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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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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 foreward 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 an 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.

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 Veteran's 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.
*Balance family, work & caregiving
*Motivate family members to help
*Convince Dad to stop driving
*Persuade Mom to listen to you
*Legally protect your aging parents
*Secure the future of your adult child
It's on July 20, 2017 at the Mt. Carmel Banquet Hall at St. Jude; 21689 Toledo Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33433 from 10:00am - 2:30pm, Lunch is included.  There are a limited number of free tickets for Family Caregivers.  Register at or call 954.362.8126.
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of 
crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here's how it works:
1. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
2. A Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
Cost - the service is completely free, but messaging rates apply if you're NOT on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile.
Check it out
Hurricane Guide


The hurricane guide contains important phone numbers, resources and general safety tips.

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
- Dale Carnegie 
Issue: #110 June 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Time and time again we are greeted by a blank stare when we ask, "But what about the kids who are also caregiving in that family?"  Ignorance is not intentional...people don't know what they don't know! Sharing your stories, as many of you are willing to do, is the best way to help others understand your challenges and blessings of caregiving. This summer and beyond, let's become megaphones to increase the volume of your voices and create support for more youth caregivers!!
Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates! Thank you Healthier Boynton Beach for the beverages and Samaritan 365 for the wonderful dessert and volunteers that assisted in serving them.

Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Firestone for awarding scholarships to graduates. We are proud of all of you!! We also appreciate that CYP graduate Mandy Alvarado-Rivera gave some transition to college tips.
You are a Youth Caregiver, so what?  How important is your role on your well-being? Something may be happening to you that perhaps you (and others!) don't recognize while you are caregiving.  

That something is having purpose and recognizing the value of what you are doing for your family and for well as yourself without even knowing it!  Often these qualities are ones that your peers do not have the chance to learn.

When you provide care for another, your relationship propels to a level that you otherwise would be unlikely to achieve with that family member.  That person depends on you and, with it, you are developing a sense of compassion and empathy along with learning new skills.  If you weren't a caregiver, would you ever have experienced the value of helping someone to walk or giving them lifesaving medication, perhaps even relieving their pain?

When you are a caregiver, you also learn on-the-job problem solving...sometimes the challenges are simple such as helping your family member, who has to stay home, engage in something fun to prevent boredom and depression. Maybe together you play a board game or do a puzzle. Perhaps you explore something fun on the computer or help him or her start a new hobby to help solve the depression that often goes with isolation and boredom.  
Sometimes you may need to seek some outside advice to solve a problem - and this is more than okay!  Remember, that asking for help is a sign of strength!   

Perhaps most of all, you and other youth caregivers learn resiliency.  So what is that?  It is the unique and important ability that you are quietly developing to make it through tough days and realize that tomorrow will be better.  It's making a day of sour lemons turn into sweet lemonade.  Little by little you learn what is really important and you develop mental toughness as you take on and do things you never ever expected to do!  Your inner strength increases.

Your role at home is so important that The School District of Palm Beach County recognizes the value of what you do and permits AACY to award you Community Service Hours for caregiving, a high school graduation requirement!

Take time this summer to reflect on the value of your role as a caregiving youth and how what you are doing and what you are learning will prepare you for success in life.

As always, know that we at AACY are but a phone call (561-391-7401) away.  If you have a question that we can't answer, we will help you find the answer you need.
Thank you for all that you do for your family and for others!
"Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the diverse internal and external communities that it serves." 

Just this month, Camp Treasure Reunion was held at the FAU main campus.  The Caregiving Youth Project and FAU partner together in a number of ways.  There are opportunities to take a tour of the campus, attend workshops to learn tips on test taking to improve your ACT/SAT score, a writing workshop to help you with college applications, essays, and scholarships.

On December 19th caregiving youth and their families are invited to attend the Boca Bowl at FAU Stadium. Stay turned for more information on this fun event! 
Ricky Petty, Project Director of Healthier Boynton Beach (HBB) and Ms. Claudine met with CYP students at Congress Middle School.  Some of the students will begin a pilot Summer Youth Institute through HBB.
The School District of Palm Beach County's Summer Learning Inspirations program gives K-12 students the opportunity to engage in fun reading and learning during the summer, helping to prepare them for school in the fall. It also helps them maintain the progress they made during the school year. The Summer Learning website for students and families contains hundreds of activities, books to read, family resources, community locations to discover, and summer camp listings. Schools Out 
The Summer Reading Program is back at the Palm Beach County Library System! All ages are encouraged to explore ways to "build a better world." Sign up at any Palm Beach County Library System location or Bookmobile stop from Monday, June 5 through Friday, July 28, and begin earning and tracking points. Once completed, return your log or tracker for great prizes and raffles! 

The Norton museum of Art's weekly Family Studio Program does not stop just because school is out! The Family Studio Program is every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. This program provides families with kid-friendly tours based on the museum collection and special exhibitions, followed by activities that combine what kids learned on the tour with their own creativity. The program is offered in Spanish (on request in advance) as well as English, and has a $1 materials fee per child. Museum admission is free.  For more information
On Thursday June 22nd, we held our annual Camp Treasure Reunion at FAU. 

What a great day! We had 45 students from the CYP!  Students got the chance to use the ropes course where some students even made it to the top of the rock wall!  It was a beautiful, warm day, so swimming in the pool was the perfect way to cool off and enjoy spending time with new and old friends.  After a delicious lunch from our friends at Sam's Club, we all went into the air conditioned gym to play relay races and games.  What a quick day it was! Thanks to West Boca Medical Center, students were given first aid kits to take home. We are already counting down to our next Camp Treasure!  Thank you to AmeriCorp's volunteers, Boca West Medical Center, FAU, Sam's Club, all of the volunteer drivers, and camp nurse Mary Ann, with whom which, this great, memorable day would not have been possible!
Ropes course and rock climbing wall.
Nothing better than pool time, on a hot summer day!
  Relay races and lunch.
Camp Treasure Reunion group picture.
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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