Treasure Talk Number 3

Caregiving Youth Project
TREASURE TALK
Caregiving Youth Partners' Project Newsletter

Caregiving Youth Partners' 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
BREAKING NEWS: INTERNET CHAT
MORE BREAKING NEWS: UK YOUNG CARERS FESTIVAL
CAMP TREASURE REUNION
VHFC CAREGIVING YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP
TREASURE TALES
MONEY MATTERS
HEALTH AND LAW CORNER
TEEN ISSUES
SOFIE'S CORNER
SHIRLEY'S PLACE
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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Issue: #3 July 2008
Dear Reader,

"You Are Not Alone" is one of the awesome discoveries on the journey with our Caregiving Youth Partners' Project.  Our very title signifies that we as an organization (thankfully!) have people working with us...on behalf of youth, whether they are with us physically each day or helping from afar.  It takes a team of support to create each program. Together we strengthen each other!  As each caregiving family builds a team it becomes stronger and better equipped to share responsibilities and to discover the treasure within.  The team is community!  We feel privileged to be part of your community.

Connie Siskowski, RN,PhD
BREAKING NEWS!  Internet Chat
IT'S TIME FOR TREASURE CHAT!
CYPP's first Internet Chat
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is scheduled for Friday, August 15th at 2 p.m. EST.  This is the first chat via the internet that will enable local youth caregivers to talk with each other and youth caregivers around the country and the world.  What a wonderful opportunity to honor and support one another!

In order to participate you will need a password.  Sign in on the AACY link below to get your password.  We'll chat on the 15th!



Internet Chat Link

For the chat on August 15th  sign in at:
AACY
 
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
YOUNG CARERS FESTIVAL 2008
The "U" Connection, United Kingdom (UK) and
United States (US) Youth Made History on

June 27th


Th
is year's festival was held from June 27th to 30th.  CYPP had the incredible opportunity to participate in this year's UK Young Carers Festival via videoconference.  Youth caregivers and staff gathered around our conference table to greet their UK counterparts, with British and American flags waving.  The youth shared questions and concerns about their caregiving experiences.  Our hope is that US representatives will travel to the UK for next year's festival.

OUR FIRST CAMP TREASURE REUNION
Campers Reunited

Reunion Camp Summer 2008






Camp Treasure Reunion was held on Saturday, July 26th for youth caregivers, staff and volunteer camp counselors.  The reunion was a wonderful way for everyone to get together before school starts.

VHFC CAREGIVING YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP
3rd Year of Caregiving Youth Scholarships
And the winner is...Alexandria Lopresto
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Pictured are Alexandria Lopresto, Connie Siskowski, Clare Bennett (Connie's granddaughter) and Tim Snow, president of the Boca Raton-based George Snow
Scholarship.
  Alexandria will be attending Florida International University in Miami this fall.

Our interview with Alexandria -
For how many years did you care for your father?
Almost my whole life, but I would say for the past 6 years I  helped my mom out the most.  He still continued to work as a golf starter at Mizner Country Club in Boca and I would go to the driving range or play a couple of holes while he coached me. 
What was his illness?
My father had congestive heart failure.  He died in April and... would have turned 74 on July 21st.
How do you feel about your experience as a caregiver?
I feel that my experience as a caregiver taught me patience and how to cope with problems that are not fixable.  I also feel that helping my father allowed me to become closer to him and to value everything that we did together, whether it was watching Monk on TV or playing a round of golf and hearing him say, "Ali, I told you, you should have used the 9 iron instead of the 8."

Ali, we are so proud of your accomplishments and your devotion to your father and  family.  We wish you all the best in college.

Read More...
TREASURE TALES 
Treasure Tales 2008 Summer writing blitz held on July 22 was packed with creativity exercises and captivating writing skills lessons!

The Education Network hosted the first annual CYPP writing seminar, which was conducted by Marla Wilderman, a renowned and gifted educator whose enthusiasm was contagious.  Students created beautiful poems and wrote incredible stories using Ms. Wilderman's achronym, "How to Spot a Super Sensational Story."

Look for poems and stories in future issues of Treasure Talk!

MONEY MATTERS:
Camp cakeStarting salaries

As you decide what career you would like to pursue, you may wonder what different positions pay.  Feeling happy and satisfied with your work is not all about the money you make.  But from a practical standpoint,  it is good to know how much you can expect to make. Use this site to get an idea of what you might make for your first salary.

HEALTH AND LAW CORNER
CDC: Caregiving is a priority..            Stethoscope and Scale

Caregiving has become a public health priority of national concern.  With the extended duration of caregiving for many families,  caregivers' health must be protected.  It is imperative that those concerned with caregivers and their families and friends work together to improve support programs and policies.

TEEN ISSUES
Teen Issues CircleTeens as Red Cross Peer Educators

Recently the Center for Disease Control released a statement that said, "At least 1 in 4 teenage girls has a sexually transmitted infection."  In an effort to develop ways to reach those who are most at risk, the American Red Cross is starting a peer education program this school year in Palm Beach County to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about sexual and reproductive health.
Student peer leaders will be recruited to communicate facts regarding HIV and the role certain sexual behaviors and drug and alcohol use play in the transmission of HIV.  To find out how to become a peer leader contact Beth McLeod at Mcleodb@redcross-pbc.org or call (561)650-9121.
 
SOFIE'S CORNER
A regular poetry feature

Road

I'm Not Going Back

I'm not going back to the unhappy days,
anger and sadness that seem to not fade.
I'm not going back to living a life with no hope,
but I am going to live one full of promises.
I'm not turning back to friends who put me
beneath them when I know I rise above them.
But I am heading to a man who is not only a
friend but a loving dedicated Father
who has been there and will always be here.

Because I don't want to end in pain.
I don't want to end in sorrow.
I don't want to end in shame.
I don't want to end in regret.
I don't want to end in darkness.

There is no way I am turning back,
for if I do turn back there is too much to lose.

Sophia Dezulme will be attending Spanish River High School's
Entrepeneur Program in the fall.



SHIRLEY'S PLACE
AISENA
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Amazing is what you are

Innocent because you always do right
Sincere because you always speak your mind
Exciting - always ready to try new things
Nice because you show me love
Awesome

Shirley Dezulme  will attend  Boynton Beach High School in the fall. Aisena Dezulme is her mother.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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On the road to success, you can be sure of one thing...
There is never a crowd on the extra mile.

- Anonymous
Camp cakeOne year ago few people knew the term "youth caregiver".  With more than 1.4 million youth serving their loved ones as caregivers in the US, they remained unrecognized.  Today, we are grateful that a strong community of people is developing who are committed to the well-being of our caregivers.  All of us at CYPP are grateful to be a part of that community.  We thank you for your love and support.

Sincerely,

Millie Barber
Caregiving Youth Project

Editors: Millie Barber, MD.; Kathy Skipper