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November is National Caregivers Month

 

PRESS RELEASE
November/3/2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Connie Siskowski
561-391-7401
American Association of Caregiving Youth
 
         

               A Sweet Way to Celebrate 
       National Family Caregivers Month
Boca Raton, FL - November 3, 2014 -To raise awareness about caregiving youth and to honor family caregivers of all ages during National Family Caregivers Month, the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is pleased to recognize Lori Dahan, Director of Visiting Angels, for providing smiley face cookies.  Pictured with Ms. Dahan is Abbi Bentz, RN, BS, CRRN who originated the concept of "Cookies for Caregivers" more than a decade ago for the Shared Care respite program.  At that time preschool students at Temple Beth El made cookies for family members of Shared Care, a weekly free respite service.  Abbi's tradition continues as these cookies also bring smiles to many.

 

According to Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President of AACY, "During this special month, it is important to remember that millions of youth also fulfill the caregiving role. In doing so, many sacrifice their education, health, well-being and childhood to provide care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled."

 

AACY, through its local Caregiving Youth Project, has worked with more than 700 middle and high school students since its inception in 2006. Its services begin with youth in 6th grade and continue through high school. Partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County is strong as together caregiving youth become educated, healthy high school graduates with the majority going on to post- secondary institutions.

 

AACY is experiencing escalating requests for assistance directly from caregiving youth as well as other organizations. The cookies provide a medium to say thank you, especially to school staff, upon whom the AACY team relies. Lori Dahan and her Visiting Angels have made this possible.

 

Abbi Bentz & Lori Dahan.

 

About Visiting Angels


Visiting Angels is a nurse registry that has served Palm Beach and Broward Counties for 15 years.  It provides clients the opportunity to choose from the most rigorously credentialed, verified and screened caregivers in the area.  These caregivers provide clients with assistance with activities of daily living while improving their quality of life. For more information, visit
www.visitingangels.com or call 561.865.9040.

 



About the American Association of Caregiving Youth

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. AACY is the only organization of its kind in the United States addressing the issues surrounding a silent, vulnerable and hidden population of children. AACY's successful Caregiving Youth Project model is now being replicated elsewhere. Systems of healthcare, education, and community organizations collaboratively and effectively provide a strong foundation of support for these vulnerable youth and their families. For more information, visit www.aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

 

 

 

Science Daily: "Hidden Population"

Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home

Date:
October 10, 2014
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Summary:
While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse. These 'caregiving youth' are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health.
 

PBC High School Essay Winners

PRESS RELEASE

 

September 30, 2014.

 

Boca Raton, FL. “I heard my middle school classmates giggle as I tried to escape my embarrassment and the bullying by quickly disappearing” is the opening sentence of the $1500 winning essay submitted by Mandy Alvarado, a member of the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) since 2008. She is a senior at John I Leonard High School.

 

Mandy, who had to grow up quickly to care for her brother, scripted, “I am 18 years old and have encountered many hardships, more than a kid my age should have been face with. I had a difficult time throughout my years in school. I wasn’t able to participate as much as I hoped to because I had to always work around my special needs brother’s schedule. This often meant sacrificing participating fully in certain clubs or hanging out with friends. I always ended up putting my brother’s needs before mine. I believe almost everyone has experienced some sort of bullying and if they haven’t well then they are lucky...”

The Essay Winner

There were significant other prizes for these high school seniors. Jailene Nunez of Lake Worth High School won second place, an award of $800 while third and fourth place tied. The $300 third place winners were Grace Cenat who attends Atlantic High School, Tierra Latson of John I Leonard High School, Charlene Nunez of Lake Worth High School. Fourth place winners who received $150 were Jonathan Pearson of Lake Worth High School and Montana Thomas of Lake Worth High School.

 PBC Essay Contest Winners

Last year the “novel” idea to make a difference in the lives of caregiving youth came alive by Lee Edelstein, author of Chin Music and his good friend Bob Haupt. Last year’s winner, youth caregiver Kelsy Timot, attended the event and shared her story and the difference that winning the contest made in her life.

