AMPLIFY Corner 2018-10-16T20:57:04+00:00
307, 2020

Drive Thru Showcase 2020

July 3rd, 2020|Categories: AMPLIFY|

Drive Thru Showcase 2020 Like many community events at this time, the annual AMPLIFY Youth Showcase was challenged to pivot and transform. In an effort to celebrate in the safest way possible, we hosted our first ever Drive Thru Showcase in the Story Road parking lot on June 20th, 2020. AMPLIFY staff prepped for weeks, gathering old artwork, program certificates, community resources to share, and snacks (of course) [...]

3010, 2019

Scary Stories: Best Campsite Ever

October 30th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

Best Campsite Ever By Courtney Nguyen A family of 4 and their dog go camping on Friday the 13th at a campsite called Best Campsite Ever! When they arrive, there is blood on the welcome sign. Everyone in the family gasps. “Probably just a decoration…” Lily, the sister in the family, says calmly. Everyone nods in agreement. As they walk to their cabin, Sparky, their dog, runs off [...]

3010, 2019

Scary Stories: The Misadventures of the Tree Buddies

October 30th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

The Misadventures of the Tree Buddies By Kayla Doan There was once two friends who lived in the hollow world inside a tree. Bubby the snowman can make armor out of pumpkins! String the spider is very messy but often surprisingly makes creations out of his messiness. Bubby find a soda can and asks String to help him carry home a soda can so he can craft it [...]

3010, 2019

Scary Stories: The Legend of the Chibi Spider

October 30th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

The Legend of the Chibi Spider By Hillary Trangia It was a stormy Halloween night and the new moon had risen to its highest point. A nice looking manshion stands on a cliff, waiting to be seen. A stone path was echted on the earth, shining. Wait a minute, how could it shine when there is no moon? I guess I’ve to figure that out later. Huh? I [...]

3010, 2019

Scary Stories: Elmo’s World

October 30th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

Elmo's World By Brendon Doan A girl named Boy using the restroom, but they ran out of toilet paper. She walks to the sink cabinet and opens the cabinet door. She screams. What she found was Elmo singing volume 1000 Elmo’s World and a Despacito spider screeching Baby from Justin Bieber. She rushes out and looks out the window, and sees a green moon. She takes a soda [...]

2910, 2019

Scary Stories: The Witch’s Secret

October 29th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

The Witch's Secret By Myolie Nguyen When Mona’s parents died in that car crash, Mona was forced to move out of the country to her Aunt Candace’s century-old mansion in Montgomery Street. She had heard legends about that place, that it was haunted. She thought that was all nonsense. “Ready to go?” asked Kevin the cab driver. “Yeah,” she replied. It was a quiet ride, but she finally [...]

2810, 2019

Scary Stories: Jolly’s Carnival

October 28th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

Jolly's Carnival By Gia Nguyen This story starts with a girl, writing a spooky story. About a girl, heading to a carnival named “Jolly’s Carnival.” She went there, seeing pumpkins all over the place. Weird, huh? She played games as normal and had fun. The full moon was up, glowing, shimmering like it’s meaning something bad. Finally, it was time for the circus. While she was heading there, [...]

2507, 2019

A MARVELous Life

July 25th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

A MARVELous Life By Julia Baraona The definition of the word hero is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. When we think of heroes, we will obviously first think of superheros, such as the Avengers. Other heroes that come to mind are police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and mothers. The difference between the two is that the Avengers are fictional, [...]

1106, 2019


June 11th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

Self-Love By Anh Truong Hello! So… how many times did you make people happy today? Smile? Or even laugh? How many times have you told people “Whoa! You’re so beautiful!” or “Wow you look really nice today!” How many times have you said “Hey… so I just kinda love you! :)” Many times huh? Alright now let me ask you. How many times have you felt the same [...]

1202, 2019


February 12th, 2019|Categories: AMPLIFY, Youth Authors|

Chance By Thai Trinh Q Why do I feel my heart beating so fast When your beautiful eyes stare back at mine A girl like you could never be put last For you are a star that will always shine You’re a work of art from the finest craft You’re more breathtaking than the best sunset Your joyful humor fills me up with laughs You’re the one thing [...]

904, 2018

BOOF Screening 2017 Recap

April 9th, 2018|Categories: AMPLIFY|

After months of brainstorming, filming, and editing, the youth from our Betting on our Future (BOOF) campaign premiered their media projects at the annual Film Screening! The screening was held on May 20th, 2017 at the Shirakawa Community Center in San Jose. During the event, the “BOOFies” shared their graphics campaign, community survey data, and other gambling information. Friends, family, and community members were invited to learn about BOOF [...]

904, 2018

Spotlight Festival 2017

April 9th, 2018|Categories: AMPLIFY|

Every year, the California Friday Night Live Partnership and the California Office of Problem Gambling host the Spotlight Festival in Anaheim, California. The Spotlight Festival is a space where youth all across California who participated in Betting on our Future (BOOF) project come together to celebrate their work and learn more about problem gambling and leadership. AACI BOOF has been participating [...]

604, 2018

Heart into Art Recap

April 6th, 2018|Categories: AMPLIFY|

On April 8, 2017 AMPLIFY held its first ever Saturday workshop: Heart into Art. Through short art workshops, Heart into Art participants grew confidence, built community, and gained insight in creative fields. Local guest artists included Richard Tran from Ariel Dance Productions, local songwriter Brian Dublin, award-winning director John Raposas, actors Vincent Sanchez and Erin Woo, and Cathleen Joaquin from KollaborationSF. Each guest led a hands-on art workshop, from [...]

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