||AAYC Healthy Lifestyles Initiative
Our programs revolve around teaching positive healthy choices for the youth and families that attend the AAYC. Our programs include physical and mental health.
The AAYC works with community members to develop healthy opportunities for our participants. Please contact the AAYC directly for times of our various programs
373-2292 or check for our current Schedule that is pinned to the top of our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/amarilloyouth
Our current programs include but are not limited to:
AAYC Youth Leadership Cabinet
The mission of the AAYC Youth Leadership Cabinet is to inspire and develop young citizens in the Amarillo area to be dynamic and effective leaders committed to
utilizing their talents, diversity, and creativity for the betterment of our community while supporting and helping the AAYC grow into the BEST community center in
Amarillo. The Cabinet is administered by the youth, for the youth with some guidance from the AAYC board of directors. The youth cabinet will elect one leader as a
representative to be a non-voting member of the AAYC Board of Directors. These youth leaders choose projects that benefit the Amarillo Area and the AAYC. The
Youth Leadership Cabinet attended a youth leadership conference every year at the AAYC as part of their training to become true leaders in our community.
Ages: 12 and up
Coordinators: Matt Hite, Billie Palmer and Lance Watkins
Art is Fun
Art is Fun is a fantastic way to express yourself. It is the place where you can personalize something and let your creativity free. This program will create basic art
s and Crafts for children ages 3 and up to explore their imaginations and have fun with art.
Ages: 6 and up
Instructor: Rebekah St. Clair
Basketball Team Practices
The AAYC has opened our courts to over 9 local youth Basketball teams. These teams are happy to call the AAYC Community Center their home. If you have a te
am needing a home court to practice on, please let us know 806 373-2292; we will see what we can do. Timeslots are as follows Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri, 6:00-7:30
PM and 7:30-9:00 PM Also on Sat 10:00-11:30 AM and 11:30-1:00 PM
Coordinators: Matt Hite and Billie Palmer
Basketball (open court)
We open our Basketball court up to the community for open court basketball anytime the court is NOT in use by a team. We always have open court Basketball
on Thursday evenings 6:00-7:30.
Also any time there is not a basketball team practicing on the court, when we are open, the gym is available for open court.
Coordinators: Paul Dalesio and Billie Palmer
Open for all ages, this is not a strip show.
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Linda Hayhurst
AAYC Breakdancing is more than just a street craze; it's fast catching on as a super-cool way to burn calories and work muscles to modern music. Our
breakdancing program started in 200. Breakdancing improves your body tone and helps you lose weight Through breakdancing, we train to be more disciplined in
everything we do as this style of dance requires lot of patience and lot of hard work and years of practice to be put in. Besides that, we will also learn to be more
creative as through this dance we will be able to make use of our creativity to create new moves and sets that could be use in a breakdance competition or in a
Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing
provides many opportunities to meet other people. Joining the AAYC dance class can increase self-confidence and build social skills. Because physical activity
reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being.
Ages: 14 and up
Coordinator: Bobby Thammavongsa
Our mission is to be a voice for students who have been victims of bullying. Through education and awareness, the Bully Basher team seeks to be positive role
models, encouraging students to stand up against bullying. Our goal is to enrich the lives of bullied students while creating a safe environment by bashing bullying
before it begins.
Coordinators: Crystal Gallegos and Billie Palmer
Modern Competitive Sport of Fencing (yes sword fighting) like you see in the Olympics. Fencing is a classic art, part of our history since the Middle Ages. The image
of sword fighting is prevalent throughout our media, from the swashbuckling escapades of Errol Flynn to the science-fiction adventures of Luke Skywalker. Yet, how
many of you have ever seriously considered studying fencing? A few of the Physical benefits of fencing include: coordination, agility, balance, flexibility stren
gth, and cardiovascular endurance. The Mental benefits of fencing include: focus, hand-eye coordination, and problem solving skills. All equipment is provide
d and we welcome new fencers anytime throughout the year.
Ages: 10 and up
Instructors: Matt Hite, Marcus Hite, and Victoria Conoley
Juggling is a truly portable workout. It makes you smarter, sharpens focus & concentration while relieving stress. It’s an exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.
Juggling maintains and increases range of motion in the arms and shoulders. it is also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination. Juggling makes exercising wi
th family and friends easy. The juggling crew at the AAYC also practice riding unicycles and must more. Come check it out.
Ages: 8 and up
Instructor: Greg Graham
The volunteers at the AAYC work with mentoring youth. Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful
changes at home or transitions to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors mentees that last for a significant portion of time (more than
one year) are central to success.
Coordinator: LaRue Hite and Matt Hite
Mentors: all AAYC staff, instructors and coaches.
This Martial is well known for its fast and flashy kicks as well as its hand and foot techniques. Students learning taekwondo develop self-defense, etiquette that can
be used in their lives in and out of class. The Korean language is also a factor in learning taekwondo and along with the history of Korea. Discipline is required wh
en training taekwondo, it’s fun and can be trained at just about any age. This martial teaches all students, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and
indomitable spirit. Physically Taekwondo requires intense stretching, strength and conditioning training. Time, training and patience will make for a
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Sean London
Together Everyone Achieves More is a program that the facilities at the AAYC Community Center can put on for your club, team or organization. With over
8 years of experience, we have an extensive series of problem-solving initiatives that require groups to work together to plan, implement and evaluate solutions.
Bring your group out to build trust, confidence, communication, cooperation, and problem solving skills. We have an extensive variety of challenges, both mental an
d physical, to push your group to perform. Tell us your focus, and we’ll do the rest (ie. Communication, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, etc). Most challenges
can be set up to relate to your group’s situation. Debriefing sessions are held at the end of each activity where you will openly discuss and dissect your progress t
hrough each activity.
Coordinators: Matt Hite and Paul Dalesio
Theater Arts/Haunted House Actors Guild
Our acting program is based around our major production, Van Buren Frightmare Haunted House. This production is also one of our major fund-raisers for the A
AYC. Actors create and act in the BEST haunted house in town. Our guild studies different make-up techniques, costuming, propping, scene design layout, backgr
ound music, sound effects, lighting, staging and all the major concepts you'd find in a professional theater crew.
Ages: 12 and up
Coordinator: Matthew Hite
Train 4 Life Fit Camp
Ages: 14 and up
Instructors: Katecha Cook and Lesley Munsell
The AAYC has a small weight-room that is available for all our participants that would like to work out in a non-judgemental zone. There are machines and f
ree weights available. You must be 15 or accompanied by an adult to use the weight-room. We can help you set-up a good workout routine to help you with y
our fitness goals.
Ages: 15 and up
Coordinators: Paul Dalesio and Matt Hite
The AAYC Spartan Wrestlers This wrestling program focuses on freestyle and folk style wrestling like seen in high school and college competitions. Wrestling is
a sport that will help develop agility, coordination, flexibility, balance, self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic. All children will face opponents who are sim
ilar size as they are. This AAYC Spartan Wrestlers is a competitive team registered with USA Wrestling. Although not required of the program; most of our athlete
s compete at the local, regional and state level.
Ages: 5 to 16
Coach: Jeremy Burke
Fun for the entire family; Everybody and everybody! Each Zumba class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. We take the work out of workout, by
mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why
Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness; cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility,
boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.
Ages: 14 and up
Zin Instructors: Linda Collins and Samantha Patterson
Ages: 14 and up
Zin Instructor: Linda Collins
We are always adding new activities and programs. For a complete listing of
everything we do at the AAYC drop in and ask today! 373-2292 or