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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

click here for more information

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.
Rise Above! Youth Leadership Summit
Saturday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach

Middle and high school students are invited to this media advocacy training on drug prevention and can earn 8 hours of community service for participation. Parents can attend the Parent Cafe from 9-11 a.m. For information, Click here
Find back-to-school tips for grandparents raising their grandchildren in the Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services monthly newsletter.  Click hereview the back-to-school edition of their newsletter (page 10).
"ABILITY is what you're capable of doing.  MOTIVATION determines what you do.  ATTITUDE determines how well you do it." by Lou Holtz 
Issue: #112 August 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
We hope this school year is off to a terrific start for you!  One thing for sure, as caregivers we must learn to "stack" or prioritize things in order to get everything accomplished. Learning this skill and doing first what is on top of your stack will help you in your future. The more you practice, the easier it becomes.  Mishu, one of our CYP high school graduates said he realized that because of caregiving and CYP, he was much more prepared to manage his life than his peers who were not caregivers! We trust that you will experience this too!
Welcome back to school CYP students!! We hope the first few weeks of school have gone well and you're getting back into the school routine.   If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed with the class material or need tutoring help, please call your CYP Family Specialist (561.391.7401) to see how we can assist.  CYP Family Specialists are back in the schools and are anxious to begin Lunch and Learn sessions and Skills Building Groups.     
Welcome!! We, your Family Specialists will be in your school to begin monthly meetings and Lunch and Learn sessions. CYP Seniors - when you attend your Skills Building Groups, please make sure you are asking for assistance from your Family Specialists regarding financial aid, scholarships, and college applications. Also remember to submit your log sheet for Community Service hours! 
It is difficult to watch the news of Hurricane Harvey and the impact it is having on people of all ages in Texas and beyond.  Some of you may have family or friends there.  Also your family may have flashbacks of memories of the ravages of other hurricanes or natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti.

It is not unusual to respond to these life tragedies by experiencing vicarious trauma by seeing, hearing about and then feeling the struggles of what others are going through.  You or your family members may even develop symptoms as a result of the pictures, TV coverage and social media clips.  We would wish that only the caring pictures would be the ones that stay with us; thankfully there are many of those also!  Some things that occur as a result of vicarious trauma for which you should be on the lookout for include:
  • Mood swings or feelings of insecurity
  • Physical effects such as headaches
  • Changes in eating habits or behaviors that put one at-risk
  • Inability to focus, including at school
So what can you do to help yourself?  You can take a break from watch the news or disturbing videos!

It may be difficult to discard the pictures of people suffering from your mind as you wonder, "What if this was me and my family?"  Don't you wish that our minds had a "delete" ability?

What are some of the things you can do, that you already know about, to help you manage when disturbing mind pictures remain with you?  You can use the stress managing skills that you have learned with the CYP staff.  You may take a walk, listen to some music, watch a captivating movie, or read a special book.  

Sometimes expressing your feelings by writing poetry or creating an art project can help. Also sharing your feelings with others may help you realize that they too are experiencing the same thoughts as you are; together you can be a source of support for each other!

If you continue to experience signs of vicarious trauma, it can interfere with your education and your life and you may need extra support.  Know that help for you is available!  Speak with your CYP Family Specialist, call the office (561.391.7401) or email [email protected] so you can receive the help and support you need. The CYP team is here for you and your family. We will work with you to make this your best school year ever!
Allegiance Home Health provides a standard of care that sets the bar high. Their nurses, therapists, and home aides are both medically certified, and also pass their own personal qualitative tests. They hire the most compassionate, confident, and devoted caregivers who consider their work a passion and a calling.
Allegiance provides services to our families, sponsors AACY events, is our Boca Festival Days partner, and Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, Allegiance CEO is an AACY Board Director.   
AACY would like to thank and recognize contacts at our schools that go above and beyond to assist in making the Caregiving Youth Project a success.  Students that are supported in their caregiving roles are more likely to attend school, get good grades, know they are not alone and most importantly, graduate!

Tonya Geradi, Guidance Secretary at Palm Beach Central High School. Mrs. Geradi has been an influential part of the success of the CYP at this high school. She is always ready to assist our Family Specialists whenever they are in need. She is knowledgeable of the student population, efficient and caring. She arranges groups meeting, locations, and connects our Family Specialist to the appropriate personnel when necessary. She is a true supporter of AACY. To Mrs. Geradi, Thank you!
Iris Santiago, Secretary at Lantana Middle School, assists CYP Family Specialist, Claudine Jean-Louis to call students for Skills Building groups, collect paperwork and permission slips for events and overall is a great supporter and contact for the program. Thank you Ms. Santiago!
As summer was coming to a close, CYP middle school students had a slumber party at Strikes in Boca.  Boy what fun did we have!  You can't have a slumber party without wearing your PJ's, indulging in pizza and ice cream sundaes! Students had a blast bowling, participating in a workshop with our friends from Jewish Family Services, playing in the arcade and don't forget the late night relay races after the bowling alley closed to the public.  The Family Specialists are still catching up on sleep! Middle schooler's, we don't know how you stay up so late and wake up so early!  Regardless, we know new friendships and memories were made and we can't wait for the chance to do it all over again.  We are so fortunate to have such great community support, and people like the Belletieri's, who own Strikes in our lives and who are so generous to give this opportunity.
Have you seen our posts about the cooking in a Crock-Pot contest?  Some CYP students participated in a cooking class at Boca Helping Hands.  Wonderful volunteers taught them how to cook from recipes, and under the direction of our head chef for the day Mrs. Donna, we even got to sample some great dishes!  Participates were each given a crock-pot that was donated by Jarden Consumer Solutions, and Boca Helping Hands made sure every student left with groceries and a hot meal for the night.
Check out our social media to see some of the recipes that were cooked up!
We are so incredibly grateful to our community partners and volunteers! We can only have these amazing events because of them!      
Thank you to the Spirit of Giving Network and 
many community partners for organizing the 2017 Back to School Bash!  We are so fortunate, and we know our families and students are so grateful, to get loaded backpacks filled with school supplies.  School has already started and we hope you are off to a very successful start and that this is the best school year yet!
As the summer came to a close, juniors and seniors were invited to spend the day at the AACY office for a SAT/ACT prep and college admissions essay writing workshop.  
Jayna, a private SAT/ACT tutor, emphasized that a combination of accolades and good test scores are important when it comes to admission into college.  She also explained good test results can help you even if your grades are not amazing. Mrs. Andi, a retired English teacher, addressed the essay portion of the admissions process. She encouraged the students to write about their life as a youth caregiver, including all the challenges they have overcome, to make them the unique person they are today.   
Students who attended are eligible to participate in a scholarship essay contest.  Be sure to submit your essay by October 20th!  
CYP students love to bowl, and with thanks to Boca Helping Hands some had the opportunity to spend an afternoon bowling.  Students ate lots of yummy treats, were rolling strikes and spares with ease and one student even won a raffle! We always have so much fun when we are able to take a break and enjoy a fun activity.  Stay tuned for more bowling and other fun to come! 
As part of the Boca Festival Days, of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce AACY partnered with Allegiance Home Health & Rehab to celebrate the beginning of the school year with a Back to School Brunch.  CYP graduates Kelsy Timot and Brenden Munoz, both of whom attend Palm Beach State College, shared their personal stories at the event.  Shared stories help people in the community better understand the roles of caregiving youth, how CYP supports them, and how they can help by sponsoring activities, mentoring, tutuoring or raising awareness with others. Thank you Kelsy and Brenden!
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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