Lynn grad receives coveted fellowship

Connie Siskowski, a 2005 Global Leadership Ph.D. graduate of Lynn, has been awarded a Lifetime Ashoka Fellowship and monetary grant to expand the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), a national resource for caregiving pre-teens, teens, families and professionals.

AACY is the national outgrowth of the Caregiving Youth Project, which Siskowski established in 2006 as the first comprehensive program in the United States to address the challenges faced by children who take care of aging, ill or disabled family members.

The Caregiving Youth Project has its roots in Siskowski's doctoral research, which her dissertation chair, Frederick Dembowski, described as the most significant work he had seen in his 25 years of teaching.

The American Association of Caregiving Youth and the Caregiving Youth Project were both founded under the auspices of Volunteers for the Homebound and Family Caregivers (VHFC). VHFC is a Boca Raton-based, nonprofit organization that also supports Boca Respite Volunteers, which provides free support services for people who are homebound and family caregivers. For more information about AACY or Ashoka visit www.aacy.org or www.ashoka.org.