Volunteering at the AAYC by Ada Sanchez

My time volunteering at the AAYC,  by Ada Sanchez  March 7, 2016

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The Amarillo Activity Youth Center (AAYC) is a 501c3 non-profit that opened April 11, 2007. It is located at 816 S Van Buren, Amarillo, TX 79101.  The organization is investing their time to helping make sure the youth receive all the resources and programs to stay safe and off the streets.  The AAYC is not just for the youth there are programs for adults as well for instance; Zumba, juggling, self-defense and many others. All the staff are volunteers, no one is paid. Al proceeds go to the children to get more programs going and keeping them off the streets.  Volunteers during the month of October get together and display the famous haunted house, Van Buren Frightmare.

Many organizations focus on either having enough money or not having enough people helping but the AAYC’s primary problem is not getting the word out there about what all they do. Having kids and adults to help build together to make this organization even more great, for instance in June they will have a car show called Kars4kids and all the proceeds will go to the community center.

My time spent there was amazing.  The staff made me feel welcomed and it is an inviting atmosphere.  Saw the children be themselves and having fun, running around playing and interacting with each other brought a warm smile to my heart.  It makes me want to spread the word about this organization so that all families know that there is a place here in Amarillo that is family friendly and inviting to anyone.  There are so many activities to do and it is not expensive at all, the max is $3 but   that is a donation.  I saw teenagers interacting and playing with the younger children. This organization is not just run by adults there is a younger staff helping out and they have so many ideas to help improve their facility and Amarillo as well.

“Piaget believed that children’s moral judgements build on their cognitive development” (Myers, 2014 pg. 142). The AAYC organization is focused on the children, it helps them to understand that this is a place where they can go and feel safe and be able to grow in their development.  By seeing and experiencing a good environment it will make their little minds hake good moral judgements. “One way we learn is by association: (Myers, 2014 pg 238) Everyone learns by example of other people. Children are easily influenced either it is good or bad, but the AAYC is a good place to see that there are good things to experience.  By having volunteers who are willing to give their time up to help other children/adults and paving programs to help benefit both is a wonderful community enter.

I believe I will continue volunteering, it was a different experience that made me realize that I can Make a difference even if it is something small. I would like to see how much more this organization can expand in helping children and this community.  Matt Hite and his fellow volunteers have done a wonderful job providing for this establishment and I would like to see it grow even more.  Mabey from me staying and helping out I can use my ideas to make a new program or just by getting more people involved so that no child has to roam the streets and that they can be in a place where they know they are safe and cared for.

By Ada Sanchez

PSYC-2301-003

General Psychology

March 7, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONGRATS AAYC:

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

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

2015 Karing4kids Child Abuse Prevention Rally and Walk

KARING4KIDS

April 11th 2:00-5:00 PM  816 S Van Buren Amarillo, TX 79101

AAYC Child Safety Initiative

AAYC Child Safety Initiative Take a stand with us against Child Abuse

News coverage:
Interview with Matt Hite
Myhighplains.com Coverage

http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/child-abuse-prevention/19406/Cb7V_H6BfU27cA4b0lD5Ig

Multiple non-profit agencies teamed up today to promote child abuse prevention month at the Amarillo Activity Youth Center.

April is child abuse prevention month and the Amarillo Activity Youth Center held their second annual rally for child abuse prevention today.

13 different non-profit organizations came together with the AAYC to put on this rally for the prevention of child abuse.

These organizations each had a separate booth in the gym at the AAYC where they helped spread awareness.

Matt Hite the Executive Director of AAYC says, “they say one in six females have had some sort of abuse, one of the four. And they say one in ten males have”.

The day began with children dancing to their favorite music, while others were designing banners that would be used later when the group marched down tenth street to spread awareness of how prevalent child abuse is in our country.

Christine Bollinger who’s the Intake Coordinator for Bair Foundation (one of the non-profits helping) says, “it’s wonderful.
This is a great event, there are lots of kids inside there’s music and games and a bounce house and there will be a walk later to promote the prevention of child abuse”.

2015 karing4kids Rally and Walk

AAYC’s 2015 karing4kids Rally and Walk

The group of nearly 2-hundred children and adults then hit the streets with their plan to spread the word about the importance of their cause.

Officials at the rally focused on the four different kinds of child abuse; emotional, physical, sexual, and neglect.

Before interview with Matthew Hite, Executive Director

http://www.onenewspage.com/video/20150407/2730443/Child-Abuse-Prevention-Rally-and-Walk.htm

Event Coverage

http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/child-abuse-prevention/19406/Cb7V_H6BfU27cA4b0lD5Ig

Event details
Child Safety Initiative