Lakota East Gives Back

Students of Lakota East and Lakota West High Schools have taken on the initiative to kick-off their Service Challenge by uniting the two rival schools to collect toy donations through the Toys for Tots organization. To get a better understanding of this project, we talked to student leader, Grace Silverberg.

Grace and another student of Lakota East High School, Mark Krajewski came up with the idea of collecting toy donations, along with a few students from rival, Lakota West High School at the 2018 Youth Leadership Seminar in October. This was the first year Lakota East High School students could attend.

Grace shared that her counter-part Mark, showed a strong desire to collect toy donations on behalf of the Toys for Tots campaign. Mark’s wish to collect donations grew as he knew he could use resources throughout the community to do something that would benefit children this holiday season.

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Grace and Mark rallied within their school along with members of the Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT) to take make sure this project is a success. As a part of SALT, 40 student-athletes meet every two weeks to discuss ways to become better leaders for their teams as well as outside of sports.

On December 14th, 2018, Lakota East boys’ basketball team will be playing rival, Lakota West. Grace and Mark, along with their SALT team are asking that spectators of the game to bring a toy donation of at least $10 to donate to the Toys for Tots campaign. T-shirts will also be sold during the game to donate all proceeds to the Warren County Toys for Tots organization. To connect students of all ages through the “WE are Lakota” motto, students of Lakota East and West’s elementary and junior high schools are encouraged to bring in toy donations as well during school hours.

Lakota East and Lakota West would love to be able to fill a truck with toys to donate, but have a goal of at least 100 donations total. Grace’s expectation is that “… with the spirit of giving this holiday season, our Lakota community will give back to the children.”

To stay up to date with this Service Challenge and many more great projects, follow hashtag #AMFChallenge!

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It’s Officially Service Challenge Project Season!

It is now officially AMF Service Challenge season! Students across the Tri-State area are using their motivation and inspiration from #EmpoweredCincy18 to impact their community one project at a time. Here’s a look at our first Service Challenge Projects of the season:

Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy

Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy (CCPA) hosted a “Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.” This united the students of CCPA to raise money and participate in a walk from their school to the Cincinnati Museum Center. Students decorated signs to carry on their walk honoring all that have been affected by Breast Cancer. This event was especially important to the students of CCPA because two teachers, Ms. Debra Sellers and Ms. Ann Brinkley are both Breast Cancer Survivors. Students and staff of CCPA were encouraged to wear pink and rally together to bring awareness to those who have been affected by Breast Cancer. All money that was raised was donated to the American Cancer Society. Great job, CCPA!

Milford High School

Students of Milford High School have also started their Service Challenge project by partnering with “Wrapping Clermont Together” for this holiday season. Their goal is collect 75 baskets filled with health and beauty aids. They will be collecting donations up until December 4th, 2018 when they will be hosting a breakfast for community members to showcase their collections. At that time, they will also present the donations to the representatives from “Wrapping Clermont Together”, along with a check to The Mary Miller Foundation. We are excited to see the outcome!

Lakota East High School

Lakota East High School has also jump started their Service Challenge project by pairing with rival school, Lakota West. On December 14th, 2018 they will be hosting a toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. This will take place during their boys’ varsity basketball game against Lakota West. They are encouraging fans to bring a toy of at least $10 value to donate to the cause. Can’t wait to see the impact this has this holiday season!

AMF Service Challenge is taking place now through Spring 2019! Did you attend #EmpoweredCincy18 and have a #AMFChallenge idea? Submit your project details and idea here!

To stay up to date with our AMF Service Challenge, follow hashtag #AMFChallenge on Twitter and Facebook!

 

YLS 2018 – Photo Recap

On Oct. 17, we welcomed over 1,000 high school students (from 80+ schools) to our 2018 Youth Leadership Seminar.

Our theme was all about being EMPOWERED. Students heard from six local speakers and participated in activities that focused on understanding themselves as leaders and how to then apply what they learned at the event in their schools and community.

Rather than just tell you everything that we did, we wanted to show you what our students experienced!

 

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Anthony speaking to students.

Our six local speakers shared their stories and wisdom with our students, each with their own lessons on what it means to be EMPOWERED.

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Students worked with students from other schools in the breakout sessions to brainstorm ideas and share similarities and differences in their communities. This is when they were introduced to the AMF Service Challenge. In the challenge, schools are asked to develop project ideas that address needs in a community, whether local or international.

