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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.


Did you know we have an Instagram account and Facebook group?  We at CYP want you to connect with each other.  You will be 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.
Michelle D. Sherman, PhD. & Deanne M. Sherman

This book helps teens to:

- Understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness

- Learn coping skills

- Sort through complex feelings

- Deal with friends

- Identify resources and find hope

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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.
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.
Issue: #111 July 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Yikes!  It's almost time to go back to school!  Where did the time fly by?  Or maybe it didn't for you...sometimes school is easier and more fun than being at home. There is structure, friends and even food along with lots of opportunities to learn...and right now, in addition to your caregiving responsibilities, your job is to learn as much as you can and build a strong foundation for your future. Plan what you will do to make this 2017-18 school year the very best it can be for YOU!
The Back to School Bash is being held on July 29th this year. 
Do you or does your family member have a health condition that somewhat limits the "normal" ability to think, move or respond?  You and they are not alone!  There are more people than anyone can imagine that have some type of impairment - everybody is different and no one is totally perfect!

Except, not everyone is independent in their ability to manage everyday living.  And that's when we, as caregivers step up to the plate.

Perhaps you help with a sibling who, although he or she is no longer a baby, walking is not possible - and your role as a caregiver continues.  One of the challenges in caring for a younger person is that even with a disability, growth continues and weight increases!  A larger wheelchair may be needed but now that chair no longer fits in the bathroom.  You might have steps to leave and re-enter your home and it is tough to keep lifting your loved one in and out in the wheel chair, especially as he or she continues to grow and weigh more.  

Thankfully there are ways to help with the physical tasks of caregiving.  For a start, keeping your own body as healthy and as strong as possible makes a big difference.  Exercising your core muscles and practicing lifting techniques that include using your legs to help lift instead of just using your back gives you protection.

  In addition to strengthening and protecting your body, there is equipment available that may be available through insurance or through other agencies such as Clinics Can Help in Palm Beach County.  Items such as a Hoyer lift, a lift chair, a transfer board, personal care items or even a ramp can make life easier for both you and your family.

Sometimes it seems quicker when you assist the person in your care by doing something yourself.  However, for their well-being, it is very important to encourage independence! Have them do as much as they can for themselves!  Try something fun by using a prize or an award when the person reaches a certain goal that you have established together.  Perhaps one consideration is a physical achievement such as using a fork or a spoon to eat.

As always, if you are experiencing having a tough time dealing with the issues surrounding your caregiving, 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.    
This month we had an opportunity to partner with the CLIMB program at Lynn Cancer Institute for our students who are caregiving for a parent with cancer. Students attended a workshop focused on helping them process the cancer experience of their family and meet other children going through a similar time.  
Opportunity Center at Palm Beach State College is available to help high school seniors and young adults who want to attend college. The TRIO-Educational Opportunity Center can help you apply for college, complete your FSA ID, complete your FAFSA application and help with GED referrals. This is a free program from Palm Beach State College and is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to adults 19 and older who desire a post-secondary education. For more information, click on the link or call at 561.868.3681. 
We welcome Amoy Gordan, MSW who is the newest member on the AACY team! She's originally from Brooklyn, New York, and has been a resident of Florida for the past three years.  Her hobbies include watching television, listening to music, traveling and giving back to her community.  Amoy says, "I am estatic to be the new Family Specialist on this amazing team and look forward to meeting and working with all the youth caregivers!"  
The state has no issue with you using coupons or taking advantage of buy-one-get-one-free sales during the sales tax holiday. Use this to your advantage and make the most of this great tax free savings event.
Retailers are increasingly competitive in the back-to-school period, so be on the lookout for bargains that are unlikely to repeat themselves during the school year.
Lakesha Smith is heading to Michigan from July 29 - August 5 to compete in track and field at the Junior Olympic Games.
"Don't try so hard to fit in, and certainly don't try so hard to be different...Just try hard to be you." By Zendaya
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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