To be the national resource for the support of children who are providing care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Support is accomplished through the integration of healthcare, education and the community as students are supported in school, out of school and at home as we raise awareness about caregiving youth, foster the replication of Caregiving Youth Projects through an affiliate network in FL and the US, to provide direct and indirect services to caregiving youth and their families, and to establish the Institute of Youth Caregiving.
Programs: Ongoing care coordination and oversight. Match needs of persons in the community with volunteers to support them with free services such as grocery shopping, transportation, socialization and respite. The Caregiving Youth Project begins a pilot for middle school children and the establishment of the American Association for Caregiving Youth.
I had the honor of working with Dr. Connie Siskowski as she broadened the AACY's efforts in Palm Beach County several years ago. I was the Executive Director of the Toppel Family Foundation at the time and we were privileged to assist Connie and the AACY in receiving a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation LFP grant. This process included a tight evaluation piece and community collaboration.
The AACY services this community beautifully - with respect to the clients, accountability to the donors, and an incredibly high ethical bar.
If you are thinking about partnering with Connie or the AACY, please know that your efforts will bear fruit and your trust will be well founded.