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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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Join us for a festive, fun lunch filled with Holiday Spirit!!

Look for your invitation in the mail!
Sunday December 18, 2016 11:00am-2:00pm Benvenuto 1730 N . Fed. Hwy. Boynton Beach, FL 33435
To save your spot, you must call 561.391.7401 and ask for Brenna by December 13th.
Free General Admission
Children, friends and family members are invited for a great night of show jumping.
When:  Saturday December 3, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: 3400 Equestrian Club Rd. Wellington, FL 33414


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.
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault

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Issue: #103 November 2016  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

Trust is a two-way street. Having trust in another person and that person in you, is fundamental for a healthy relationship. This means doing what we say we will and letting the person know if something gets in the way of doing that.  We each have, within our control, the ability to be do what we say we will do.  We at AACY pledge to walk the trustworthy street; will you walk with us?  
Did you know that family members who have diabetes are high on the list of health conditions of family members cared for by youth?  November's Lunch and Learn sessions have been focused on Diabetes. Students were given information on the types of Diabetes, and how to help care for a family member or
someone in their home having Diabetes. Skills-Building Groups are continuing at our current middle schools; Boca Raton, Carver, Congress, Lantana, Okeeheelee, Omni, Palm Springs, Tradewinds, Village Academy, and Loggers Run, and starting soon at South Tech Academy. The students are learning how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, how to handle peer pressure including drugs and social media, and how to advocate.  
Winners of the Senior Essay Writing Contest were Isis Michalski, Abigail Shavell, Diane Desir. These students were presented with cash prizes from The BOMAR Foundation. The honorable mention went to Sterline Jules and Venica Noel.

Clink on the link to view all available Scholarships: 

At this past Camp Treasure, one camper asked, "How do I stop my family member from eating too much?" When someone you are caring for doesn't do what he/she is supposed to do, even something like eating the wrong foods, it can make you feel horrible.

Suppose it is your dad. You may think that, "He cares more about himself than he does about me" because of your love and concern for both him and for yourself. Eating behaviors are complicated and sometimes food becomes a source of satisfaction or even rebellion in addition to being fuel for the body.

Unless you are directly feeding someone and he/she is an adult, changing another person's habit is something that, although we wish there was a quick and easy fix, the motivation to change must come from within that person.

Eating too much and carrying around extra weight can be damaging to a person's body including their joints. The American Diabetes Association, states that overeating of any food, not just sugar, is the biggest diet related risk factor for Type 2 diabetes!

So how can you help someone tune into their body and make better food choices for the long-term? Let's say it is your dad. You can start by letting him know how much you love him and how concerned you are about his health. Use the "I" words, not a tone of accusation. For example, say "I feel worried when you eat too much" rather than something accusatory such as, "Stop it! You are eating too much!"

Using portion control is another way to help someone eat less. Instead of eating family style where the food is in front of everyone making it easy to have a second helping, serving a plate directly from the stove reduces food intake. Using a smaller plate can also help.

Celebrate the small accomplishments with your loved one. Use a scale and record weight on a regular basis so that progress toward a goal can be measured. Remember change is hard and doesn't have to happen "cold turkey" all at once. Being there unconditionally is important!

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 all be the healthiest you can be!
Sam's Club has supported AACY including the Caregiving Youth Project through sponsorships and in kind donations.  Their team has also helped with Reunion Camp and our Holiday Celebration.

Sam's Club is a membership warehouse club that offers their members quality products at an exceptional value unmatched by traditional retail. Sam's clubs pride themselves on giving back to the communities they serve.

This fall we held our 20th Camp Treasure on November 4th and 5th. Karen Harwood, who was the first "Camp Director, came to celebrate with us and was given a special gift. Students from middle schools across Palm Beach County came together to experience the magic and fun of Camp Treasure. Throughout their time at camp students took part in ice breakers, team building games, a campfire with s'mores, ropes course, swimming, and some great group sessions. Some campers even had their first experience sleeping away from home, and what better way than in a cabin with new friends! We were lucky to have visitors from Temple B'nai Torah who brought us handmade comfort dolls. Joe and Rosie Martin from Allegiance Home Health held an education session on safe ways to care for their family members who may be ill or disabled. They also provided the students with a very tasty ice cream party! Thank you to AmeriCorps and all of the volunteers, staff, and students who participated and made the 20th camp a memorable one!