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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.


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 Cool Clothes Closet is a "Store" dedicated to providing fashionable clothing, free of charge, to "teenagers in need" in a boutique-style setting.
AACY and CYP would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Lynda Walsh and the Cool Clothes Closet for always being so generous to our students. Our family specialists have had the opportunity to help fellow CYP students fill their closets and drawers with new clothes, and there is no better feeling than seeing a smile on the students face as they pick out and try on new clothes and accessories. Prom is the highlight of many high school students' careers, and we would not want a student to not be able to go because the cost of a dress or tux is too much. Thanks to the Prom event some of our students were able to pick out gorgeous dresses and get fitted for tuxes. We hope our students have a fun and safe night at Prom 2017! Thank you again to the Cool Clothes Closet!

If you have a prom or special event coming up, AACY partners with Cool clothes Closet. Please call our office at 561.391.7401 to find out more information and have your family specialist make arrangements to visit their location. 
The 2017 Boating and Beach Bash for People with Disabilities happened on March 18th at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.  It was a free and fun filled experience for kids, adults, and Veterans who are physical or intellectually challenged. Thank you to all who made that happen!

Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
Learn more here

Another resource is   that offers detailed information on a veterans' pension benefit called Aid and Attendance (A&A). If veterans require assisted living care in a community or at home, A&A gives the information they need to apply for the A&A benefit themselves for free. Senior veterans and spouses use this benefit to help them afford quality home care.

Issue: #107 March 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Hang tough!  You are in the final quarter of this school year!  I had to share this comment from Mishu Khan, one of our CYP grads from Boca High and UF who is now in CA in the UCIrvine Physics Department working as a Teaching Assistant.  I sent him a Happy Birthday wish on Facebook and this is what he wrote back: Thank you Connie! All those life skills have made living on my own here SO MUCH EASIER than I expected, I'm truly thankful for your program and your service to us caregivers personally.
We want our Skills Building, other workshops and experiences also be as meaningful for YOUR success as they have been for Mishu- even years later!
March has been a busy month for the CYP; our Family Specialists have been finishing skills building groups, sharing information on Epilepsy and seizure diagnosis during Lunch and Learns, and planning end of the year events. Stay tuned to learn more about the exciting activities we have planned for our students as the school year comes to an end and summer begins. Good luck to all of our students on the FSAs!

Remember to get a good night sleep and eat breakfast in the morning before your tests. Feeling like your caregiving responsibilities is preventing this? Please reach out to your Family Specialist or our office 561.391.7401 to learn more ways on how CYP support can alleviate your stress! 
On Saturday, March 25th we had the pleasure of working with women from the Boca Raton/ Deerfield Beach Soroptimist club to facilitate the "Dream it, Be It" workshop. Female high school students were selected to participate in the workshop where they were paired up and mentored for the day. Students had the opportunity to create dream boards, talk about goals, how to achieve their goals and what their future career options. It was an inspirational day for our students and we know attending this workshop has motivated and personally affected each and every one of them. Although this was a workshop for female high schools students the message applies to all of you: If you can dream it, you can be it! You are in control of your future and anything is possible!
On Sunday March 12th, AACY held its first annual Bowl-A-Thon! Students from nine middle schools and five high schools attended the event with their families or mentors. We had a great afternoon that was spent making memories while getting strikes, spares, and even some trick shots and having just some good old fun. Tasty food was provided and all bowlers got to take home nice treat bags. What is a Bowl-A-Thon without some friendly competition? For each strike earned, students and their families got tickets to enter into various drawings. Each student took home a trophy and a gift card for pizza or Chick-fil-a! This event wouldn't have been possible if it was not for the generous community we live in, thank you to all our sponsors, donors, and volunteers! We hope to see you at the second Bowl-A-Thon!
Hey CYP students, did you know there is a club at Boca High that makes sure students don't eat alone during lunch time? What a great inclusive program! Kindness and being a friend are two important characteristics that we should all pride ourselves on. You never know the impact you can have on someone else's day by sharing a smile, asking how they are, and even better sharing lunch so they don't have to be alone. If you don't go to Boca High and are interested in starting this club at your school, go to [email protected]
In our schools, this month's Lunch and Learns have been focused on seizures, a disorder of the brain also known as epilepsy. It's a condition that has existed for years that is even described in some Biblical writings. At the last Camp Treasure one of the students asked about how to handle the reactions of others when someone looks normal but has a hidden health condition - something that people outside of the family don't easily understand.

Having a seizure condition is somethings that many people try to keep hidden as if it is something to feel shame about. The unknown often creates feelings of fear. Fear often raises its ugly head when we don't understand something or someone's behavior.

Having a seizure is not in the control of the person with this disorder, unless of course prescribed medications to control the seizures are not taken. Sometimes there are also "triggers" that stimulate a seizure that can be avoided. It is also not something that you or anyone else gives to another person.

Being prepared as much as possible alleviates some of the anxiety that you may feel if your family member who you care for has a seizure disorder. What are some things you can do to be prepared?
Keep a list handy of all the medications your family member is taking
  • Make sure critical medications are renewed before they run out
  • Know the name of the doctor who is in charge of the seizure care
  • Have important phone numbers available
  • Prevent your family member from injuring himself/herself if a seizure occurs

As a caregiver, you may feel especially anxious never knowing when a seizure may happen. This is a very normal feeling! Chronic illnesses that offer no visual cues to others make managing those conditions more of a challenge for the caregiver. If someone has a wound, you can judge how well it is healing or if it requires different care to heal. It is impossible to look into someone's brain to learn when and if another seizure will occur; perhaps one day as medical technology advances, this will be possible!

If you are experiencing having a tough time dealing with the issues surrounding seizures, please feel free to speak with a trusted adult such as the Family Specialist of the Caregiving Youth Project who is in your school or who is a phone call away at 561.391.7401.
"Well done is better than well said" - Benjamin Franklin
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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