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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.
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.


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 private 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: #118 February 2018  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
February has ripped through our heart strings with a roller coaster of
emotions! Shared love on Valentine's Day followed by safety concerns along
with sympathy for our Parkland neighbors and anger at failed systems. The
demands of school work on you continue, compounded by ongoing caregiving
responsibilities. Yet, Hope abounds! Know the power of sharing *your*
stories! Your voices are being heard. Together we are *#CYPstrong*! You
also deserve nothing less!
 AACY celebrates Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying campaign held inall schools across the Palm Beach County school district. If you or a friend is experiencing bullying at school or on the bus please make sure to tell school staff, your family, and/or your Family Specialist. Don't suffer in silence! 

Middle School
Our Family Specialists have been busy in the school this mcyp logoonth facilitating Skills Building groups. Remember, it is never too late to join the CYP and begin receiving support!! The topic for Lunch and Learn in March is Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder. If someone in your family is diagnosed or experiences seizures please see your Family Specialist at the Lunch and Learn table in your school for more information.
Continuing Care
Are you attending your senior prom but worried you don't have the money to buy a dress or a tux? AACY can help!! Please call our office at 561.391.7401. 
On Saturday February 24th, Soroptimist of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach held a "Dream it, Be It" workshop for high school girls.  Students were paired up with a Soroptimist member to learn together throughout the day.  The workshop focused on demonstrating that your future is unlimited.  During three sessions, students made dream boxes, talked about obtaining achievable goals, and learned how to overcome obstacles. Then, they listened to the personal stories of the life journeys of the Soroptimist women. At the conclusion of the the day, each girl received a gift bag from Soroptimist.
February is Heart month and heart disease and its related health conditions remains the number 1 cause of death and the number 1 condition of people cared for by you in the USA.  It includes all related diseases of the heart and blood vessels. 

Heart disease is pretty scary and yet it is also one of the health circumstances that you can do something about for yourself and for the family member in your care.  If your family member(s) have a heart condition then you too may be genetically predisposed.  Knowing this gives you time as a young person to take control of your health to reduce your own risk of a heart attack and/or stroke.

Guess what!  At least 80% of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented!  How? Don't even think about smoking - plus stay away from second hand smoke.  Then take action to exercising regularly, yes to keeping your weight normal and eating healthy, managing stress as well as blood pressure, blood fats and sugar levels.

Guys - take special note!  Men are 24% less likely than women to have a check up with a doctor.  As you grow up and older and if your dad, uncle or grandfather are reluctant to get a check up, please encourage them to do this - it could be life saving!
Ladies - you are not off the hook!  In our country, heart disease is the leading cause of deaths in women.   

We can change these statistics and we can do better - let the "doing better" begin with you!

Sometimes it may feel like you are being selfish when you take care of yourself; however, if you don't take care of you, then who will be available to care for your family member?

At your school, your CYP Family Specialist can help you evaluate what changes you and your family can make for matters of the heart and to become more heart-healthy.  Or, if you are unable to connect at school, help is a phone call away at 561.391.7401.  
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!
AACY would like to give a big shout out to Mireille Doralaus, 10thgrade Guidance Counselor at Forest Hill High School. Mrs. Doralus is always willing to help whenever AACY is on campus. As our contact person, she is timely and dependable. She always makes sure the Family Specialist has a room to complete groups sessions, reserves a table for Lunch & Learn sessions, and that students that need to be called for intakes are called by the appropriate staff. We Couldn't do it without you. Thank you Forest Hill High School! 
The Let's Move: Commit to change Physical Activity challenge is a countywide initiative that focuses on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors. 

If you participate in sustained physical activity for only 30 minutes a day, you can improve your health dramatically. Regular physical activity can make a lasting change in health because it decreases the risk for obesity and provides other surprising benefits, such as improved mental health, mood, and sleep quality.

Register for the Let's Move Challenge at
Stay tuned for an activities calendar and other announcements.

Many teams are already organized. You can select any team; however, this year AACY is joining the team of Healthier Boynton Beach, select if under the City of Boynton Beach to help them achieve their quest to win! 
Lord & Taylor supports non-profits with a Shop Smart, Do Good fundraiser.  The closest store to us is located in Mizner Park, Boca Raton. It is a fun day with special discounts, local entertainment, and gifts with purchases.  The next event is March 10th.  We Thank Mindy Horowitz, General Manager, for supporting AACY
Hello there! I am a native Floridian and am excited about completing my social work internship at AACY. I have been a personal trainer and athletic coach for over 23 years with a focus on supporting and educating female athletes with fertility issues. I have returned to college in pursuit of a degree in the mental health field at FAU. As a result, I will not only be better equipped to help my current clients but will also have the opportunity to expand my focus on other issues of interest involving the younger people. Choosing to intern at AACY has been the perfect fit for my passion and advocacy among youth and their physical and emotional well-being. 
"Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow." - Les Brown
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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