Bethel High School Week of Service

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Bethel High School students attended our Youth Leadership Seminar this past fall. The Youth Leadership Seminar was created for students to attend and later create ideas to impact their community which is what the Anthony Munoz Service Challenge is. To learn more about previous Service Challenges you can click here.

Bethel High School took what they learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar and applied it to their own community. These students created the plan of a Week of Service. There were 20 students who were involved with all of the planning for this week.  Their Week of Service included 17 non-profit agencies in the Bethel, Troy, Tipp City and Dayton areas!

The students of Bethel High broke down their service each day:

Monday: Bethel brought in a speaker, Sarah Whitestone, who spoke about how prejudice, bigotry, and hate can impact communities. Her speech “The Wall” is an interactive talk geared towards ending bullying.

Tuesday: There was a Community Service Fair where 7 non-profit agencies set up booths for students to ask questions and learn more about how to volunteer.

Wednesday: Bethel brought a bloodmobile and 33 students gave blood.

Thursday: Students prepared for their big day of service.

Friday: The long awaited Service Day. Over 300 students volunteered at 17  locations with 25 different projects. These students volunteered over 1200 hours in one day!

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Principal Craig Vasil said,

“ I personally enjoyed watching the student leaders take ownership with the project, and the student body embracing the opportunity to open themselves up to a new experience and being vulnerable to that experience.”

He hopes to continue this Day of Service to make it an annual event for Bethel High School.  Congratulations and a fantastic job to all of the students at Bethel High School!

Make sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages using #AMFChallenge for more updates about who will be the winner of our Service Challenge Project!

Sophie Huston, Impact Intern

2015 Scholarship Fund Spotlight: Wyatt Ross

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This week, we had the opportunity to catch up with Wyatt Ross, a 2015 Scholarship Fund winner who graduated from Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio. Wyatt is a first year student at the University of Cincinnati, and is excited to share his experiences in college thus far and give insight about how Scholarship Fund winners stay active both in their college communities as well as the Cincinnati community. Keep an eye out for Wyatt at this year’s Opening Day parade on the AMF float!

What is your college and major at the University of Cincinnati?

I am in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and my major is Architectural Engineering.

What kind of student organizations or activities are you involved in at UC or in the Cincinnati community?

I am a Young Life leader at Finneytown High School now with Cincinnati Young Life. I’m involved with UC Hall Government and am a floor president. I participate in the UC Mountaineering Club, UC Sustainability, and I’ve participated in several volunteer events this semester like Clean Up Cincy, Bearcat Recycling, Community Blood Drives, and a few others. I occasionally go to my college tribunal meetings, but I don’t know if I’d say I’m very involved with that.

What has been the most difficult aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

The most difficult part about transitioning from high school to college has been the work load. I think I’ve always had fairly good time management skills, and in high school I was able to plan ahead in ways that allowed me to do almost everything I wanted to do. That is not the case in college. The work load from school, trying to work, and being involved with the organizations I’m involved with in college is much more taxing than all those things are in high school. I find I have to make more sacrifices than I did in high school in order to do the things on the top of my priority list well.

What has been the most fun or exciting aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

Definitely the large communities I find myself a part of. It’s been a very rich year for making friends and getting to know a lot of people from different walks of life. That’s something I enjoy and that has definitely been the most exciting and fun part thus far.

What career options are you considering with your degree?

I made a switch this year from Biomedical Engineering to Architectural Engineering. I mainly did this because I’ve discovered I have a deep passion for our planet and the environment. I want to use my Architectural Engineering degree to pursue a career in sustainable development, creating sustainable homes and commercial buildings that don’t harm the environment. Eventually I’d like to have my own company doing these things.

How has the AMF Scholarship Fund assisted you, or how do you see it assisting you, financially throughout college?

The AMF Scholarship Fund has definitely brought peace of mind when I’m planning out my financial future. The scholarship has allowed me to think less about how I’m going to pay for school and focus more on my schooling itself. It’s been a huge relief and blessing.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for students entering college next fall?

