July 2023

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Vision - we envision a nation where the lives of Caregiving Youth are understood, appreciated, and celebrated on their individual path to life's dreams and opportunities. 


Mission - we champion youth who care for chronically ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members, support their role as caregivers, and safeguard and celebrate their success in school and life. 

Dear Volunteers,


We are in full swing this hot and humid Summer. The Caregiving Youth have been able to participate in some wonderful activities like FAU Camp Day and a trip to Rapids Waterpark. The staff and volunteers of AACY have made these events possible. We have been able to engage volunteers to support and partake in the special days with them.


As a nonprofit organization, having volunteers who can help in a variety of roles is so important to our success. Volunteers who act as mentors often enjoy being part of the larger activities that AACY provides to its youth.


For example, mentors will drive their mentees and other local youth to events or join the teens when Camp Treasure, an overnight camping experience, takes place. The youth events offer volunteers great insight into this important population of teens and really provide amazing support. Volunteers who help at events often decide to become mentors once they really get to know our youth.  


If you have thought about volunteering in the past, please contact me so that I can let me know about all the incredible opportunities we have available for you.  


With gratitude,


Amanda Richards

Volunteer Manager

Brian has been a volunteer with AACY for less than a year; however, his impact on the organization and the life of his mentee, Tyler, has been outstanding.


Brian, who splits his time between South Florida and the Northeast, wanted to make sure that the time he spent with his mentee would be beneficial, even through the distance in miles at times during the year.


Tyler and Brian started their mentoring relationship in early February 2023. Typically, they do some activity and go for a meal right after on a school day. AACY suggests a minimum of 4 hours of interaction a month, but they would see each other 1-2 times a week. Their activities have included playing miniature golf, shooting pool, basketball, a 2-hour local boat tour, swim lessons, pinball/video games, bowling, and the local science museum, most of which were firsts for Tyler. Brian invited one of his younger brothers for several of the activities when they went out on a weekend day. Tyler’s mom included Brian in her recent birthday celebration as well.


Their visits were two times a week for eight weeks once Brian was able to get a swim voucher for Tyler, age 12 then, to get lessons. He now can swim the length of the pool; before, he was a non-swimmer. After Brian learned he had no bike, AACY arranged a donation of one from the Elks Club, so Tyler now rides his bike to middle school. Brian was also able to get a scholarship for a week of overnight camp for both Tyler and his brother this Summer, and AACY arranged the boys’ transportation.


Even with Brian away for the summer months, he keeps in touch with Tyler, as they already have a wonderful established relationship. Tyler has told others that he has someone to talk to about various things due to AACY matching the pair. His mom has stated that he very much enjoys the relationship. 


According to Brian, “Tyler’s a nice young man with great potential to do many good things in his life. I enjoy giving Tyler (and sometimes his brother) exposure to places, activities, and experiences that my two sons had. Seeing his and his brother’s face light up when they experience something new gives me satisfaction that the time and dollars I’ve spent have a good and direct impact on making their lives richer. Tyler shares his confidences, frustrations, and ambitions with me, which I take as a compliment.”


Beyond mentoring, Brian has also donated his talents in the legal field as a speaker for AACY’s Career Series, in which students have virtual sessions with volunteers to learn about their professions. 


We are very lucky to have Brian as an extraordinary volunteer, advocate, and supporter.

Community Outreach: “Want to make a positive impact in the lives of Caregiving Youth and connect with your community? Join us in our community outreach efforts and events!”

Fundraising: “Do you have a knack for organizing events or connecting with people? Help us raise funds for our cause and make a difference!”

Office Support: “Looking to gain some valuable office skills and experience? Join our team and assist with approachable administrative tasks in a supportive and friendly environment!”

Mentoring: “Have a passion for helping others succeed? Become a mentor and share your expertise with someone who could benefit from your guidance!”

Videography/Video Editing: “Love working with videos? Join our team and help us document our events and activities through videography. We need someone with YouTube video editing skills to edit our current videos and create shorts for various publicity uses!”

Transportation: “Have a car and some spare time? Help us transport kids or things to where they need to go and make a difference in someone’s day. Providing rides is a huge, easy opportunity that truly makes a world of difference!”

Tutoring: “Do you have a passion for teaching and helping others learn? Join our team of volunteer tutors and make a difference in the life of a Caregiving Youth by helping them succeed in school!”

Want to make a difference in the lives of Caregiving Youth?

Details & Applications Here

Contact me today! Amanda Richards | [email protected] | 561-391-7401

Volunteer Recognition Event

Held at Broken Sound Club to honor the wonderful work of our volunteers. 

Graduation Celebration (Deb, Denise, Kathy)

Volunteers helped with registration, serving food and goodies to the graduates and their families.

You’re Invited to the Annual AACY Celebrity Game Night!




A night of food, facts, & fun – all in the name of philanthropy as we celebrate 25 years as a non-profit! Proceeds will support our Caregiving Youth services across Palm Beach County as we work each day to support young people who provide care for their chronically ill, injured, disabled, or elderly relatives at home.


This exciting event is part of Boca Chamber Festival Days. It’s a Family Feud-style game night with eight local celebrities competing to be crowned AACY Celebrity Game Night Champion!


Questions? Connect with:

Kristen Cruz

Development & Events Manager

[email protected]


Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Kendra Scott Event:

Saturday, August 19, 2023, 5 PM – 8 PM

20% of all your proceeds will directly benefit the American Association of Caregiving Youth


The online code GIVEBACK-EIWCJ is available 24×7 when you shop online on August 19 through midnight on August 20th.


Mizner Park, 411 Plaza Real

Boca Raton , FL 33432

Gracious thanks to Kendra Scott for supporting the American Association of Caregiving Youth and all they do for our community!

AACY Board of Directors 2022-2023

As always, we are so grateful for our Team, Donors, Volunteers, Board Members, and Advocates. Together, we truly make a difference.

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We welcome all inquiries and feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Our team is committed to providing the support and assistance you need, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. [email protected]

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida 501 (c) (3) corporation.