"One of the unique aspects of this work has been the transformation of the children over a period of time. We have kids in our program who are graduating this year who began with us in sixth grade."—Connie Siskowski, Director, Caregiving Youth Project
Dates of Project: July 2007 through June 2011
Field of Work: Support for young caregivers in grades 6 through 12
The Work. Caregiving youth bear significant responsibility for parents, grandparents or siblings who are ill or disabled. These youth are often isolated, unable to participate in age-appropriate activities, and do poorly in school.
The Caregiving Youth Project identified middle-school students in Palm Beach County, Fla., most in need of support and provided in-school counseling, respite care, outside activities, and links to existing services such as transportation, medical care and equipment, food services, and tutoring.
Keith [not his real name] “has grown up within the Caregiving Youth Project support system. Tutoring as well as many other activities helped to transform his life. During these seven years, his mom has also had three back surgeries and he has always stepped up to the plate to keep his home going."—Connie Siskowski, Director, Caregiving Youth Project