Thankful for the AMF Service Challenge

Welcome back, Readers! Mya, here. Keeping with the theme of thankfulness this November, this week’s blog post is a thank you to our Service Challenge Project participants. Since the official start of the #AMFChallenge we have received a lot of submissions about ideas from some of our partner schools. I wanted to highlight the projects that Loveland High School, Anderson High School, and Community Christian Academy have in the works.

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Loveland:

The student leaders of Loveland High School will be doing a fundraiser around a girls’ basketball OHSAA Foundation Game on November 19th.  The money raised during the game and during school that week will go towards the purchase of Ninja Warrior Obstacles for William Howard Taft Elementary. Loveland chose this particular school because they wanted to work with an elementary school that was outside of the district and connect with students at an inner-city school. These students will engage with their community to fundraise and then will interact and create a mentorship/giveback day with Taft Elementary. On this day, they will present the students of William Howard Taft Elementary their new Physical Education Ninja Warrior items. Great idea, Loveland!

Community Christian Academy:

The newly created Service Leadership Team at Community Christian Academy has been very active in their community over the past two months. With the holiday season right around the corner, I decided to highlight a few of their upcoming projects surrounding the holidays. Recently, CCA had a fundraiser to help provide food baskets and gift cards they collected to a local family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They also started a Thanksgiving food drive where all the donations will go to a local food outreach program in Kenton County. CCA students even partnered with the USO to send Christmas cards and letters to service members overseas for the Holidays. They will also be sending a banner created by the school to hang for the troops to see daily with words of encouragement and support. What a fantastic way to make an impact over the holiday season, CCA!

Anderson High School:

Last month Anderson High School sent 15 of their 150 Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) members to Nagel middle school through their newly created “Blueprint You” mentorship program. Through the Prevention First Program, students stayed after school for 3 extra hours to complete their certification/training to present to 7th grade health classes on the harmful effects of vaping. They also asked the middle school students to write (on a notecard) who they were, who they wanted to be, and what choices they were making to get there. This month, they’ll be sending 4 more SALT students down to the middle school, to participate on a panel for the Nagel 8th grade students, on “How to Survive High School.” Next semester, they plan to train 15 more SALT students to present in the health and wellness classes as well. We love the creativity, Anderson!

From the bottom of our hearts, everyone at the Foundation is so thankful for all the hard work and dedication these student leaders have put into the AMF Service Challenge. We can’t wait to see how some of our other partner schools will make an impact in their communities as well.

Don’t forget to keep us updated on your AMF Service Challenge Projects by using #AMFChallenge. And don’t forget to stop by next week to read all about how thankful we are for our scholarship program students!

Until next time,

Mya

 

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Special thanks to First Watch, our sponsor of AMF Service Challenge Projects. We cannot thank you enough for all you do, and your continued support of our student leaders!

A Thank You to our Volunteers

Hey readers! Mya, here. Now that it’s officially November, we’re feeling especially grateful for the many people that help to make AMF what it is. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing blogs about how thankful we are for them and everything they do.

This week’s post is a thank you to our volunteers! Our amazing team of volunteers consists of corporate partners, scholarship recipients, and even previous interns.

One of our favorite volunteer stories is about the Thatchers. Bill and Vickie started volunteering at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation around 2006. Their passion for volunteering was shown through their years of involvement with the Hall of Fame Experience and our Youth Leadership Seminar. After their passing, Bill and Vickie’s son Brandt wanted to continue his parents’ legacy by volunteering for events at the Foundation. He even brings his son Wesley to volunteer at our events, too! Bill and Vickie’s other son, Pat is also very involved with the Foundation. Pat has attended our Youth Leadership Seminar with Anderson High School and helped organize many AMF Service Challenge Projects. We’re so thankful for the Thatcher family and the impact they have made over the years.

Another amazing volunteer example is with our partners at Cincinnati Bell. For 19 years, they’ve not only sponsored some of our events, but volunteered at them as well. Bringing more than 120 volunteers, Cincinnati Bell attended the Hall of Fame Golf Classic and volunteered at our Youth Leadership Seminar for about 2 years. They even hosted a tour of their company for our Whiz Kids program. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done over the last 19 years!

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It is not said enough the difference that our volunteers make in the lives of our AMF Impact Program Students. Interested in being a part of the impact? Follow the link here to become an AMF Volunteer or email Cristen at cjohnson@munozfoundation.org.

Tune in next week for an update on the AMF Service Challenge Projects by Loveland and Community Christian Academy!

Until next time,

Mya

The Road to Success: NKU Scholarship Opportunity

Welcome, readers! Mya, here. We have some very exciting news here at the foundation that we want you all to know about. Thanks to our new partnership with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), select Anthony Muñoz Foundation Impact Program students will be chosen to receive a scholarship from $500 to $20,000 to NKU. We couldn’t be more thrilled to aid our student leaders in achieving their goals through this opportunity.

