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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:
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.
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 School District of Palm Beach County envisions a dynamic collaborative multicultural community where education and lifelong learning are valued and supported, and all learners reach their potential ans succeed int he global economy. For this reason, the School District of PBC and AACY have a on-going partnership.

Learning, a child's job, requires focus and occurs at school, at home and at play. Focusing is tough, especially when you are worried about your family at home.

CYP reduces barriers to learning and provides needs-driven direct services. As a result, students report that CYP has helped them with grades, attendance, confidence, skills, family life, communication, friendships, and managing anger and stress. They progress to the next grade, graduate from high school and continue to post-secondary education.

For more information, refer to page of 20 of the
Student and Family handbook 2014-2015
or visit

Each day is different, but within every 24-hour period we can generally find some time for the things that are important to us, even if just in the smallest amounts. By: Cyd Casados
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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Issue: #90 October 2015
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President
Halloween is a great time to masquerade for a day! A question though is, do you feel like you need to wear a mask more often than on Halloween?
Even Nigel wears a mask on Halloween!
Some of you have said that no matter what happens before school begins, you must cover it up and pretend that everything is fine. It is a way of coping and making it through the day. Some day, some time the real feelings erupt, often when we least expect them. If you are needing to often wear a mask at school - or maybe even at home, let your CYP Family Specialist know so that you can get the help you need and prevent any eruption consequences. Meanwhile, enjoy Halloween!
Skills Building Groups are starting in your middle schools! This is a time when you learn there are many other caregivers in your school. Please feel free to stop by the table during Lunch and Learn. The topic for November is diabetes.
Camp Treasure is right around the corner!! Camp will be held November 13-14th. Welcome packets have already been sent to the families. Spots are filling up fast so please call the office if you would like to attend!
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 CYP for the very first time.
On October 14th, CYP recognized our Junior's Essay Contest Winners at our Grease themed Hearts and "Soles" Pre-Party event at Ellie's Diner in Delray. Winners were given the opportunity to invite a guest to share the special night with. Students received goody bags, certificates, and gift cards. Winners included: Adrian M., Carmella K., Daphne M., Makaylah T., and Sonya G.

The CYP meetings are officially underway in the high schools! As always, we welcome students that are joining us for the very first time. Don't forget to see your CYP Specialists for information on tutoring assistance, scholarship information, and college readiness.


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.
It's the elephant in the room - cancer - a diagnosis that no one wants to hear! Whether or not anyone wants to believe it, you and the rest of your whole family is affected - and so are your family friends.

This past Saturday, some of us from AACY did the walk to support breast cancer. We walked and made donations in honor of our family members and friends who have or who have had cancer, actually cancer of any type, and also on behalf of you, CYP participants, whose family member has this disease.

When you first hear the cancer diagnosis, it is easy to let your mind wander, think that death is around the corner, and then wonder, "What is going to happen to me? To our family?"

These are very normal thoughts, ones that we all have. Once you acknowledge that these thoughts are normal, then it is time to take charge of your mind. When you take charge of your mind, you can run interference and reduce the frequency of negative thoughts so you can build up your courage and keep a positive perspective.

However, no matter what illness the person you care for is dealing with, while we cannot change the illness, what we can change is how we handle it. Famed Winston Churchill said, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference."

How do you encourage someone else when you may feel discouraged yourself? Here are five ways that you can share with your family member(s) and build hope together:
  • Practice being thankful for each day about someone or something
  • Use humor - even play a practical joke such as what people do on April Fool's Day
  • Be inspirational - talk about your future and what you want to achieve
  • Do a fun activity as often as possible
  • Grow your spiritual strength - it is there for you 24/7
This may seem like a lot to do. The good news is that you don't have to do it all at once - just little by little. The important thing is to begin, take small steps and keep stepping!

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). We at CYP want to work together with you and with your family to help you make this your best personal and school year ever!
Get ready to 'fall back' and change your clocks

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday,
Nov. 1, which means you will need to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night Oct. 31.

Here are some things you may not know about the annual clock change:
  • You can blame Benjamin Franklin for starting DST. He wrote an essay called "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" suggesting people could save candles by getting up earlier and making better use of available light.
  • Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow DST.
  • Why 2 a.m.? that's considered to be the least disruptive time of day.
  • 27 percent of Americans said the twice-yearly time changes either makes them early or late for appointments.
We celebrate you in November, which is National Family Caregivers Month

We are here to celebrate and support you. Below are a few tips that were shared online.

Make new friends who understand what it's like to be a family caregiver or what it's like to care for someone with your caree's health problem. No one else will understand like someone in a similar situation. And you'll need these people!

Remember, "You're Not Alone".

Dr. Connie and other experts shared caregiving tips with , a writer for U.S. News & World Report. Click on the link for more info.

Florida pediatricians are in your corner! Awareness of youth caregivers, your responsibilities and your health and well-being are being brought to the attention of all pediatricians. Behind the scenes work continues to be done on a national level to reach additional providers in the healthcare community.