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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:  
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.

Help is available from now through, Monday, April 18th 2016.  Click on the link below to find a location nearest to you.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation invites children, ages five to 15, to use their creativity for the cause.  The contest is open through Friday, February 5!
More details can be found on their website.
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 School's  Family Specialist or call our office at (561) 391-7401.

It's All About the Kids
The Boca West Community Charitable Foundation was initiated in November of 2010. It came about as a desire by the thousands of members of the Boca West Country Club to give back in some way to Boca Raton and the surrounding community.

The Boca West Foundation has supported caregiving youth by providing us with fundraising, networking, and educational enrichment opportunities.  They have also provided swimming googles that were used at two Camp Treasures.

Issue: #93 January 2016  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President
Earlier this month Dr. Faraone and I had a special meeting with Dr. Christiansen, the new Deputy to Dr. Avossa, Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools. Early evening yesterday Dr. Christiansen tweeted a quote from Winston Churchill, "Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about." This is so true! No matter what is going on in my life, you and AACY stay on my mind as our whole team works together on behalf of you and your family.    
Groups for the 6th, 7th and 8th grades are in full swing at our middle schools. Thank you to all who are participating; we look forward to seeing you at our next group session. Please remember that we are here to assist you and your family beyond your group meetings at school.
During February we will be focusing on High Blood Pressure. See you at the Lunch & Learn table where you can pick up information.
CYP started 2016 on January 4th with an exciting and valuable College Prep Day!  We send thanks to our great presenters!  Among them was Robin Blank who not only provided a FAFSA presentation, and also helped High School Seniors apply with one on one application guidance.

Laura Clarkson put our students' minds at ease about prep for the  ACT/SAT testing.  This was Laura's second year in helping our graduates to be!  This year the topics expanded with Pam Perrin who discussed the George Snow scholarship opportunity, Carolyn Goldman reviewed the Viner Community 
Scholars Foundation application and requirements while Bonnie Rabin presented on Education and Career Success.  Deadlines are firm and as early as February 1st with George Snow. 
Please call the office if you have any
questions.  Don't forget - your guidance counselors can also help just ask for more scholarship information. Good luck seniors!
Need a little extra academic support? Let us know! We want you to be the best you can be and get the best grades possible - your future is in YOUR hands! Please contact your Family Specialist or Cara Zimmerman at the office - 561-391-7401.
Destination Imagination 2015-2016
Six 5th graders from Hidden Hill Elementary School in San Ramon CA, moved by the challenges of youth caregivers, have taken up their cause as a Destination Imagination Group - they are the DI Miracle Makers!
Their first encounter with the struggles of this Youth community were as seen and reported by CNN Heroes. The team took it as a community project to do something to benefit them. Their research led them to AACY! 
Gerry Fallon from AACY graciously agreed to become their Community Partner. She gave the kids research material to further their understanding of this community gap. The Miracle Makers were surprised to learn that there is no other national program to support youth caregivers. Hence, they set out to raise awareness about AACY,  it's outreach and volunteering programs in the local community. Here is the list of what they are working to accomplish:   
* Raise awareness by distributing flyers at community events and gatherings
* Hold community outreach drives at the local farmers' market & MedShare Go Green Initiative organized by AT&T
* Fundraise via door to door visits, book drives, bake sales and sale of hand made gift bags by the Miracle Makers (a work in progress)
* Volunteer and musical performance at a rehabilitation center where people with disabilities are accepted for respite care
* Create a website to assist with community awareness
When they accomplish the above, the Miracle Makers intend to demonstrate that no effort can be too small to provide much needed respite for the Young Caregiver.  Money raised will be donated to AACY to help support caregiving youth families.
They firmly believe "Its' Never Too Late To Make Miracles!"
Helping someone with memory loss kicked off the 2016 Lunch and Learn sessions that are one of the many CYP in school services.

When a person's memory declines, there can be several reasons including the one most often discussed, Alzheimer's disease (AD) which primarily affects older people. AD, especially in the early stages is one of those hidden illness. If you and your grandparent are walking and he/she needs to walk with support from a device such as a cane, someone from outside your family can see that your grandparent needs assistance with mobility.

With AD however, you and your grandparent can be walking and there may be no visual cue of the illness. So if your grandparent says or does something out of the ordinary and other people make comments, you may feel embarrassed. This is a normal feeling!

You may even want to say to yourself that you never want to go out in public again with your grandparent! Is that the best behavior for you and your grandparent? What can you do to manage your feelings, know they are typical and find a comfortable solution that allows you to continue to take walks in public places with your grandparent?

The first step is to acknowledge your own feelings and discomfort. Perhaps this situation has already happened once so you want to be prepared for what to do when and if it happens again. Sometimes there is simply a lack of knowledge and understanding by others about what you and your family are going through when caring for someone with memory loss.

Next it is important to realize that people may say things that are less than kind because for them it is a defense when they are confronted with something or a behavior they don't understand.
Finally, please know within yourself that you are doing what is right and that you can only control what you do, not what anyone else says or does. Always remember, YOU are a Treasure!

February 17, 2016

1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch Included
Limited FREE Tickets
Register at  - Questions 877.829.2734
"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her."
- David Brinkley
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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