What we do:
The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY®) mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of dual role youth that are both students and caregivers within their families. AACY® strives to raise awareness through education, research and direct services in cooperation with social, education, healthcare, government and community corporations, organizations and agencies.
Who are Caregiving Youth?
Caregiving Youth are children and adolescents who are 18 years of age or younger and who provide significant or substantial assistance, often on a regular basis, to relatives or household members who need help because of physical or mental illness, disability, frailty associated with aging, substance misuse, or other condition. Learn more!
The Strengths Foundation produced the most definitive article to-date about AACY and the people we help. You can read the article and experience the videos by clicking on The Positive Spirit logo.
Impacted by caregiving for her father who has diabetes, Kandisha missed a year of school. Recorded by Rammy Assaf, MD/MPH student from U. of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Watch the video here.
With more than 400 national partners and their local affiliates, America's Promise Alliance is uniquely positioned to mobilize Americans to act. They have made a top priority of ending the high school dropout crisis. The American Association of Caregiving Youth was spotlighted in their October Partner Newsletter; the article is available here.
Read the Sun-Sentinel article : "Few helping hidden caregivers. More than 1 million children struggle with school, sick family members"
Treasure Talk is a free monthly exciting e-newsletter brimming full of activities and tips that are designed especially for and by Caregiving Youth but also of interest to other youth and adults.
You can sign up for Treasure Talk, view current and past issues, and even look at some of the our archived Newsletters by clicking here.
As a child I took care of my Grandfather.
How I wish there had been an AACY for me then!
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