Stakeholder Quarterly Newsletter 2015 Q2

The national resource for the support of children who sacrifice their education, health, 

 well-being & childhood to provide care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly, or disabled.

We are excited to send you our quarterly newsletter to highlight happenings at AACY and to demonstrate that we take seriously, the job of being good stewards of your grants and donations.   

Caregiving Developments!

In partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC), the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) and others formed the Caregiving Youth Research Collaborative.  The group also includes Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the National Alliance of Caregiving (NAC), University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine, University of South Florida (USF), and University of Wisconsin (UW).  AACY with UNC taking the lead, will participate in an in depth analysis of the work of the Caregiving Youth Project.  Also the UNC Library will house a web-based repository of caregiving youth related publications as a resource for professionals.   

The first Caregiving Youth Institute Conference was held on April 23rd.  With more than 150 attendees, there was a great deal of learning and exchanging of ideas.  Special thanks to the First Lady of Florida Atlantic University, Carolyn Kelly, for publicly sharing her caregiving story for her mom.

Raising Awareness


Recently Published

Shedding Light on Caregiving Youth

By Caroline Pak, PharmD, Medical Editor-in-Chief | May 21, 2015

an excellent article by the Pfizer Chief Medical Editor

The Great Give and Courage Awards

AACY celebrated the Great Give that kicked off on May 5th, with a Cinco De Mayo theme at Strikes@boca.  Thanks to our hosts Debralyn and Ronnie Belletieri of Strikes@boca, and everyone who donated and/or came to our event.  Special margaritas were made by local celebrities including Robert Weinroth, Boca Raton Vice Mayor, Troy McClellan, President of Boca Chamber, Sarah Pearson, Vice President of Boca Chamber, and Frank Barbieri, Esq., Vice Chair Palm Beach County School Board.  The Great Give is a 24 hour on-line giving day to celebrate the spirit of giving in our community.  It raised critical funds for 437 nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

At the event six caregiving youth were recognized with Courage Awards for sharing their story with the media and helping raise awareness of the daily challenges they face on a daily basis and the impact it has on their lives.  



2015 Graduates - 95+% graduate with our support

With our support, 95+% of the students in our program graduate high school! The Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) includes direct and indirect support services in school, out of school and at home.  Caregiving Youth report that CYP has helped them with grades, attendance, confidence, skills, family life, communication, friendships, and managing anger and stress.

Pictured above are a few of this year's proud graduating class from different schools in Palm Beach County.  A celebration was hosted by a Bethesda West Hospital, and gift bags were provided by South Palm Community Church.  Special thanks to Jeff and Susan Firestone of ChariTEES who provided scholarships to graduates.    


A Note From our Founder

Dear Friend of AACY,


"I don't know where I would be now without you," is what CYP graduate Bernise stated as she prepares to enter nursing college in the Fall.  Bernise was in the CYP from 6th grade through high school graduation.

The CYP results remain strong and more and more caregiving youth want and need services.  Kids in our program want others to also be the "lucky ones" who have support.  Only with your help can we can continue and expand!  Today make a difference one time or through a recurring donation.

On behalf of our kids...thank you,

Dr. Connie                

Two Ways AACY Uses Your Donations

1.  Respite services provide an opportunity to take a much-needed break from the daily care that is provided to a loved one.  Being a caregiver, while a fulfilling role, can consume a great deal of physical, mental and emotional energy.  Respite is very important to the caregiver, regardless of their age, but for youth caregivers, it allows them to be a kid.  

 2.  A Comprehensive Home Visit allows a professional go into the home and make referrals and educate the whole family on services that are available to them to ease the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Coming Soon .....SO COME!

Celebrating Boca Festival Days with Allegiance Home Health

The President of the Office Depot Foundation, Mary Wong, will be honored at this year's Annual Back to School Breakfast.  Mary Wong has been a long time supporter of the work of AACY, as well as, a proponent to make sure students have the right tools to be successful in school.  Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation have helped more than 3 million children since the inception of their National Backpack Program in 2001.  You are welcome to attend the breakfast being held on Wednesday, August 12th from 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM at Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton.  Call 561.391.7401 for more information or sponsorship opportunities.

Hearts & "Soles", an evening of dinner and dancing will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Broken Sound Country Club, in Boca Raton.   

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