We champion, support, and celebrate youth who care for chronically ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members.
WHAT WE DO
In the United States, over 5.4 million children and teenagers aged 18 or younger provide significant assistance or care to a family member with a chronic illness, disability, mental health condition, or frailty due to aging. These young individuals are called Caregiving Youth in the US and Young Carers in the UK. Founded in 1998 in Boca Raton, FL, the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) has been at the forefront of addressing the needs and challenges faced by this huge, hidden population for over 16 years. The organization offers direct services to middle and high school students in Palm Beach County and is a leading national authority on matters related to Caregiving Youth.
PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
BUILDING THE CASE
23.6% Middle And 16.4% High School Students In Florida Public Schools Care Give
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help us financially so the hidden population of Caregiving Youth becomes visible as a vital resource within our society. Your support will help us expand our programs, advocacy and events.
What It’s Like To Take Care Of Multiple Family Members. Jonathan is 15 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL with his mother who has MS, his younger brother has a cranial disorder, and his grandmother that was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As the only able-bodied person in his home during the week, before and after school Jonathan cares for his mother, brother, and grandmother while also managing his football and school schedule. -VICE News