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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

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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 ofcrisis,
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: #119 March 2018  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Courage can be contagious!  Confronting and overcoming our fears helps grow our inner strength and self-confidence.  Seeing and hearing your peers speak, such as the students from Parkland, can evoke courage and empower you from within.  The best way we can help others understand your challenges and how you are managing them every day, is to speak out and share your stories.  Your voices can and should be heard!  Be #CYPStrong!
Spring Break Style We sure had some fun with our middle schoolers during spring break! 
Students were broken up into five groups, and then they  designed and decorated their own cakes.  With a little friendly competition groups were able to win more supplies.  We were thankful for our interns and the Boca Helping Hands' judges.  The victory went to a beautiful and tasty beach scene. After the judging, the cakes were enjoyed-not one bite remained!
Thank you to Boca Helping Hands for hosting us and for providing families with take home pantry bags. Our Family Specialists are thinking we are ready for the Food Network and the next Cake Wars Challenge! 
Five beautifully decorated cakes!
Middle School
March has been a busy month! Family Specialists have been completing Skills Building groups, starting new ones, and during Lunch and Learns, sharing information on epilepsy and seizure disorders. They have also been planning end of the year events. Stay tuned to learn more about the exciting activities as the school year comes to an end and summer begins. 

Good luck to all of our students on the FSAs! Remember to get a good nights sleep and eat a nourishing breakfast in the morning before your tests. Feeling like your caregiving responsibilities might be preventing this? Please reach out to your Family Specialist or our office 561.391.7401 to learn more ways on how CYP support can alleviate some of your stress! 
Don't forget to get your camp forms signed so you can join us on April 20th for Camp Treasure. Soon we will be mailing out welcome packets to our future campers. 

Continuing Care
The countdown to graduation has officially begun!! Seniors-save the date for May 30th from 4-6pm for your Graduation Celebration. Be on the lookout in your mail for your formal invitation. If you need any help in applying for any last minute graduation or college requirements, please reach out to your Family Specialist or call the office 561.391.7401. 

To our Northern County families, we will be having a Park Day and BBQ with students from FAU at Greenacres Community Park on April 14th from 10am-2pm. Please RSVP to Brenna at 561.391.7401.
The focus of this month's health condition is about seizures which, when recurring, is called epilepsy.  Throughout time seizures have been more common than most people realize. there are many types from those affecting one part of a person's body to the whole body.

It is important to understand that although there are some tendencies for seizures to be common in certain families, it is not contagious - nothing anyone can catch.  And, it is not psychological.  People of all ages and all nationalities can have seizures.

As a caregiver for a family member who has seizures, there are ways that you can reduce contributing factors for a person to have a seizure.  Some things you can do include:
  • Make sure any medications to manage seizures are available and taken as prescribed
  • Practice stress reducing activities together
  • Be aware that if your family member develops another illness such as the flu, the body becomes off balance and may trigger a seizure
  • Try and keep life consistent with regular eating, exercising and sleeping routines
If your family member has a seizure while you are present, do your best to keep that person safe and protected by removing any items that could cause injury, especially to the head.  If you are able, turn the person to his/her side.  Make mental notes about the length of the seizure, the extent and the type of the
body movements to help a health professional diagnose and treat your family member.

When you understand and learn about seizures, along with knowing what you can do when your family member has a seizure, it helps reduce your normal fears and anxieties.  One of the challenges of this condition is that, unlike someone with high blood pressure that you can measure to see if it is under control, you cannot see into the brain to know what is happening. 

If you are experiencing having a tough time dealing with the issues surrounding seizures, please feel free to speak with a trusted adult such as the Family Specialist of the Caregiving Youth Project who is in your school or who 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!
The following staff members at the Village Academy Middle School: Ms. Madison (Counselor) and Ms. Boucard (Secretary) have played an immense and influential role in the success of the Caregiving Youth Project. They are always welcoming and make themselves available to our Family Specialist whenever there is a need. These outstanding individuals have a great relationship with their students and are very knowledgeable about their student population. They assist our Family Specialists with coordinating group meetings, scheduling locations, student referrals to our program and connecting our Family Specialist with the appropriate school personnel as needed. The recognized staff members along with other teachers and staff at Village Academy Middle School are true supporters of AACY, and for that we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude; Thank you for your continued support!
Boca Helping Hands mission is to provide food, medical, and financial assistance to meet basic needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency.

Boca Helping Hands and AACY partner for cooking events, their food pantry program, employment opportunities, and supplies on a as needed basis.
"Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow." - Les Brown
March 20th
The first day of Spring is the only time of year when the sun rises in the east and sets in the west for everyone across the world.
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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