiti, and came to the U.S. at the age of nine. Since then I've been living in Florida, enjoying the Florida beaches and sun. I am proud to say that I was the first to graduate high school from my family. I am in my field semester seeking my bachelor's degree in social work. I am undecided about which population I want to work with because there's a variety of choices to choose from. I do plan on going to graduate school to farther my education but before that I want to gain some experience working in the field. I am excited to be here at American Association of Caregiving Youth, the staff here is lovely and welcoming. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge by being here.
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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