The Arcadia Civic Youth Council was founded in March of 2015 on the principles of civic engagement and community service. Our earliest members were dedicated to not only encouraging their fellow peers to involve themselves in community events and affairs, but they themselves took part in acts of volunteering and. Participating in countless fairs, service opportunities, and partnerships with other local organizations, the ACYC built a solid foundation as a community organization. Yet, in light of developments that transpired in 2019 and 2020—most notably our advocacy on behalf of the homeless in Arcadia, our lobbying of school administration officials and city officials, our new role as a voice of the youth, and most importantly, our 2020 Black Lives Matter campaign, our organization had to adapt its mission.
Where we once only sought to promote Arcadian history and life, we now seek to reflect upon our city’s culture and improve every aspect of our community.
Where we once remained out of politics, we now advocate for liberty, equality, fairness, and justice for all.
Where we once were content with simple acts of kindness, we now wish for an environment of kindness.
Today, the Arcadia Civic Youth Council stands as not only a community service organization, but as an advocacy group on behalf of the children and teens in Arcadia—a bastion for the surging power of young people to look up to. We still host and contribute to volunteer efforts across the city, but we also strive to represent the desires, dreams, concerns, and goals of our young constituents in the halls of local power. Our horizons have effectively expanded beyond just keeping the cogs of local institutions running—we want to have a bigger, unfiltered say in the city so that the new generations of Arcadia no longer get bulldozed by special interests. We hope that our efforts will inspire more of our younger peers to take civic engagement seriously and be outspoken in our community. City affairs have become more intertwined with national events, and the youth are becoming ever more able to stand up for their interests. The ACYC has adapted to follow in the steps of the youth across the world. It is time to up our game.