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MISSION: To recognize, support, and promote the awareness of dual role youth who are both students and young caregivers within their families.

EDUCATION and AWARENESS:

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      Explore ways to support student-caregivers through teacher awareness and knowledge, school support services, and other cause-related professionals, religious leaders, and organizations.
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      Increase community, professional, and government awareness on short and long-term caregiving issues and ramifications on dual role youth.
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      Qualify young caregiving hours for student community service hours.
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      Promote public awareness through the pursuit of education and fundraising initiatives.

RESEARCH:

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      Verify validity of student self-reported data.
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      Expand existing data to understand the household tasks, responsibilities and decisions of students who are caregivers by frequency, difficulty, duration, and amount of stress encountered.
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      Document baseline knowledge of community professionals regarding the issues of dual role youth.
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      Explore ways to assist student-caregivers in recognizing their dual role of student and caregiver.
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      Assess and identify the emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and financial stressors faced by students in their caregiving role.
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      Gather information from youth about their perceptions of student-caregiving responsibilities.

DIRECT SERVICES:

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      Establish a pilot project in S. Palm Beach County that includes:
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                  young caregiver assessment
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                  a support group for student-caregivers
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                  linkages to community resources
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                  information and education
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                  caregiver skills training and communication
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                  respite
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                  young caregiver camp or retreat
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      Establish a secure website for student-caregivers to utilize as a resource for education, support and communication.
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      Develop services to assist families in supporting their children in their dual role.
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      Partner with social, healthcare and community agencies to form a network of services available to caregiving families.
 

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