NEWS ARCHIVE

Monday, May 20, 2019

The nation’s laser-focused attention to the opioid crisis has burned away some of the stigma around addiction, but some effects of the epidemic remain largely taboo topics. While there has been discussion of family members suddenly being thrust into caregiving roles because of an adult’s addiction, there has been little acknowledgment that sometimes these new caregivers in a family are minor children themselves.
 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Alejandro is a youth caregiver who cares for both his younger and older brothers. AACY Caregiving Youth Project supports students like Alejandro to achieve success in balancing their school and caregiving responsibilities. This video was produced by Univision. Yes, this is in Spanish.
 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Jonathan is 15 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL with his mother, who has MS; his younger brother, who has a cranial disorder; and his grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jonathan, the only able-bodied person in his home during the week, cares for his mother, brother and grandmother before and after school, while simultaneously managing his football and school schedule.
 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Jonathan is 15 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL with his mother, who has MS; his younger brother, who has a cranial disorder; and his grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jonathan, the only able-bodied person in his home during the week, cares for his mother, brother and grandmother before and after school, while simultaneously managing his football and school schedule.
 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Caregiving Youth in Ireland receives Carer of the Year award.
 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Caring.com published an article about how young caregivers in the U.S. face adult challenges. It discusses how caregiving has profound impact on children and teens. 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

In the normal scheme of things, parents and grandparents take care of children when they’re sick or need help or sustenance. But in well over a million American families, this pattern is reversed, with children as young as 8, 9 or 10 partly or fully responsible for the welfare of adults or siblings they live with.
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

More than a million children and adolescents are caring for family members. What are the consequences for their development?
 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Eleven-year-old Deborah Brown lined up 12 pills. It was a potent mix of medications, including secobarbital, phenobarbital and methaqualone. Even a small mistake in dosing could be fatal. The pills were for Deborah’s mother to be taken every six hours to ease the pain of aggressively metastasizing cancer.
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

A new study of Florida middle-schoolers found that kids who are called on to care for adult family members suffering from diseases or aging-related disabilities spend nearly two hours per weekday providing help, often at the expense of the child’s own school work and well-being.

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March 2, 2021—BOCA RATON, FL- The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is hosting a Game Night fundraiser to benefit the middle and high school Caregiving Youth they serve. These students all assist family member(s) who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

Game Night will be held on Monday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at Crazy Uncle Mike’s in Boca Raton. AACY Board Member and Treasurer, Debralyn Belletieri, is leading the planning effort; and special guest emcee Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth will be on hand to host the event.

“We are planning a safe, fun night out in support of AACY,” Debralyn said. “This is a new fundraising idea for us, and we believe it will be a hit!”

Modeled after the popular game show, this Family Feud-style Game Night will feature teams of up to five people, competing against one another to name the most popular responses to questions.

AACY President and Founder Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD added, “We are grateful to Michael Goodwin, the owner of Crazy Uncle Mike’s, for the opportunity to host our fundraiser there safely, in a great space with bountiful food and drink. We have a fun evening planned and look forward to seeing you in person!”

For more information or to sign up for Game Night, please visit this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aacy-game-night-tickets-142124475131.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Siskowski, what is now AACY currently serves more than 400 caregiving youth (with more enrolled each day), in 33 middle and high schools throughout Palm Beach County; and proudly boasts the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), founded in 2006 which has served more than 1,800 caregiving youth and their families. The CYP provides professional services in school, out of school and at home as well as supports students and their families with a myriad of needs-driven wraparound services with the help of collaborating partners.

The AACY is a Florida based 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. Today it 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 5 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members.  In partnership with schools, it prioritizes students in greatest need of services and increases their ability to remain in school through counseling, education, activities, mentorship, and respite while strengthening families by linking them with community services. To donate to AACY, volunteer or for more information go to www.aacy.org, email info@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

January 27, 2021—BOCA RATON, FL

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is collecting Valentine’s Day cards, letters, and any other small tokens of love and appreciation for the middle and high school Caregiving Youth they serve, in honor of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 14.  These students all assist family member(s) who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

AACY Board Member and Treasurer, Debralyn Belletieri, came up with the idea to send each of the youth Valentine’s Day cards, a project that her vibrant, 94-year-old mother-in-law was thrilled to help with.