The First Steps:

Step 1: To be considered for this scholarship, you must apply to NKU before November 29, 2019.

  • You’ll also need to provide proof of this application by sending us the NKU confirmation email you’ll receive.
  • Good News! If you apply to NKU before the deadline, your $40 application fee will be waived!

Step 2: Complete your FAFSA for the following school year.

Step 3: Complete the AMF scholarship application.

Step 4: Submit your application to the Anthony Munoz Foundation via:

  • Fax: (513) 772-4911
  • Scan and Email: cwillis@munozfoundation.org
  • Mail*: Anthony Muñoz Foundation

8919 Rossash Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Attn: Caleigh Willis

*If you submit your application on the day of the deadline it must be postmarked for November 29, 2019 by 11:59pm

Step 5: Wondering if you are eligible to receive this scholarship or have any questions? Email impact@munozfoundation.org for more information.

Another thing to keep in mind when applying for this scholarship is that once you apply, you are automatically eligible for other scholarship opportunities through the Foundation. We want to see you succeed and are more than happy to give as you many tools as we can to help you achieve this.

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Hayley Schrichten was one of our Scholarship Fund recipients, where she received a $20,000 scholarship from AMF, along with an additional $2,000 from NKU during last year’s Hall of Fame Dinner. Growing up, Hayley’s family “lived with different family members and several homeless shelters,” due to her parent’s addiction. In fourth grade alone she had “23 different addresses and had been enrolled into 9 different schools in just one year”. Luckily for her, a 19-year-old family friend, Stefanie fought to gain custody of her and her siblings and eventually won in 2010. Despite all odds, she graduated high school, unlike either of her parents, and even earned her STNA license.

Hayley says, “I grew up faster than most kids, but I will forever be an independent woman and achieve my goals. I use to wonder why God would let me go through so much. But my situation has showed me my purpose and I hope to one day give my children the childhood I never had and make a difference in the lives of children in similar situations as mine.”

Hayley’s story was such an inspiration to us, and we want to help students just like her succeed, despite all the barriers they’ve had to overcome.

As always, thank you for staying updated on all things AMF! As the holidays are around the corner, all of us here at the Foundation would like to take a step back and reflect on the things we’re truly grateful for. Visit us in the next couple weeks to hear all about the things we’re thankful for.

See you soon,

Mya

AMF Service Challenge Tips: Make Your Impact

Welcome, readers! Mya, here. Now that the Youth Leadership Seminar has officially come to a close, it’s now that time of year for students to start planning their Service Challenge Projects. Wondering how to get started? No need to worry, we’ve got some great tips on how to make your project the best it can be! But first…

What exactly is the AMF Service Challenge?

At Youth Leadership Seminar, each school is challenged to find a need in their community and address it through pledged Service Challenge Projects. This project urges students who attended the event to take the knowledge and skills they learned and apply them in their own community. The AMF Service Challenge runs from October 9, 2019 through April 1, 2020.

How to do a Service Challenge Project:

You can complete your project one of two ways:

  • Create a Project: Develop your own project aimed to solve, impact or change a need or issue in your community.
  • Join a Project: Join a pre-planned project in a partnership with Freestore Foodbank or Hoxworth Blood Centers. (Email cwillis@munozfoundation.org for more information and who to contact)

Our Tips for You

  • Help a cause that is important to you or that has made an impact on your life
  • Try to get other members of your community involved
  • No idea is too big…or too small! The focus of this project is to make an impact on your community in the best way you know how.
  • Use training resources provided by Square1
  • Apply the leadership skills you learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar to your project.

Still racking your brain for ideas? Check out how some of our students made an impact last year!

Examples of 2018 Service Challenge Projects:

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Aiken and Anderson high schools teamed up to raise funds to begin soccer and volleyball programs at the Aiken Largo School in Sierra Leone. Between the two schools, the fundraising goal of $1,500 was hit which funded both programs.

 

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Oyler students came together to assist families that were going through a hard time during the 2018 holiday season. Students raised $350 and purchased 225 craft kits to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati.

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Beavercreek students raised $2,000 benefiting Project Brite Star by selling over 900 tickets to their Hoops for Hope event, where they challenged their teachers to a game of basketball.

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read all about the AMF Service Challenge! We hope these tips were helpful to you as you begin the process of your projects. Follow along with #AMFChallenge for updates on what other students are doing for their Service Challenge Projects.

Tune in next week to learn all about our Scholarship Fund opportunity in partnership with Northern Kentucky University.

See you soon,

Mya

Final Thoughts on #BlueprintCincy

Welcome back, Readers! Mya, here.

