Meet one of our leaders in Oceanside, Martin Arispe. Get to know why he’s passionate about working with our youth below!
Where are you from and how did you end up at arc?
I was born in San Antonio, Texas until my family moved to Oceanside, California in 1985. I had the privilege of going to Del Rio Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High, and El Camino High School in the Oceanside Unified School District. I’ve been involved with the youth community since my first kid was born. For over 24 years, I’ve coached youth sports like soccer, flag-football, baseball, and softball. I knew even then that I wanted to work with youth. I started my after school career in 2004 at the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos at San Marcos Middle School being the Site Coordinator. From there, I knew I was in the right field of work. I wanted to give back to the city of Oceanside so I applied for arc in year 2014. I’m so glad they hired me!
What do you do at arc?
I am the Site Coordinator at Cesar Chavez Middle School for arc. In a nutshell, I am responsible for being the primary point of contact for program logistics pertaining to a specific school site and act as a liaison for parents, teachers, administration, students and staff.
What do you love most about working with youth?
I love working with middle school students. I feel the students are like clay materials and I am the sculpture that helps mold their future. It is such a great feeling to see so many youth lives are being guided in the right direction.
What has been one of your most inspiring, coolest, or fulfilling moments while working for arc?
The coolest thing I love about arc is the Teen Adventure Challenge. I love this event because it draws a lot of students to compete against other teams from all over Southern California. It builds teamwork and unity for our youth.
What do you love most about working at arc?
The dedication that arc has to enrich the lives of youth.