“She loves to keep busy and a project like this is perfect for her,” Debralyn said. “Then I thought, why not reach out to our community who have been so incredibly generous and supportive of AACY, our efforts, and our Youth. Every time we ask for help, support, volunteers, items, you name it, our community is there.”

“Caregiving Youth are at the heart of all that AACY does,” AACY President and Founder Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD said. “Especially in this time of isolation for so many, reaching out to our community in support of our Youth is mutually beneficial. People want to help others and feel needed in return.”

Items (suggestions include: ring pops, sweethearts, gummy candies, heart stress balls, lip gloss, red nail polish, Beanie Baby-sized stuffed animals, or anything with small hearts on it) for AACY may be dropped off or mailed to the AACY office at 6401 Congress Ave. Suite 200 in Boca Raton; or can be arranged for pick up. Financial contributions are also graciously accepted, and may be made online at aacy.org. All items and donations must be received before Wednesday, February 10.

For more information on how to help with the AACY Valentine’s Day project or AACY, please contact Kelly Cronin, Communications Manager at: 561.391.7401 or by email: kelly@aacy.org

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Siskowski, what is now AACY currently serves more than 400 caregiving youth (with more enrolled each day), in 32 middle and high schools throughout Palm Beach County; and proudly boasts the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), founded in 2006 which has served nearly 1,800 caregiving youth. The CYP provides professional services in school, out of school and at home as well as supports students and their families with a myriad of needs-driven wraparound services with the help of collaborating partners.

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 it 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 5 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members.  In partnership with schools, it prioritizes students in greatest need of services and increases their ability to remain in school through counseling, education, activities, and respite while strengthening families by linking them with community services. To donate to AACY, volunteer or for more information go to www.aacy.org, email info@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Remember Kids are Caregivers Too throughout the USA and globally BOCA RATON, Fla. – Oct. 29, 2020 – PRLog — BOCA RATON, FL – During November, National Family Caregivers Month, our County and our Country recognize and offer thanks to family members of all ages who are humble heroes. Behind their closed doors, they keep their families strong, pandemic or no pandemic,” states Robert Weinroth, Vice Mayor of Palm Beach County. The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) and its program that identifies and supports middle and high school students is now in its 14th year. Many of the children it serves began their caregiving journey before entering middle school, where they first enroll in the AACY program. In addition to being students, they regularly assist family members who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled, and remain with the AACY program for more than five years. According to Pamela Perrin, COO of AACY, “In partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County, we provide them with free support services in and out of school and at home, resulting in a six-year average high school graduation rate of 98.3%.” With the onset of COVID-19, the Caregiving Youth program team continues some of their work remotely as those it serves have been significantly impacted. The need for academic and personal support has increased, and nearly 80% of the hundreds of its participants are struggling with virtual learning. Families, already confronted with various health conditions, fear for their children to return to brick and mortar school, and potential increased virus exposure for their already vulnerable and predominantly financially insecure families. What can be done to help? In addition to saying thank you to caregiving youth, donate to AACY, become a tutor (math is especially needed), a mentor, or volunteer. For more information, visit www.aacy.org, email info@aacy.org or call Dr. Connie Siskowski AACY President and Founder as well as 2012 CNN Top Ten Hero, at 561-391-7401. 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 it 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 3 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. In partnership with schools, it prioritizes students in greatest need of services and increases their ability to remain in school through counseling, education, activities and respite while strengthening families by linking them with community services. The Caregiving Youth Institute, affiliates, and national partnerships complement its outreach.

Media Contact Connie Siskowski

Thursday, June 11, 2020

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 chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled, announced today they will be participating in the No Barriers Virtual Summit being organized from Fort Collins, Colorado on June 26-27. Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, and Ann Faraone, EdD., will be taking part in the No Barriers Summit by presenting  “The Role of Caregiving Youth within the Family or Household of Someone with Diverse Abilities.”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 chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled, announced today they will be participating in the No Barriers Virtual Summit being organized from Fort Collins, Colorado on June 26-27. Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, and Ann Faraone, EdD., will be taking part in the No Barriers Summit by presenting  “The Role of Caregiving Youth within the Family or Household of Someone with Diverse Abilities.” AACY will also have a virtual booth. more…
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD was on Artist First Radio Network with Harriet Tramer. Topic: How teen caregivers are coping with the stress they are experiencing during the health crisis. Listen here
http://www.artistfirst.com/tramer.htm
http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Harriet_Tramer_2020-05-20.mp3

