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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 and personal growth.
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We are excited to announce and invite you to participate in our Senior Writing Contest.  Being a caregiver has helped shape who you are today. You should take pride in your accomplishments and the challenges that you have overcome. 
Please ask your Family Specialist or email for the form with all contest details!  Be sure to submit your entry by the deadline of October 14, 2016! Please submit all responses to


Students did you know we have a new Instagram account and Facebook group?  CYP is connecting students just like you together! We are making new memories, creating new friendships and building stronger bonds!  Be sure to follow us, comment, like and re-share our posts!     Join us at Instagram @cyphearts and on Facebook at our Caregiving Youth Project Group.
John moved to Palm Beach County from Queens, NY in pursuit of his Master Degree in Social Work at FAU.  Prior to moving, he attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  John's previous experience has primarily in the field of substance misuse and with adolescents.  He ultimately wants to become a therapist for people who are struggling with substance issues. 

Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
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Issue: #101 September 2016  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

It is natural and right to have differences of opinions and feelings, even between two people who are at the same place at the same time experiencing the same circumstance.  What our eyes see, what our ears hear, and how our brains interpret the circumstance is uniquely our own.  When in a situation of varied opinions or feelings, a skill set that is healthy and helpful to practice is to "agree to disagree" - doing so can be of great value throughout your life!
Come visit our Lunch 'n' Learn table in your cafeteria. This upcoming month's topic will be cancer in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Remember, the favorite time of the year is coming up: Camp Treasure! This is our 20th camp! You must turn in your Camp Treasure Applications to become a part of the overnight fun on November 4th & 5th 2016! Ask your CYP Specialist for an application today!

The CYP is in three new middle schools, Tradewinds, Village Academy, and Loggers Run. Welcome.
Our organization has resources that are made available to you.
You should have your school progress reports. If you need assistance or tutoring in any of your classes please speak with your Family Specialist and learn how AACY can help!

The CYP is now also in Olympic Heights Community High School, Palm Beach Central High School and Village Academy. Welcome! 

In recent weeks on the news, in newspapers, perhaps in your classes, and even among your peers, you are witnessing and experiencing different types of relationships. You are hopefully discovering and even changing those relationships that are unhealthy for you. Who you associate with is within your control.

However, what about family? We have a choice for friendships; at a young age, we don't have a choice in family. And sometimes it's not only your loved one who is ill that frustrates you, it could even be a sibling or other family member!

As a caregiver who is also juggling school work, you may feel frustrations from time to time. You are not alone - even among adult family caregivers, frustration is the number one emotion experienced!

So, frustrations go with caregiving; it is a given! How you handle the frustrations is your choice and the better you become, the stronger foundation you will have for successfully handling any type of frustration that presents itself in your future; frustrations and challenges are part of life!

Determine if your feelings are from the circumstance you are in or is it from a less than healthy relationship with another person. If it is from another person, think about how you are going to manage your feelings; take some deep breaths; be calm and keep from shouting. Take a moment to consider what the other person is feeling. What is it like to walk in his/her shoes? This is especially important when there is a sudden change (and not for the better) in a person's health status.

If you are feeling frustrated with yourself, know that is also normal and again, something YOU can change! Apologize if you have hurt someone. Forgive a person if he or she has hurt you; forgiveness brings freedom, even for you.

Perhaps your frustration is from your circumstances in which there are challenges that are larger than you know how to deal with. Whatever the source of your frustration, feel free to speak confidentially with your CYP Family Specialist who is assigned to your school or call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s). Together we will help you and your family. We will work with you to reduce your frustrations and manage your circumstances so you can be your best - academically and personally!
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 and succeed in the global economy.
For this reason, The School District of PBC and AACY have an 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 pages 10-11 of the Student and Family Handbook 2016-2017 
Samantha, Brenna, Michelle
On September 29th, the Center for Child Counseling hosted the Palm Beach County premiere of the documentary, Resilience, at Dreyfoos School of The Arts.

Directed by James Redford, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope is a documentary that shows how extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and health across their lifespan. 
"Reflect upon you present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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