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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.
Hi My name is Cinthia! I am the newest member of the CYP team. I completed both my Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. GO OWL's! I have worked with youth and their families for many years and I am super excited to start my journey here at AACY. I look forward to meeting and working with the many wonderful youth caregivers out there. Thank you all for what you do! Remember stay positive and always stay true to who you are. By the way, SMILE you are too cute not to!!!
On Wednesday January 11th the AACY partnered with Whole Foods and participated in their Community Giving Day. That meant that 5% of all proceeds from the net amount of money made that day were donated to our organization. It truly takes a community and we can only help support our students and their families with our local contributors. Members from AACY and volunteers were at an information table and shared who we are as an organization. This helped spread the word of who you, our of hidden heroes, are and the responsibilities you take on daily. Thank you to all who shared information to those who shopped!   "Alone we can do so little, together we
can do so much"
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Issue: #105 January 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
 It seems like it is easier than ever to get caught up in controversial and even negative communications - those that are verbal and those that are written. Many of those that are shared electronically can have a life beyond what you might ever wish or think about...for today and for your futures. Let's work to always stay positive in our words and in our actions!
In their 411 series, this is the latest book to help teens who are hidden heroes as they take on adult roles to provide caregiving for ill or disabled family. Dr. Connie wrote the forward to I Am A Teen Caregiver. Now What? by Avery Elizabeth Hurt. Available on Amazon now or ask your school librarian.
Skill Building groups are taking place in all of our middle schools. Speak to your Family Specialist during groups or at Lunch & Learns if you are interested in learning about tutoring services or our mentor program.  In addition, your Family Specialist is available to come to your home and discuss how CYP can further assist your family.
During February we will be focusing on heart illnesses, including hypertension, high blood pressure, and stroke. See you at the Lunch & Learn table where you can pick up information!
Reminder; George Snow and Community Foundation scholarships are due at midnight on February 1st.
Thank you Samaritan 365 for allowing Jack Levine to collect gift cards at West Boca High School. His group enjoyed a presentation along with a Q & A by Cindi Pierre.

Going above and beyond, Family Specialist, Michelle is participating in SAC meetings at Village Academy.
It's easy to joke about being forgetful and losing our memories! The reality is that it can be scary caring for your family member who has a health condition associated with memory loss. It can be frightening and challenging for you and for others to understand. Somehow it just doesn't seem logical that one day the person knows you and knows your name and then the next day he or she doesn't.

Sometimes with music or art, the mind of the person you used to know returns for even a little while. When this happens, it is likely that you wish the "normal" experience would last.

The unpredictability of illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and the way it advances quickly with one person and much more slowly in another, increases the uncertainties of your caregiving. It is not only the advancement of the illness that makes caring for your family member a challenge, it is also the behaviors that vary so much.

You may have a sibling or other family member who seems to be the favorite in keeping the calm- or that person may be you, placing more demands on you. Sometimes the "acting out" behaviors make it difficult to have your friends over; friends who may not understand. The parents of your friends may also not understand and may not want their child to have that experience. Often people's misunderstandings are out of ignorance rather than intentional prejudices.

The behavior of your friends and possibly even their family members is out of your control - it's just one of those things that you have to let go of; you know and understand from a perspective that is different from theirs.

When you are caregiving for someone with a loss of memory, you may have extra worries as you realize that the illness will progress and the need for more caregiving and time demands on you will increase. How is it possible to manage everything and still be successful in school?

As you have these concerns and questions, it is the perfect time to check in with your CYP Family Specialist at your school. A home visit by CYP staff can be helpful to explore resources in the community. There may also be assistance for you and your family at home. If your school schedule hasn't permitted time for you to check in with a CYP team member there, feel free to call the AACY office at 561.391.7401.

Thank you for all that you do to help your family. Always remember, YOU are a Treasure!

On Monday January 16th we held our annual College Day Readiness Workshop. This year we offered it to our graduating seniors to help ensure they were on the right path to post graduation success. We spent the morning taking advantage of filling out for FAFSA and listening to a presentation by Mrs. Pernice, an expert in  student Financial Aid. After a quick lunch and a few fun rounds of hangman one of our Family Specialists, Mrs. Kim, gave a presentation on the Community Foundation and scholarship opportunities. Next up on the agenda was Mrs. Clarkson, who spoke about resume building, and the college application process. Our students ended the day with a presentation from Mrs. Perrin from the George Snow Scholarship Foundation who spoke about the scholarship opportunities that the Foundation has available. We are very grateful to all of our speakers and the support they gave our participants. We at AACY continue gathering important information that will help you in these next few months as you finish preparing for college.
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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