Friday, May 8, 2020

The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) today announced that it has received a $2,500 donation from AvalonBay Communities Inc. to further its core value of A Spirit of Caring affiliate network development. more…

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

ExpoZur Sports Management Group in alliance with the Bennie Blades 36 Foundation and the American Association of Caregiving Youth, will host The 2020 Super Fest Series starting with the Super Fest Gala at Oceanic Restaurant in Pompano Beach on January 29, 2020 (6pm to 9pm), next presenting the 33rd Street Super Fest Street Party in Fort Lauderdale on January 30, 2020 (3pm to 9pm) and concluding with a football clinic for local Broward County children hosted by former UM and Detroit Lions great, Bennie Blades on January 31, 2020 (10am to 2pm).  The children will meet and learn from the game’s “Old School” and “New School” in celebration of 100 years of football. more…

Friday, October 4, 2019

Casino Night is the theme of the Annual Hearts and “Soles” benefit dinner to be held at the Boca Country Club on Friday, October 4th with an entertaining and surprise-filled reception at 6:30. A 50/50 Poker tournament will add to the excitement. Caregiving youth, children who fill adult-sized shoes as they academically and personally sacrifice to provide care for chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members, are the beneficiaries of this event.  The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) has served over 1,650 middle and high school students and their families just from the region of Boca Raton to West Palm Beach. more…

Monday, July 1, 2019

The American Association of Caregiving Youth proudly announces its election of Jeffrey Gordon, Esq. to its Board of Directors. Jeff is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Partner in the law firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landry and Smith where he specializes in personal injury law.  Jeff and his wife, in addition to raising four children, have been licensed foster parents since 2010 and are currently raising their 19th foster child.  He is also very active in the community sitting on several non-profit boards and devoting his time to supporting young people in all types of challenging circumstances. more…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Elected officials, business, healthcare, education and religious leaders will celebrate together!
 
BOCA RATON, Fla. – April 17, 2019 – PRLog — A celebratory brunch event will be recognizing community member extraordinaire, Helen Babione.  Helen, who celebrated her 90th birthday last month, has been the developer and spine of many non-profit organizations that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our greater community. more…

Monday, February 19, 2018

PR Newswire (press release)

In honor of National Caregiver Day and caregiving families, MobileHelp®, a leader in mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) and health management solutions, today announced a new program with the American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY)
 

uesday, February 13, 2018

Lynn University

“I wanted to have an even bigger voice for family caregivers,” she said. So Siskowski applied to the doctoral program at Lynn. Her dissertation research became the cornerstone of the Caregiving Youth Project, garnering more than 20 awards, including CNN’s Hero award in 2012. Her goal is clear: “No …
 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Hill, an on-line news outlet that provides reporting and comments about US Government actions and people has published an article by Elizabeth Olson and Connie Siskowski entitled: The US needs to support and recognize youth caregivers.  Click on the link below to be taken to the The Hill.
 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Empowering Family caregivers is a free radio show run by Susan Baida and John Mills, co-Founders of eCare Diary.com. This show will focus on issues of care providers, long-term care, advanced aging — and it will feature expert speakers on aging, long-term care, dementia and other illnesses and issues typically associated with aging in America. Register for eCareDiary.com a no-cost secure, centralized site to manage long term care (med info, tools,resources)
Listen to a broadcast recorded on December 6, 2010.
 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Forum for Nonprofits is a radio show designed to provide nonprofit organizations with a valuable public platform for explaining their mission and requesting financial support. Ann Faraone and Debralyn Belletieri were recently on the Forum for Nonprofits radio show in Boca Raton.  The half hour show airs each Sunday morning on Beasley Broadcast Group’s WSBR 740 AM at 6:30 AM and WWNN 1470 AM at 7:30a.m
 
Lynne Durbin and Connie Siskowski recently were recently interviewed by The Indiana Youth Institute.  IYI promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.  IYI’s weekly KIDS COUNT® Radio Show is a 30-minute public affairs program that brings a fresh, compelling look at issues affecting Hoosier kids and parents.  The show discusses key issues and provides applicable tips and resources. Guests include youth development experts, authors, educational and government leaders and Indiana youth workers. Will be available to listen to October 4th.