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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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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.





FREE VITA Tax Preparation service is only available if you earned less than $62,000 in 2015. You may be able to get Earned Income Tax Credit up to $6,242.

The free Tax Preparation is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers thru a partnership with United Way and the Internal Revenue Service.

Beginning Tuesday, January 19th through Monday, April 18th 2016.  Click on the link below to find a location nearest to you.




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 has started a new mentoring program. 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.





Issue: #92

December 2015


Dear Gerry,

Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


There are two sayings that always stick in my mind especially as we enter 2016.  The first is, "if it's not broke, don't fix it"  - keep on doing what you are doing well! The second one is "don't keep doing the same things over and over and expect a different outcome". Maybe there is something in your life that you need to change to have a better result.  As we ring in the New Year, what better time than this to change things up to improve the results!




The 2015 CYP Holiday Celebration was held at Benvenuto's Restaurant in Boynton Beach on December 20, 2015. There was singing, family portraits, arts and crafts, shopping, presents, and a wonderful meal shared together. This event is made possible through many individuals in our community who donate their gifts, time and energy to help. Special thanks to Debralyn Belletieri, Jan Dymtrow, The Freytags, Sue Heller, Katherine Kraft, Debra Musial, Pam & Bob Weinroth, Janice Williams and the more than 60 volunteers. Thank You!

Thanks to the many corporations and organizations that contributed to the success of the afternoon: Benvenuto Restaurant, Bethesda Hospital, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Broken Sound Club, Extraordinary Charities, First United Methodist Church, Gallery 22 International, Grove Women's Club, Kiwanis, Polen Capital, QEP, Rapoport Restaurant Group, Rotary, Sam's Club, Spirit of Giving, Steimger Iscoe & Greene, Stratis Business Systems, [email protected], The Boca Raton Airport Authority, Visiting Angels, Walgreens.  In addition, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor, Robert Weinroth and Florida Atlantic University's First Lady, Carolyn Kelly recognized the support and sacrifices made by the students and their families.




With over 38 years of experience Benvenuto Restaurant has become the premier catering and banquet destination in Palm Beach County and they have been hosting our annual holiday celebration for the past four years.




We hope all of our students are enjoying their Holiday Break and de-stressing before Winter Diagnostics begin. Please remember CYP can provide tutoring services to those students who need additional help. Our Lunch and Learn topic for January is Alzheimer's Disease. Stop by in the lunch room to see your Family Specialist.


Let's make 2016 a year to learn as much as you can about your caregiving situations so that we can limit the stresses of your worries. We have many exciting events planned for the new year, stay tuned for more information.




CYP Family Specialists are continuing groups in all of our High Schools. Please contact your Family Specialist to find out when your next group meeting is.


Reminder that the College Prep workshop for our Juniors and Seniors will be held January 4th at our AACY office from 10am - 3pm.  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the office at 561.391.7401 or let us know if you are no longer able to attend.


Don't forget to submit all college and scholarship applications by their deadlines!!! Ask your Family Specialist for assistance if needed.




The exciting news is that Congress and President Obama have reauthorized funding for respite care legislation...and it is for lifespan respite! Lifespan means it is for all ages; caregiving youth are included! Although all states are supposed to include caregiving youth in respite services, it is likely that Florida will be leading the way.

What exactly is respite? The dictionary says it means "to grant a temporary period of relief". The word traces back to the 14th Century!

When you are a caregiver, respite implies a break from caregiving responsibilities. Sometimes a respite worker who may be a volunteer or who is paid, may come to the home so a family caregiver can have some time off, time to breathe. Other times, the care receiver may go to a facility for a short stay once again providing the family with relief from the responsibilities of caregiving.

Perhaps as a caregiving youth, you need to do household chores and cooking. Sometimes a respite worker can help with cleaning or food shopping and cooking. Every family circumstance is different and the needs of family members respite vary.

What is important is that everyone who is a family caregiver of any age has the opportunity to take a break, to go for a walk or do exactly what you want to do with your "time off". Camp Treasure is an example of respite for caregiving youth in the Palm Beach County Caregiving Youth Project. Time to be with other caregiving youth, time for fun, have meals prepared and even no dishes to wash! It is a true break from your caregiving tasks.

If you would like to discuss your respite 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!


Wishing You and Your Families a Happy, Healthy 2016!

Gerry Fallon


American Association of Caregiving Youth

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