Caregiving Youth Project of the American Association of Caregiving Youth
Boca Raton, Florida
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The Caregiving Youth Project, an initiative of the American Association of Caregiving Youth, supports young people who are providing care for a family member. These youth spend an average of twenty (20) hours per week caring for loved ones and often sacrifice their personal well-being in service to others. Respite is part of the array of services offered so the young caregiver will have opportunities to engage in school, have a ‘normal’ social life and positive, age-appropriate experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Data collected on caregiving youth who participate in the project demonstrate strong positive outcomes related to school attendance and academic success, as well as positive outcomes on other measures of well-being. The respite services were initiated due to the expressed needs of caregiving youth. Visit their website.
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