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When we first spoke with Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Klein of Boca Raton Community Middle School about the Caregiving Youth Project, they were both very willing to try something new because they thought the CYP support could benefit their students. They took a risk and they were right! As you set goals for yourself, take a risk and try something new! You're likely to be thankful that you did!
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
Founder and Director
|CYP'S FIRST LIAISON!
|Debrah Klein of Boca Raton Community Middle School honored
The thirteenth annual One Child at a Time Luncheon, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Coalition for Children, was held on April 23rd. Twenty awards were presented to community leaders and child advocates.
The first school in which CYP identified and provided support to youth caregivers was Boca Raton Community Middle School. CYP was proud to present Debrah Klein, Boca Middle's eighth grade guidance counselor, with a plaque recognizing her as the Project's first school liaison.
Deb Klein's commitment to excellence and loyalty to her students have been exemplary. We are indebted to her for her devotion to our youth caregivers. Palm Beach County Coalition for Children
|PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
High School meet and greet with CYP students
On Wednesday, May 20th, approximately 30 youth caregivers at Boca Raton Middle School attended a meet and greet ice cream social in their cafeteria held by a leadership class from Boca Raton Community High School.
The high school students provided the food for the event and gave
each youth caregiver a Boca Bobcat t-shirt. At the end of the day, each middle schooler was paired with a high school student with the hope of establishing a mentor/tutor relationship in the future.
It was a fantastic opportunity to build a bridge between future high school students and positive role models!
|SETTING A GOAL FOR THE SUMMER
and feeling successful at the end of the summer
Working toward a goal that you can
accomplish by the end of the summer makes the summer fun and interesting. When you reach that goal by August, you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment and will enhance your skills.
Here are some goals you can set for this summer:
Increase my vocabulary.......Read 4 books this summer;
Look up words I don't know.
Improve my soccer skills..... Join a summer soccer league.
Go green...................... Start a garden;
Play "green" sports - frisbee, biking, hiking,running.
Learn a new skill............. Learn a new language;
Learn how to play a new
These are just a few ideas for summer goals. We would love to help you set a goal and achieve it by the end of the summer. Call or email and we'll create a plan together.
|REFLECTING ON YOURSELF IN ORDER TO REACH YOUR GOAL
|Emotional Intelligence (EQ)|
Pretend that you are on an interview
to get into a competitive high school. The person interviewing you asks you what you would do if someone cuts in front of you in the lunch line. How would you answer this question honestly? Do you think your answer would get you into the school?
Your success in life depends on your ability to read other people's signals and react appropriately to them. Therefore, each one of us must develop the mature emotional intelligence skills required to better understand, empathize and negotiate with other people.
Understanding the five categories of emotional intelligence is essential to reaching your goals.
1. Self-awareness is your ability to understand and be aware of your feelings and moods. Self-awareness helps you keep an eye on your thoughts and emotions so you can better understand why you feel a particular way.
2. Managing emotions
This skill helps people display their emotions in socially appropriate ways. It helps one control anger, sadness, and fear.
helps you use your emotions to reach your goals. It helps you hold back your impulses and delay gratification to reach these goals.
is the ability to recognize how a person feels. It is different from feeling sorry for someone. It is feeling like "walking in his/her shoes."
5. Social skills
are dealing with others in social situations. It is the ability to carry on a conversation and deal with others' emotions. It is being socially competent.Click here to watch an inspirational video on the power of attitude!
|HEALTH AND LAW
|Powerful memory requires a healthy brain and the right nutrition
The brain is one part of the body that never completely rests, which means that it uses a lot of free radicals.
What's a free radical?
Free radicals are what's left as our bodies use oxygen. They damage cells in the body and can cause cancer and heart disease as well as damage the brain.
What's an anti-oxidant?
An anti-oxidant is a nutrient that repairs free radicals.
INCREASE FREE RADICALS GREAT ANTI-OXIDANTS
sugar red beans
fried foods cranberries
|COMING THIS SUMMER!
- UK Young Carers Festival Videoconference
- Treasure Tales Writing Seminar
|QUOTE OF THE MONTH
We have a dream inside ourselves,
A gift to us at birth,
To guide us and protect us
On our journey on this earth,
We all have something special,
Each one of us is unique.
You have to find the courage
To find the peace you seek.
So dream your dream and live your dream
Don't be afraid to try,
Just take your soul by the hand,
And let your spirits fly.
- Maureen Weiner
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE ON A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU DURING THE SUMMER FOR FUN CYP ACTIVITIES! STAY IN TOUCH AND LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING.
Millie Barber, MD and Jen Craven, Literacy AmeriCorps Member
Caregiving Youth Project
of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers