The Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to recognizing and supporting children who care for ill, injured, elderly and/or disabled family members. In the caregiving role children sacrifice their education, health, well-being and childhood.
Mark Hansen, former member of the Palm Beach County Board of Education and AACY Board Chair welcomed the families, followed by an invocation led by Abbi Bentz, Board Director.
“It ‘takes a community’ to support caregiving families and especially caregiving youth” says Dr. Connie Siskowski, the nonprofit organization’
Among those who contributed to the success of the event include: Benvenuto Restaurant, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Broken Sound Club, D’Best Sandwich Shop, First United Methodist Church Men's Group, Freytag Photography, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Spirit of Giving Network, St. Paul's Lutheran Church Mom's Club, Stratis Business Systems, Toys for Tots, United Healthcare, Volunteers, and Walmart.
Since its inception in 2006, the Caregiving Youth Project has served as a prototype for the nation and has provided assistance, support and education to over 7,000 students in Palm Beach County. Currently, it is working with more than 500 youth caregivers and their families who entered the Project from eight middle schools in the County. AACY has received national attention through Dr. Siskowski’s nomination to become a CNN Hero and then her selection by CNN to be among the top ten Heroes globally. AACY is replicating its successful CYP through the development of an affiliate network. The newest affiliate is in Arkansas.
For more information, visit www.aacy.org, call Dr. Siskowski at 561-391-7401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.