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TREASURE TALK
Caregiving Youth Partners' Project Newsletter

Caregiving Youth Partner's Projects help identify, recognize, educate and support kids who care for family members. This allows them to achieve success, have fun, make new friends, while promoting academic growth.

In This Issue
CAMP TREASURE SPRING 2008
MONEY MATTERS
AFA TEENS
SUMMER WRITING BLITZ
TEEN DATING BILL OF RIGHTS
CAREGIVERS FEATURED
HEALTH AND LAW CORNER
SUMMER NEWS
SOFIE'S CORNER
Quick Links
United Kingdom Young Carers


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Issue: # 2  June 2008 
Dear Reader,
 
Why does the Caregiving Youth Project have Camp Treasure, Club Treasure, Treasure Talk and soon on the Internet Treasure Chat?  There are two reasons.  The first is that we believe youth caregivers are a yet to be fully discovered treasure, not only for family but also society.  The second reason is to help youth caregivers discover the treasure within. Thus, welcome to our 2nd issue of Treasure Talk!
 
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD

CAMP TREASURE SPRING 2008
 Camp Treasure
"Treasured"
By AllTreasure boxes

On May 16th, 21 youth caregivers from Boca, Congress and Lantana Middle Schools were picked up at school and driven to Gold Coast Christian Camp in Lake Worth for a weekend of fun activities.  The campers were hosted by CYP staff and several college volunteer counselors. 

The highlights of Friday night were the campfire and cabin time.  Saturday was packed with a music activity, a ropes course,  Red Cross instruction on proper techniques for assisting with mobility,
crafts and swimming.  The campers returned home on Saturday afternoon, having had a wonderful camp experience.
 

 
MONEY MATTERS
MONEY LADDER Are you an entrepreneur?
  • Do you want to be able to set your own hours?
  • Do you like solving problems?
  • Are you a leader?
  • Do you like  making your own decisions?
  • Can you set and meet goals?
  • Will you stick with a job even when the going gets tough?
  • Are you responsible enough for others to depend on you?

Is owning your own business in your future?  Take the Entrepeneur Challenge at: themint.org.

AFA TEENS
Recognizing Holly Elizabeth Hedberg,
Winner of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's 2008 AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship

Holly's father began displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease when she was nine years old.  By age eleven, she had become a youth caregiver as his condition worsened.  Over the ensuing years Holly lost the quality of interaction with her father that she had previously enjoyed while lovingly caring for him.

Holly's father died when she was a high school freshman, in the same year that she studied biology and genetics.  She has remained intrigued by the genetic code of the human body.  Now as a senior, Holly has won the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's 2008 AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship.
 


UPCOMING SUMMER WRITING BLITZ!
Tell us your story

So, what do you do as a caregiver? How is your story or the story of the person for whom you care special? Want to talk/write about it? You can learn to sharpen your writing skills at the upcoming Summer Writing Blitz on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Lunch and refreshments will be served.  Location to be announced.

Interested? Contact Miss Carole at Carole @aacy.org or call 561-391-7401 to learn more. Who knows, you may see your story in print in a local newspaper or even a future issue of Treasure Talk!

 
 
TEEN DATING BILL OF RIGHTS 
Dating Abuse Fast Facts

In March 2006, Liz Claiborne Inc. commissioned Teenage Resarch Unlimited (TRU) to conduct a survey to delve deeper into the issue of teen dating abuse, measuring the degree to which teens have been involved in abusive/controlling relationships and to understand youth perceptions regarding what is and is not acceptable behavior in a relationship. The results show that alarming numbers of teens experience and accept abusive behavior in dating relationships. Many teens also feel physically and sexually threatened.

Teen Dating Bill of Rights and Pledge

I have the right:

To always be treated with respect.

To be in a healthy relationship.

To not be hurt physically or emotionally.

To refuse sex or affection at anytime.

To have friends and activities apart from my boyfriend or girlfriend.

To end a relationship.

I pledge to:

Always treat my boyfriend or girlfriend with respect.

Never hurt my boyfriend or girlfriend physically, verbally, or emotionally.

Respect my girlfriend's or boyfriend's decisions concerning sex and affection.

Not be controlling or manipulative in my relationship.

Accept responsibility for myself and my actions.

Love is Respect

CAREGIVERS FEATURED IN THE PRESS
Youth Caregivers Continue
To Make Headlines

Read about children caring for their families, and how youth caregivers have gone largely unnoticed in the United States. The study identified a statistic that should serve as a wakeup call -- as many as 1.4 million children in the United States, ages 8 to 18, are caregivers.

Child Welfare League of America
 
More links to stories you might have missed last month:

Contemporary Pediatrics
Pediatrics
Forum for Nonprofits

HEALTH AND LAW CORNER
Hot Topics                      
Camp cakeHealth and law issues are among the most frequently asked questions and common concerns among this population of caregivers. Here are some helpful links to check out in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole:

Staying Healthy
Legal Service Partnership
SUMMER NEWS 
Upcoming events

COMING LATER THIS SUMMER!Annamarie
  • Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation presents Kid's Fishing Day - CYP youth caregivers will spend the day boating and fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Camp Treasure Reunion - calling all Camp Treasure campers for a fantastic summer reunion.  More details in the next issue of Treasure Talk......



Campers swimming

Camp cake
SOFIE'S CORNER
A regular poetry feature

GRADUATION
A three-year journey we've shared;
Alas my friends, don't despair.
We walk with our heads held high;
We win and won't accept a tie.

Now that we will part
Don't forget to follow your heart.
When opportunities come knocking
Open the door and you'll go soaring.

Don't let others put you down,
Because our faces were not meant to frown.
Listen to those who help you
And to them remain true.

Farewell Class of '08;
I know you will be great.
Go beyond the expectations
And you'll see you have no limitations.

 
Sofia Dezulme graduated from eighth grade at Congress Middle School this spring.    Contratulations, Sofie!
 
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly."
-- Anonymous

e-mail: millie@aacy.org
phone: 800-725-2512/561-391-7401

American Association of Caregiving Youth

Editors: Millie Barber,MD; Kathy Skipper
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