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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.


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: #120 April 2018  
Dear Reader
Robert, my brother was a boy scout.  I always remember the scout motto: "Be Prepared" yet I would also wonder, prepared for what?  As I grew older I realized it meant be prepared for anything! Yet, how could I know what will happen next? Then I realized that we don't know and often it is stuff beyond our control. As caregivers, being prepared means taking action to
ask and get help to manage whatever life brings. Then we are #CYPstrong!
Middle School
All the Family Specialist and staff at the office had you in mind and hope all of our CYP students did well on the FSA testing. 
CYP Family Specialists will be in the school throughout the month of May and will be meeting with all of our students for the end of the year evaluations. Your feedback and input is very important to us! The topic for Lunch and Learn in May is Lupus. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Lupus, please see your Family Specialist at the Lunch and Learn table in your school.
Continuing Care
Congratulations to all of our seniors on graduating! We could not be more excited about your accomplishments and future plans. 
Seniors, please join us on May 31st from 4-6pm at the Boynton Beach Intercoastal Clubhouse to celebrate. You are invited to bring 2 family members as guests. Please RSVP to Brenna 561.391.7401.
Camp Treasure 23 was one for the record books! One of the largest camps we have had to date, caregiving youth from 11 middle schools across the County came together. We made new friends, memories, played games, created treasure boxes, and finished off the day swimming in the pool. A big shout out and thank you to AVDA for our morning educational session that focused on the importance of healthy relationships. Not only did we get a birthday donut surprise as we celebrated a camper's Birthday, but we also indulged in tasty ice cream sundaes, thanks to AACY Board Member Althea Ceasor and her family!
This camp created some of our best bonding memories...who still remembers their bunk cheer? We at AACY made sure to show the rest of the team the "Hearts" cheer. Have you been working on your cannonballs? We will have to do a second competition at Reunion Camp. Camp Treasure wouldn't be the same without the amazing volunteer counselors from the AmeriCorps! Thank you for helping make this camp a memorable one.

SAVE THE DATE: Camp Treasure Reunion Camp will be June 20th at FAU. Formal invitations to come. 
Did you see the HBO Vice News video of Jonathan from Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton, FL?  If not, please take a few minutes to watch this clip by clicking on this link. In addition to meeting Jon, you will hear from Jennifer, his mom, who has MS (Multiple Sclerosis). She talks about her good days and ones that are not so good when she gets chemo and needs extra support.
MS is an auto-immune illness that affects the central nervous system. It is potentially disabling and most common in younger adults. Some newer medications are very effective in slowing the progression of this disease. Implementing diet changes to include foods that are not inflammatory, along with regular exercise, can even help to minimize the impact of this illness on the body. The ability to manage stress is another important influencer that can lessen MS symptoms.

Just like some other chronic illnesses for which there is no cure, as a caregiver, helping to support and empower the person with MS can make it manageable. Thankfully, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has chapters in many states and offers information and support, including some dollars for respite. It also has an annual scholarship essay contest for youth caregivers of someone with MS. Go to to learn more!
The saying that "Knowledge is Power" is so true about caring for someone with MS or any other illness. Take time to learn and share with other family members so that together you can come up with the best and most consistent ways to provide help.
More often than not, when a person has MS, the days becomelong and the energy becomes less and less as the day progresses. Plan to do the activities that take the most energy in the beginning of the day. Schedule a regular time to rest in the afternoons. Keep life as simple as possible yet take time to include friends and other family members to avoid isolation and loneliness.
During your Skills Building classes or through other resources, you are learning how to manage your stresses. Share this information with all of your family members so that decreasing stress levels becomes the norm for your family life. 
As always, if you are experiencing having a tough time dealing with the issues surrounding MS and any of its complications, 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!
AACY would like to give a big shout out to the 6th grade office atPalm Springs Middle School. Due to their team work, AACY is able to continue providing services to more students each school year!  Mr. Sallenbach, the Assistant Principal, always encourages the staff and students to support the program! Thank you Mrs. Moon and Mrs. Picado for staying on top of student referrals and calling students for intakes, groups, and activities. We so  appreciate your assistance; our job could not be done without your professionalism. Thank you!
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AACY partners with AVDA and most recently, they attended our Spring Camp Treasure to discuss healthy relationships and understanding communication. To learn more about AVDA, click here.
On Saturday 14th, we had the pleasure of once again partnering up with the Sistuhs and The Progressive Black Men from FAU for a park day! This time we spent the day out at the Greenacres Community Park and we played the best of CYP'S ice breaker games and then engaged in a friendly kickball game. As we waited for lunch we all took a turn at some Trivia! Does anyone remember any of the questions? The organizations also took sometime to speak with our students about college readiness and life on a
college campus. We are so grateful for these moments. We look forward to more events with the students from FAU! 
"You can do anything, but not everything." - David Allen, productivity consultant
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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