April 5, 2014
AAYC’s First annual Child Abuse prevention event, a part of the AAYC Child Safety Initiative.
Amarillo Globe News Article:
Nearly 200 came out to support Amarillo Activity Youth Center as it participated in the national March Against Child Abuse on Saturday.
Participants of all ages, including some students from the AAYC, marched several blocks in downtown Amarillo holding handmade signs with anti-child abuse messages.
The AAYC offers many classes for Amarillo youth, including fencing, community service and basketball, and many of the students came out to support the event.
“Our kids made the signs,” said Matt Hite, AAYC executive director.
Although the march had been done before, this was the first time AAYC hosted an event to coincide with the march at its facility at 816 South Van Buren St.
Speakers from the community came out to share personal stories and offer their talents.
Some of the speakers included Tommy the Hacker of Kiss FM, DJ Karaoke Joe, the New Life Church youth band and a guest speaker from CASA.
“We wanted to make it fun,” said Vee Montanez, event coordinator.
Montanez said she helped plan the walk last year, but an event like the one held Saturday had never been done before. She asked friends in the area to participate in hopes of bringing people together and making the event more fun.
The event offered many activities, but the focus was on the prevention of child abuse.
“A lot of times the abuse goes unpunished,” said Andria Keelin, event co-coordinator.
Keelin said the event’s purpose was to raise awareness about just how many children are abused.