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AACY to Host Second Annual Run for Caregiving Youth 5K

April 6, 2021—BOCA RATON, FL- The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is hosting their Second Annual Run for Caregiving Youth 5K to benefit the middle and high school Caregiving Youth they serve. These students all assist family member(s) who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

The 5K will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 8 a.m. at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. The option to participate in person or virtually is available; runners and walkers are encouraged to wear red.

“We have once again partnered with Victory Sports Management and are planning a safe, fun event in support of AACY,” AACY Board Treasurer and event organizer Debralyn Belletieri said. “We understand some folks may wish to participate virtually rather than in person. We are grateful for their participation and support whichever they choose.”

In addition to participating as a runner or walker, there are sponsorship opportunities available, including sponsoring a Caregiving Youth to run, as well as in-kind donations of water, sports drinks, fruit, and snacks.

AACY President and Founder Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD added, “We are grateful to Victory Sports Management, for the opportunity to host our 5K safely, at one of Palm Beach County’s wonderful recreation areas. We have a great event planned and look forward to seeing you!”

For more information or to sign up for the 5K, please visit this link: https://victorysportsmgt.com/aacy5K/.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Siskowski, what is now AACY currently serves 450 Caregiving Youth (with more enrolled each day), in 33 middle and high schools throughout Palm Beach County; and proudly boasts the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), founded in 2006 which has served more than 1,800 Caregiving Youth and their families. The CYP provides professional services in school, out of school and at home as well as supports students and their families with a myriad of needs-driven wraparound services with the help of collaborating partners.

The AACY is a Florida based 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. 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 5 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for chronically 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, mentorship, 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 info@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

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Sixty Caregiving Youth Families Receive Self-Selected Groceries

March 29, 2021—BOCA RATON, FL-

“Now that we have this food, we can use our money to pay some bills,” claimed one of 60 families who participated in the new Food Pool of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY).

Thanks to a grant from the Town of Palm Beach United Way, AACY began a creative approach to helping sixty of their financially insecure families have nutritious food. The families selected their food from a list of options, which was then ordered by AACY and delivered via Instacart or Shipt.

The unique AACY project was headed by Cinthia Joas, MSW and AACY North County Team Leader.  First, among the more than 450 Caregiving Youth families that AACY serves, the AACY team selected families most in need of food for this pilot program. Previously, AACY volunteer and philanthropist Arline McNally developed a successful mini food project using Instacart, which came about when COVID-19 struck last year.

When asked for advice about her experience, Arline commented on both the importance of families having input over what food they would receive, and the sense of joy experienced by those who delivered the food. Hearing about these 60 families in need, Arline stepped up to the plate to volunteer herself, her family, and friends to participate in this larger project.

“One of our daughters did an Instacart delivery to an AACY family. The Instacart shopper/driver was so touched by the family’s elation with the food gift, he called my daughter to ask for more information about AACY, so that he could get his church involved to help these needy families,” Arline said.

Dr. Connie Siskowski, AACY President and Founder, learned from Gloribel Jimenez, MSW and AACY Family Specialist that one of the young boys whose family received groceries, said that they never had so much food in his house at one time!  Helping to meet the basic needs of families relieves some of the stress on our youth so they can learn. “It is one of the reasons why we do what we do at AACY,” Siskowski said.

AACY would like to continue its Food Pool project. To do so it needs and welcomes the support of the greater community. To donate to AACY, volunteer or for more information go to www.aacy.org, email info@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

AACY to Host Game Night Fundraiser on March 29, at Crazy Uncle Mike's in Boca Raton!

March 2, 2021—BOCA RATON, FL- The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is hosting a Game Night fundraiser to benefit the middle and high school Caregiving Youth they serve. These students all assist family member(s) who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

Game Night will be held on Monday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at Crazy Uncle Mike’s in Boca Raton. AACY Board Member and Treasurer, Debralyn Belletieri, is leading the planning effort; and special guest emcee Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth will be on hand to host the event.

“We are planning a safe, fun night out in support of AACY,” Debralyn said. “This is a new fundraising idea for us, and we believe it will be a hit!”

Modeled after the popular game show, this Family Feud-style Game Night will feature teams of up to five people, competing against one another to name the most popular responses to questions.

AACY President and Founder Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD added, “We are grateful to Michael Goodwin, the owner of Crazy Uncle Mike’s, for the opportunity to host our fundraiser there safely, in a great space with bountiful food and drink. We have a fun evening planned and look forward to seeing you in person!”

For more information or to sign up for Game Night, please visit this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aacy-game-night-tickets-142124475131.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Siskowski, what is now AACY currently serves more than 400 caregiving youth (with more enrolled each day), in 33 middle and high schools throughout Palm Beach County; and proudly boasts the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), founded in 2006 which has served more than 1,800 caregiving youth and their families. The CYP provides professional services in school, out of school and at home as well as supports students and their families with a myriad of needs-driven wraparound services with the help of collaborating partners.

The AACY is a Florida based 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. 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 5 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for chronically 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, mentorship, 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 info@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

AACY Seeks Valentine's Day Cupids!

January 27, 2021—BOCA RATON, FL- The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is collecting Valentine’s Day cards, letters, and any other small tokens of love and appreciation for the middle and high school Caregiving Youth they serve, in honor of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 14.  These students all assist family member(s) who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

AACY Board Member and Treasurer, Debralyn Belletieri, came up with the idea to send each of the youth Valentine’s Day cards, a project that her vibrant, 94-year-old mother-in-law was thrilled to help with.