Some schools at the event already have potential ideas for their school projects.

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We will keep you updated as schools progress through the service challenge projects they decide to take on.

You can check out more photos from the event and learn more about what students took away from the event checking out the hashtag #EmpoweredCincy18 on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thanks for checking in this week, we are already planning for next year’s YLS, we’re that excited about it!

 

Cheers,

 

Maddie

Events Intern

 

YLS 2018 – Speaker Spotlight

We just can’t keep it to ourselves anymore – we love our speakers for this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar! We have an amazing and diverse lineup and their messages are sure to empower us all.

RIA DAVIDSON

Ria DavidsonRia is the co-founder of the Dragonfly Foundation, a local organization that helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find “strength, courage and joy by providing emotional, relational and practical support”. Ria founded Dragonfly after serving as a caregiver during her mother-in-law’s battle with cancer and serving as a family support when her co-founder’s son became sick as well. Ria has over 25 years’ experience in public relations, communications management and consulting, which has helped with the growth of Dragonfly.

NICK JACKSON

Nick Jackson Bio PicNick is the founder of Nick Jackson Speaks and Speakers of Love. He is a motivational speaker who has enlightened, entertained and championed the lives of over 755,000 high school and collegiate students to date. His motivational speeches are founded in the principles of loving thy neighbor and serving one’s community. He is the only keynote speaker to have presented for eight consecutive years at the Anthony Muñoz Youth Leadership Seminar.

MICHAEL LAROSA

Mike LaRosaMichael is the oldest son of company founder, Buddy LaRosa. As current CEO of LaRosa’s Pizzeria, he has been instrumental in developing the service culture within the organization, with a focus on leadership development. Before rising to the executive level, Michael was trained in all aspects of the family business, gaining a throughout understanding of the company.

 

TYRA PATTERSON

Tyra PattersonTyra is currently the Community Outreach Strategy Specialist for the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). Before joining OIP, Tyra spent 23 years in prison for murder and robbery, which were crimes she did not commit. She used her time in prison to educate herself by earning her GED, a steam engineer’s license, becoming a certified tutor and completed a paralegal training program. She now advocates on behalf of OIP and works to educate children about the importance of staying in school (she was a 6th grade drop-out) and avoiding drug use.

 

JOSHUA REID

Joshua Reid HeadshotJoshua is a Digital and Social Media Marketing trainer, social media strategist for commercial brands and a national spokesman for General Nutrition Center (GNC). HE is the president and CEO of Drivenoptics, a full-service Digital and Social Media Marketing Agency in Cincinnati. He has worked with organizations such as Harley Davidson and the Mercedes Benz Club of America and taught courses in online marketing for companies.

LAUREN WORLEY

Lauren WorleyLauren is currently the Chief Communications and Engagement Officer for Cincinnati Public Schools, the best performing urban school district in Ohio. Prior to working in Cincinnati, Lauren worked for NASA (yes, NASA), as Press Secretary and Senior Adviser. She also has worked for the ONE campaign, a global organization focused on eliminating extreme poverty and preventable disease. She is a fearless communicator and tireless champion for positive change.

 

With a lineup like this, how can the event be anything but inspiring? We can’t wait to hear each speaker’s unique story and their messages to students.

You can learn more about our Youth Leadership Seminar and see what’s coming next by checking out the hashtag #EmpoweredCincy18 on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thanks for checking in this week, we can’t wait to hear from our students about what their favorite part of YLS was! Tune in next week to hear our recap.

 

Cheers,

 

Maddie

Events Intern

YLS 2018 – We’re Ready for You!

It’s finally here! YLS is a week away and we are busy preparing for it here at the Foundation. It’s our biggest event in the fall, and we can’t wait to see all our students back in a few weeks!

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Students excited about the event in 2016.

This fall, our theme is all about being “EMPOWERED”.  We hope students can walk away learning:

 

  • How little actions can make a big impact.

  • How students can empower themselves.

  • How our speakers (local Cincinnatians) overcame their individual struggles and learned how to become a leader and then empower others.

  • Different ways, both big and small, to make an impact in the community through the AMF Service Challenge.

  • How you can empower others to do their best and succeed.

  • About other school communities in the area, and their unique stories and similarities and differences to your school.

