On Saturday, May 20, AYC hosted its first annual Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest at Smith Park with over 250 local youth and families in attendance.
The public event featured carnival games, an art contest, and rubber duck races in the Smith Park pool to raise funds for Project NEO, an after-school program for youth in grades 1 through 8. Project NEO was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit organization by Mary Wong, and was integrated as a program of AYC after both organizations merged in late 2016.
"We are excited about the integration with Project NEO because it increased after-school programming to youth in the cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, in addition to San Gabriel," said Nicholette Espinosa, AYC’s Director of Educational Enrichment Services, "The Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest has been Project NEO's signature event for the past 4 years and we are thrilled to keep the tradition going."
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA, 27th District), the founding Board President of AYC, ended the day of festivities with a congratulatory message to AYC and Mary Wong for bringing the community together with the Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest.
The guest judges for the Duck Design Contest, which encouraged youth to use their imaginations and mixed media to create art, included Mary Wong, Lt. Fabian Valdez from the San Gabriel Police Department, and Joe Luu, a motivational comedian and keynote speaker with a passion for helping at-risk youth succeed.
The event would not have been possible without major sponsors, including Warner Brothers Network of Asian Pacific American (NAPA), Mike Eng, Exact Tax Inc, East West Bank, and Robert L. Gin.
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Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Gold Duck Sponsor
Warner Brothers Network for Asian Pacific Americans
Silver Duck Sponsor
Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
Bronze Duck Sponsors
Bob Gin, Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education
La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center
New York Life Insurance Agency
Rande S. Sotomayor, Esq.
San Gabriel Police Department
Special Thanks to our Friends of AYC:
Ada Chan Wong
California Security Screens
Cindy Ho, David S. Ho Farmers Insurance Agency
Cissy Huang, HIFE College Planning
East Los Angeles College Athletics
Eva Hsiung, Douglas Auto Body & Paint
Home Depot Alhambra
Marie Callender's Monterey Park
Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce
NA Trading Company
Rosemead Chamber of Commerce
San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce
Steven’s Steak & Seafood House
The Cheesecake Factory
Thank you to all of our generous supporters for making our 2017 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on March 24th an evening to remember!
We had a wonderful time celebrating the recipients of the May L. To Excellence Award, the Suk Ching Leung Scholarship and the Cheou Wang Scholarship. Here are the scholarship recipients and their short biographies:
2017 May L. To Excellence Award Recipient
Jamie participates in Project NEO as a volunteer tutor and mentor for students at Repetto Elementary School. She is a graduating senior attending San Gabriel High School, and takes additional Calculus and Linear Algebra classes at Pasadena City College. Jamie plans to pursue an electrical engineering degree at a secondary college starting Fall 2017.
2017 Suk Ching Leung Scholarship & Cheou Wang Scholarship Recipient
Charlie is a volunteer with the ACE After-School and Summer Programs. He assists with classroom management and working individually with students. Charlie is a graduating senior attending Gabrielino High School. He will be pursing degree in Mechanical Engineering at UC San Diego starting Fall 2017.
2017 Suk Ching Leung Scholarship Recipient
Phoenix was enrolled in the Accelerating Children’s Education (ACE) After-School Program for a total of 9 years, and has volunteered with phone banking at AYC. She is currently a freshman at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles as a pre-nursing student.
2017 Cheou Wang Scholarship Recipient
Emily has been a volunteer with the ACE Summer Program and Development Activities. She is a graduating senior attending Gabrielino High School. She will be pursuing degree in Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering at UCLA starting Fall 2017.
Once again, congratulations to our scholarship recipients! We are sure that these scholarships will help our youth pursue their goals and highest aspirations!
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AYC hosted its first-ever Youth Development Day on March 11, where 35 youth participated in Mentorship Training followed by a College and Career Panel.
The event could not have been successful without all the inspirational panelists and speakers of our College and Career Panel. Thank you Chief Harris and Lt. Valdez of San Gabriel Police Department, Simone Liu of Wells Fargo Advisors, Sherry Lee Berkin of Cal State Long Beach, Robert Herrera of Ideal Legal Group, Bruce Chen of Eagle Strategies, LLC and Joe Luu for helping us make our first Youth Development Day such a success!
We are sure that this day made a strong and positive impact on the youth of our community and will inspire them to work hard to achieve their dreams!
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