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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.
Since 1979, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) has offered help, hope and humanity through our comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs.

With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling & mental health services, career & employment services, and many volunteer opportunities.

They assists our families by providing respite, food pantry and meals on wheels services.  

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and nearly 40% of teens fail their driving tests the first time they take it. The Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) is helping create safer teen drivers. In partnership with, the Palm Beach County Library System offers free, unlimited online access to Florida Driver Permit practice tests. Students of all ages can find everything they need to know about applying for and taking their Florida drivers test in one convenient online location. The tests and the corresponding Driver's Handbook are available on PBCLS website at
Prevent the "Summer Slide"
Call 561.391.7401 and speak with a Family Specialist if you are interested in receiving tutoring help during the summer.  We have certified teachers in all subjects.
Middle school students who entered the Caregiving Youth Project this year were given a blanket or a quilt made by the Linus Project or the Hibiscus Quilt guild of South Florida.

Thank you to all those who contributed their time and talents to creative and give these meaningful gifts.

Issue: #97 May 2016  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

This time of year is a time of change for many - on to the next grade, high school, college or even college graduations!  So it is a time of reflection and what is next for your life.  As you think more about the reality of your next steps, please consider these words of wisdom:
"The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better for others."
- Kennedy
Congratulations to all graduating middle school students and to those who completed their Skills Building groups. We look forward to our continuing relationship with you. Please remember to let us know if there is a change in your family situation or contact information. We are planning many fun activities for you throughout the summer!!
Camp Treasure Reunion, complete with high ropes and swimming, will be July 6th at FAU. Please call to reserve a spot. All students who attended any Camp Treasure are invited to attend.
Camp Treasure was held from May 6-7th at Gold Coast Camp in Lake Worth. In addition to a ropes course, swimming and campfire, several partners helped make Camp Treasure XIX a great success! This includes medical education under the direction of Lenny Schwab of Walgreens, "hands only" CPR by Marvin Hubert of PBC Fire Rescue, goggles for swimming from Boca West Foundation, caricatures, towels, t-shirts and ice cream from ADT, along with Improv by our own volunteer and AmeriCorps volunteer counselors. 

Thank you for completing the End of Year Feedback Form. Your input is critical for improving the program!  High school students who have not completed an End of the Year Feedback Form will be contacted during June. Thank you for your cooperation. 
The graduation party to celebrate your achievements will be held on Tuesday June 2nd from 4-6pm. For you, the graduate and one family member. If you haven't already reserved your seats, call Ms. Vera today at 561-391-7401.
Congratulations in almost completing another school year! We know that although school is soon stopping, your caregiving continues. There may even be more of it!

This month our Lunch and Learn information has focused on lupus. Unlike some chronic conditions, lupus is one of those diseases which is more prevalent among African-American and Latino populations. This illness happens earlier in life so it is more likely that your parent develops lupus than your older grandparent or great grandparent. However, an older person may have had lupus, and even its complications for a number of years.

Lupus, as an illness, is similar to a roller coaster with many ups and downs. Your family member is likely to have good days and those days that are not so good. By being prepared to expect these changes, you can manage your responses better. Know that when it is a day filled with many symptoms it is part of the illness, it is not something that you have done; it is not your fault!

With the coming of the summer months, dehydration can accelerate the effects of lupus as well as other health conditions. So keeping yourself AND your family member well hydrated by drinking lots of water, or even fluids with electrolytes, is one of the best preventive measures you can take to maintain physical balance. When you and your loved one feel as strong as possible, your sense of well-being also improves.

Keeping all types of life balances is important, including a person's emotional state. Join with your family member in being super well informed about lupus so that you can engage in a cooperative and healthy relationship. Managing stress is big on the list! Help to figure out what is causing a particular stress and if it is something you can change, do it. If not, work hard to let it go; eliminate taxing your bodies on things you cannot change such as the spoken words or behaviors of others.

Please know that you are always free to call the AACY/CYP office (561.391.7401) to speak with a member of the "A-Team" to discuss any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s).
Mentor a Caregiving Youth
CYP Students joined with their mentors in a fun filled bowling party.  The event was held at [email protected] on Saturday May 21st.
A mentor is someone who helps a young person grow and succeed. A mentor is someone who is making an investment in your future.

Please let your Family Specialist know if you would like to have a mentor or call our office 561.391.7401.


"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them."  
Happy Memorial Day.
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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