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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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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.
The George Snow Scholarship Fund's assists deserving individuals within our community achieve their academic and career goals.

AACY and Polen Capital sponsor two caregiving youth scholarships.  We encourage our students to attend our writing workshops and to apply to the George Snow Scholarship Fund.


Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
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Thank you for all that you do!
National Family Caregivers Month is an annual designation observed in November.
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." - Abraham Lincoln
Issue: #102 October 2016  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

It is now Halloween time...a time to officially wear a mask and have some fun!  How many of us wear a mask everyday? Our mask lets us hide what we are going through or what we are feeling? At CYP, our hope is that pieces of your everyday mask will come off as you meet other caregiving youth who are facing similar challenges. You will gain the courage to take off the false mask and put on your authentic face, knowing what you do everyday is so important for your family and for all of society.    
It's that time of year again! Camp Treasure is right around the corner!! Camp will be held November 4-5th. Welcome packets have already been sent to the families. Spots are filling up fast so please call the office if you would like to attend! 
Skills Building Groups introduce skills that will last a lifetime.  It is also a time and place to meet other youth caregivers and share your experiences.  Please feel free to stop by the table during Lunch and Learn, the topic for November is diabetes.
We are excited to have your continued participation in the CYP and look forward to another successful year! As always, we welcome students that are joining CYP for the very first time. 
College application deadlines are approaching fast! Make sure to check the website of the schools that you are interested in or with your guidance counselor to confirm the deadline dates!
On November 5, 2016 winners of our essay contest will be announced at our annual Hearts & "Soles" dinner.
We welcome students that are joining us for the very first time. Don't forget to see your CYP Family Specialists for information on tutoring assistance, scholarship information, and college readiness.
Why you should love Hoffmans
Hoffman's Chocolate is having a grand opening on November 15th and we invite everyone to stop by.
Delray Marketplace
14851 Lyons Rd., #100
Delray Beach, FL 33446

AACY is honored to have been the charity selected to receive 50% of all sales on the Grand Opening Day at the new Hoffman's. 

It is hard to remember what life was like without the Internet! No place to Google "cancer" - that "C" word that no one wants to hear for themselves, for a family member, friend or even someone you don't know very well.

What medical and other professionals are learning to better appreciate is that the impact of a significant diagnosis goes beyond the patient to the whole family. Someday we will move away from pure patient-centered care to family-centered care and the role of the family caregiver...of any age...will be better understood and appreciated!

The good news today is that much headway has been made in the specific treatments of varying cancers and that there is often the ability to target medications to a specific cancer type. We've come a long way; there is still a long way to go!

So how do you help your family member and at the same time also help yourself to cope? Staying positive throughout the journey is the one thing that most people with cancer and their family's say: Never give up! However, that is easier said than done!

One of the simple things that anyone can do it to keep positive affirmations in your environment. You can make up new sayings or use popular ones such as:
  • Cancer is only a chapter, not the whole story
  • You are stronger than you know
  • Be too determined to be defeated
  • Hope is stronger than fear
  • Your courage and strength is what defines you, not your illness
  • If you can't do everything you want, do what matters most
Walk with your family member a step, a day at a time. You don't have to do everything all at once; just little by little. The important thing is to begin taking small steps and keep stepping!

If you would like to discuss your 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!
On Wednesday October 12th, some CYP students got together at Sugar Sand Park for a fun BBQ Park Day.  What better way to spend a day off school, then hanging out with your friends, meeting new friends, playing games and eating some tasty food! Upon arriving students played some ice breaker games to get to know one another like screaming toes, dragon tag and some epic rock, paper, scissor team challenges.  As we waiting for lunch we got the opportunity  to take a ride on the Carousal thanks to Dr. Connie!  BBQ lunch was a success with hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone.  Have you ever put a cookie on your forehead and tried to use the muscles in your faces to slide the cookie into your mouth?  You should try it, because our students had a lot of fun trying the "Minute To Win It Game" FACE THE COOKIE.  After lunch campers challenged each other to a friendly game of kickball, we totally have some young athletes in our organization.  We are looking forward to our next park day, and had a wonderful time day together!
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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