 

Essays were independently evaluated according to specific criteria by seven judges: Gary Barg of Caregiver Media Group; pediatrician, Dr. Julie Belkowitz; Barbara Carney, book club member of Broken Sound Country Club; author Lee Edelstein; former school principal, Dr. Ann Faraone; and medial students Matthew Cagliostro and Jillian Halper. Medial students from UM Miller Medical also volunteered to mentor the participants. The BOMAR Foundation has sponsored the events as an encouragement for students to read, write and to provide awards for students to help them prepare for their high school graduation and futures. The reception was held at Boca Raton Resort & Club on Thursday evening, September 18th.

 

The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today AACY is the only organization of its kind in the US that addresses the issues of children, who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Its model program, the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) works in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Connie Siskowski, the organization’s founder, was a 2012 CNN Top Ten Hero.

 

For more information call 561-391-7401 or visit www.aacy.org.

Horse Around at the "Horses Helping People" Family Resource Day


 

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EQUUS Foundation

 

 
 

Horse Around at the "Horses Helping People" Family Resource Day - Mark Your Calendar for October 5, 2014

WELLLINGTON, FL - September 17, 2014 - The first of its kind "Horses Helping People" Family Resource Day will be held on October 5, 2014 for the children and families in southeast Florida to experience the positive impact of the horse-human bond up close and personal. 

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the community is welcome to directly connect with the recreational and therapeutic facilities in Palm Beach County offering horseback riding and equine assisted activities and have the chance to win riding lessons and other products and services donated by exhibitors. 

"Horsing Around" activities include demonstrations of dressage by International Dressage Rider Marco Bernal, polo by Palm City Polo, and reining by the cowboys of Steed Training. "Horse Health" will be a topic covered by the Palm Beach Equine Clinic, and Personal Ponies will have its specially trained Miniature Shetland ponies on hand.

 

Photo courtesy of Personal Ponies
Photo courtesy of Personal Ponies Ltd., Inc.

 

In addition to "horsing" around, there will be arts and crafts, ìHair Chalking by Spazio Salon withHairChalk by L'oreal Professional. Tasty treats are being donated by Visiting Angels of SE Florida. 

This FREE event, sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation and American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), will be held, rain or shine, in the covered Van Kampen Arena thanks to the support and generosity of the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation. The Arena is located on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at 13500 South Shore Boulevard in Wellington Florida.

 

Demonstrations
Photos courtesy of Palm City Polo, Marco Bernal, and Steed Training.

 

Space is still available for recreational and therapeutic riding programs who wish to exhibit at the event. For more information about the event, sponsorship, and clinic registration, contact Abbi Bentz at (561) 789-6076 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

The EQUUS Foundation and the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) are working together to connect caregiving youth across the United States to the more than 800 equine charities on the Foundation's Equine Welfare Network.

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Website: www.equusfoundation.org. 

About American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY): AACY's mission is to increase awareness about the effects on children who provide care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly and/or disabled. AACY's model program, the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), works in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County and currently serves more than 500 caregiving youth and their families in eight area middle schools and 17 high schools. AACY programs are aimed at reducing anxiety and depression and increasing the caregiving children's satisfaction with life and the ability to remain in school through the provision of counseling, education, and support services including respite and sponsored activities. Contact AACY at 1515 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 218, Boca Raton, FL 33432,; Tele: 561-391-7401; 800-725-2512; E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Website: www.aacy.org

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The objective of Phelps Media Group, Inc.'s customized promotional plan for each client is to gain coverage in print, broadcast and televised media outlets. By delivering consistent international media attention to the people and events it represents, PMG creates public awareness of the client's message as well as a positive and recognizable image for the client. PMG's ultimate mission is to assure success for its clients' endeavors with the public.

 

Former Educator and Mayor to be Honored

FORMER EDUCATOR AND MAYOR TO BE HONORED

 

July 21, 2014 Boca Raton, FL. What do you get when you combine the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) with Allegiance Home Health and Rehab companies? You get an incredible synergistic partnership for the Boca Raton Chamber’s Boca Festival Days!

