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Newsletter 2017 - First Quarter

The national resource for the support of children who are caring for 
ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members. 
Caregiving Youth Institute Conference
Safe Schools Institute
1793 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton
Join us on Thursday
April 27th, 2017
    Registration: 7:30 am, Program:       8:30 am- 2:00 pm
networking after conference

Some Topics Include:
  • Groundbreaking research results of medication management by Caregiving Youth
  • Impact of caregiving by youth for disease specific populations
  • Bookend Caregiving
  • Traumas faced by Caregiving Youth
  • Parentification
  • The ripple effects of economic cuts on caregiving families
  • How we can change policy and legislation
For more information
We Couldn't Do It Without Our Amazing Volunteers
In The News And Raising Awareness
Children who are caregivers of a relative have their own organization to turn to for support. The American Association of Caregiving Youth helps students such as 18-year-old Rodney Louis, of Delray Beach, by restoring their role as children and teens in order to help them succeed academically, psychologically, developmentally and socially.

Not every child gets 18 years of childhood. There are an estimate of 1.3 million caregiving children ages 8.-18 years old in the U.S.*  We often think of Caregiving as a role solely for adults. Child caregivers are a hidden, vulnerable population in the US, sacrificing their education, health and childhood while fulfilling roles and responsibilities beyond their years.  The risk of underachievement and high school dropout increases for teenagers who end up taking on the role as family caregiver.
The Purple Jacket

Charlie and A.J. Poole were 10 and 9 years old in 2013 when their grandmother, Helen Pomakoy, moved in with them. Her Alzheimer's had been getting worse, and the boys' mother, Sara, decided that bringing her to their McLean, Virginia, home was the best option.
CHA Catholic Health Association of the United States

Sometimes parents can't be the caregivers in a family and Boca Raton-based American Association of Caregiving Youth recognizes that sometimes it is the children who step up to the plate.
Boca Newspaper - Delray Beach Pineapple

Connie Siskowski created The American Association of Caregiving Youth to support South Florida kids who become the primary caretakers of their loved ones.
Mentors Sharing Time With Mentees
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Reeves Grant
                                 We are excited to be the benefactor of a $10,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Reeve Foundation supports organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for families and individuals living with disabilities. The support and service provided by AACY closely align with their mission. We are thankful that this national foundation has recognized the needs of youth caregivers and their families.  
Welcome To Our Board
New Resource Book
 by Avery Elizabeth Hurt. Available on Amazon now or through Rosen Publishing.
Men With Caring Hearts
The Caregiving Youth Project's kids, their families, the AACY Board, staff and many friends congratulate Robin on being recognized as a man with a Caring Heart.

Robin Hardy, former AACY Board Member has been volunteering and supporting our fundraising goals since 2001.

The 16th Annual Men with Caring Hearts Awards Luncheon is known in the community as an extraordinary event that raises funds for the Florence Fuller Child Development Center. We will celebrate with Robin on April 28st at Boca West Country Club.
Boating Beach Bash
Doran Family
The Boating and Beach Bash for people with disabiities gets better every year! Many thanks to Jay & Lowell Van Vechten, all the community partners and volunteers who helped make a beautiful day extra special for personas of all ages on behalf of our Caregiving Youth Project families who had a spectacular time! 
FAU Students Help AACY 
               Stephanie Muniz and David Garza are  seniors at FAU.  They selected AACY as part of their "Writing for Non-profits" class project. David and Stephanie are creating a story board, infographics, making recommendations to our website, posters for our upcoming conference, and researching international youth caregiving data to show how much more the US must do to assist our youth caregivers. They have been a wonderful duo to work with and we wish them great success in their future endeavors. We are excited that David wants to continue volunteering with AACY! 
First Annual Bowling

On Sunday, March 12th, AACY held its first annual Bowl-A-Thon! Students from nine middle schools and five high schools attended the event with their families or mentors. A great afternoon was spent making memories while getting strikes, spares, and even some trick shots and having just some good old fun. Tasty food was provided and all bowlers got to take home nice treat bags. What is a Bowl-A-Thon without some friendly competition? For each strike earned, students and their families got tickets to enter into various drawings. Each student took home a trophy and a gift card for pizza or Chick-fil-a! This event wouldn't have been possible if it was not for the generous community we live in., thank you to all our sponsors, donors, and volunteers! We hope all of our CYP students had a great time, and that we see you at next year's event! 


how can you help

Please help us financially so the hidden population of caregiving youth becomes visible and receives support to help them have success at school and in their lives!

I am a Teen Caregiver

 Resource Book  

I am a teen caregiver EditedReaders will get a frank description of the challenges faced by many teen caregivers. Teens who are immersed in this life already can find resources and organizations for support, as well as sound advice for coping in tough times. Check Library or buy at: Amazon  or Rosen Publisher



Small Connie
Connie Siskowski

As a child I took care of my Grandfather.
How I wish there had been an AACY for me then!


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