 

Since our first Seminar in 2002, we have impacted over 14,000 Tri-State area students from more than 100 local schools. We can’t wait to see what messages our students walk away from after listening to our speakers this year.

Check out this recap here from our Seminar in 2016 to understand what all the excitement is about. Interested in participating in this year’s YLS? Sign up to be a volunteer here!

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2016 Recap Video

Thanks for tuning in this week, we are counting down the days to our Youth Leadership Seminar and are very excited. Tune in next week to read more about our YLS speakers and Emcee, Jamir Howerton.

Cheers,

 

Maddie

Events Intern

The Whiz Kids are Back!

Gee-whiz, these kids are great! Today, I’m going to talk to you about one of our favorite programs here at AMF – Whiz Kids.

Whiz Kids is a program that was started by City Gospel Mission, to provide at-risk students in the area with tutoring and mentoring sessions at local Cincinnati schools. The Foundation has partnered with the City Gospel Mission for over 9 years (since 2009) as a site host at Roberts Paideia Academy, in the Price Hill Neighborhood.

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Devon Cook, an AMF scholarship winner, works with a young student on reading comprehension.

Every school year, 20 students are paired with AMF volunteer tutors, with the students ranging from kindergartners to 6th grade students. Each pair (tutor and student), meet every Wednesday afternoon. They work on developing basic reading skills and comprehension and learning good faith and character components. At the end of the tutoring session, the Whiz Kids then participate in a group activity. In the past, this has been focused on a theme, such as decorating cookies for Christmas.

For our students who aged out of Whiz Kids, we started Unplugged, a group focused on older students (typically 7th – 8th grade girls). Aligning with Cincinnati Public School initiatives, AMF works with these students weekly on social and emotional learning activities, high school preparation, career exploration and academic assistance. For example, some of our Unplugged students visited the University of Cincinnati, to explore a college campus.

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Some of our Unplugged students visiting UC in 2016.

Ready to sign up to tutor? We’re ready for you, all you have to do is follow the link here to sign up. Note, tutors must be at least age 16 and will receive all training necessary by the Foundation and City Gospel Mission.

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Detria, a former AMF intern, working with a Whiz Kid on the first day in 2017.

Thanks for checking in this week, we can’t wait to hear more about what our Whiz Kids are doing as the year progresses. Tune in next week for a blog talking about our speakers for our Youth Leadership Seminar in October!

Cheers,

Maddie
Events Intern

Topgolf Tailgate: 2018 Impact

Grateful and blessed. That’s how we’re feeling recently, after our second annual Topgolf Tailgate event this fall. Thanks to our partners, sponsors and guests who attended this event, we were able to raise over $44,000 dollars to help make an ‘Impact for Eternity’ in the lives of tri-state area youth! All of the money we raised goes back to helping with our 8 impact programs, including:

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We especially want to thank our event sponsor, Integrity Express Logistics, for helping make this event happen.

The night began with a few of the Bengals greats talking on the ESPN Live 1530 broadcast to Mo Egger about this upcoming football season and past memories from their playing days.

We had raffle and contest opportunities. Event attendees had the change to bid on our fantastic prizes and/or enter to play in the ‘Outscore-A-Bengal’ contest. For the contest, attendees would have a chance to shoot a golf shot against one of three Bengals players: Jim Breech, David Fulcher or Anthony himself. Throughout the night, golfers had the chance to play Topgolf and Top Scramble games.

Congrats to our first place best male and female winners, and the overall best TopScramble team.

 

However, the fun doesn’t stop there. You can continue to help the Foundation all year long, here’s how!

Shop: AMF is a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program. Enroll your Kroger Plus card and Kroger will donate a percentage of what you spend to the Foundation. Click here to enroll your card. Search by our name: “ACE FOUNDATION” or our account number: XN323 and add us to your account. Then, all you have to do is your grocery shopping, and you’re making an impact!

Volunteer: Our volunteers are an essential part of what we do. We’re currently looking for volunteers for our annual Youth Leadership Seminar on Wednesday, October 17th. Join us to empower more than 1,000 Tri-State high schoolers to reach their leadership potential. Click here to volunteer for our Youth Leadership Seminar.

Donate: We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of our sponsors, partners, donors and YOU. Click here to make your impact.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our Topgolf Tailgate event and its impact. We hope to see you at next year’s tailgate! Tune in next week to learn more about our Whiz Kids program.
Cheers,

Maddie
Events Intern