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April 03rd 2012:Powerhouse Project--Young Carers Initiative

Angela Arsenio is the Manager of the Powerhouse Project. Brianna Kane is 18 years old and Big Sister to a 12 year old girl with floating harbor syndrome, a rare genetic disease. They each talk about their experience as young caregivers in their own families and how they became involved in caregiving outside their families. Angela describes the Powerhouse Project and Brianna says how she became involved. They discuss the things that young caregivers do, the challenges they face, and the health challenges of the persons they are caring for. The describe how the Powerhouse project and the young c

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Angela Arsenio

Angela Arsenio has a BA Honours in Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Studies and Criminology. Her undergraduate thesis was inspired by her own experiences as a young carer and was titled ‘Mothering Through the Pain: Experiences of Mothers with Chronic Illness’. She’s the Manager of the Powerhouse Project, which has the mission to support the well-being of young carers through a holistic approach to address the needs of the entire family entire family. She’s worked as a street outreach worker with homeless and at-risk youth, and at AIDS Niagara as an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Her volunteer experience includes women’s shelters, acting as a Big Sister, and work with the crisis line w
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Brianna Kane

Brianna Kane, is eighteen years old and attends St. Michael High School in Niagara Falls. She has two older brothers. One is training to become a doctor. The younger brother has Down syndrome and works for her mother at home. Her father is Chief of Police and her mother owns a business. She’s an assistant coach to the younger brother’s hockey team and a Big Sister to a 12 year old girl named Maddie, who has floating harbor syndrome, a rare genetic disease associated with multiple health problems. Maddie is a big part of Brianna’s life. Singing and writing are Brianna’s passions. She also loves to hike, snowboard and swim. She’s recently been accepted at College to study Event Planning.
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