The author of this article discovered AACY online and approached us in August about doing a story on behalf of a “major publication.” We were glad to talk about the issues of children aged 18 and under who care(d) for a loved one. We connected the journalist with former caregiving youth Charlie and A.J. Poole, Feylyn Lewis, Ph.D., and others who have written about, spoken on, and/or researched the issues.
It turns out the article was for Esquire magazine, and it finally came out. Esquire reaches well over half a million people who might have never been aware of Caregiving Youth and Young Caregivers. Hugely thankful to Esquire and Anna for this.
The piece turned out to be a much broader, more powerful story than we originally realized. We encourage you to give it a read. It’s thoughtful, well-researched investigative journalism, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The article outlines young people over 18 years old as well as the ages of caregivers we serve. The goal for participating in articles like this is awareness – illustrating the scope of the problem through poignant storytelling and hard facts to a major audience.
An increasing number of young people are willing to share their stories, and many publications are listening. As a result, this gives those of us working on solutions a broader reach and connects us with people who have the potential to help in various ways and who might have never thought about the issues.
The more recognition young caregivers get – the more potential additional support and resources will evolve.
Articles like this have the potential to expedite and create positive change.
By Anna Altman
PUBLISHED: JAN 12, 2023
Anna has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, n+1, The New Republic, Bloomberg Businessweek, and others about books, contemporary art, architecture, post-Communism, and health and disability.