“Every online vote for me by email or Facebook makes us one step closer to reaching the goal for the children of AACY,” said Siskowski. The award would make it possible for AACY to receive the significant dollars needed to ensure that more child caregivers locally and nationally will be recognized, valued and supported.
The services provided by Siskowski and her team are for children who care for family members who are chronically-
Siskowski, a graduate of Johns Hopkins, New York and Lynn universities, cared for her own grandfather as a child. The work of her team will be deemed successful when no child in the United States has to drop out of school because of family caregiving responsibilities.
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About 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 1.4 million children, who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Its mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of these youth that are both students and family caregivers.
AACY’s model program, the CYP, works in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County and currently serves more than 500 caregiving youth and their families in 8 area middle schools and 17 high schools. CYP 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dr. Connie Siskowski at 561-391-7401.
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