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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:  
On Saturday August 6th we are proud and excited to be attending the Back to School Bash where many of our students will be able to receive school supplies. Please keep an eye in the mail for the invitation and please remember you must have the invitation with you in order to go!
August 5-7, 2016
a 3-day sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2016, and end at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2016. During this period, no Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Click on the link below for more information.
Morningday Community Solutions mission is to assist South Florida's ill, needy, youth, and veterans by supporting affordable housing solutions and offering local nonprofit organizations free or deeply discounted merchandise through our Framing Hope Warehouse.

Many of our caregiving families have received household furnishings, appliances and items used for minor repairs. 
Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family. 
Issue: #99 July 2016  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

A reporter recently asked me if I thought caregiving was harder when a person had a physical limitation or a memory care condition.  I replied that I think it is tougher on the individual with the physical illness and tougher on the family when helping someone with a memory disorder.  We must remember we can't change the illness of another, all we can change is how we care for ourselves and prioritize our responsibilities. Let's practice prevention and work on staying healthy!
We hope that all of our students have been having a fun and safesummer. We are looking forward to supporting you all again once school is back in session. Please keep an eye out for us in your Cafeteria. Enjoy the final days of summer!
On Thursday August 4th we will be hosting a college essay prepwriting workshop for our high school seniors. We are lucky to have published author, poet and fictional writer Lucille Shulklapper leading this year's workshop. The event will be from 10:00am-2:30pm and lunch will be provided. Seniors, if you have not already been contacted please call our office 561.391.7401. You don't want to miss this chance to improve your writing skills, and space is limited! 
Camp Treasure Reunion was held on July 6th at the FAU campus in Boca Raton. CYP students truly enjoyed the hot summer day that they had been waiting for. We are proud of the students who participated in the High Ropes Course. It was a unique and challenging event and every student succeeded. Kids enjoyed going all over campus to go to each of the stations. In arts and crafts creativity flowed while making dream boards. Everyone enjoyed a pool side lunch courtesy of Sam's Club. The pool time was a welcome relief on a hot day. There was also a bean bag toss, other games, and a  campus tour for high school students. When the fun was coming to an end, along came ice cream from a vintage Good Humor truck. To wrap up the day Samaritan 365 Kindness Matters group distributed baked ziti and brownies for our youth to take home and enjoy with their families.
We at AACY so appreciate knowing that you learn you are not alone in your caregiving role.
Often in summer, although school is out and you are relieved of your academic responsibilities, the caregiving responsibilities increase. In a way, sometimes being at school (or being at work for adult family caregivers) is like having a break!
We also know that, especially with all the news of violence in the US and in the world, you and your family may not feel your neighborhood is as safe as you would like it to be so you may find yourself indoors a lot. And, depending on your caregiving circumstances, you may be unable to have friends over.
What happens then? You start feeling isolated and perhaps even depressed. This is a normal feeling when you feel alone. You realize that you are actually look forward to school starting!J
There are some positive things that you can do for yourself that can help you work through your sense of isolation:
  • Start a regular exercise routine - even in your home
  • Call a friend or participate in online healthy conversations
  • Share your experiences and learn from others on a safe website forum such as The Caregiver Space
  • Write in a journal to express yourself - you will find those entries interesting to read later on in your life
  • Do a creative project - cook something different, write a poem, draw or do whatever brings you to some happiness and stress relief.
As always, know that we at AACY are but a phone call (561-391-7401) away. If you have a question that we can't answer, we will help you find the answer you need.
Thank you for all that you do for your family and for others!
CRACK!! went the baseball bats on Sunday, July 24th when Polen Capital took 9 CYP to the Marlins vs. New York Mets game. Held at the Marlins Stadium in Miami, the game was the first time that most of the students (and our Family Specialist!) had ever been to a major league baseball event. Making this cool trip possible was one of our generous benefactors, Polen Capital of Boca Raton. Polen executive Dan Davidowitz joined our Specialist Alicia Villarreal to chaperone  and ensure the safety of all CYP students. Everyone had a total blast and even got a special photo taken in front of the Marlins Bobblehead Museum. Thank you, Polen Capital and Mr. Dan--AACY staff and families are very appreciative of all that you do to foster the progress and success of caregiving youth!
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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