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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
Fun Fact
Continuing Care
Newtown Tragedy
Caregiving Tips
Sand Sifters
CNN Hero
2012 CYP Holiday Celebration
Camp Treasure
CYP Students Honored
Quick Links
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FUN FACT  

Butterflies taste with their feet. 

 

CONTINUING CARE

We are continuing groups.  The Lake Worth High group is held during lunch every fourth Wednesday of the month and from 9:30 - 10:30 every second Wednesday at Santaluces. Atlantic will be held every third Wednesday from 9:30- 10:30. 

 

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Draven and Hannah

Need a little extra academic support? Let us know! We want you to be the best you can be and get the best grades possible - your future is in YOUR hands! We have tutoring available for you by Hannah our AmeriCorps member or through others.

 

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If you haven't done so already, join CYP student and CYP graduate groups through Ms. Kaeron's FaceBook page. We use it to post announcements, events, scholarships, etc. Friend request her at Kaeron Williams. 

 

A special note to CYP high school SENIORS! Quickly contact us to let us know your plans after graduation. We are able to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications or any other decision tips or question you may have. 

 
 
HELPING YOU HELP YOUR CHILDREN WITH THE NEWTOWN TRAGEDY   

Recent news reports stunned our nation again: unthinkable violence in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Innocent children, little kids, gunned down in their classroom, along with teachers and school staff.

 

What do we tell our children? How do we reassure them of their own safety?  For more information  Click here 

 

A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS!

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The Foundation for Community Betterment in PBC facilitated a event to collect toys and donations for our annual CYP holiday celebration.  In addition, volunteers attended the Holiday Celebration and helped wrap gifts.  Thanks!

 
  
 

CAREGIVING TIPS

As caregivers, reducing stress so that we can stay healthy is important. Worry is one type of stress and often it comes from not understanding all that is going on within the body of your family member.tip

 

The body is so amazing! There are many interconnections! When one body part is affected, often another is too. Even a medication given to correct one thing, may have a reaction somewhere else.

 

A familiar phrase is that "knowledge is power" - it is so true! When you know and understand what is going on with the body, it reduces worry and therefore lessens your stress.  More than ever today, there are many trusted resources to help you understand medical conditions and treatments so that you know what to do and what to expect.  Please feel free to call us at CYP or ask about something you don't understand when we have Lunch and Learn or a workshop at your school.  Even if we don't know the answer right then, we will help you find a trusted resource and the answers to your questions. 

 

Let's make 2013 a year to learn as much as we can about our caregiving situations so that we can limit the stress of worry simply because we do not understand. 

 
 
IS YOUR LOVED ONE HEARING IMPAIRED?  
 
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 A cordless telephone with clarity power technology was donated.  If you have a need for this type of phone, please contact the AACY office at 561-391-7401.
 
SAND SIFTERS
Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
January 5, 2013
Oceanfront Park
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am
Visit the Website:
www.sandsifters.us   
Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128. 

 

 
Issue: #56 December 2012  
 Dear Reader,
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Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

 

Yikes!  Today is the last day of 2012 and what a year it has been with lots of ups and downs for us all! I'm not big on making New Year's Resolutions but I am big on change. That is, changing to improve things within your control. As you do this, you will see great results! 

 

There is no way you can do the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome! For example, you have to complete a report by a certain date. The last two times you waited until the day before to work on it. You had to turn it in on time; it wasn't finished. The "D" you got wasn't the one you wanted; it was the one you deserved. You know you can do better! Next time you begin the report two or three days before. You give yourself time to make it the best it can be. You turn it in on time and get an "A"!  

 

Think about one change you can make that is within your control in 2013. Let us know what you did and we will celebrate your success with you!

 

  CONGRATULATIONS TO

 DR. CONNIE SISKOWSKI

2012 TOP TEN CNN HERO FINALIST

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THANK YOU FOR ALL THE VOTES AND SUPPORT! 

 

 

 

THE 2012 CYP ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

The 2012 CYP annual holiday celebration was held at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach on December 17, 2012.  There was singing, family portraits, arts and crafts, shopping, presents, and a wonderful meal shared together. 

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors who contributed to the success of the evening.  Benvenuto Restaurant, Boca Raton Region Hospital, Broken Sound Club, D'Best Sandwich Shop, Olive Garden Restaurants, Penn-Florida, Spirit of Giving Network, Stratis Business Systems, The Foundation for Community Betterment, Toys for Tots, United HealthCare, our many volunteers, and Walmart.

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CAMP TREASURE IN DECEMBER?  
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Camp Treasure was rescheduled for December 7th and 8th.  The s'mores, arts & crafts, oragami, games and fun still took place.  
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CYP & PROPEL GO TO THE GAME!

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AACY and Propel partnered to cheer on the Dolphins to a win against Jacksonville.

 

Thanks to Miami Dolphins Defensive Tackle Paul Soliai, CYP recieved game tickets and food vouchers to attend the game on December 16th.  CYP joined with Propel which provided transportation for all to have a fun time.

 

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The Miami Dolphins Foundation and Sun Life Insurance partnered to recognize local Best in Class non-profits and high school Rising Stars.  AACY and Boca High Senior Sephora who received a scholarship were honored at the Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game on December 16, 2012.

 

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Nicholaus D. was recognized at South Tech. HS

 

Kaeron Williams Youth Development Coordinator at the American Association of Caregiving Youth attended a ceremony at South Tech Academy on December 13th 2012 at 7pm. The Ceremony was to recognize the extraordinary role Nick plays in caring for his mother. Nick's guidance counselor spoke about the commitment he has made to not only his education but also what is most important to him, which is caring for his mother. In attendance to support his special moment was his mother and other friends. Nick received a trophy for the many hours that he has cared for his mother. He continues to show us what is more important in his life than just himself. He has gone above and beyond what most would except from a teenager; his selflessness deserves this recognition!  You can see Nick at work in "Behind Closed Doors", produced by CNN at Click here to view videos and read the article that goes along with them.

 

 

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

new year  

Sincerely, 
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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