Another year, another Youth Leadership Seminar in the books. I want to first take a moment to thank everyone who attended #BlueprintCincy on October 9th. I hope you had as much fun as the AMF team did! For those of you who couldn’t attend, here’s a quick recap for you:

With over 1,000 students in attendance from more than 70 schools, YLS was a day of coming together to create a blueprint for success! We had the privilege of having Nick Jackson of Speaklove as our emcee and heard from inspiring speakers including Damian Hoskins of Artswave, Jim Buss of Northern Kentucky University, Daniel Katz of NoCow, and Dr. Chris Tuell of Lindner Center of HOPE. Students also participated in breakout sessions where they discussed ideas for their AMF Service Challenge Projects and interacted with students from different schools. And who can forget KDrama’s performance?! He had us on our feet and singing along in between speakers. All in all, YLS was an incredible experience.

But don’t just take it from us…See what some of our student leaders had to say about the event!

Check out what our speakers had to say about this experience:

 

From speakers to breakout sessions to the biggest dance party YLS has ever seen, every student walked away with a new perspective, a will to lead, and inspiration and hope for the future, which is what Youth Leadership Seminar is all about.  We hope to see you and your classmates at the 2020 Youth Leadership Seminar!

Tune in next week for some AMF Service Challenge tips on how to make your project the best it can be.

Until next time,

Mya

YLS: One Week Out!

Hey guys, Mya here! With Youth Leadership Seminar right around the corner, I wanted to share a little about what students will be a part of at our biggest event of the year!

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This year’s theme is Blueprint. Our goal is for each student to leave with the steps to create their own unique ‘Blueprint’ for success. At the Seminar students will:

  • identify positive leadership traits in order to build a foundation for success
  • discuss overcoming barriers they may face as they plan for the future
  • hear from speakers including Damian Hoskins of Artswave, Dr. Chris Tuell of Lindner Center of HOPE, James Buss of Northern Kentucky University, and Daniel Katz of No Cow. They’ll be discussing a range of relatable adversities and topics to empower and encourage students to become their best selves.
  • participate in breakout sessions that will give them the platform to self-reflect, discuss meaningful issues, and put into place after-event action plans.

Since the event started in 2002, we have reached over 15,000 Tri-State students. This year there are over 1,000 students and over 80 schools attending, with almost half of the registered schools having attended at least 10 years! We are so excited to see what empowering advice our students walk away with at Blueprint Cincy.

Check out the list of the registered schools for the 2019 Youth Leadership Seminar!

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To get a sense of how much fun Youth Leadership Seminar really is, here is a recap of our 2018 event!

Thanks for checking in to learn a little more about Youth Leadership Seminar! Looking to empower local Tri-State students? Sign up to be a volunteer on October 9th here: http://bit.ly/2nF0q4X

Make sure to follow #BlueprintCincy on October 9th to see live posts from the event!

See you soon,

Mya

Meet Our Speakers

Attention readers! Mya, here with some very exciting news. Here’s the first look at some of our 2019 Youth Leadership Seminar speakers. We can’t wait for our students to hear from these incredible leaders.

Up first…

Damian Hoskins

YLS SPEAKERS (2)Damian is the Vice President for Arts Impact for ArtsWave, the Cincinnati region’s planner, promoter and fundraiser for the arts. Working closely with business, civic and arts stakeholders, he helps ArtsWave advance its 10-year Blueprint for Collective Action. As a Cincinnati native, Damian strives to give back to his community by working closely with partners such as Strive Partnership and the Hamilton County Community Action Agency to achieve sustainable outcomes for the city. Most recently he served as the Director of Community Programming for Mercy Health. We’re super excited to hear from such an inspiring leader! If you’re interested in finding out more about Damian, you can follow him on Twitter @DamianHoskins.

Our next speaker is…

Chris Tuell

YLS SPEAKERS (3)As Clinical Director of Addiction Services at the Lindner Center of HOPE, Dr. Tuell provides mental health and addiction psychotherapy services for residential and outpatient programs. With over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health and addictions, he is a clinical psychotherapist and a chemical and behavioral addiction specialist. Before joining Linder Center of HOPE, Dr. Tuell provided supervision of all administrative and clinical components of a mental health/substance abuse counseling center at Family Service of the Cincinnati Area. He also served as Clinical Director of the Warren County Juvenile Justice Center and as a psychotherapist for Community Mental Health Centers of Warren County in Lebanon, Ohio and Mental Health Services West in Cincinnati, Ohio. We’re looking forward to hearing his words of wisdom on October 9th.

Also on our lineup…

James Buss

YLS SPEAKERSDr. James Buss is the Dean of the Honors College at Northern Kentucky University. He serves on the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)’s Assessment and Evaluations Committee, as well as their Advocacy Committee. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors for NCHC. He is also the author of “Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes” (2011) and co-editor of “Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America” (November 2014). Dr. Buss continues to work toward the advancement of scholarship on Native American and indigenous issues and has even appeared on NPR, C-Span 2’s “Book TV” and Zócolo Public Square to speak about his work. We can’t wait to hear from such an empowering leader!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of who students will hear from at this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar! Tune in next week to meet more of our speakers.

Let the countdown begin. T-Minus 17 days until Blueprint Cincy!

Until we meet again,

Mya