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Growth spurt for caregiving youth group

A ribbon-cutting in larger headquarters means more kid caregivers will get the help they need to stay in school.

Dr. Connie Siskowski started this Boca nonprofit to support middle and high schoolers with a sibling or family members dependent on their care.

On Thursday, Boca Chamber helped the American Association of Caregiving Youth celebrate a move from The Atrium building to more space in 6401 N. Congress Ave.

“We keep growing,” said program director Michelle Dolan, going from support services in 26 public schools to 29 or 30.

The next step is help from Tallahassee, Siskowski said at the event Wednesday.

Board chairman Dan Davidowitz and founder and president Dr. Connie Siskowski at the celebration.

State Rep. Mike Caruso and State Sen. Lori Berman confirmed they’re both sponsoring a $250,000 appropriation request. The legislative session begins in January. But they won’t know the outcome until end of session in March, Caruso’s office said.

AACY would love to expand into charter and private schools but they don’t have the money, Siskowski said.

“We need more financial support to help the kids and their families with tutoring, mentoring, beds, wheelchairs, whatever they need,” said Pam Perrin, chief operating officer.

Among the supporters at the event were Chamber president and CEO Troy McLellan and AAYC board chairman Dan Davidowitz, vice chair Joe Pores, and board members Rosie-Iguanzo Martin and Althea Ceasor.

By Marci Shatzman

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