Support Caregiving Youth during National Family Caregivers Month.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Remember Kids are Caregivers Too throughout the USA and globally
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Oct. 29, 2020 - PRLog -- BOCA RATON, FL - During November, National
Family Caregivers Month, our County and our Country recognize and offer thanks to family members of all
ages who are humble heroes. Behind their closed doors, they keep their families strong, pandemic or no
pandemic," states Robert Weinroth, Vice Mayor of Palm Beach County.
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
info@aacy.org 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.
Media Contact
Connie Siskowski
***@aacy.org
5617156531

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