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Elected officials, business, healthcare, education and religious leaders will join together in a fast-moving, early morning program designed to celebrate the opening of school in Palm Beach County, one of the featured events of Boca Festival Days and the one community constituents won’t want to miss!

The program will be highlighted by a special award to Susan Whelchel. As a former teacher, Mrs. Whelchel has understood from day one the importance of the work of AACY in reducing barriers to children’s ability to learn. A member of the City Council since 1995 prior to her two terms as Mayor, she understood the role of government in supporting this population. She met with and hosted “young carers” from the UK and supported their attempt to gain national support for AACY with a follow up letter to Mrs. Obama when the young carers received no reply to their plea to President Obama. They left “feeling sorry” for their peers in the US; the UK has 350 projects to support their caregiving youth.

In addition to her understanding as an educator and her own family being touched by health issues, the former Mayor of the City of Boca Raton has supported AACY by attending many of its programs through her years in office, including offering proclamations on behalf of caregiving youth. She has been an advocate for partnerships that provide opportunities for students, especially related to their education in her championship of the needs of students who also are family caregivers.

WHEN: Thursday, August 21 7:30 am – 9:00 am

WHERE: Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E. Camino Real
Boca Raton, Florida 33432

WHY: Proceeds of the breakfast will benefit the Caregiving Youth Project, a program of AACY that offers services to more than 550 middle and high school children in Palm Beach County who care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

Breakfast tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Please contact (561) 391-7401, to purchase a ticket or for more information.

Allegiance Home Health and Rehab is a Medicare certified home health agency. It provides skilled and non-skilled services in the comfort of your home. Services provided include Skilled Nursing, Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapies along with Social Services. Allegiance also specializes in Private Duty and Companion Services. Clients are able to remain at home where they want to be with the help of Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides who assist with daily living activities such as bathing, toileting, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication management, grocery shopping and transportation. Allegiance is an award winning home health agency, having been named HomeCare Elite and a Top 500 Agency since it's eligibility in 2009. Rosie Inguanzo-Martin is the President and CEO.

The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that has served the greater Boca Raton community since1998. Today AACY is the only organization in the USA that addresses the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million children, who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Its mission is – to increase awareness about youth caregiving and foster the replication of the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) model within Florida and the US; to provide direct and indirect support services for youth caregivers and their families; and, to establish the Caregiving Youth Institute. The CYP works in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Connie Siskowski, the organization’s founder was a 2012 CNN Top Ten Hero.

For more information visit www.aacy.org, contact Dr. Siskowski at 561.3961.7401 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Caregiving Youth Institute Launched

 

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CAREGIVING YOUTH (AACY) LAUNCHES CAREGIVING YOUTH INSTITUTE  

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(Palm Beach County, Fla. April 10, 2014) - The American Association for Caregiving Youth® (AACY), a nonprofit corporation that is the only national resource for children who provide care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled,announced today the establishment of its Caregiving Youth Institute (CYI). The goal of the CYI is to raise the level of awareness of the multi-system needs of caregiving youth along with solutions for their support through the multiple initiatives of C.A.R.E. (Connection, Advocacy, Research, Education). 

The establishment of the CYI is in direct response to the growing number of caregiving youth who are unrecognized, invisible and falling through the cracks at school; youth who, with support, will become healthy, educated and productive adults. Unlike other countries including the United Kingdom, there are no professional or public opportunities in the U.S. focused on any of the four dimensions of C.A.R.E. as they relate to the issues and solutions of this hidden population. 

"Our country has a vast amount of resources for family caregivers. Unfortunately, they are targeted at adult caregivers, and do not address the special challenges faced by children balancing care responsibilities with succeeding in school and personally," said Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President of AACY, and a former youth caregiver. "With the foundation of the Caregiving Youth Institute, we will be able to provide more resources and conduct new research to better serve our caregiving youth." 

Initially the CYI will focus primarily on the issues of middle and high school youth caregiving, however it recognizes that elementary school children may also have caregiving responsibilities. CYI will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to the greater local and state community as well as nationally. It is also projected that the CYI will become financially self-sustaining as well as generate income for other program development and operations of AACY.

