This past month, our members met again with Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, to discuss concerns and feedback left by citizens of Arcadia. These concerns include BLM & Police, the environment, homelessness, and budgeting. The infographic detailing the meeting can be found on the City Council Reports page! If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to ask the City Council, feel free to submit them here.
ACYC also finished off our Hygiene Kits Campaign, where we bought basic hygiene supplies such as toothpaste and soap, and then packed and donated it to the Foothill Unity Center. In a time such as now, we believe it is important to help those in need. Stay safe and wear a mask!
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States decided to lock up innocent Japanese Americans in internment camps. One of these internment camps was the famous Santa Anita Racetrack, located in Arcadia. It is ACYC's belief that it is important for others to be aware of the discrimination and trauma suffered by Japanese Americans at Santa Anita Racetrack. Our members created a CARRD, in order to help spread awareness and educate those in Arcadia. View the CARRD here.
This past month, groups of ACYC members met with various Arcadia officials to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and to inquire information about the Arcadia Police Department. ACYC met with City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay, and Council members Paul Cheng and April Verlato. With permission from these individuals, ACYC is planning on publicizing a series of infographics including different statements. Find the infographic here.
In a time where our society is becoming increasingly divided, ACYC believes it is important to promote awareness of local politics and information about the city of Arcadia.
Racial equality and the Black Lives Matter movement are issues that are extremely important to the ACYC. To show support for racial equality, the ACYC hosted several fundraisers to help raise money for Black Lives Matter and George Floyd. For every 3 signatures signed on a petition related to Black Lives Matter, ACYC donated $1 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Several members also posted a Venmo bingo where all the proceeds were given to a charity of their choice. In addition, the ACYC has planned to meet with multiple Arcadia city council members and City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto to discuss possible reforms that the city can undertake. You can find our official statement on Black Lives Matter under the "Statements" sub-tab nested under the "News" tab.
On the week of June 21 to June 27, the Arcadia community found out about the pervasive and criminal culture of sexual assault and harassment at Arcadia High School. We have issued a statement on this matter as well, and are coordinating with fellow students on combatting and highlighting this blight on our community. It can be found in the "Statements" sub-tab.
At Arcadia High School's College, Job, Internship, & Volunteer Fair, parents and students came by the ACYC's booth to learn more about our mission, what we do, and how to get involved.
Being a student at Arcadia High School isn't easy with all of the academic pressure and stigma surrounding mental health. ACYC hosted a Self Care Day Spa Social in the MPR at school for those who just want to relax, do yoga, make face masks, and listen to chill music. More photos can be found on our Instagram!
Along with other student residents of Arcadia, four ACYC members headed over to an Arcadia city council meeting to speak on the growing homeless population in our city. They provided potential solutions, gave personal stories, and overall gave their perspective as a student in a city where nobody seems to notice our homeless population.
The ACYC helped out at the Downtown Holiday Fair by teaching kids how to make a variation of Christmas crafts at Arcadia Historical Society's booth!
Representatives of the ACYC were able to sit down with Arcadia High School's principal Ms. Dillman and discuss issues at the high school and possible solutions. Thanks to this amazing opportunity, we were able to provide feedback on several topics such as more pad dispensers in restrooms, recurring thefts on campus, and ways to promote art appreciation among students!
Members of the ACYC attended Arcadia Unified's Local Control and Accountability Plans and Local Control Funding Formula meeting, in which they were able to provide the youth's feedback for the district's improvement. They provided input on mental health in the high school, teacher accountability, as well as ways to increase parent and student engagement.
On Halloween, our members volunteered at the annual Downtown Halloween Haunting! We helped at the Historical Society's crafts booth and also handed out toys and candy to kids. Hundreds of families showed up in costumes, filling the air with festivity. What a great way to spend Halloween!
To celebrate the Fourth of July, the ACYC volunteered at the Patriotic Festival held on First Avenue. At this event, we taught kids how to make their own DIY torches, which represented the Statue of Liberty. We also provided fun connect-the-dots coloring pages to draw on! Our members enjoyed their time helping out in this event and interacting with the kids. Thank you to the Arcadia Historical Society for hosting our booth!
In addition, the ACYC hosted its annual History Day at the Arcadia Public Library. At this event, we were able to educate children about our city's history through fun activities. They were able to learn fun facts by reading the feathers of our crafted peacock, color pictures related to Arcadia's History, and many more!
Every month, the historians will upload a summary detailing the ACYC's many operations, including campaigns, volunteer events, side projects, and other things that come up during the month.