In my diyer experience, most PS leaks occur where one of the rubber hoses connect with the power steering pump. Have a helper turn the steering wheel all the way to the steering stops side to side while you look at the rubber hoses connecting to the power steering pump. You may find one of them is the source of the leak.
No experience with maintenance and repair on a Cavalier, but whatever you do, make sure you do it safely. Make doubly sure that you are not harmed while doing the job. It’s a lot easier to fix a car than fix a person.
When I work underneath the front side of my car, I use a floor jack placed at the middle support which lifts both front wheels. If you can possibly borrow or rent a floor jack, do it that way rather than a scissors jack. Then I place jack- stands under the rocker arms (underneath the front doors) at the place on the seam weld marked as a jacking point, then remove most of the pressure from the floor jack. At that point I have 3 points of support, the jack, and most of the weight on the two jack-stands. I also pile up some wood, usually 2 x 6’s from the ground (or a wheel if I take the wheel off) to the seam weld, placed behind the jack-stands as a backup. So I end up with 3 points of support, plus two backups in case a jack-stand fails. Make sure to place wheel chocks at the rear wheels too, and set the emergency brake. If you’re going to work in a parking lot, find a nice sturdy flat piece of cardboard to put on the ground. Makes it much easier to slide around on your back under the car. Make sure to wear eye protection anytime you are under the car, as there’s lots of grit that gets stuck to the underside and will most assuredly drop into your eyes if it gets disturbed during your work. Also protects against fluids leaking into your eyes. Best of luck.
btw, when you get your finances in better order, suggest to consider to trade your Cav in for a car that is easier to work on, Corolla, Civic, Focus, etc.