Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
Caregiving Youth Projects help identify, recognize, educate and support students who care for ill, aging, or disabled family members. This allows them to achieve success, have fun and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
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|Dear Reader, |
It's that special time of year - turtle hatching season! My family was enjoying a beach walk when we began exploring the dates on sea turtle nests. We saw some turtle tracks and discovered that the eggs were laid earlier that morning! Then, in another nest, our granddaughters saw the sand move. For more than an hour we all watched in awe as a baby leatherback struggled to escape from out of his eggshell!
Anticipate and experience life's gifts as they come - even from turtles!
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D.
Founder and President
School has come to an end and summer break is upon us. What are your plans for summer? As a caregiver, one might not be able to experience that 'traditional summer' of hanging out with friends, going to summer camp, and sleeping in. As a caregiver, we might think that with this newfound free time, we can care for those more. As a fellow caregiver, I want to give you this advice, "It is ok to be a kid!" It is important to go outside and have fun with your friends. Also, just because you are a caregiver doesn't mean you are not allowed to have fun. Take part in the fun activities that the Caregiving Youth Project has planned!
Remember summer break exists for a reason, it is a time to relax, refocus, and start the next year off refreshed.
All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW
|FREE FEARLESS CAREGIVER CONFERENCE|
|Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach on July 15th
On Thursday, July 15, 2010 The Fearless Caregiver Conference will be held at Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 North Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. The conference begins at 8:30 am and will continue until 2:30 pm. FREE Lunch will be served.
The conference will provide answers and support for Family Caregivers including:
- Get family members to help you
- Access financial and community resources
- Have your questions answered
- Beat stress and find respite
There are raffles, prizes and great info about Caregiving Resources. Mrs. Tarrien would love to see our Caregiving Youth students and their families at the Fearless Caregiver Conference!
Register online today at www.caregiver.com
or call 954-362-8126, 1-877-829-2734
(toll-free) to register. Limited FREE
|AACY Now on Facebook|
|Become an AACY Group Fan
We have created a new page on Facebook, the American Association of Caregiving Youth. Become a fan!
Search for American Association of Caregiving Youth and become a fan today!!!
Stay connected, see tons of pictures, and learn about upcoming events and information!
|Lend a Hand this Summer|
|Volunteer at CYP
Have some extra time on your hands Willy? Know someone who wants to make a difference for a child and the community around them? Our Caregiving Youth Project is looking for volunteers!
If you, or a friend, want to make a positive impact in both a child's life and yours, join us! Volunteer opportunities and schedules vary depending on your needs and skills. An hour of your time can mean the world to a caregiver.
For more information, please contact Kate at the Caregiving Youth Project: (561) 391-7401 or email@example.com
|SUGAR COATED: DIABETES & HEART DISEASE WORKSHOP|
|Palm Healthcare Day
On June 16th, the Palm Healthcare Foundation hosted an interactive and fun educational workshop for youth who care for someone with diabetes or issues related to heart disease.
Using computerized dummies in their state-of-the-art simulation lab, youth caregivers learned how to respond to emergencies associated with diabetes and heart disease.
At lunchtime, a volunteer chef from Lincoln College gave a cooking lesson and demonstrated how to use everyday food items from the pantry to create a quick, easy and healthy meal.
Ms. Judy Brustad, Director of Pavilion Programs, planned and coordinated the event. At the end of the day, the youth gave her overwhelming cheers and applause.
CYP students in the state-of-the-art simulation lab
|FUTURE STATE SENATOR MARIA SACHS|
|Congratulations From AACY!
AACY President Dr. Connie Siskowski, Representative Maria Sachs, & AACY Director Mark Hansen
AACY would like to congratulate our future State Senator, Maria Sachs.
On May 20th, Dr. Connie Siskowski and Mark Hansen met with Maria to discuss important topics such as students who are caregiving youth.
We appreciate her
understanding of the issues faced by caregiving youth and her willingness to work towards affecting change on their behalf in the future.
We look forward to working with Representative Sachs and her team in November and beyond!
|AACY's Ms. Cynthia Cummings|
Ms. Cynthia, Director of Finance and Operations at CYP, is in charge of all the money, finances, grants, and how the office works.
Cynthia moved to Florida 22 years ago from Hingham, Massachusetts (a town just south of Boston). Cynthia started her career as an English and Math teacher (high school and junior college), then studied for a Masters in Computer Science. After graduating, she spent over 20 years as an executive managing IT Departments for Talbots, HSN and the Mark Group.
Cynthia loves going to the beach to de-stress. She enjoys visiting with her three grandsons and watching them grow.
|GET READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON |
|Tips to Help You Weather the Storm
Hurricane season is here. Are you and your family ready? Has your family registered for special needs and bought all of your emergency supplies?
This year the meteorologists are predicting an active hurricane season that we have to pay close attention to.
Make sure you have the following supplies on hand:
- Bottled Water
- Canned Food
- Portable Radio
- First Aid Supplies
- Prescription Medicines
- Water Containers
- Canned or powdered milk
If you haven't already, please make plans by calling and registering for Hurricane Special Needs in Palm Beach County at 561-712-6400 x 4.
To be eligible for "Special" services, you must pre-register and
meet the following established criteria:
Oxygen-dependent residents requiring electricity
- People with minor health/medical conditions that require professional observation and assessment
- People with the need for medications and/or vital sign monitoring and are unable to do so without assistance
- Patients who are too immobile and/or have chronic stable illness, but are not suitable for a regular shelter
If you have any questions, you can also call the CYP office at 561-391-7401.
NEWS From Continuing Care
Don't forget, any topic, any resource, any information you might need, we want to help you get it! We strongly encourage our caregivers to stay connected with us and drop in! Worried about what's going on at home and need someone to talk to? We'd love to listen!
Also continue to stay in touch during the summer via Facebook.
If you are looking for community service hours this summer, please call Cristy at 561-391-7401.
We hope to talk with you soon!
|by Ciara Taylor|
INSTEAD OF CONFRONTING IT
I HID THE PAIN INSIDE
I LAYERED IT WITH HAPPINESS,
FAKE SMILES AND DID NOT CRY.
FOR THE ICING ON MY LITTLE CAKE
I USED ARTIFICIAL LAUGHS.
I HID ALL THE PAIN AND CRIES OF WHAT I NEVER HAD.
A SAFE, A HAPPY, COMFORTED PLACE IN WHICH TO LAY MY HEAD.
A PLACE IN THOUGHT I DIDN'T FEEL I OUGHT TO BE DEAD.
A PLACE TO CLEAR MY THOUGHTS OF EMOTIONS AND HURT.
A PLACE IN WHICH I DIDN'T FEEL STRANGERS WILL LURK.
A PLACE CLEAR OF CREEPY SOUNDS.
ITS FULL OF QUIETLY PEACEFULNESS
SO I NEVER LEAVE HOME AGAIN.
|HELP WITH CAREGIVER POSTAGE STAMP CAMPAIGN NEEDED|
|We Need Your Help!
Did you know there is a Caregiver Postage Stamp under consideration? In order to create these stamps, we need you to sign and send in MORE letters!!! Help is needed and appreciated to make this stamp a reality of recognizing and thanking caregivers for their love and unendless hours of caring.
Also, please ask your family, friends and religious organizations to join the campaign. Your help is much appreciated!
|"TEENS - ADDRESS YOUR STRESS"|
| Summer Event at Sugar Sand Park|
"Teens - Address Your Stress"
July 10, 1:30-4:30 PM
Sugar Sand Park
300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Sponsored by Boca Raton's Promise
The first in a series of summer events to help youth understand and manage stress. Games, pizza and activities, film "More Than Sad", professional facilitator. Free admission. Opportunity to earn community service hours. Call 561-955-4810 to reserve your pizza.
The second event will be at Sugar Sand on July 24th. Make plans to attend now and think about becoming a Youth Ambassador for your school!)
|Join the Sand Sifters Monthly Cleanup|
|Help Clean Our Florida Beaches
Join the Sand Sifters for their Monthly Beach Cleanup.
Sand Sifters Beach Cleanup
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl.
Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge.
Community Service Hours Awarded.
Visit the Website:
|Summer Activity - Write for Treasure Talk|
Earn Community Service Hours
Would you like to write an article for Treasure Talk this summer? Would you like to share something in our newsletter?
Treasure Talk is looking for guest writers for our upcoming editions. You can publish stories, poems or share suggestions that can help other caregivers like you!
Quote of the Month
"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." By: Mia Hamm
CYP wishes you a Happy 4th of July!
Laura Poklemba, Editor
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN, Health & Education Specialist
Kate Landry, AmeriCorps Member
American Association of Caregiving Youth