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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 and personal growth.
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In their 411 series, this is the latest book to help teens who are hidden heroes as they take on adult roles to provide caregiving for ill or disabled family. Dr. Connie wrote the foreward to I Am A Teen Caregiver. Now What? by Avery Elizabeth Hurt. Available on Amazon now or ask your school librarian.


Join the CYP Instagram account and Facebook group!  Connect with each other, learn, build new friendships and strong bonds.  Be sure to follow us, comment, like, and re-share our posts!  Join us at Instagram @cyphearts and on Facebook at our private Caregiving Youth Project Group.
Michelle D. Sherman, PhD. & Deanne M. Sherman

This book helps teens to:

- Understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness

- Learn coping skills

- Sort through complex feelings

- Deal with friends

- Identify resources and find hope

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Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
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Another resource is
that offers detailed information on a Veteran's pension benefit called Aid and Attendance (A&A). If Veterans require assisted living care in a community or at home, A&A gives the information they need to apply for the A&A benefit themselves for free. Senior veterans and spouses use this benefit to help them afford quality home care.

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type ofcrisis,
providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here's how it works:
1. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
2. A Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
Cost - the service is completely free, but messaging rates apply if you're NOT on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile.
Check it out
Issue: #123 July 2018  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Now that the start of school is only a couple of weeks away, it's time for some final something you really enjoy.  Next, it's time to gear up your mind and attitude to make this your best school year ever!  A truth for us from author Stephen Covey is:  "I am not a product of my circumstances.  I am a product of my decisions."  We at AACY stand with you as you make good decisions - in school and in life!
What a great time we had at the first annual Back to School Wellness Brunch.  Once again AACY and its community partners have put on an extraordinary event.  As required by our Rotary Sponsor, students from our Boca Raton schools participated in a healthy brunch, and focused on healthy and positive habits to ensure a great start to the new school year. They signed up for a library card, made a bracelet for a loved one or themselves, took pictures in our photo booth, and of course danced the time away.  We look forward to hosting this activity for students in the northern part of the County in the future! 
Thank you Michael Solomon for the motivational presentation, Edgewater at Boca Pointe, Boca Raton Public Library, Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, and volunteers.
We hope the next few weeks go well as you get back into the school routine. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed or need help, please call your CYP Family Specialist (561.391.7401) to see how we can assist.
CYP Seniors - please make sure you are asking for assistance from your Family Specialists regarding financial aid, scholarships, and college applications. All students, remember to submit your log sheet for Community Service hours! Your Family Specialist are here to help you with anything you need to prepare for the upcoming school year. 
tipAs you get ready for the new school year with blank notebooks and sharpened pencils, you may worry about the person you have spent so much time helping this summer.
Starting the new School Year can be exciting, and may even feel like a break from some of your many caregiving responsibilities. However, with this comes the responsibilities of school work and taking care of yourself. Here are some tips to help you move forward and reduce your stress, and be the awesome student and caregiver you are! 

You can feel more confident leaving your family member this year by:
  1. Recording all medications your care receiver is taking and at what times; place the list on the fridge in case of emergencies.
  2. Making notes, setting alarms, or putting reminders in your care receiver's phone to remember to take medications or eat meals.
  3. Communicating the care you provide during the summer with your care receiver's helper.
  4. Requesting a free medical alert system for your care receiver to have in case of an emergency. This device will also reduce your stress!
  5. Assuring your care receiver has at least two emergency contacts so you won't have to leave school if your care receiver is in need of assistance.
To help you lower stress this year here are some tips for YOU:
  1. Practice deep breathing.
  2. Eat healthy and exercise.
  3. Talk to someone about your worries, like your Family Specialist.
  4. Give yourself a break! Sometimes we can be harder on ourselves than anyone else.
  5. Find something you enjoy, whether that is reading, drawing, or listening to music, make sure you have something special just for you!
Here at CYP we are happy to help you start this school year right. If you need help with school supplies, tutoring, or assistance with your family member ask your Family Specialist who is looking forward to checking in with you at the beginning of the year. 
Saturday August 4th 
Remember to bring your invitation that you received in the mail. Each student has to have their own invitation. Caregiving youth have a time slot from 10:00am - 10:30am. The event takes place at the Village Academy in Delray Beach, 400 SW 12th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444.
Each child is empowered to select their own supplies, shoes, uniforms and more. Parents and children are navigated through Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Health Carnival with health screenings, medical information and community resources.
During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.
The state has no issue with you using coupons or taking advantage of buy-one-get-one-free sales during the sales tax holiday. Use this to your advantage and make the most of this great tax free savings event.
Retailers are increasingly competitive in the back-to-school period, so be on the lookout for bargains that are unlikely to repeat themselves during the school year.
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, the idea of organizing a Back to School Wellness Brunch came to fruition on Thursday, July 26th.  The Rotary made it possible for the middle and high school students in our program from Boca Raton to receive bags filled with school essentials and resources to assist them with the transition back to school. Edgewater at Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, graciously offer to host the event and facilitated the health food option stations and entertainment.  
The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton Community through our efforts of "Service Above Self."
As Boca Raton is in our name and our beloved home, we are focused on keeping our talent on the local level in order to benefit our Community through Health and Wellness, and Community well-being.
Acts Retirement-Life Communities (Acts) has been setting the standard for excellence in senior retirement living since opening its first of many independent living facilities in 1972.

"If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal."

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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