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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
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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AACY and the Caregiver Space, an online community for caregivers of all ages, has teamed up to make it easier for our active and CYP Alum to get in touch with fellow Caregivers. You can join in the conversation in the forums and chats. You can share your story in a blog, or your creativity in the Art Corner. Get connected! You may access both the forum and the chat by registering for free at:
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.


The mission of this auxilliary of Boca Raton's Promise is to identify, prioritize and take action to promote and support education, early identification and access to mental health services.

Mental health matters and talking invites understanding. Please visit our partners site to see how you can "break the silence" for mental health.!boca-brave/c222o

The event will be held at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach. The Celebration is for youth caregivers and two immediate family members. Invitations will be going out in the mail the first week of December.
Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
AACY and Dispute have formed a partnership. This partnership is designed to give relief to AACY families by leveraging Dispute's national network of experienced medical billing advocates to identify potential cases of overbilling, error, and fraud.
Issue: #89 September 2015
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President
With the start of school, sports season and many other activities, there is a huge temptation to become distracted. How do we stay focused? Science tells us there likely is a genetic component to having will power. For the rest of us who do not have that gene, we must build it and thankfully, we can each do it! Create a strong willpower foundation as you become the architect and builder of your life. Here's to success in focusing on your priorities as you turn this school year into the best ever for you!
CYP Family Specialists are hard at work meeting with students at our middle and high schools. Skills Building II and III groups are starting at all of our middle schools. Look for the passes sent to you by your Family Specialist. Also, come visit our Lunch 'n' Learn table in your cafeteria. This upcoming month's topic will be cancer in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Remember, our favorite time of the year is coming up: Camp Treasure! You must turn in your Camp Treasure Applications to become a part of the overnight fun on November 13th 2015! Ask your CYP Specialist for an application today!
There are many exciting programs and clubs going on at your middle schools and high schools. If you would like us to spotlight your achievements or participation, please talk to your Family Specialist or call the office at 561.391.7401 to be included in our upcoming Treasure Talk.
The CYP meetings are officially underway in the high schools! We are excited to have your continued participation in the CYP and look forward to another successful year. As always, we welcome students that are joining us for the very first time.
Please let us know if you need guidance with applying for scholarships, securing internet services, obtaining a library card, buying a bus pass, community service hours, or help finding tutoring services. Our organization has resources that are made available to you.
Progress reports have been sent out to all students. If you need assistance or tutoring in any of your classes please speak with your Family Specialist and learn how AACY can help!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Registraqtion: 6:30am Walk begins: 8:00am
, Boca Raton

Passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable.

Dr. Connie, Ms. Gerry and others are walking - Join us!
For more information or to register for the walk please visit

Saturday, October 3, 2015
West Palm Beach, FL City Place 5K
Check in: 7:30am Walk begins: 8:30am

Join to support diabetes research, community education, and advocacy for the largest growing epidemic in the country.
Register at or 888-DIABETES (EXT. 3017). Mr. Mike Miller of the AACY Board is Chairing this event.

One thing for sure about caregiving - besides
learning new skills that you never dreamed you would have to learn, you can also grow a beautiful sense of purpose and meaningfulness in life.

Take a moment and think about learn to take care of someone and do things for that person that you may otherwise never have had the opportunity to do! Your relationship with that person takes on a whole new meaning.

Yes, some of the things or tasks that must be done are not always fun - life isn't always fun and we all must do some things that we don't necessarily enjoy.

Like life, caregiving and our role in it changes; in fact, change is the constant. So then, what happens to you with such a change? Maybe the needs of your care receiver and your role in caregiving has lessened...maybe he or she has moved or even died. Or, perhaps he or she has returned to good health or has improved so much that the need for your assistance decreases. When this happens, a vacant space is born.

Robert Byrne has said, "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
So as your caregiving role changes, and you now have a vacant space - in your time, in your purpose and even in your heart - how will you fill it?

Caregiving is a two-way street. As we care for and give to another, we are also receiving something intangible in return. When we are no longer receiving from our care receiver, who or what will fill that gap?

What is different is that caregiving is not always a choice; life happens and we must step up to the plate to help family. However, there is a choice about how to fill the vacant space; a choice, when not carefully thought through, can have ramifications for the rest of life.

When caregiving and your role in it changes, it is a precious gift of time for you; a time to be what some people might call "selfish" however, it is really an opportunity to evaluate your life, your goals, what activities give you joy and are important to you that you may have missed doing because of your caregiving role and time limitations. You may even think about what you can do to better prepare for your future.

If you would like to discuss your options with a CYP team member or other trusted adult, feel free to call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as your life changes. We at CYP want to work together with you to help you make this your best school year ever!
"When leading, be generous with the community, honorable in action, sincere in your words." - Jack Kornfield
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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