The Caregiving Youth Institute is made possible by an initial grant from the Schmidt Family Foundation, a charitable organization that provides grants to local non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that meet as a way to give back to the community which entrepreneurs and philanthropists Charles E. and Dorothy F. Schmidt were a part of for so many years. 

"The Schmidt Family Foundation is honored to support the American Association of Caregiving Youth in the establishment of the Caregiving Youth Institute," said Richard L. Schmidt, chairman of the Schmidt Family Foundation. "This advancement is a tremendous step forward in the mission to shine a light on the challenges of caregiving youth, an under-recognized healthcare issue not only in our community, but across the nation."
C.A.R.E. Initiatives 

Connection - Develop free, monitored and secure support services among peer caregiving youth throughout the U.S. via an electronic format of direct connectivity. This platform will have an educational component as well as provide a means of interaction so youth caregivers learn they are part of a much larger population and are reminded that they are not alone.

 

Advocacy - Engage existing U.S. legislators and candidates for election, along with other influencers, to provide education about caregiving youth and ultimately produce policy changes with appropriations locally, at the state level and federally to include youth in support services for family caregivers, to allow youth caregiving to be considered as community service and to have long term recognition of their important role in health delivery

 

Research - Continue to support existing research projects with various universities, while seeking funding to update the statistics in the only national study, Young Caregivers in the US (2005), which is critical as there have been many demographic and healthcare system changes during the last decade. The results of this new data will provide impetus for action and further establish AACY as the premier U.S. organization addressing the needs of caregiving youth. Simultaneously, strengthening the relationships with several local universities will promote this work to students in related professions.

 

Education - Continue pursuing opportunities to educate the public, educators and healthcare professionals about this issue, including partnerships with universities, conferences, webinars, video productions, peer-reviewed journal publications, social and other multi-media and formal presentations. We will package and make available for purchase materials for others to use.    

About the American Association of Caregiving Youth
The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today AACY is the only organization of its kind in the United States for addressing the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million children, who provide care for family members who are unable to manage life independently. For statistics on youth caregiving, as well as personal stories of AACY participants, view our Hidden Population of Caregiving Youth content capsule: 
http://www.aacy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=662&Itemid=288
 


The discovery of the extent of thecaregiving youth population in the US occurred at Lynn University, where the Institute will be officially launched on April 23rd.  For more information about AACY, visit www.aacy.org
 
where donations can be made online, or contact Dr. Siskowski at 561.391.7401.   

 

Growing Numbers of Caregiving Youth Seeking Scholarships

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GROWING NUMBERS OF CAREGIVING YOUTH SEEKING SCHOLARSHIPS


(Palm Beach County, March 17, 2014). It is no secret that Palm Beach County has been the first region in the US to support caregiving youth – children who sacrifice their education, health, well-being and childhood to provide care for a family member who is ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

In 2007, the first Caregiving Youth Scholarship, awarded by what is now the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) in partnership with the George Snow Scholarship Fund had four applicants. This year there is a greater than 1000% increase in the number of applicants who identified themselves as caregivers or whose caregiving role was evident from the special circumstances they wrote about in their scholarship applications.

The increase in caregiving youth was so significant that Pam Perrin, Vice President of Scholar Services of the Fund called Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President and Founder of AACY to discuss the number of deserving candidates and the possibility of awarding more scholarships. Each year AACY raises funds to partner with George Snow so that at least one student could receive support during college.

According to Scholarship Fund President Tim Snow, “We will do our best to provide some help for these deserving students; however, it is obvious that additional scholarships are needed.” He joins with Siskowski and members of the AACY Board to request that donations be made to AACY so that more scholarships could be awarded to give caregiving youth, who are in circumstances through no fault of their own, a chance.

Joe Kraus, Acting Chairman of the AACY Board states, “It takes strength and courage for caregiving youth to share their stories of the challenges they have faced. Please join with us to honor and value their role through the provision of a scholarship as a gateway for their futures.”

For more information about AACY, visit www.aacy.org where donations can be made online or contact Dr. Siskowski at 561.391.7401. For more information about the George Snow Scholarship Fund visit www.scholarship.org or call Pam Perrin at 561.347.6799.

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