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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  
WELCOME MICHELLE
Hi Everyone! My name is Michelle Dolan. I am originally from Wisconsin and have completed my master's degree at Barry University here in Florida. I am joining the team of counselors at AACY to help bring the CYP to four new schools in the South Palm Beach County area. I have worked with children and teens in multiple capacities and have always enjoyed the work. I feel lucky to be a part of an organization that shares many of the passions I do. I hope to do my best in this organization to help them grow as AACY helps me grow. Outside of my time at AACY I enjoy playing with my pup Corky, going to the beach, and doing yoga.
WELCOME NEW STAFF
Samantha is a Florida Native from Stuart, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida to earn her Bachelor's degree and continued her education at Florida Atlantic University where she received her Master's in Social Work this past May. Samantha was AACY's intern here two years ago and she started her full time position in June. Samantha has a passion for all things that impact human well-being. She keeps herself happy and healthy by traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with friends, family and her yellow Labrador Retriever.
WELCOME BRENNA
Hi! My name is Brenna Hovatter and I am the new Youth Activities and Social Media Coordinator. and I could not be more excited to join such a fabulous organization!  I have always had a passion for working with children and being a positive influence in their growth and development.  As a previous assistant camp director, I bring a wealth of camp and event planning experience with me that I know will help make each Camp Treasure and event a memorable one. Caregiving youth are faced with many daily challenges and I am humbled to part of the support system.  I look forward to getting to know you and making some fantastic memories together!   
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 
QUOTE OF THE MONTH  
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. 
 - Dr. Seuss 
Issue: #100 August 2016
Dear Reader,
ConnieS
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

This month I hope you had a chance to watch some of the Olympics.  The courage, strength and perseverance of the athletes is inspirational!  They strive to do their best.  Years ago a person who influenced my life, asked me a simple question that I now pose to you, "Why wouldn't you want to be all that you can?" 
Have a great new school year being the best!
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Our Family Specialists are excited to be starting Skills Bu
CONTINUING CARE  
Our Back to School Brunch honoring FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly was held on August 25th at Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton. Theguests seemed to be a sea of blue since they were encouraged to wear light blue, Mrs. Carolyn's favorite color. We are so fortunate to have had two of our Caregiving Youth Students attend the brunch. They were both recognized for their hard work and success and everyone wished them good luck as they are both starting their freshmen year at FAU. Guests were treated to eye opening and inspirational speeches and also enjoyed a wonderful brunch.

At the brunch a special collaboration between ADT, State Farm and AACY was announced. The Caregiving Youth Stress Reduction Project aims to relieve some worries by providing a source of 24/7 live communication for ill or disabled family members. During times of worry we know it is tough to focus on school or enjoy activities. With worry relief, focus and learning can improve. ADT, the nation's leading provider of home security services, is donating the Medical Alarm monitoring supplies for 100 AACY client families throughout the remainder of 2016. State Farm is covering the cost for one year of monitoring service for all 100 families.
BOWLING FOR BREAD
Thank you to Boca Helping Hands for inviting our CYP students for an afternoon of bowling and fun at Strikes@Boca! What better way to spend the afternoon than eating tasty food, meeting new friends and knocking down some pins with style? Spares, strikes and trick shots were happening in almost every frame; our CYP students are quite the bowlers! We look forward to our next fun get together! 
CAREGIVING TIPS
tip
School time is back! For some of you, going back to school is a relief - you get to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.
Today more than ever, YOUR education is ever so important! It is something that no one can ever take away from you, no matter what you are going through...especially caregiving! Having this responsibility is something that helps to make you very special.

It is typical to experience a wide range of feelings regarding the unique relationship caregiving brings. The feelings can range from caring and love to the other extreme of frustration and anger wondering, "Why did this have to happen to me and my family?"
So how can you help others, including people in your school, to understand? Your facial expressions may help others to consider what you might be going through. Maybe though, you could be like some kids who are going through other kinds of circumstances at home. They have said when they get to school they put on a face mask to cover up what is going on at home and what they are feeling.

When you put on a mask and are unable to be your authentic self, you spend energy in being or pretending you are who you are not! Caregiving takes energy. Consider how you want to best spend the energy you have for any one day.

Whether or not you "wear a mask" people cannot read your mind and know what you are feeling. Learning how to communicate your feelings in a healthy way will be an asset that you will always have with you; others will admire and respect the genuine you.

Your caregiving tip for this month is to speak up and speak out. Discuss your feelings with a CYP team member or other trusted adult. Encourage your family, if you haven't already done so, to allow the CYP social worker to come to your home to make sure that you and your family are accessing needed resources. When your family has help they may not even know about, it will also help you. Feel free to call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s). Together we will help you and your family. We will work with you to make this your best school year ever!
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
AACY participated in two of the Back to School Bash 
Samantha & Cynthia, CYP 
community events. Our southern population attended
the Bash at Village Academy in Delray.  Families that live more North, attended the Bash at theOxbridge Academy in WestPalm Beach. We are so thankful that because of the help of many, AACY was able to provide backpacks to our active students and families that are in the CYP program.
           
COMMUNITY PARTNER - BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL
 
The overriding principle that guided the creation of Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) was to provide quality healthcare to the community it serves - residents, in South Palm Beach County. BRRH launched their Community Outreach Program in July 1998. Today, through support by the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; grants, sponsorships and educational and wellness programs fill local unmet needs. These programs also give BRRH a significant way to become a collaborative partner working with others to build a strong, healthy and productive community.

