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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.
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RESOURCES -CAREGIVING SPACE

AACY and the Caregiver Space, an online community for caregivers of all ages, has teamed up to make it easier for our active and CYP Alum to get in touch with fellow Caregivers. You can join in the conversation in the forums and chats. You can share your story in a blog, or your creativity in the Art Corner. Get connected! You may access both the forum and the chat by registering for free at:
www.thecaregiverspace.org
ARE THERE ANY VETERANS IN YOUR FAMILY?
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Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
http://www.pbcgov.com/communityservices/programs/humanservices/vetcom.htm
DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE MEDICAL EXPENSES?
AACY and Dispute have formed a partnership. This partnership is designed to give relief to AACY families by leveraging Dispute's national network of experienced medical billing advocates to identify potential cases of overbilling, error, and fraud.
CALLING ALL STUDENTS:
Do you need tutoring in any subject area? Some pointers on how to study more effectively? Or just someone to talk to when you need guidance or advice.

The Caregiving Youth Project has started a new mentoring program. We already have a number of caring adults who have signed on as MENTORS with the M.A.C.Y. (Mentor A Caregiving Youth) program. If you are interested in having a mentor or tutor for this school year, reach out to your family specialist or call our office at (561) 391-7401.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - THE TRIPLE AIM DIABETES INITIATIVE
The program is currently at the HCD Delray and FoundCare. If anyone has their medical home there, they are able to be referred by their physician or call Karen Harwood directly.
Karen Harwood, MSW
Last year one of our own students was recognized as a hero in medicine. https://pbcms.org/events/heroes-in-medicine/
Other resource links:
www.diabetes.org
www.choosemyplate.org
SAVE THE DATE

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015
The event will be held at Benvenuto's Restaurant in Boynton Beach. The Celebration is for youth caregivers and two immediate family members. Invitations will be going out in the mail the first week of December.
Sincerely,
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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Issue: #91 November 2015
Dear Reader,
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Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President
Sometimes, as hard as we try to stay positive, our circumstances can get us down. Thoughts that we don't want to have creep in and can even take over our minds. On TV you have probably seen a doctor use a defibrillator to interrupt someone's erratic heart rhythm to restore it to normal. We have to do the same with our minds! We must short circuit our brains, interrupt the down thoughts, and restore our hope for a new day. The quicker you can create the short circuit, the easier it becomes...like Nike says, "just do it!"
CAMP TREASURE XVIII
This year Camp Treasure was held on November 13th and 14th. Students who attended were from different middle schools. Caregiving Youth enjoyed meeting Miss Boynton Beach and hearing her story about her caregiving challenges and never giving up. Many activities included: s'mores by the Campfire, Yoga, Low Ropes Course, Swimming, Art, Hands only CPR Training by Palm Beach Fire Rescue Dept. and more. Everyone from the staff, the AmeriCorps volunteers, and the students had a memorable time.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff, and students who participated and made the camp a success!
CAMP TREASURE PICTURES
MIDDLE SCHOOL
cyp logo November's Lunch and Learn sessions have been focused on Diabetes. Students were given information on the types of Diabetes, and how to help care for a family member or someone in their home having Diabetes. Skill-Building Groups are continuing at our current middle schools; Boca Raton, Carver, Congress, Lantana, Okeeheelee, Omni, and Palm Springs. The students are learning how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, how to handle peer pressure including drugs and social media, and how to advocate.
CONTINUING CARE
Winners of the high school juniors essay contest were recognized for the essays on the book, I Even Funnier, by James Paterson, at a Grease themed event at Ellie's Diner in Delray Beach.
Dr. Connie, Carmella, Ma'Kaylah, Daphne, Sonya, Adrian.

JOIN US FOR COLLEGE PREP DAY
JANUARY 4, 2016 FROM 10:00am-4:00 pm
AACY Building 3rd floor conference room
1515 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432

CYP juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend a college prep day that was organized to provide students with important information regarding test scores, writing an essay, and financial aid.
The Speakers include:
1. Ms. Robin Blank, Outreach Representative, Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance
Will discuss FAFSA applications. You will be informed on what information to bring to actually apply on line for the FAFSA. Computers will be available to use.
2. Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. founder and principal educational consultant of College Career Consulting, LLC, and university faculty member, shares expert knowledge, professional resources and caring support with those who are ready to begin and advance their lifelong educational and career journey.
3. Laura Clarkson, Private tutor for ACT and SAT exams
Will discuss the tests and answer your questions.
4. Alyssa Goodall, Grants and Scholarship Administrator
Community Foundation. The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County. This will be an informational session on the application process/timeline, what they look for in the recipients of the scholarship and tips for essays and interviews in general. Some college advice as well!
Call Vera to RSVP 561.391.7401
CAREGIVING TIPS
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Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? Years ago it started out as one day and then as time went on and people began to understand more about the value that family caregivers (and yes, you!) have for their families and for society, a day became a whole month. In Florida, YOU have been recognized!
Please take a moment and read below: "...WHEREAS, tens of thousands of Florida youth are selflessly providing care for siblings, parents and grandparents..."
Recognition of your role is a first and encouraging step! Next we must work on getting some support for caregiving youth throughout Florida and the USA. Little by little, we must succeed!
If you would like to discuss your options with a CYP team member or other trusted adult, feel free to call the CYP office (561.391.7401). We at CYP want to work together with you and with your family to help you make this your best personal and school year ever!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." By: Helen Keller