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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 and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
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CYP IN THE NEWS
WHOLE FOODS EVENT
THE POWER OF CHOICE
CAREER CRUISING
HEALTH AND LAW
SEEING THE LIGHT...
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Issue: #11 March 2009

Dear Reader,

Years ago during a tough time in my life, a friend explained to me that we each have a certain amount of energy to spend in one day.  Let's say it is 100 units/day.  If you decide to spend 30 units in a negative way, you have to spend 30 more units to return to zero, (-30 then +30 = 0) leaving you with only 40 units (100 - 60 = 40) of positive energy and fun left for the day.  Now imagine your day making decisions and spending all of the 100 units of energy in a wonderful way!  The choice is yours - do the math and make your choices wisely!
 
 
Connie Siskowski. RN, PhD
Founder and Director
IN THE NEWS!
CYP Youth Caregivers featured in The Palm Beachpalmbeachpost Post

A WHOLE LOT OF EXCITEMENT AT WHOLE FOODS
2009 whole foods Youth Caregivers receive a lesson and a generous gift

On Thursday, February 26th Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton hosted 22 CYP youth for a tour of the store, nutrition information and a cooking presentation using a Slow Cooker.

The youths, from Boca Raton, Congress, Lantana and Palm Springs Middle Schools, also had the opportunity to meet a Slow Cooker engineer and learn the ins and outs of the appliance. The students were thrilled at the end of the demonstration when Jarden Consumer Solutions Corporation generously donated a Slow Cooker to each one of them!

Boca Raton Whole Foods Market

CHOICE 

The right, power or opportunity to choose;
an alternative;
the best part of something. 
 
THE POWER OF CHOICE
jerry stackhouse Throughout every aspect
of your life
 
Every day you face many decision-making situations. Think about it: the minute you wake up, you face your first decision of the day:  "Am I going to get up now or later?"

You make certain decisions or choices because you have a certain need.  The decisions that YOU make are directly related to the need YOU have, how important it is for YOU to satisfy this need and, what YOU want to get out of it. How you make that decision and what choice you end up making depends on the type of person you are, as well as:
  • Your likes and dislikes
  • Your values
  • Your beliefs
  • Your knowledge

Many choices you make now will affect the direction of your life forever.  Choosing to be self-aware will help you get along with other people. Handling your emotions, such as fear and anger, thinking before you talk back, and seeing yourself as others see you are all good decisions. Positive choices will put you on the path to your dreams!

Click here to see how kids your age are making a choice to stop bullying!

CAREER CRUISING
 Life's Timeline 
 
 <-----I------------------------------------->
     Graduation
       from          <-THE REST OF YOUR LIFE ->
    High School
                 
The years you spend in school are just a small part of your life; but  the choices you make in school can  affect the rest of your life.  Your years in middle and high school are a great
time to discover your interests and begin to develop them into career choices.
  • Make an Interest Checklist: What do you like to do?
  • Find your "Career Clusters": What types of occupations match your interests?
  • Know your learning style: How can you use strategies that help you learn more?
  • Start setting goals: Create a future you can really enjoy!

Check out Career Cruiser for Your Interest Checklist, Career Clusters and much, much more! 

HEALTH AND LAW
Dining Decisions

Today, with so many available foods,take time to learn about nutritious eating and active living. Practice these tips from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in order to keep a healthy body and mind!dining decisions
  1. Start your day with breakfast
  2. Snack smart
  3. Exercise to work up a sweat 
  4. Balance your food  - do not eat too much of any one thing
  5. Get fit with friends and family
  6. Eat more grains, fruits and vegetables
  7. Join in physical activities at school
 
A YOUTH CAREGIVER MAKING BOLD CHOICES

  Seeing the light through dark times

 I have a brother
Diagnosed with a sickness
Which brings upon him
A natural weakness
And since he is slow and not up to par
It leaves upon me an emotional scar
But
If he could see things the way that I see
If he could grow up and live to be free

Never let the pain get you down
Never let the rain make you drown
Never let the sink overflow
Never have a mood cold as snow

                                                                        
                                                                       - Joshua
To our Youth Caregivers,
 
Life is full of choices. The right choice for you depends on your needs, values and goals. Recognizing your needs and discovering your own values help you apply what you learn to everyday choices and turn them into healthy living habits. Decision-making and goal setting skills help you manage your life and your future.

While it is important to respect the different choices people make, discover what is important to YOU!  You have the power of choice.
 
Sincerely, 

Millie Barber, MD and Jen Craven, Literacy AmeriCorps Member
Caregiving Youth Project
of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers

Created on ... April 02, 2009