Most recently, the hospital team was present at the Community Back to School Bash where they provided physicals, screenings and tips.www.brrh.com
Sincerely, 
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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Caregiving Youth Project of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers
Treasure Talk
Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
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
Quick Links
Join Our List
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  
WELCOME MICHELLE
Hi Everyone! My name is Michelle Dolan. I am originally from Wisconsin and have completed my master's degree at Barry University here in Florida. I am joining the team of counselors at AACY to help bring the CYP to four new schools in the South Palm Beach County area. I have worked with children and teens in multiple capacities and have always enjoyed the work. I feel lucky to be a part of an organization that shares many of the passions I do. I hope to do my best in this organization to help them grow as AACY helps me grow. Outside of my time at AACY I enjoy playing with my pup Corky, going to the beach, and doing yoga.
WELCOME NEW STAFF
Samantha is a Florida Native from Stuart, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida to earn her Bachelor's degree and continued her education at Florida Atlantic University where she received her Master's in Social Work this past May. Samantha was AACY's intern here two years ago and she started her full time position in June. Samantha has a passion for all things that impact human well-being. She keeps herself happy and healthy by traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with friends, family and her yellow Labrador Retriever.
WELCOME BRENNA
Hi! My name is Brenna Hovatter and I am the new Youth Activities and Social Media Coordinator. and I could not be more excited to join such a fabulous organization!  I have always had a passion for working with children and being a positive influence in their growth and development.  As a previous assistant camp director, I bring a wealth of camp and event planning experience with me that I know will help make each Camp Treasure and event a memorable one. Caregiving youth are faced with many daily challenges and I am humbled to part of the support system.  I look forward to getting to know you and making some fantastic memories together!   
ARE THERE ANY VETERANS IN YOUR FAMILY?
us flag
Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
http://www.pbcgov.com/communityservices/programs/humanservices/vetcom.htm 
QUOTE OF THE MONTH  
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. 
 - Dr. Seuss 
Issue: #100 August 2016
Dear William,
ConnieS
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

This month I hope you had a chance to watch some of the Olympics.  The courage, strength and perseverance of the athletes is inspirational!  They strive to do their best.  Years ago a person who influenced my life, asked me a simple question that I now pose to you, "Why wouldn't you want to be all that you can?" 
Have a great new school year being the best!
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Our Family Specialists are excited to be starting Skills Bu
CONTINUING CARE  
Our Back to School Brunch honoring FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly was held on August 25th at Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton. Theguests seemed to be a sea of blue since they were encouraged to wear light blue, Mrs. Carolyn's favorite color. We are so fortunate to have had two of our Caregiving Youth Students attend the brunch. They were both recognized for their hard work and success and everyone wished them good luck as they are both starting their freshmen year at FAU. Guests were treated to eye opening and inspirational speeches and also enjoyed a wonderful brunch.

At the brunch a special collaboration between ADT, State Farm and AACY was announced. The Caregiving Youth Stress Reduction Project aims to relieve some worries by providing a source of 24/7 live communication for ill or disabled family members. During times of worry we know it is tough to focus on school or enjoy activities. With worry relief, focus and learning can improve. ADT, the nation's leading provider of home security services, is donating the Medical Alarm monitoring supplies for 100 AACY client families throughout the remainder of 2016. State Farm is covering the cost for one year of monitoring service for all 100 families.
BOWLING FOR BREAD
Thank you to Boca Helping Hands for inviting our CYP students for an afternoon of bowling and fun at Strikes@Boca! What better way to spend the afternoon than eating tasty food, meeting new friends and knocking down some pins with style? Spares, strikes and trick shots were happening in almost every frame; our CYP students are quite the bowlers! We look forward to our next fun get together! 
CAREGIVING TIPS
tip
School time is back! For some of you, going back to school is a relief - you get to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.
Today more than ever, YOUR education is ever so important! It is something that no one can ever take away from you, no matter what you are going through...especially caregiving! Having this responsibility is something that helps to make you very special.

It is typical to experience a wide range of feelings regarding the unique relationship caregiving brings. The feelings can range from caring and love to the other extreme of frustration and anger wondering, "Why did this have to happen to me and my family?"
So how can you help others, including people in your school, to understand? Your facial expressions may help others to consider what you might be going through. Maybe though, you could be like some kids who are going through other kinds of circumstances at home. They have said when they get to school they put on a face mask to cover up what is going on at home and what they are feeling.

When you put on a mask and are unable to be your authentic self, you spend energy in being or pretending you are who you are not! Caregiving takes energy. Consider how you want to best spend the energy you have for any one day.

Whether or not you "wear a mask" people cannot read your mind and know what you are feeling. Learning how to communicate your feelings in a healthy way will be an asset that you will always have with you; others will admire and respect the genuine you.

Your caregiving tip for this month is to speak up and speak out. Discuss your feelings with a CYP team member or other trusted adult. Encourage your family, if you haven't already done so, to allow the CYP social worker to come to your home to make sure that you and your family are accessing needed resources. When your family has help they may not even know about, it will also help you. Feel free to call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s). Together we will help you and your family. We will work with you to make this your best school year ever!
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
AACY participated in two of the Back to School Bash 
Samantha & Cynthia, CYP 
community events. Our southern population attended
the Bash at Village Academy in Delray.  Families that live more North, attended the Bash at theOxbridge Academy in WestPalm Beach. We are so thankful that because of the help of many, AACY was able to provide backpacks to our active students and families that are in the CYP program.
           
COMMUNITY PARTNER - BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL
 
The overriding principle that guided the creation of Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) was to provide quality healthcare to the community it serves - residents, in South Palm Beach County. BRRH launched their Community Outreach Program in July 1998. Today, through support by the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; grants, sponsorships and educational and wellness programs fill local unmet needs. These programs also give BRRH a significant way to become a collaborative partner working with others to build a strong, healthy and productive community.

Most recently, the hospital team was present at the Community Back to School Bash where they provided physicals, screenings and tips.www.brrh.com
Sincerely, 
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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