AAYC Receives 2015 Amarillo Award

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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

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!

Fiddle Playing Frogs…

friendly frogsAre strewn within the Botanical garden in Amarillo. I can only read about them being there. But those of you who live in the area could probably have your picture taken with them if you went to visit the Botanical Garden. They look fairly friendly from the pictures I have seen. If you have never seen these fiddle playing reptiles, I  invite you to do so.  Yes they are part of the reptilian family! A nice little factoid I picked up in my research!

Being aware of the attractions in your area is extremely important. i know this first hand. I grew up in Salem Massachussetts  where the  House Of Seven Gables is set in a back lot of  a back street. As kids growing up, the house seemed dark and gloomy. It is after all a large black house that is dimly lit in the evenings. Most of my friends and I knew little of the house. Some of us knew that Nathaniel Hawthorne had written a book about the home. And he lived there for quite some time.

I became very aware of the importance of the House and some of the other attractions when my relatives from New Jersey would come to visit us every summer. There we were in the middle of the hottest day of the summer walking through a house without air conditioning. I do not believe they have heat either.  What an education I got from each of these visits.

Unlike my friends I got an up close look at what the living conditions were like for the early settlers in this part of the country. Every room is kept exactly to period standards. There are still the heating pots that were placed underneath the beds to keep people warm overnight. The original cook ware is in the kitchen, placed strategically in the hearth where everything was made over an open fire. The most fascinating tool was the toaster. It is a long piece of metal that holds one piece of bread at the end. The person would hold it over the fire until it was toasted.

I remember, it was about the fifth year in a row we went into the house for a visit. That was the year I could recite verbatim every word our guide was saying. As taxing as these visits were becoming, I was the envy of my friends. Most of whom had never entered the house and did not appreciate its significance.  To this day, I know of many people who have never entered any of the attractions in Salem and wish they had done so.

There is no time like the present to begin to DISCOVER what is around you!  One of these days I am going to have my picture taken ( if permissible) with one of those fiddle playing frogs!

Making New Friends…

friendsAAYC Is  easier than ever now that we all can connect through social media. That is how I met Matt Hite from AAYC last week. I had written a blog on WordPress and he left a comment. I was intrigued by this organization. When I asked him how I could help out, he asked me to write a few blogs.

I am glad to be of service to the AAYC! My name is Jacqui Senn and I live 20 minutes north of Boston,Massachussetts. I am a single mother of two children, a motivational blogger and speaker. I thank Matt for the invitation to write and hope all of you reading will find some inspiration in my posts.

Jacqui Senn

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

Puns for Educated Minds

Puns for Educated Minds
The AAYC would like to help enlighten our readers.  The topic of puns has come up with the youth at the AAYC from time to time.  Here are a few catchy puns that we thought we should share.
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Circumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
 
2. I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
 
 3. She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math
disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
 
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12.Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts.  In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you’d be in Seine .
21. A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall.  One turns to the other and says, ‘Dam!’
23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that  you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve  lost my electron.’ The other says, ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’
25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal?  His goal: transcend dental medication.
26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns
would make them laugh. No pun in ten did. 

The Death of Us

The Death of Us

Our Sedentary Lifestyles

 Are you tired all the time, stressed and have a hard time doing things that use to be easy for you?  Do you feel that YOU are not all you can be?  Did you know that many Americans has adapted to a sedentary lifestyle and that this is killing us.  A sedentary lifestyle is more than just spending an excessive amount of time sitting each day.

This lifestyle has negative health influences including increased anxiety, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and more.   Some people have jobs that require them to sit all day, others sit in front of the TV all the time. A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. We joke a call people couch potatoes, well that’s what we are doing turning our body’s into curved, rounded versions of the image God created us in.

State of mind

As a kid I would go to school and sit most of the day but at least at school you get to get up every 45 minutes and move around; then there’s PE/athletics, Band, lunch and other activities as well.  Our problem is that then many youth in today’s society then go home to sit in front of a TV or computer screen all night and in their free time.

Why?  Well its simple we are training our kids this way.  When they are young, very young; we stick kids in front of the TV to entertain them and keep them busy.  As they grow up they get more and more technology; as adults we get busier and busier and spend less time out of the house doing things with people.  We mentally enjoy that time sitting, doing NOTHING in from of the TV; but it’s at the cost of our health.

Coupled with our changing diets, as we eat less fresh, more processed foods without paying attention to what we are putting into our bodies.

Obese but full

Did you know that just because you are full does NOT mean you are being nourished?  Fatty food seem to fill you and keep the hunger away longer but it’s not putting anything in your body you need.

Today’s society is overweight but under-nourished because we are putting junk in our bodies.  In school we learned Garbage-in/Garbage-out when working with computers.  It’s the same with our bodies.   What are you putting into your body.

