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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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SHANA TOVA!
WE WISH
OUR JEWISH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
A HAPPY, HEALTHY, PEACEFUL
AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
In This Issue
CYP IN THE NEWS
CLUB TREASURE and YAPs
THIS YEAR'S GROUNDBREAKING PROJECT
TEEN ISSUES
HEALTH & LAW CORNER
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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Issue: #5 September 2008
Dear Reader,
 
       Caregiving is about much more than giving care. For both the caregiver and care recipient, it's actually about giving and receiving. Sometimes what we are receiving is not apparent.  We may be receiving the gift of learning a new skill or developing an important character trait such as patience or perseverance to help us be successful in the future.

       As you give the gift of care, think about and discover what evident or perhaps hidden gifts you are receiving in return. Doing this will help you grow, succeed and ease your life journey.

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
Founder and Director of the Caregiving Youth Project
IN THE NEWS!
Palm Beach County Coalition for Children
Sponsors Candidate Forum
 
On September 25, 2008 a youth panel queried Florida Legislative candidates on the LakeCandidate Forum Worth campus of PBCC. The panelists included a CYP youth caregiver, a teenage parent, a foster child, a former substance abuser and a homeless teen. 
 
AnEta Sewell of the South Florida Water Management
District served as Moderator.                                          
 
Alexandria Knapp, pictured with Candidate Joseph Abruzzo, is a sophomore at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton.  She presented significant CYP issues with poise and assurance. Most importantly, Alexandria's description of her role as caregiver for her father, who has Multiple Sclerosis, highlighted the responsibilities many youth caregivers assume as students and caregivers of people with many diagnoses.  Alex received special acknowledgement from Ms. Sewell of the need for the community to support youth caregivers.

Highlights of the forum will be shown on October 15th on WXEL.
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 CYP Caregivers Featured in Heart Insight Magazine

CYP youth caregivers, Natasha and Stephanie Padilla, are featured in this quarter's issue of Heart Insight Magazine, the national consumer publication of the American Heart Association.  The article discusses the girls' devotion to their grandmother, the challenges they have faced and the support the family has received from CYP.

Heart Insight Magazine
CLUB TREASURE and
YOUTH-ADULT PARTNERSHIPS


Youth-Adult Partnerships (YAPs) have evolved in an effort to strengthen community projects with the unique perspective youth bring to community issues. This year Club Treasure is adopting this relationship building model.  According to the Texas Network of Youth Services, the success of YAPs is based on mutual respect.

   What are Youth and Adults Saying About Each Other?

Youth-Adult Partnerships
      Click here to find out more about Youth-Adult Partnerships
THIS YEAR'S GROUNDBREAKING PROJECT!
 
Youth Caregivers Speaking Out

During this past summer at Camp Treasure Reunion, Treasure Tales and our UK-US videoconference, we heard your wishes to speak out.  What better place to learn to speak out and work toward that goal than Club Treasure! Club Treasure, the CYP after school club, is raising the bar this year as we work
youth writing must see video!
together to write a book about what it's like to be a youth caregiver.  Plus, we will have have fun in the process!


   Click to view a Youth Communication MUST SEE VIDEO      

TEEN ISSUES
The Ten Commandments of Telephone Etiquetcellphonete

THOU SHALT NOT...
...make or accept calls during dinner.
...eat while talking on the phone.
...carry on conversations with people in the room
  while talking on the
phone.
...make prank phone calls.
...screen other people's calls unless asked to do so.
...hog the phone.
...listen in on the conversations of others.
...interrupt someone who is on the phone unless asked to do so.
...neglect to give the message thou takest.
...beep, whistle, and pretend to be an incoming fax.

How Rude!™ The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper   Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out Alex J. Packer, Ph.D.
HEALTH & LAW CORNER
Heart Disease
 
                 Heart walk
 
Heart disease is the #1 diagnosis among CYP families.  So we went into action to raise awareness, have a healthy walk and raise funds.  CYP staff and youth caregivers participated in the 2008 South Palm Beach County Start! Heart Walk at FAU to fight heart disease and strokes in our community.

"WAT" YOU CAN DO......walnuts
 
Walnuts: Eat 5 or 6 a day to  
                    reduce your LDL
                    (bad) cholesterol.
Apples: Eat 2 apples or drink 12 ounces  of
                unrefined apple juice a day to help your body get rid of
                cholesterol.
 
Tomatoes: Eat tomatoes because they contain lycopene, an
                       antioxidant the helps prevent the formation of
                       LDL (bad) cholesterol.
 
and......Exercise daily to protect your body against heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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September: National Cholesterol Awareness Month  
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
What is Love?Christian the lion

Joy is love flowing
Peace is love resting
Patience is love waiting
Kindness is love sensitive to other people's
   feelings
Goodness is love making allowances and
   sacrifices for others
Faithfulness is love proving constant               Click on the heart
Gentleness is love yielding                                 for an incredible
Self-control is love triumphing over selfish            SURPRISE!
   inclinations
                        -author unknown

From the Editor's Desk:

My name is Jen Craven. I am thrilled to have recently joined the CYP team this year! I moved down from Rhode Island last month to volunteer with an AmeriCorps Literacy program in the West Palm Beach area. This year I will be working with various aspects of the CYP.  I will also be recruiting new volunteers.  I am excited to meet and work with the youth caregivers, and trust that this year will be an incredible learning experience!
 
Jen Craven

Sincerely,
 
Jen Craven





Editors:
Millie Barber, MD; Jen Craven