Lobsterfest 2015

The AAYC is excited to help the Amarillo Ara Adult Literacy Council and its event, Lobsterfest this year.

At the AAYC we are excited to reach-out and HELP non-profits in the area with free tickets to our Haunted House Attraction (Van Buren Frightmare).

If you work with a non-profit organization that could benefit from donated tickets to our haunted house PLEASE email us at info@amarilloyouth.net or call the AAYC directly 806 373-2292 and ask for Matthew Hite.

The AAYC (aka Van Buren Frightmare) Silent Auction for Lobsterfest, 20

The AAYC (aka Van Buren Frightmare) Silent Auction for Lobsterfest, 2015

AISD Partner in Education

AAYC official partner in Education with Amarillo Independent School District  in 2015-16 School year

This will be out 6th year in a row to partner with AISD and help our community by helping improve a school’s environment.  It is an honor for us to provide assistance to our school system.

This year our first project will be a School Supplies drive.   We will be collecting school supplies at the AAYC all summer to bring in to the school just before school starts.  We welcome any and all donations of school and office supplies so that we can help our 2015-16 Partner in Education. Parents we have also attached next years School calendar as a reference.

Most of our Board of Directors are VIP (Very Important People–AISD Volunteers) in our adopted school as we help on campus when possible.  Any of the AAYC team, parents and coaches that are interested in helping this year, please let us know.  Our coordinators for this are Matt Hite and LaRue Hite.  AISD will run an independent background check on  each person that is applying; we have the forms at the AAYC.

2015-16 AISD Partner in Education letter to Matt Hite Amarillo

2015-16 AISD Partner in Education letter to Matt Hite Amarillo

AISD 2015-16 School Calendar

AISD 2015-16 School Calendar

2015-16 AISD Partner in Education flyer

2015-16 AISD Partner in Education flyer

New Beginnings…

its-amazing-how-someone-can-break-your-heart-but-you-still-love-them-with-all-the-little-piecesAre what life is made up of. It is also made up of endings as well. The truth be told one usually evolves into another whether we want it or not. Some of these new beginnings are laced with emotions dangling around someone or something that we had to leave behind. Maybe we are holding onto some emotions regardless of how the relationship ended . You see it is difficult to turn off our feelings even though our interaction may have ceased.

It is okay to start a new beginning carrying old emotions. You may be thinking that cannot be right!! But if you think about this for a  moment, you will realize that no matter what we do in life we carry with us some old emotions. Most of us remember our very first romantic relationship. Some of us will smile at the thought of it. While others will shake their heads in disbelief, wondering how they ever dated that person in the first place. Whichever situation you find yourself in, these emotions form the basis of all of your future relationships.  This is how we have learned what kind of person we are attracted to.

All of this is true with one very important exception, OUR CHILDREN.  They seem to be our Achilles Heel despite  the relationship we have with them.The entire time they are growing up, we as parents strive to make as many opportunities available to them as possible. Some of our children will jump on top of these situations while others will balk. But when they are grown and it is time for them to enter into their own lives, a new beginning unlike any other occurs.

Suddenly the house is quiet and lifeless. All those days of scampering footsteps are long past. Alone with our own thoughts, is not as appealing as it seemed when everyone was around. But within that silence there can be solace. Comfort that is in knowing that our children are now adults. They will be capable of making good decisions for themselves. Because of what WE have taught them. And if they slip and fall a little, that is okay too. It is all a part of becoming an adult. They do NOT need to hold your hand. That time has passed!

Your new beginning is right in front of you coupled with a successful past.Take all of those positives with you and use them to your advantage in your new pursuits. Whatever they may be!!

AAYC working with Coffee Memorial Blood Center

It feels great to know that we have helped save lives by hosting a Blood Drive at the AAYC.  Sat tunes to our FB page as we WILL have additional Blood drives at all our major events.  Thanks for the kind hand written card!

One of our Healthy Living Initiative goals at the AAYC is to REACH out into the Amarillo Community and help those in need.  Giving BLOOD does that and YOU can become a donor TODAY and help SAVE I life.

For more information about this great organization that the Amarillo Activity Youth Center is partnering with please check out their web-site at http://www.thegiftoflife.org/index.php

Check out their calendar of where the mobile Blood Drives are going to be! http://www.thegiftoflife.org/blooddrive/blooddriveGrid20156.html

Again THANK too all that ATTENDED the Kars4Kids Car,Truck and Bike Show and all those that helped save a life by DONATING BLOOD!

AAYC Coffee Memorial Blood Center

AAYC Coffee Memorial Blood Center

AAYC helps Coffee Memorial Blood Center-Note to LaRue Hite

AAYC helps Coffee Memorial Blood Center-Note to LaRue Hite

AAYC Receives 2015 Amarillo Award

Press Release



AAYC receives Amarillo Award for Youth Orgainizations

AAYC receives Amarillo Award fr non-profit youth organizations; 3 years in a row

Amarillo Award Program Honors the Achievement

AMARILLO June 4, 2015 — AAYC (Amarillo Activity Youth Center) has been selected for the 2015 Amarillo Award in the Youth Organizations category by the Amarillo Award Program.

Each year, the Amarillo Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Amarillo area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Amarillo Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Amarillo Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Amarillo Award Program

The Amarillo Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Amarillo area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Amarillo Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Amarillo Award Program

For The Graduates…

for the graduates of 2015 I have a message. It is probably one you have heard many times before. I am fairly certain that every commencement speech sounds an awful lot alike. In fact you could block your ears and be able to tell what they are going to say.All of us adults drone on and on about what to do after graduation. We emphasize how lucky you all are as well as how there is an abundance of opportunity ahead for you.

