The end of a school year marks the beginning of a new term for ACYC, as new members and old gather onto a Zoom call to celebrate members of the 2021-2022 Board! Alongside the celebrations and joyous energy the members were met with, the new council discussed potential campaigns for the summer and upcoming school year, as well as possible fundraisers to help fund for future ACYC campaigns. To the new council, we welcome new members Claire Li, Euan Laru-an, Stephanie Li, Ashley Chen, Kaylee Kwan, Chloe Wong, Lilian Chong, Addison Kwan, Ashley Te, Aruna Anathanarayanan, Catherine Chan, and David Basa. Welcome aboard to ACYC, new members, and thank you to everyone who expressed interest and applied to the organization!
Robinson Lee and Emma Chen, ACYC's Arcadia Historical Society Representatives, recently participated in a Murder Mystery Night hosted by Arcadia Historical Society. Robinson portrayed Jason Wang, while Emma portrayed Vivian Lee. Both members represented their characters convincingly, making for an enjoyable and entertaining night. ACYC would like to thank the Historical Society for putting on this event and allowing are members to participate.
ACYC also partnered with the Arcadia Resource Hub to host a T-Shirt Drive at the Arcadia Public Library. By drive's end, ACYC was able to collect over 450 shirts, gathered in different sizes from members of the Arcadia community. These shirts were boxed up and delivered to the Resource Hub, where they distributed to the homeless. ACYC would like to give a big thank you to anyone who donated, the teachers who advertised, and Apache News and Arcadia National Historical Society for shouting us out and encouraging their members to attend.
In February, ACYC hosted its first ever raffle, with the total pot at $36! Participants earned entries into the raffle by performing different eco-friendly tasks, such as cooking vegan meals, upcycling, or hang drying clothes, and then posting it on social media with the tag #ArcadiaGoesGreen. ACYC hopes to remind the youth to take advantage of their time at home and maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle.
With the holiday season coming up, many of us are spending time with our loved ones. However, there are many kids who have no family to go to and grow up through the foster system. ACYC wanted to help bring some joy to these kids, by participating in the 2020 Sugar Plum Tree Charity Event, hosted by Friends of Foster Children. We bought several items on the children's wishlists and had it sent to them. ACYC hopes that these gifts can be a light during a year of darkness.
This past month, ACYC members had a meeting with Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto about the concerns of citizens. We used questions and issues sent in directly from Arcadia residents, which included the police theme at playground at Eisenhower Park. ACYC will continue to have meetings with City Manager Lazzaretto in the future, so if you have any comments or concerns, please click here.
With National Elections just on the horizon, ACYC members created an infographic with the locations of different in-person voting centers. The infographic also includes drop-off locations within Arcadia, and the dates these locations open and close. The incoming elections will have a substantial impact on American politics, and it is imperative that citizens become informed and vote.
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.
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.