AYAC – Youth Council rallies to raise awareness

Date Modified: Thu, 04/13/2017 - 8:22am

2016-17 Youth Council membersThe Anthem Youth Advisory Council (AYAC) is hosting a poster design competition to raise vandalism awareness in Anthem. The ACC spends thousands of dollars and countless man-hours to keep the community clean as a result of vandalism. This money, which comes directly from the families living in Anthem, could be used to improve the community, instead of repairing damages.

To participate, include or represent information from at least one of the following facts:

  • Anthem residents paid approximately $25,000 for vandalism cleanup in 2016.                                        
  • Replacing a single shade canopy in an Anthem park costs approximately $4,000.
  • Vandalism crimes are punishable by fines, restitution, probation and jail time for adults and minors.
  • On average, vandalism takes place in Anthem parks two to three times per week.
  • Spray painting, scratching mirrors or steel, lighting canopies on fire, driving through grass, and leaving fishing line on the ground are all forms of vandalism.  

Poster design:

Posters may be computer-generated or done by hand, such as drawing or painting; posters must be 8 ½ x 11 inches. Be creative; memes and hash tags are allowed. Any poster containing inappropriate images and language, including profanity, will be disqualified.

By submitting a poster design, the artist gives AYAC permission to print and use his or her artwork. The winning poster will be hung up at the Community Center and featured in the ACC Resource Guide. Prizes will also be awarded for first, second and third places.

Posters can be dropped off at the Civic Building welcome desk (3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, AZ 85086). Posters may also be submitted online. All posters are due by Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Late posters will not be accepted.

All entries must include full name, email address, phone, grade and school attending (must be a K-12 student), and parent/guardian consent.

Vandalism isn’t just graffiti; it’s everything from illegal dumping in 404 washes to driving on park grass (pictured above). While the issue is not unique to Anthem, it is important to be aware and take steps toward prevention. If you witness vandalism in progress, call 911. You should report damage to law enforcement, but also contact the ACC Parks and Facilities staff for cleanup in common areas. Vandalism is more than a task for Parks and Facilities staff to address – ultimately, it is a hard cost absorbed by community members.

“Vandalism is a major issue in Anthem. We want to help educate youth about it with this fun poster contest.” – Logan P. AYAC Co-Chair