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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.
The Broken Sound Club is located in beautiful Boca Raton.  Broken Sound is known for its warmth, elegance and genuine hospitality all joined together. 
Locally, members from Broken Sound volunteer at AACY and John G. Crean, CCM, CCE CHAChief Operating Officer/General Manager Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Florida has assisted us with donations for fundraisers, and  generously provides the food for over 300 caregiving youth and their families at the annual Holiday Celebration.    
AACY thanks and recognizes people 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!
The Caregiving Youth Project first began its pilot program in Boca Raton Community Middle School in 2006. It was the first time in the US for a school principal to understand the needs of Caregiving youth and their academic and emotional struggles. The school staff continues to recognize the needs of this population and fully supports the work of CYP. The program is so successful with the support of Principal, Mr. Peter Slack and Ms. Marie Karl, Guidance Counselor, who regularly attends CYP events and is a member of the CYP Advisory Council. Also, special thank you to Ms. Veloso, front desk secretary, who assists the Family Specialist with anything that is needed! 


Join the CYP Instagram account and Facebook group!  Connect with each other, learn, build new friendships and strong 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
Issue: #116 December 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
When I was growing up, I was inspired as I learned about facing adversity.  At AACY we focus on how to build resiliency and manage our challenges as we can't change the health condition of the person for whom we care. May this quote from a remarkable woman who was deaf and blind help give you strength and joy throughout 2018!

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." Helen Keller
Did you know that Vice HBO featured Jonathan who attends Olympic Heights High School! He began with CYP when at Boca Middle. Nearly 1.5 million people now know more about youth caregivers! Click here to view
The 2017 CYP Holiday Celebration was held at the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton on December 17, 2017. There were family portraits, arts and crafts, shopping, presents, a DJ, the Good Humor truck, special drawings and a wonderful meal shared together. This event is made possible through many individuals in our community who donate their gifts, time and energy to help.
Thanks to the many individuals who donated their time, corporations and organizations that contributed to the success of the Holiday Celebration, and special recognition to Brenna Hovatter, CYP Activities Director. Thanks also to The School District for making it possible to use the facility.  It truly takes a community!
Let's make 2018 a year to learn more about your caregiving situations and reduce your stresses. We have many exciting events planned for the new year to help you take a break and have some fun. Stay tuned for more information!
We hope you all enjoy your Holiday and break. Please remember CYP can provide tutoring services if you need additional help with your school work. The Lunch and Learn topic for January is Alzheimer's disease. Stop by the CYP table in the lunch room to see your Family Specialist.
Don't forget to submit all college and scholarship applications by their deadlines!!! Ask your Family Specialist for assistance if needed.
As we begin 2018 let's all review some tips for being successful - in caregiving, in school or work and in life!  After you read the list below, decide which one(s) you want to incorporate in your 2018 life!
  • Be flexible and open to change
  • Try and try again to achieve success
  • Know that results take time to achieve
  • Learn from the past
  • Give yourself permission to have a break
  • Recognize that feelings of frustration or anger are normal
  • Ask for help for yourself and your family member
  • Stay in shape or improve the shape you are in
  • Share your story to help others who are going through something similar
  • Determine what you can do to change a life, to change our world
That's a long list - and it could be longer!  Which items will you pick?

If this happens to be a time when you are feeling challenged by caregiving worries or responsibilities, please speak with a CYP team member or call the AACY office (561.391.7401) so we can work together on new solutions of caring and learning what works best for you and your family. Also a person always answers our toll free number (800.508.9618) and will send your message to the AACY team.
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."- Henry Ford
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Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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