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ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members. 
In The News And Raising Awareness
The latest blog in the Back to School Series of the American Psychological Association (APA) Public Interest Directorate's Psychology Benefits Society is "The Hidden Population of Caregiving Youth in Our Schools" written by Ann Farone, EdD ((Director of Education Services, American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY)), Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD (Founder, AACY), and  Carol D. Goodheart, EdD (APA 2010 President). It discusses the challenges caregiving youth may face, both at home and at school, and how schools can identify and support these students.  Read the full article here:

100+ Women Who Care supports AACY.  The link below is a Youtube video of Connie Siskowski. RN, PhD, describing in depth the Caregiving Youth Project. 100+ Women Who Care South Florida was launched in November 2012 by Melody Spano. The chapter quickly grew to 100 members and multiple sub-chapters.  As of September a, fifth chapter began in North Palm Beach County.  There are now chapters in Miami, Broward, South Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Tequesta/Jupiter.  This growth enables the group to extend its reach to better serve the South Florida community.
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Mentor Denise Ceparano volunteering with CYP student Alyssa.   
Plan to Attend
On Saturday, November 11th, AACY invites you to "Saddle Up" for Caregiving Youth! Debralyn & Ronnie Belletieri, are the Chairs and invite you to dine and dance in your (optional) western wear and win at fun games and auctions.
The saloon opens at 6:00 PM at Via Mizner Golf & City Club, 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433
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Call Gerry-561.391.7401 
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Readers 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. 
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Women of Distingtion
Liz Arnold will be AACY's nominee for Volunteer of the Year at the 2017 Soroptimist  International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach Women of Distinction 44th Annual Awards Breakfast being held on Wednesday, October 18th. Liz has been volunteering with AACY for several years.  She uses her talents with the office and for fundraising events.  
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Kelsey, Dr. Connie, Brenden
AACY celebrated 20 Years of Changing Lives by thanking those who have contributed and worked together to change the lives of persons who are homebound, plus, caregiving youth and their families. AACY with Allegiance Home Health and Rehab partnered for the Boca Raton Chamber's Boca Festival Days.
Over the past two decades, AACY has been under the leadership of 2012 CNN Top Ten Hero, Dr. Connie Siskowski. Siskowski's voice and vision is for every youth caring for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members to achieve success in school and life. Its mission is to increase awareness and provide support services for youth caregivers and their families by connecting them with healthcare, education and community resources.
Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) high school graduates Kelsy Timot and Brenden Munoz, both of whom now attend Palm Beach State College, shared their personal stories at the event. "I remember my dad playing sports with me and then he became very sick, to the point where he could no longer leave the house because it put too much pressure on his heart and it was hard for him to breath. With the support of the CYP, he has gotten medical care, medication and at the age of 50 is able to at least go outside in a wheelchair with the family to events" said Brenden. Brenden was in the CYP at Lake Worth High School for four years.
Caregiving Youth Institute News
Author, Michelle Sherman, PhD. is a new member the Caregiving Youth Research Collaborative.
Her book helps teens to:
  • Understand the causes, symptoms, and treatments of mental illness
  • Learn coping skills
  • Sort through complex feelings
  • Deal with friends
  • Identify resources and find hope
For information on the Caregiving Youth Institute click below  

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