Support Caregiving Youth during National Family Caregivers Month
Remember Kids are Caregivers Too throughout the USA and globally
By: American Association of Caregiving Youth
The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) and its program that identifies and supports middle and high school students is now in its 14th year. Many of the children it serves began their caregiving journey before entering middle school, where they first enroll in the AACY program. In addition to being students, they regularly assist family members who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled, and remain with the AACY program for more than five years.
According to Pamela Perrin, COO of AACY, "In partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County, we provide them with free support services in and out of school and at home, resulting in a six-year average high school graduation rate of 98.3%."
With the onset of COVID-19, the Caregiving Youth program team continues some of their work remotely as those it serves have been significantly impacted. The need for academic and personal support has increased, and nearly 80% of the hundreds of its participants are struggling with virtual learning. Families, already confronted with various health conditions, fear for their children to return to brick and mortar school, and potential increased virus exposure for their already vulnerable and predominantly financially insecure families.
What can be done to help? In addition to saying thank you to caregiving youth, donate to AACY, become a tutor (math is especially needed), a mentor, or volunteer. For more information, visit www.aacy.org, email email@example.com or call Dr. Connie Siskowski AACY President and Founder as well as 2012 CNN Top Ten Hero, at 561-391-7401.
About the 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 3 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. In partnership with schools, it 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. The Caregiving Youth Institute, affiliates, and national partnerships complement its outreach.