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Caregiving Youth 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.
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CYP ON THE RADIO
BACK TO SCHOOL
CLUB TREASURE
SUMMER'S END
YOUTH CAREGIVER IN ACTION
READING CORNER
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  Issue:#4 August 2008
Dear Reader,

"Plan your work and work your plan" is my husband's advice to achieve success for our adult children in their work lives and for our grandchildren in their school-work lives.
Plan your work: setting a goal is the first step.  Deciding what steps you need to follow so you can reach that goal is next. 
Work your plan: put your decision steps into action. It is only by taking action that you can reach your goal. "Just do it!" and you'll be glad you did! 

Connie Siskowski, RN,PhD
Founder and Director of the Caregiving Youth Project
CYP ON THE RADIO
Radio boy "Kids Concerns"

On Saturday morning, August 30th,  from 6:30-7:00  the Disney Radio Channel of West Palm Beach will be airing "Kids Concerns".    Alexandria Knapp  will be interviewed and answering questions about her experiences as a youth caregiver.  The station is WMNE, 1600 AM.

BACK TO SCHOOL
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Do you know your learning style?


Traditionally, educators teach us that we all have various learning styles and different ways of learning.

Visual learners learn best through seeing - by reading books, seeing videos, taking cues from body language and expression.
Auditory learners learn through listening to lectures, conversations, and rather than reading, often prefer audiobooks.
Tactile or kinesthetic learners learn through touching and a hands-on approach.

Do you know your learning style?  This is a great time to identify your best ways of learning and growing academically.

Take the learning styles test and start this school year utilizing the best strategies for excellence in your work!


What is your learning style?
CALLING ALL CLUB TREASURE EAGLES
Club Treasure Eagle
Club Treasure - bigger and
better than ever!



This year promises to be an exciting one for Club Treasure.  We are the Eagles of Club Treasure and projects this year are going to focus on identifying our learning styles and using our individual styles to create a special project.

The Club Treasure Motto, adapted from Through Seasons of the Heart by John Powell, is about our perceptions of ourselves.  The Native American story describes the eagle as the proudest, strongest and most magnificent of all the birds.

One day, a Native American brave found an eagle's egg that had dropped out of an eagle's nest.  The brave put the egg in the nest of a prairie chicken and it was hatched by the mother hen.  The eagle lived his life believing he was a prairie chicken.  He imitated their behavior.  Now and then he flapped his wings and rose a few feet above the earth and then descended again.  He accepted the daily routine of the earthbound prairie chickens, never realizing that he was an eagle and could fly.

One day the eagle saw another eagle and admired his ability to soar through the sky.  "What is that?"  he asked the prairie chickens.  One of them replied, "I have seen one before.  That is the eagle, the proudest, strongest and most magnificent of all the birds.  But don't ever dream that you can be like him.  You're like the rest of us and we are just prairie chickens."  So the eagle lived and died believing that he was a prairie chicken and could never fly.

Our lives are shaped by the way we perceive ourselves.  The attitudes by which we identify and evaluate ourselves tell us who we are.  In this story the eagle never realized that he had the ability to be the most magnificent bird of all the birds.  He never realized how great he was.

Club Treasure is for eagles!  We each have the ability to fly, to soar and to see our dreams come true - to be magnificent, like eagles.

See you soon for Club Treasure!!
Date, place and time to be announced!
 
SUMMER'S END

CYP Goes Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing August 2008

CYP's summer activities ended with a fantastic day of deep sea fishing sponsored by the West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation.



 Elvin T with fish                                Camp cake
YOUTH CAREGIVERS IN ACTION
David Fajgenbaum

While attending Georgetown University as a pre-med student, David  received two awards for creating an organization to help students who are responsible for taking care of loved ones.  After David's mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004, he promised her that he would help students who were also dealing with an ailing relative.  He has done that and more in creating Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers, which he expanded to National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers in 2006.

David is currently attending medical school and planning on specializing in Oncology.

Read his inspiring interview...
READING CORNER - A BOOK REVIEW
BLIND FAITHCamp cake

Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger tells the story of the life of Liz Scattergood, who is fifteen.   Liz befriends her new neighbor, a  teenage boy who is a youth caregiver for his mother, who has cancer. 

This moving story explores how friends  help each other cope with illness and loss.  Most importantly, Blind Faith shows us that forgiveness and love heal wounded hearts.

Read more from the author...

Have you read any great books?  Send us your review to share with everyone!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

                                                         -Ben Franklin

To all our youth caregivers returning to school, we wish you a wonderful academic year.  We are so proud to be a part of your lives and want to help you make this year fantastic!

Sincerely,


Millie Barber, MD
Caregiving Youth Partners' Project                                                                         
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