While you are thinking to yourself “OH great here we go again.” Think about this. How many of the people you started high school with did NOT make it to this day. Maybe they are sitting around secretly thinking they have outsmarted YOU. But they are only fooling themselves. They are also dooming themselves to a life filled with upward battles. And in some cases wars.

We all know that we can make life whatever we want it to be, however there is an expiration date on some dreams. I still have never seen a major league baseball,football or basketball player begin their career at the age of thirty or forty. Have you? For careers that involve extreme physical agility the window of time is short.

That is why many of us adults are pleading with you to try and bring your dreams to life NOW while you are young. There will be plenty of time to get an office job where you work in a cubicle using a computer for eight hours a day. If you have a talent regardless of what they may be … NOW is the time to go ahead and audition for that part in the Broadway play or try out for that major league team on open call day.Because when you get older you will not have any regrets over not HAVING tried. You may not make it. I am not going to fill you with a lot of false promises.

But what you will know is how FAR you can go. Until you try everything else is just a guess!

2015 Kars4Kids Car, Truck and Bike Show

3rd Annual–Kars4Kids Car, Truck and Bike Show 

This great family event was help on June 5, 2015.  It was originally scheduled for May 23 but because of heavy flooding rains the event was postponed.  Our event Director was Rudy Rodriguez and Matthew Hite.  DJ Mike Megamix (Michael Potter) made his first appearance as the AAYC’s official DJ.  We had quite a few great vendors and a lot of local support at the event.  There were two other local car shows on the same day and a major Car Show in Albuquerque, NM as well but our event was a lot of fun and raise funds for the Amarillo Activity Youth Center.

Also we joined forces with Coffee Memorial Blood Center and did a blood drive at the event were 19 people presented themselves to donate blood.  It’s great to reach out and work with other great non-profits in Amarillo and to help SAVE a life with the gift of blood.

Click these links for more info

Ch4 Coverage myhighplains.com

Pictures from the event

Pictures of the Event from Amarillo Globe News 

You Tube Recap Video

The 2016 Kars4Kids Event will be on June 11, 2016.  Mark your calendars now!

2015 Kars4kids Car, bike and truck Show

2015 Kars4kids Car, bike and truck Show

AAYC Kars4kids Car Show

2015 Kars4Kids Car, truck and Bike Show, hosted by the AAYC. Picture by Matt Hite

2015 Kars4Kiids Car, Truck and Bike Show

2015 Kars4Kids Car, truck and Bike Show, hosted by the AAYC. Picture by Matt Hite

Life Before Cell Phones…

girls-on-their-phoneIs extremely hard to imagine even for me. The other day I was trying to remember when I actually got my first cell phone. It took me a while to recall. But I did. My daughter was about eighteen months old (she will be 22 in august). The phone was the size of a man’s shoe. And out of all the mothers I knew, I was the only one who had such an item. The thing was so bulky I used to just leave it in the minivan. Back then they did not have car chargers for it. If the battery ran out you had to wait until you go home to juice it up.

The other mother’s used to look at me oddly when I did have it in my diaper bag. It could not fit into my purse!One time I had taken my daughter into the Boston aquarium. When we returned to my minivan, we discovered that the battery was dead. I had mistakenly left the lights on.There I was in the heavy drizzle of a June day, with a dead battery, an exhausted child and a cell phone that needed charging. Luckily there was a payphone nearby. You must be thinking “Good God lady this sounds like the dark ages”. I managed to call AAA and they came to charge my battery enough so I could get home.

During the time it took to make the phone call and wait for AAA to show up I remember my daughter and I sang the Barney song. Now for those of you who are unaware who Barney is I will give you a brief 411. Barney is or was a LARGE purple Dinasaur who had his own show on PBS at eight o’clock every morning. He would open and close the show with the “song”. I will spare you the lyrics!  After we had exhausted that song, we moved on to a few other of our favorite tunes.

When the AAA truck showed up my daughter asked me what was going on. I explained to her that the man was going to try to start our battery. She was fascinated as the guy opened the hood of the minivan. in fact she made me get out of the van so we could watch this man do his work. She kept asking me every step of the way what was going on.The guy himself had a smile on his face from answering her questions.

By the time my daughter was eight it had become fashionable for people to have movies in their vehicles to entertain their kids. And most of the kids had those small flip phones that no one would be caught dead with now! I miss those days of having conversations with her.  She has her cellphone in her right back pocket at all times. And help us all if she gets a text in the middle of a conversation.

That phone has become her master! She is powerless without it! A couple of years ago, I made a very unpopular rule in my house. There are absolutely no cell phones allowed at the dinner table. You would have thought I had said we were all moving to Albania. But I have stuck to my rule. We all have learned here that we can still have actual conversations outside of text messages. And I believe our relationships  are more grounded as a result of that!

Technology is here to stay that is for sure. But we need to learn to make it work FOR us instead of WORKING us! While we have our heads stuck in the screen of a cell phone, the world is moving forward. There are people doing business, getting jobs  and making a  name for themselves while we are stuck in Candy Crush!!

Instead of worrying about getting to the next level of a game, why not try getting to the next level of YOUR life! It can and will happen once YOU decide to control the things that surround you!