Activity

As our population grows heavier and struggles more and more to do daily activities we all have to look at our activity levels.  Yes, YOU, and me and everyone we know.  I’m not saying we all need to goto the gym and become the next Arnold but we NEED to become active.  We need to take time with our kids going places, doing things, and getting out of the house.

Since man was created we have been walking….. Walking, walking, walking.  We all need to remember that our bodies are built to be in an horizontal (sleeping) or vertical (standing)  position; not the bent over form you have when sitting down.  Let’s all try to spend more time up and moving, on our feet.

Ultimately I thin it is imperative to get involved with an activity that requires movement that you enjoy on a regular basis if you want to stay with it.  Whether it be a sport, hobby or activity; its up to each of us to find SOMETHING to get us more active.

Desk Jobs

Ultimately, experts urge people to get out of their chairs and start doing something.   While this may not seem practical for those stuck in an chair or cubicle but small, simple changes like taking phone calls standing up can help. I encourage you to redefine our workouts into all moments, have a weight or stretch-band at your desk.

I spent five years sitting in a call center environment and growing chubbier and chubbier for it.   It’s so easy to grab a bag of chips from the vending machine or a coke from the machine.  if you have been on a job where you’re on the phone all day you understand the need to have something to drink.  Well let’s all try water.  I know yeah, water.  A friend of mine, Patty, introduced me to putting fresh fruit (cucumber, watermelon) into water to give it flavor without the additives and such that are in a lot of the drink mixes.  YUM!  It tastes good too.  I need to start doing more of this; but so do YOU!

Let’s do it!

This is not something easy for you to do alone, get your whole family involved, your co-workers and those that are around you!  Lets make a positive change in our lives TODAY!

Well I have been sitting here typing this for too long, time to walk around and do something less sedentary.  Same to you, right now DO IT!  Let’s go up, on your feet.  Right NOW!

Written by Matthew Hite  Amarillo, Texas

How close it too Close… by Matt Hite

Ok first off, I am bound by a legal agreement NOT to say anything negative about 6th Street massacre, Chainsaw Massacre or the owner of both properties Michael Fisher (ie MCF Management, ie drugassistant.com) but I do need to set a few things straight as this page has said and implied many things.

A few years ago there was a lawsuit between Amarillohaunts and Mike Fisher of 6th Street Massacre. The lawsuit was settled out of court and no one won. There was a compromise and in the compromise we all agreed NOT to talk about the other haunts or their owners and that we would NOT sell a group pass anymore. As an honorable person I will hold to my word, even if others do not and I will not use other profiles or ask others to defend me. I have no reason to; people will speak their minds as they wish; some without full knowledge of a situation.

About the article written in 2009; if you actually read the Amarillo Globe News article that they are using to gain followers and keep people from coming to a competing Haunted House downtown, Van Buren Frightmare. There was NO SEXUAL contact of any kind. The assault was a touch to the belly with a practice fencing sword and that is all. The article doesn’t say anything but hearsay and what one minor stated in a police report. That was a statement in an investigation, no fact. I left AISD in good standings, I still have a valid Texas Teachers Certificate and I’m registered as a volunteer (VIP) with AISD currently. I’m not listed in any type of registry because there is NO REASON for me to be listed. In the article the Boy Scout leaders defended me as well. This article was loosely written to let your imagination run wild with what “could have been” and this FB page has spend a lot of time and energy trying to help twist you to thinking negatively. There are hundreds and hundreds of people on the sex registry in Amarillo. I advise everyone to check the registry out, look for my name (not there) and check so you know possible issues in your neighborhood.

Lastly, I am NOT the owner of the AAYC or of Frightmare; that’s another mistruth. The AAYC is a 501C3 non-profit ran by a board of directors and they have chosen me as one of their leaders. I would not be in a position of responsibility here at the AAYC, several other non-profit board of directors and respected throughout Amarillo as a leader and child advocate if my character was not above reproach.

The AAYC is ran 100% by volunteers for the youth of Amarillo. No one at the AAYC gets paid. 1000s of youth, 100s of parents and many more people throughout our great community have and are involved at the AAYC and they know the real me and the all know that the AAYC is a safe place for our youth. They also know that the AAYC is a great organization and that one group targets me personally because it makes them feel good, most can see it’s because they are a competing haunt that has a vendetta against us.

I hope this helps set the record straight and as proof I’m NOT the one causing trouble here I have rated this haunted house in the middle (3 stars) because I know Mr. Fisher does a good job scaring people. I’m bound by a legal settlement listed above or I’d talk about his personality and character.

Sorry for this short novel and thanks for your time. If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message or comment and yes I’m sure they will try to rip this up; its ok I’m accustom to it at this point.

Matt Hite
AAYC Director