Annual Conference Honors Student Caregivers

Posted on 04/22/2022   The word “caregiver” brings to mind adults caring for loved ones with medical or other challenges. But for hundreds of Palm Beach County students, caregiving is part of daily life. “My 13-year old son is a great, great kid,” Desiréé Warnick said, as she fought back tears. “I’m disabled and he […]

‘Wounded healers’: Advocates spotlight hidden struggles of young caregivers

June 14, 2022  MESA – Brenda Donovan was just 12 when her mother, Kathy, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Over the next six years, as the neurodegenerative disease took its course, her mom went from using a walker to a wheelchair, and by her senior year in high school, Brenda was her mother’s primary […]

Millions of youth caregivers help sick, disabled, or elderly relatives but they need support

February 17, 2022 – Invisible Army: Caregivers on the Front Line: Part of an occasional series supported by the Solutions Journalism Network Daniela Castro-Martinez remembers how dedicated and active her mother was before she got sick, giving her only child a lot of attention. “Every weekend, she’d take me to tennis tournaments. Sometimes they were like an […]

2021 Woman Volunteer of the Year Named

November 12, 2021 – In an exuberant return to a live events this season, the 34th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon by The Junior League of Boca Raton took place Friday, with all the fanfare and community spirit that always defines this event. This year there were 22 nominees, and the winner was […]

Debralyn Belletieri Named Junior League of Boca Raton’s Woman Volunteer of the Year

November 18, 2021 – The Junior League of Boca Raton announced that Debralyn Belletieri of the American Association of Caregiving Youth was named Woman Volunteer of the Year at the 34th Annual Luncheon. The event highlight was a runway fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and headlined by Tara Rudes-Dann of L’Agence. The show featured a fall “It List” inspired by […]

Boca-based Caregiving Youth Nonprofit Salutes its PBC Graduates 

Lake Worth, FL – The Boca Raton-based nonprofit, the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), celebrated their high school seniors’ graduation at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth on Thursday. Graduating from public schools all around Palm Beach County, the students packed into the College Conference Center alongside their families for an evening of […]

New Policy Report: The US Should Recognize and Support Caregiving Youth

With emerging evidence on the increasing prevalence of caregiving youth—that is, young people under age 18 who provide significant, ongoing care for a family member at home, we learn that caregiving is closely tied to youth’s academic, social, and emotional well-being; and discuss the challenges and uneven successes of identifying, measuring, and categorizing caregiving youth. […]

Caregiving Youth Institute (CYI) Annual Conference

The State of Caregiving Youth in the US: Research, Policy, and Practice Monday, April 17, 2023, 1 PM – 4 PM EST Please join AACY and the Caregiving Youth Institute for its annual conference featuring experts in research, programs, and policies for caregiving youth. Agenda & Details Coming Soon CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Sponsorships are […]

Pause for Purpose Featuring AACY

American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) President and Founder Dr. Connie Siskowski discusses how she started the organization, and the many ways AACY supports Caregiving Youth. She also shares startling statistics about how many youth make up this hidden population and why it is so important to recognize, support, advocate, and educate on their behalf. […]