For students entering next fall, I would just say to work hard. Get involved, try new things, but never lose sight of your goals, and make sure you’re making the most of school.

Interested in applying for this year’s Scholarship Fund? Click here to download an application and review our eligibility requirements! Seven $20,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to senior students in the Tri-State area that are pursuing higher education!

 

Mallory Condron

Events Intern

2016 Straight “A” Finalists Have Been Selected!

It’s hard to believe that this year’s Straight “A” Luncheon is a little over a month away! With that being said, our committee has selected nine male and nine female finalists for this year’s Straight “A” Scholarship. These outstanding individuals demonstrate what it means to redefine the meaning of being a Straight “A” student. Each of our finalists have demonstrated Academic and Athletic excellence, a strong Ambition, played an Active role in the community, as well as a maintained a positive Attitude and showed the ability to overcome Adversity. Congratulations to our finalists!

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With over 300 high school students being nominated from 125 schools, this year’s nomination pool consisted of the highest number of nominees in the history of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s Straight “A” Scholarship. Each of the finalists above will receive $2,000 in scholarship money that will be used to continue their academic career. All eighteen finalists will be recognized and honored at the Straight “A” Luncheon on April 26th hosted by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. At this lunch, one male and one female finalists will be announced as the Overall Straight “A” Student and receive an additional $3,000.

In the weeks leading up to the Straight “A” Luncheon, we will be sharing a brief profile of each finalist as well as catch up with some past Straight “A” Scholarship winners. Stay up to date and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#SALuncheon) as we share some amazing stories about our finalists!

Anderson High School Rallies for a Cure

As the latest intern in charge of Service Challenges, I got my first hands-on experience with one recently at a local high school. The AMF Service Challenge urges high school students to take what they learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar and apply it to their community. You can check out more about past Service Challenges here.

I got to see first-hand exactly what an AMF Service Challenge Project looks like when I visited Anderson High School’s dodgeball tournament, Dodging DIPG. DIPG is a brain tumor found near the top of the spinal cord. Lauren Hill, a highly respected member of the Cincinnati community, lost her battle to DIPG on April 10, 2015. Over 250 district students from grades 5-12 rallied together  to play in the dodgeball tournament. The proceeds from Dodging DIPG raised over $2,200 for The Cure Starts Now in memory of Lauren Hill.

Anderson created a steering committee of 30 students from the Student Athlete Leadership Team who volunteered their time for the event and spread the word by going to elementary and middle schools while informing the students. I had the chance to talk to Ariel Edrington and Maggie Harris, who were a part of the steering committee, about what they were most excited for:

“We were most excited for the turnout, how many people attended the dodgeball tournament and how excited they all were to play dodgeball.”

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I also had a chance to speak with the Anderson High School Principal, Mike Overbey, about what he was most excited for:

“I was excited about bringing the whole community together. Elementary and middle schools were a part of it this year. It also brings light to the people who are struggling in our community.”

The students were already looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger! Congratulations and great job to Anderson High School. Check out the slide show of their event!

Make sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages and check out #AMFChallenge to keep up with videos and pictures from the schools a part of the AMF Challenge!

 

Sophie Huston, Impact Intern

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2016 Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Event is our biggest of the year. The Silent Auction happens on Sunday evening June 12, 2016. We refer to it as “Hall of Fame Week” because of the other events going on this week such as the Hall of Fame Dinner, Golf Outing, and Football Academy!

This year, I am the intern in charge of getting donations for the Silent Auction. It is my job to contact businesses inviting them to donate items to our silent auction such as airplane flights and getaways, stays at a hotel, restaurant packages, and Cincinnati packages. Sports memorabilia is also a popular auction item since our Hall of Fame Dinner invites guests who are a part of the sports world. We spend our time looking up fun things to do in Cincinnati, and even close cities like Indianapolis and Lexington. The sky is the limit for finding items for the Silent Auction.  All of the interns here have been brainstorming some really cool ideas and places that would be great at the Auction. If you would like to add to our collection of items please feel free to contact Sophie at impact@munozfoundation.org.

