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!
On May 19th, the ACYC was invited to help out at Carol Libby's Annual Garden Tea Party. We helped set up tables, hand out raffle prizes, and learned about the history of Arcadia! We were able to meet several important figures such as the mayor and many others. We had a great time bonding with each other eating salmon sandwiches and listening to beautiful violin music. Thank you Carol Libby for hosting this amazing event!
The ACYC had their own booth at the Job & Internship Fair at Arcadia High School! We handed out brochures, informed students of our purpose, and encouraged several to apply. Overall, it was a very successful event and our members had a great time. Thank you to the Arcadia HS College and Career Center and the Arcadia Educational Foundation for hosting this event!
For our positivity project, the ACYC set up a miniature Christmas tree in the library of Arcadia High School with cute messages and photos. Go check it out!
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.