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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.
Fearless Caregiver Conference
United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to bring free tax preparation service to those in our community with an annual household income of $66,000 or less in 2017.  - It's simple, secure and support is available via a toll free helpline or web chat.Click here for the full list of locations to find one convenient for you!


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: #117 January 2018  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
One of the things I love about this work is seeing you grow up! We get to meet you in  6th grade - some are currently in or have even finished college, others are in the work force.  We who are still or who were caregivers, remain connected as transformations and growth continues.  This will be a nationally important year for the recognition of youth caregivers and you are a part of that!  Stay tuned in and stay connected!
On Monday, January 15th the annual College Day Readiness Workshop was held. Graduating seniors received help to  ensure they were on the right path to post graduation success. The session began by applying for FAFSA, getting answers to specific questions, and completing college applications. 

Mrs. Clarkson shared about resume building, and the college application process. Mrs. Cornwell, from the George Snow Scholarship Foundation, presented scholarship opportunities that are available. 

Students received a resource folder containing scholarship opportunities, financial aide reminders, and college tips.  It is with donations and the expertise of our speakers that we can provide these extra supports-we are grateful to them. Our goal is for all seniors in the CYP to know what next steps to take to achieve your future academic and personal goals.  
You may remember the day the light bulb went on in your head and you learned that you weren't the only student who has family caregiving responsibilities - that you were no longer alone and that, with the help and understanding of the CYP team and others, you began to recognize the importance and value of your work.

Strong bonds are formed among people who are on similar journeys, feelings and experiences. It is not the type of health condition of the person who you care for that is important it is the stresses and emotions of caregiving that bond you and your peers.

A couple of years ago, the CYP created a special educational program for those caring for someone with diabetes. Often there is more than one health condition of your family member. He or she may have diabetes plus Alzheimer's disease or a heart condition. While there are many similarities in caregiving, there can also be some things that are condition-specific.

For example, one high school boy's bedroom was right next to his grandmother's bedroom. She had Alzheimer's disease and from time to time would become aggressive. He was the only one in his family that she would listen and respond to when this happened. His friends and their families didn't understand and soon he was unable to have friends over. The CYP provided respite; it was used for he and his mom to go out, just the two of them, to have a break and enjoy breakfast together.

When you are caregiving for someone with a loss of memory, you may have extra worries as you realize that the illness will progress and the need for more caregiving and time demands on you will increase. How is it possible to manage everything and still be successful in school?

So rather than specific tips, this month we have a question for you:   would you like to meet with youth caregivers from other schools who are also helping a family member with similar challenges? For examole, would you like to meet with an expert in Alzheimer's care to perhaps share what you know and also to learn new tips?

Please check in with your CYP Family Specialist at your school to let her know if you would like to attend a meeting like this. Also a home visit by CYP staff can be helpful to explore resources in the community to assist for you and your family. You can also feel free to call the AACY office at 561.391.7401.

Thank you for all that you do to help your family. Always remember, YOU are a Treasure!
 "Hi, my name is Joanne Etienne and I am thrilled to announce myself as CYP's new Family Specialist. I am a Florida native, graduating from Florida Atlantic University and Barry University with my Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work. My hobbies include helping anyone in need, reading and Netflix! I have worked with adults, children and teens in multiple capacities throughout my career and am excited to continue my duties and offer my services to you all through the Caregiving Youth Project. Thank you all for what you do!"
 Sweet Dream Makers' mission is to promote the health and wellness of children and families by providing beds, bedding and essential furniture. 
Sweet Dream Makers partners with AACY to provide caregiving youth and their families with beds when needed.
Click on the link below to learn more, volunteer, or donate items.
Suger Sands Park January 13, 2018
Mentors, Mentees, staff, and volunteers gathered together on a beautiful sunny day to share a meal, play games, exchange stories, toss a frisbie and spend a few hours relaxing and having fun.
If you would like to have a mentor, speak with your Family Specialist.
Don't stop when you are tired. Stop when you are Done.
by David Goggins
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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