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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.
In This Issue
CYP'S First Liaison
Planning for the Future
Setting a Goal for the Summer
Emotional Intelligence
Health and Law
Summer Activities
Quote of the Month
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Issue: # 13 May 2009
Dear Reader,
 
       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 hel
d on April 23rd.  Twenty awards were presented to community leaders and child advocates.  millie barber, debbie klein and connie siskowski
 
The first school in which CYP iden
tified 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

ice cream sundaeOn 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 bobcateach 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
              
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:
 
           GOAL                         HOW?
 
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
                                instrument.
 
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 intervieweq 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.

3. Motivation helps you use your emotions to reach your goals. It helps you hold back your impulses and delay gratification to reach these goals.

4. Empathy 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
brainPowerful 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
               cigarettes                                    blueberries
              fried foods                                  cranberries
                pollution                                         apples
 
COMING THIS SUMMER!
sun
  • UK Young Carers Festival Videoconference
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Treasure Tales Writing Seminar
  • Camp Treasure Reunion
  • Back to School Bash
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
We have a dream inside ourselves,birds smiling
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