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2ND ANNUAL CAMP TREASURE REUNION
CYP STUDENTS ENJOY PBCC SUMMER YOUTH COLLEGE
CYP WELCOMES MARK HANSEN TO THE BOARD
CROSSING OVER INTO FALL
PERSEVERANCE
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Issue: # 15 July 2009
Dear Reader,

That early morning physical stretch to waken our bodies is common for most of us.  The (very!) High Ropes Course at Reunion Camp Treasure was a different kind of stretch!  It was an example of how we can act ourselves into a new way of thinking.  The exhilarating cry of "I did it!" - that stretch outside of our normal comfort zone -  results in becoming someone who can.  Climbing and swinging up high may not be your way to stretch.  Find other ways to stretch and become the person who can!
 
Connie Siskowski, , RN, PhD
Founder and Director
2ND ANNUAL CAMP TREASURE REUNION
Reunion Camp 2009Caregiver campers reunited
Camp Treasure Reunion was held on Saturday, July 18th for youth caregivers, staff and volunteer camp counselors at  Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus.

Students from five middle schools, including Boca Raton, Congress, Lantana, Palm Springs and Okeeheelee came together to participate in the High Ropes Course, swimming and yoga, while remembering fun times they had experienced at  Camp Treasure.
Campers soar to new heights on the High Ropes Course.
 
 
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CYP STUDENTS ENJOY PBCC SUMMER YOUTH COLLEGE 
by Natasha and Stephanie Padilla
Today at PBCC we went to Belle Glade                     jerry stackhouse
and we meet with Mary, who works at
the college library.  Mary is very well
known in Belle Glade.  Mary was originally from Maine and travelled around the world with her husband, who was a scientist.  After living in Venezuela and Costa Rica, they moved to Belle Glade.   She told us stories of how Florida schools were segregated when she was a teacher.
 
Although her husband died recently, Mary continues to serve our community.  One day she would like to build a facility where the elderly that have no family or that are not able to take care of themselves can live. 
 
Our lives have been so touched by Mary's stories  and how much she has given  to her community that we want to find a way to start building a home for the elderly.  She advised us to keep  being involved in our community, and we plan to do so.  Thanks to Mary, our experience in the PBCC Youth College Leadership Progam is one that we will never forget.
 
Stephanie and Natasha are pictured above at PBCC.
CYP WELCOMES MARK HANSEN TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Hansen"Yes You Can"
 
CYP is enthused to introduce Mark Hansen as one of the Project's newest board members.  Mark is a successful businessman, speaker and author.
 
At the age of seven Mark was hit by a car and suffered grave injuries, including paralysis on one side and seizures.   He had to relearn how to walk and talk. While he was told  that he would never attend college, Mark not only graduated from FAU, but has accomplished so much more. 
 
He brings his enthusiasm for life to the Caregiving Youth Project and encourages our youth caregivers,
"YES YOU CAN!"   
 
 
CROSSING OVER INTO FALL
bridgeGetting Ready for School : Success 101 for Teens by Mark Hansen
 
As the beginning of school approaches, think of these seven tips for success from Mark Hansen: 
Determination means being committed to what you want to achieve and making sure you are mentally and physically prepared.
Responsibility revolves around accepting full responsibility for ourselves.  We are each in charge of our own behavior and actions.
Confidence is about believing in yourself, because if you don't believe in yourself, no one will.
Love means understanding the power of that emotion.  It has the power to drive us to do both wonderful and dreadful things, and we must be able to manage that power with wisdom and judgment.
Persistence maintains that you must stick to what you are looking to achieve and continue forward with making sure what you are doing is supporting what you want to accomplish. 
Dreams are important because thy are the fuel for our engines. We must keep each of our personal dreams that we have for ourselves alive.
Attitude is about making choices.  Each morning when we wake up we have a choice and that attitude we take for ourselves is our choice.  A consistent positive attitude is the attitude we need to have in order to accomplish all of our dreams.
 
 
PERSEVERANCE
PerseverenceSteady persistence in a course of action, or a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement; not giving up!
 
As you prepare for this new school year, think about what you want to accomplish and persevere.  Remember that persevere stands for:
 
     P
ersist no matter what.
     Endure discomfort.
     Request help from other people.
     Steadfastly hold onto your beliefs and values.
     Envision triumph.
     Very consistently keep at it.
     Embrace adversity as your teacher.
     Refuse to give up.
     Enjoy and celebrate every tiny bit of progress.

From The Best Way Out is Always Through:The  Power of Perseverance by BJ Gallagher
 
"The future belongs to those who believe
 in the beauty of their dreams."
  Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Our CYP staff hopes you are having a wonderful summer.  We hope you have wonderful dreams and expectations for this coming school year.    Remember we are only a phone call or email away! 
 
Sincerely,
Millie Barber, MD, Editor
Caregiving Youth Project
of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers