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The Caregiving Youth Project helps identify, recognize, educate and support students who care for ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members. This allows caregiving youth to achieve success, have fun and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
In This Issue
Guy Talk
Internet and Social Media
9-11 Tenth Anniversary
Sand Sifters May
FREE Homework Help
Community Bash
Fishing Trip
Continuing Care News
Welcom New CYP Staff
Volunteers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Immigration Issues
Libraries Offer Great Resources
Dear Bill,
  

In the process of wondering if Hurricane Irene would be

hitting our area, I came across a reading..."you can't do anything about the wind, but you can adjust your sails." Isn't that a great message for us for anytime?  There are lots of things we can't do anything about, so let's just focus on what we can do! 

 

P.S. If your family needed to evacuate to a special needs shelter, are you prepared with all the information needed to make that happen?  If not, adjust your sails and click here!  Special Needs Shelters  
  
stratparty

 

Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

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GUY TALK

 
Hey Everyone!!

 Justinface

This month I want to talk about sacrifice. As caregivers we are constantly making sacrifices to help those that we love. While there is nothing wrong with helping, and at times putting something that we may want to do on the back burner, there does come a time where you need to do something for yourself. If you constantly give and give, you will hit a breaking point. Every person has his own breaking point, whether it is crying, getting angry, etc... The key to being the best care giver you can be is to know your own limits so you can avoid those breaking points.Remember you need to take care of yourself in order to care for others.

 

Larry King David, interviewed Jim Carey about his new movie, "Yes Man." I will never forget what Mr. Carey said, "Sometimes when you say no to someone else you are saying YES to yourself!"

 

Take time and say YES to yourself.


All the best,
Justin Grossmayer, MSW

COMCAST ROLLS OUT INTERNET ACCESS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

 
Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.

The program, called Internet Esssentials, will "provide low-cost accesss to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with childresn who are eligible to receive free lunches under the Nation School Lunch Program," according to the company's blog.  Click on the link for complete details.

ASSISTING THOSE AFFECTED BY 9-11 AS THEY PARTICIPATE IN 10TH ANNIVERSAY EVENTS

 

What the 9-11 Healing and Remembreance program has to offer: 

  • Anniversary Events
  • Support Resources
  • Family Support Centers

 A toll-free hotline with mental health support and information regarding 9-11 10th Anniversary events. Also available in Spanish.
Please call 1-866-212-0444

9-11 website 

SAND SIFTERS BEACH CLEANUP  
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup at Oceanfront Park. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl. Just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am
  
Meet at the Pavilion in the Lower Parking Lot. Community Service Hours Awarded.

Visit the Website:
www.SandSifters.us

 

Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128.

 
HOMEWORK HELP FOR FREE  

Need help with homework? Try one of these!

  

1. Homework Hotline 1-800-548-0245 (M-F; 5-7 PM)

2. Palm Beach Schools FREE Homework Hotline:

561-640-5042, 561-688-5303, 561-688-5304, 1-800-548-0245

Help available in English, Creole and Spanish.

  

3. Palm Beach County Library System live homework help (with valid library card number): PBC Library 

 

You can also call our office at 561-391-7401 to help you find other resources for homework assistance!   

 

 

 

Issue: #40 August 2011  
COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL BASH  
Back to School 2011
Giancarlo and family

In collaboration with Back To School Bash and Spirit of Giving Network, this year close to 400 CYP students and siblings received needed supplies for success at school. Students and families flocked to the Delray and West Palm Beach facilities to select backpacks and supplies to prepare for a brand new year.

 

Families also had access to school physicals, immunizations, clothing, shoes, hair cuts, face painting and food.

 

Together with its partners, the Bash will help students excel in the 2011-2012 school year!

 
FISHING TRIP A BLAST!  
 fishing grp

Group on way

 to "catch the big one"

CYP students took part in the Kid's Fishing Day with The West Palm Beach Fishing Foundation at Bicentennial Park, Lantana on August 4th. Before fishing, they learned about Florida fish and ecosystems, as well as net and

land fishing, preparing the pole and reel, and baiting the hook.

After the lessons, CYP students boarded the boat and fished in the deep sea.

 

Jesus received an award for catching the biggest fish.  CYP looks forward to next year's fishing excursion!

    

NICK
Nickolaus
it's a crap 

Alexa closely examining a Crab

Goodies
CYP participants recieved certificates and parting gifts
FISHING

CYP hands on learning

of the ecosystem

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST CELEBRATION

 

AACY and TD Bank partnered to participate in a Boca Festival Days event on August 18th at Carmen's in Boca Raton. Over 125 local community, business, religious leaders and elected officials joined to honor Maria Levix, Executive Director of the Schmidt Family Foundation.  As a featured event of the annual Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce "Festival Days", the breakfast also served as a fund-raising and awareness-building opportunity.

  

 Breakfast with maria

Dick Schmidt, Maria Levix, Mayor Whelchel, Barbra Schmidt

Special surprises, musical interludes, and heartfelt accolades filled the fast-paced morning program. Following words of welcome by AACY Board members Mark Hansen and Dr. Tom Tift, was on interfaith prayer for the success of this new school year which was led by Ken Roughton, Pastor of First United Methodist Church. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, provided the first surprise of the day by presenting Maria with a City Proclamation designating "Maria Levix Day." Representatives of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Florida Atlantic University, the Spirit of Giving Network and Boca's Promise also offered surprise tributes and recognition of Maria's community advocacy.  breakfast crowd shot 

 

Maria's efforts and belief in our mission won support for child caregivers from the Schmidt Family Foundation. This funding along with others, resulted in the establishment of the first Caregiving Youth Project in the United States and, ultimately, what is now the American Association of Caregiving Youth. A heart shaped paper weight given to Ms. Levix by AACY was simply inscribed, "In 2006 You Understood."  

 

AACY wishes all school staff, students, and especially CYP students a successful 2011/12 school year!   
 
NEWS FROM CONTINUING CARE
 

We are thrilled to have Ms. Kaeron Williams join us as our Continuing Care Youth Development Coordinator. Many of you already know Ms. Kaeron as she has volunteered at various events and parties. Ms. Kaeron will be leading monthly workshops at school and in your community.

 

This year, Continuing Care is shifting its focus to prepare you for life after high school. We want to help you identify your interests, set some goals, and work toward realizing your dreams. This is in response to your requests.

 

Please remember that Ms. Cristy posts Continuing Care news, events, scholarships and volunteer opportunities on AACY's Facebook page. Make sure you check it out.   

 

HELLO SOPHIE NEW CYP STAFF & HELLO BRYAN NEW CYP AMERICORPS MEMBER

 

Sophie Gedeon recently joined AACY as the Family Care Youth Development Coordinator.  She is a Florida Atlantic University graduate who speaks fluent Creole and is currently attending Barry University to pursue her masters degree.  We are very proud to have her on board.

 

Bryan Still graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish for Medical Professions.  He is in the medical school application process and is excited to serve as the AmeriCorps member at AACY where he will learn first hand how health impacts family!

 
VOLUNTEERS ARE A HUGE HELP TO CYP!  

Do you know that volunteers are a GREAT help to us at CYP??

    

 kim volunteer

Volunteer -Kim Hermanoski

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Community outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Mentoring
  • Office work
  • Social networking
  • Tutoring
  • Writing articles 

We are constantly looking for volunteers. An hour of your time can make a difference to a child caregiver. Community service hours are earned. Call us today to help!! Please contact Summer in the CYP office: (561) 391-7401 or summer@aacy.org. 

 
POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS AVAILABLE NOW  

Powerful Tools for Caregiver classes start on Thursday, September 8th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and continue for six sessions through the end of October.  Click here for specific dates.  Classes will be held in Classroom C in the Education Building at:

Boca Raton Regional Hospital
800 Meadows Road
Boca Raton, FL 33486-2368

 

This program for caregivers of all ages helps you learn to take care of yourselves while caring for a loved one.  


To sign up for classes or for more information, please email MaryJo@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401. 

 

HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH IMMIGRATION CONCERNS

brian becker 

Brian G. Becker, Esq.

 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about immigration or civil rights, many law firms in the area offer a free one hour consultion.

 

Brian Becker, shown here, is an attorney who has made these complex immigration issues his life's work.  He is fluent in Spanish.  Mr. Becker pens a weekly column on various Immigration topics for El Sentinel (the Spanish edition of The Sun Sentinel) and frequently writes articles for other publications. He also appears on radio and television programs to give his expert opinions and advice.

 
 
 

GREAT RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND AT PALM BEACH COUNTY LIBRARIES

 

ebook logoOverDrive is a service that provides access to downloadable audiobooks and eBooks. With a valid Palm Beach County Library Card, you can browse and check out hundreds of great books, download them to your home computer and transfer them to a portable device. Read more at the link: PBCLibrary 

 

 

 
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."   

 

~ Mark Twain

  
Sincerely,
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
 
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