Every year the Hall of Fame Dinner has a theme and last year it was County Fair. The theme for the 2016 Dinner and Auction has not yet been released but we are so excited to tell you about it soon!

Seeing the Impact First-Hand

The Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s (AMF) mission is to impact the lives of Tri-State area youth mentally, physically, and spiritually and I have been fortunate enough to watch this happen first hand.  I started working at the Foundation last fall and I have the privilege of interning this spring as well.  I have been able to gain real world experience, but more importantly I have been able to see the impact AMF has on lives.

The Foundation runs a tutoring program called Whiz Kids that works with students to help enrich their reading abilities.  Seeing them grow in their reading capabilities was incredible to watch.  I was also fortunate enough to be a tutor for one of the students and working with her every week was always a highlight. To see her grin from ear to ear from understanding a word she had been struggling with was all I needed to want to come back each week.  Without the Foundation I would not have been a Whiz Kids tutor or known how much positive impact these students were receiving with AMF’s help.  To learn more about Whiz Kids and see how you can get involved check out last week’s blog post.

Not only is the Anthony Muñoz Foundation helping students through tutoring, but also with their Youth Leadership Seminar and different camps.  The Youth Leadership Seminar brings together local high school students to give them the tools they need to positively impact their communities.  I was able to see students come up with projects that would better their school, their peers, and their neighbors.  The Foundation realizes the importance of the youth and helps them understand the positive effect they can have on other people.  AMF is also able to use the game of football as a character building tool.  Not only are middle school boys able to learn football skills, but they also learn about the character traits that can help them succeed in life.  I had helped with events centered about sports, but the dedication to character that is rooted in every event the Foundation runs is something I had not seen before.

To be able to intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has been an incredible experience that I am glad is not over yet.  I know that the moments of seeing Tri-State youth smile from learning a new word, realize how much of an impact they can have, and implementing positive character traits in their own lives will stay with me long after I am done interning.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for the spring and be able to share with you the impact the Foundation will have on lives!

 

Kristin Shaffer
Football Programs Intern

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What’s up with Whiz Kids

AMF’s Whiz Kids tutoring program is back in full-swing after a slow, snow day start in January. We are working hard to craft an appropriately challenging curriculum for our students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Roberts Paideia Academy, as each student fine-tunes their reading and comprehension skills.

Whiz Kids is a program tailored towards at-risk students of Latin-American heritage. The program itself is directed by City Gospel Mission and serves over 1,300 students at 66 schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Each Wednesday afternoon, our students read a short book at their own personal level, complete guided learning activities or handouts with a personal tutor, and participate in a whole group activity.

This week’s group activity is themed around Valentine’s Day, as our students will be participating in a relay race, candy heart stacking contest, and a marshmallow toss, just to name a few. Other holiday-themed group days we are anticipating include St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Whiz Kids Graduation.

Interns at AMF keep record of each student’s progress and assure that they are reading a wide variety of books within their designated reading level. Tutors are very important to this process, as they spend time evaluating their assigned student’s progress each week. By leaving detailed notes about their assigned student’s progress, the tutors make our job at AMF much easier when we begin to assess each individual’s reading level, and whether or not they are prepared to read more difficult stories.

Tutoring through Whiz Kids is a great way to volunteer in the community by giving back to students and helping them reach educational goals outside of the regularly scheduled school day. At Roberts, we have tutors in high school, college, and even adult tutors that have full-time jobs!

Are you interested in becoming a Whiz Kids tutor at Roberts Paideia Academy? You can register on City Gospel Mission’s website (select Roberts specifically) and if accepted, you will receive confirmation via email.

 

Mallory Condron

Events Intern