CAREGIVING YOUTH INSTITUTE
The Caregiving Youth Institute (CYI) seeks to further raise the level of awareness of the multi-system needs of caregiving youth along with providing solutions for their support through the multiple initiatives of Connection, Advocacy, Research and Education (C.A.R.E.)
The Caregiving Youth Institute is a division of the American Association of Caregiving Youth®
The 2014 establishment of the Caregiving Youth Institute was in direct response to the growing number of caregiving youth who are unrecognized, invisible and falling through the system cracks in healthcare, education and the community; youth who, with support, will become healthy, educated and productive adults. Unlike other countries, including the United Kingdom, there are not yet professional or public support services in the United States as they relate to the issues and solutions of this hidden population.
The AACY team makes every effort to Connect Caregiving Youth with one another so each caregiver knows they are not alone. Stay tuned for USA Caregiving Youth Connect monthly events – have fun, win prizes, and learn from each other. Hosted by those who have walked in the shoes of a Caregiving Youth.
Engage and educate U.S., state and local legislators, along with others of influence about caregiving youth,
their contributions to society now and in the future when they become educated adults. Ultimately policy changes with appropriations locally, at the state level and federally should include caregiving youth as well as adult family caregivers, encompass youth caregiving contributions for community service hours, and have long-term recognition as providers of care in their important role in health delivery.
There is scant research about Caregiving Youth in the US. Thus, the establishment of the Caregiving Youth Collaborative that includes new knowledge studies and publications about Caregiving Youth by multidisciplinary professionals in social sciences, social work, nursing, medicine, psychology and others who all contribute to increased understanding of this important population.
Pursue opportunities to educate the public, educators and healthcare professionals about this issue, while
furthering the affiliate network and partnerships with universities, participating in conferences, webinars, video productions, peer-reviewed journal publications, social and other multi-media and formal presentations. Successful workshop copyrighted curriculum and other materials are available.