“She loves to keep busy and a project like this is perfect for her,” Debralyn said. “Then I thought, why not reach out to our community who have been so incredibly generous and supportive of AACY, our efforts, and our Youth. Every time we ask for help, support, volunteers, items, you name it, our community is there.”

“Caregiving Youth are at the heart of all that AACY does,” AACY President and Founder Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD said. “Especially in this time of isolation for so many, reaching out to our community in support of our Youth is mutually beneficial. People want to help others and feel needed in return.”

Items (suggestions include: ring pops, sweethearts, gummy candies, heart stress balls, lip gloss, red nail polish, Beanie Baby-sized stuffed animals, or anything with small hearts on it) for AACY may be dropped off or mailed to the AACY office at 6401 Congress Ave. Suite 200 in Boca Raton; or can be arranged for pick up. Financial contributions are also graciously accepted, and may be made online at aacy.org. All items and donations must be received before Wednesday, February 10.

For more information on how to help with the AACY Valentine’s Day project or AACY, please contact Kelly Cronin, Communications Manager at: 561.391.7401 or by email: kelly@aacy.org

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Siskowski, what is now AACY currently serves more than 400 caregiving youth (with more enrolled each day), in 32 middle and high schools throughout Palm Beach County; and proudly boasts the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), founded in 2006 which has served nearly 1,800 caregiving youth. The CYP provides professional services in school, out of school and at home as well as supports students and their families with a myriad of needs-driven wraparound services with the help of collaborating partners.

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 5 million children ages 8-18 years who provide care for chronically 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. To donate to AACY, volunteer or for more information go to www.aacy.org, email info@aacy.org or call 561-391-7401.

American Association Of Caregiving Youth® Will Participate In The No Barriers Summit

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The American Association for Caregiving Youth® (AACY), a nonprofit corporation that is the only national resource for children who provide care for family members who are chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled, announced today they will be participating in the No Barriers Virtual Summit being organized from Fort Collins, Colorado on June 26-27. Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, and Ann Faraone, EdD., will be taking part in the No Barriers Summit by presenting "The Role of Caregiving Youth within the Family or Household of Someone with Diverse Abilities.". AACY will also have a virtual booth. more... more…

How teen caregivers are coping with the stress they are experiencing during the health crisis.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Category: Press Releases
Summary: May 20th Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD was on Artist First Radio Network with Harriet Tramer. Topic: How teen caregivers are coping with the stress they are experiencing during the health crisis. http://www.artistfirst.com/tramer.htm http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Harriet_Tramer_2020-05-20.mp3 more…

American Association of Caregiving Youth Announces $2,500 Donation from AvalonBay Communities Inc

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) today announced that it has received a $2,500 donation from AvalonBay Communities Inc. to further its core value of A Spirit of Caring affiliate network development. more... more…

Expozur Sports Management Group and Local South Florida Charities Announce Super Fest Kick-off

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Category: Press Releases
Summary: ExpoZur Sports Management Group in alliance with the Bennie Blades 36 Foundation and the American Association of Caregiving Youth, will host The 2020 Super Fest Series starting with the Super Fest Gala at Oceanic Restaurant in Pompano Beach on January 29, 2020 (6pm to 9pm), next presenting the 33rd Street Super Fest Street Party in Fort Lauderdale on January 30, 2020 (3pm to 9pm) and concluding with a football clinic for local Broward County children hosted by former UM and Detroit Lions great, Bennie Blades on January 31, 2020 (10am to 2pm). The children will meet and learn from the game's "Old School" and "New School" in celebration of 100 years of football. more…

American Association of Caregiving Youth is Betting on the Kids

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Category: Press Releases
Summary: American Association of Caregiving Youth is Betting on the Kids Casino Night is the theme of the Annual Hearts and "Soles" benefit dinner to be held at the Boca Country Club on Friday, October 4th with an entertaining and surprise-filled reception at 6:30. A 50/50 Poker tournament will add to the excitement. Caregiving youth, children who fill adult-sized shoes as they academically and personally sacrifice to provide care for chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members, are the beneficiaries of this event. The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) has served over 1,650 middle and high school students and their families just from the region of Boca Raton to West Palm Beach. more... more…

American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) Announces New Board Director and Officers

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019
Category: Press Releases
Summary: The American Association of Caregiving Youth proudly announces its election of Jeffrey Gordon, Esq. to its Board of Directors. Jeff is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and Partner in the law firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landry and Smith where he specializes in personal injury law. Jeff and his wife, in addition to raising four children, have been licensed foster parents since 2010 and are currently raising their 19th foster child. He is also very active in the community sitting on several non-profit boards and devoting his time to supporting young people in all types of challenging circumstances. more... more…

American Association of Caregiving Youth Celebration Brunch

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Category: Press Releases
Summary: Elected officials, business, healthcare, education and religious leaders will celebrate together! A celebratory brunch event will be recognizing community member extraordinaire, Helen Babione. Helen, who celebrated her 90th birthday last month, has been the developer and spine of many non-profit organizations that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our greater community. more... more…

MobileHelp® Announces New Initiative with the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY)

Date: Monday, February 19, 2018
Category: Press Releases
Summary: In honor of National Caregiver Day and caregiving families, MobileHelp®, a leader in mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) and health management solutions, today announced a new program with the American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) more…

All Styles of Giving: Connie Siskowski '04

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Category: Press Releases
Summary: “I wanted to have an even bigger voice for family caregivers,” she said. So Siskowski applied to the doctoral program at Lynn. more…