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What's happening at arc? Read on to learn more about all our endeavors in the world of education and after school learning!
  1. The 9th Annual Teen Adventure Challenge

    Did you miss the Teen Adventure Challenge, or want to relive it? Here are some cool pics and videos from last weekend’s event.

  2. Your Voice, Your Program!

    Our afterschool programs are designed around the specific needs of each community. Let us know what you want to see afterschool—remember, it’s Your Voice, Your Program!

    Students, click here!
    Student Survey

    Parents and Guardians, click here!
    Parent Survey (English)

    Padres y familiares hispanohablantes, ¡haz clic aquí!
    Encuesta para padres (español)

    Thank you for your feedback!

  3. Youth Environmental Education: Getting Students Curious About the World Around Them

    An interview with Bulalacao, LEAD Coordinator and Adventure Guide in Los Angeles

    Meet one of our passionate staff members in Los Angeles, Zhareen Bulalacao. Get to know why she loves working with our youth below!

    Where are you from and how did you end up at arc?

    I was raised in a small town called Summerville in South Carolina. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences (with an emphasis on Geochemistry) from UC Santa Barbara. For five years, I worked as a field/lab scientist in a soil laboratory, but I wanted a job giving back to my community while still being active in an environmental cause and working in the outdoors. arc reached out to me and I was hired as a guide. I was trained by the adventure staff and moved into a coordinating position.

    What do you do at arc?

    I am a Guide and LEAD Coordinator. I lead outdoor programs and I coordinate the logistics of outdoor programs. As a guide, I like to provide cultural history and environmental facts about locations, as well as teaching students best practices for their activity at hand. As a coordinator, I provide the best people for the best trips. I enjoy doing both and I am happy to work with people who love what they do.

    What do you love most about working with youth?

    I encourage students teaching students. I love seeing students share what they learned and turn it into something that is meaningful to them.

    “I love my guide team. I love the dedication and enthusiasm they have for outdoor education and empowering youth.”

    What has been one of your most inspiring, coolest, or fulfilling moments while working for arc?

    My most fulfilling moment was taking Bright Star Secondary students on a 3-day camping trip in July 2016. We spent one of those hot summer days swimming in the cool, clear, and shallow Merced River in the Yosemite Valley. I learned so much about them. I got a chance give them an outdoor education experience by answering their questions about where the water was coming from and why it was so cold. I was amazed with their inquisitive conversations about the landscape and was impressed how easily they can explain it all to each other.

    While in Yosemite we hiked up a more challenging and steeper trail. I noticed most of the kids were looking down at the ground, feeling exhausted. I told them, “If you keep staring at the ground, you’ll never know what you’re missing up here.” I didn’t realize how metaphorical that quote was to them until one of the students gave me a shout out at the end of the trip about “keeping their head up, when things get hard.”

    What do you love most about working at arc?

    I love my guide team. I love the dedication and enthusiasm they have for outdoor education and empowering youth.

  4. A Career With Youth to Give Back to the Community

    An interview with Martin Arispe, Site Coordinator in Oceanside

    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.

    “It is such a great feeling to see so many youth lives are being guided in the right direction.”

    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.

  5. Empowering Students and Staff

    An interview with Ryan Johnson, Site Coordinator in Inglewood

    Meet one of our Site Coordinators for Inglewood Unified, Ryan Johnson. 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 and raised in Carson, CA. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree at Antioch University with the hope of becoming an Elementary School teacher. I began working in the field of education in 2009 at a charter school for 2 years as a campus aide, then transitioned to after school shortly after. I had heard arc had taken over the school where I was once Site Coordinator. After learning more about the company, I felt that their culture would be a nice one to work in.

    What do you do at arc?

    I am the Site Coordinator for Warren Lane Elementary School in Inglewood. In a nutshell, my duties are to shape and mold lives. The lives that I speak of are not just the students of Warren Lane, but also our Program Leaders. I want to make sure that the students are empowered to do anything they set their minds to and I try my best to do the same with the Program Leaders. While I also do the little things, like tracking attendance and turning in paperwork, the big picture of my job is to make a difference.

    “You enter some companies and you may never cross paths with the CEO or President, but here they go out of their way to greet you and make sure you have everything at your site.”

    What do you love most about working with youth?

    I love working with the kids, interacting with all the different personalities and seeing them grow into scholars. What I love the most is being able to help them along the way. After struggling and working through something, the moment you see the lightbulb flash inside their head and finally grasp what they are being taught means the world to me.

    What do you love most about working at arc?

    What I love most about working at arc is the people. They make you feel like you belong, that you are apart of the arc family. You enter some companies and you may never cross paths with the CEO or the President, but here they go out of their way to greet you and make sure you have everything at your site.

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