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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: #113 September 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
 "In the midst of every difficulty lies opportunity"  said Albert Einstein.  There is no doubt that each one of us has experienced a time of challenge, especially in light of the natural disasters in September.  Review your experiences this past month and think about what you could improve upon; what could you have done differently?  We will all always face hardships; let us learn from these so we can be on a path of continuous improvement!
The AACY team hopes all of our families are beginning to return to a normal routine following the anxiety and stress that Hurricane Irma brought. Please know there are many resources available in the community to assist you and your family if you're in need. Please call your CYP Family Specialist (561.391.7401) for more information. At Lunch and Learns this month you were able to discover more about the Caregiving Youth Project and raising awareness about youth caregiving.  
For those students who attended the CYP Writing Workshop (and any high school senior) remember the deadline for your essay award submission is by 5 pm on October 20, 2017. Please make sure to ask your Family Specialist or call the office if you have questions (561.391.7401).  Your Family Specialists are always available to answer any questions regarding financial aid, scholarships, and college applications.
One of the effects of extra stress that we experience during times of challenge is changes in sleep patterns resulting in getting less sleep than your body really needs to rest and restore itself. 

For both you and members of your family, sleeping less than your body needs can result in not only feeling tired without the motivation and energy that you need to juggle your responsibilities, it can also change your mood so that you are more "grumpy" or irritable than normal.  It may also affect your school work and after all, school and learning is your job!

So what are some of the things you can do to improve your sleep?  
  • Make your bed in the morning so it will be fresh for you at night
  • Only use caffeinated beverages (colas, chocolate, tea, coffee) early in the day
  • Eat spicy or super seasoned foods at lunch or for an early dinner rather than at bedtime
  • Set your alarm so you don't have the subconscious worry of waking up on time
  • Keep your room as dark as possible; if you can't turn off or cover light sources, then cover your eyes instead
  • Have a small complex carbohydrate snack such as oatmeal before bed
  • Focus on something positive or what you are thankful for as you relax your body
The above are all things in your control that you can do to improve your own sleep and to help your care receiver with his/her rest.
If you continue to experience less sleep than your body needs, 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 assistance. The CYP team is here for you and your family. We will work with you to make this your best school year ever!
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club consider it their responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Whether it's through donations or the inspiring volunteer efforts of their associates, they are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.
Sam's Club provides volunteers, paper products, food/beverages, and various items for Caregiving Youth events. it has also provided laptops, for our youth caregiviers and their families.  Mike Miller,  Regional Manager, is an AACY Board Director.   
Susan Sabogal
AACY welcomes Susan, who is originally from Peru, moved to Florida from New York. She has recently joined the Caregiving Youth Project's A-Team!  Her expertise is in behavioral health and she looks forward to having the opportunity to help you and your family cope with tough times.  She is continuing her education at Nova Southeastern University and in her life balancing time she enjoys Zumba, traveling, sewing, arts and crafts and reading.
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!
These staff members at Tradewinds Middle School: Ms. Sanon (Guidance Counselor), Ms. Moya (Secretary) Mr. Kirkwood (Assistant Principal), and Ms. Subin (Principal) have played an influential role in the success of the Caregiving Youth Project at their school. They are always welcoming, warm and ready to assist our Family Specialist whenever there is a need. These outstanding individuals have a very good rapport with their students and are knowledgeable about the "student" population. They assist with arranging group meetings, scheduling locations, referring students to our program and connecting the CYP Family Specialist with the appropriate school personnel as needed. The recognized staff members  as well as other teachers and staff at Tradewinds Middle school are true supporters of AACY, and for that we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude, Thank you for all that you do!
Jennifer Carril, Assistant Principal at Spanish River High School, and Martha Combs, Student Services/Suite A secretary, have been essential in CYP's success since the program started at their school. Ms. Carril and Ms. Combs assist in arranging group meetings and Lunch and Learn sessions. Their willingness to assist and support the program has created a welcoming environment and strong foundation for the program to continue its growth. Thank you Ms. Carril and Ms. Combs for your compassion, diligence, and hard work!! 
by Susan Sabogal
Behavioral Health Care Manager
Establish or reestablish routines-it's important to go back to doing the things you were doing before the storm hit as much as possible. 

Find ways to express yourself when ready. Communicating your thoughts and worries through talking with family or close friends, keeping a diary, or other forms of self-expression may be a source of comfort. 

Have some fun ! - It's been a stressful time, take time to do a fun activity with friends or other family members 

Engage in healthy behaviors - Eating healthy meals and getting a good night sleep helps increase ability to be resilient to cope with stress.

Try to avoid highly stressful activities - If you experience damage from the hurricane it is best to avoid extra stressful activities to add to your plate. Prioritize and leave out what is unnecessary at this time. 

Make a plan to be prepared ahead of time including shelters that are available, and organizations that offer help including with shutters. When the time comes for another hurricane or unexpected event, it will be less stressful for everyone in your family when you are prepared. 
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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