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The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is the only organization in the U.S. dedicated solely to addressing Caregiving Youth issues. AACY inclusively serves Caregiving Youth and their families of all ethnicities, countries of origin, income levels, gender identification, health conditions, disability, sexual orientation, marital status and religions. We respect and demonstrate equality along with racial and social equity as we honor human dignity that is exemplified by our Core Values of Collaboration, Compassion, Empowerment, Innovation, and Responsiveness.

In 2006, the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) made history by becoming the first program in the US to provide direct services for Caregiving Youth. CYP has grown significantly and served over 2500 students at 35 middle and high schools across Palm Beach County. There are also an additional 22 schools in which students are enrolled but do not benefit from a formal in-school program due to resource constraints.

AACY is a leader in Caregiving Youth issues in the United States. The Caregiving Youth Institute (CYI) seeks to raise awareness of the multi-system needs of all Caregiving Youth and provide national solutions, align with international efforts, and support this huge, hidden population through the multiple initiatives of Connection, Advocacy, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E.). We connect people who care with each other.

If you live in the United States, regularly provide care for someone in your home or close by who has a chronic illness or disability, you are in high school (grades 9-12), and you are at least 13 years old, we can help you get the recognition you deserve for your important work at home through American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) Community Service Hour Credits.

There are over 5.4M Caregiving Youth in the United States. Caregiving Youth are young people aged 18 and under who provide significant assistance or care to a family member with a chronic illness, disability, mental health condition, or frailty due to aging. (They are called Young Carers in the UK.)

Many thanks to our team, volunteers, members of the CYI Research Collaborative, board, donors, advisory council, parents, school administrators, teachers, and all who champion Caregiving Youth. You make a difference.

We invite you to join us. We’ve set ambitious goals and actively seek major funding, partnerships, and affiliate opportunities to benefit kids across Palm Beach County, Florida, and the rest of the United States. Reach out and connect with us.

Our programs rely on contributions from our community.

If you are able to donate to the American Association of Caregiving Youth, please do so here.

If you are able to volunteer for our local programs or are interested in working with us anywhere in the US, contact us here.