We created this video to share with you the experiences of youth who care for their family members. We want more youth caregivers in the United States and worldwide to be recognized and supported.

This video was created through a participatory action research process and uses the real words and real experiences of youth caregivers, which were shared with us in focus groups. Three youth leaders worked with a doctoral student at Brandeis University, Sara Plachta Elliott, and staff of the Caregiving Youth Project in Palm Beach County, Florida, to conduct the research and create this video. Youth voices narrate the stories. This work reflects our passion for creating more awareness of what youth who provide care to family members with illness and disability experience.

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The Caregiving Youth Project of Palm Beach County is the first US comprehensive program to address the challenges faced by children who take care of ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. It promotes social and system change by integrating healthcare (body), education (mind) and the community (spirit) to create a solid foundation of support services.


The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY®) mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of dual role youth that are both students and caregivers within their families. AACY® strives to raise awareness through education, research and direct services in cooperation with social, education, healthcare, government and community corporations, organizations and agencies.


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