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

January SA Cover

Straight “A” Nominations Update!

Hi everyone! This is Josh, the Straight “A” intern for Spring/Summer 2016! If you haven’t already, you should visit the Meet the Interns page to learn a little bit more about me and the rest of the interns at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation! To provide you with some background knowledge, our Straight “A” Scholarship aims to recognize students in our Impact Area who embody the six “A’s,” which are: pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, an Active role in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude, and the ability to overcome Adversity! The only requirements for this scholarship are that the nominee must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, must reside in our Impact Area, and to receive scholarship money they must be a high school senior.

With a little less than a month to go until the deadline to turn in Straight “A” Nominations (February 26th), we have had applications rolling in from all over our Impact Area! As of today, we have received 81 nominations, which is an increase from last year! I am amazed at how so many schools have been represented from all over our Impact Area, with dozens of schools sending in nominations for their deserving students!

I am looking forward to carrying this momentum forward as the deadline fast approaches! By the end of next month, I am hoping to have our highest nomination pool yet in the history of our Straight “A” Scholarship! Be sure to check back in for more updates!


Anticipating Lineman of the Year


My name is Sophie and I am the Impact Intern here at the Anthony Munoz Foundation. I wrote a little bit about myself in our other post, Meet The Interns. So check it out to learn more about me!

The event that I am currently working on is The Lineman of the Year Banquet and my first event ever here at the Foundation. I am super excited for it because it is one that I am mostly in charge of. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lineman of the Year,we recognize 16 of the top offensive and defensive lineman in the Tri-State region. From this group of winners, Anthony selects two student-athletes to be recognized as the overall Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year at the National Football Foundation Scholar- Athlete Banquet

I am most looking forward to meeting all of the players and their nominators since I have been in contact with all of them! Stay tuned for the Press Release that was announced with all of the finalists and the winners!

AMF Service Challenge Tour Begins!


Anthony Muñoz Foundation (AMF) will be starting off our AMF Service Challenge Tour this week at Hillsboro Christian Academy and Turpin High School. We will be going to their schools to see how their service challenge projects are coming along. If you haven’t heard of our AMF Service Challenge Project check out last week’s post here!


Turpin High School’s project, “Fun with 911”, gives back to their community’s first responders. On November 24th students will be holding a basketball game, students vs. police and firemen. They invited students from Mercer Elementary to cheer them on, as well as Chick- fil-A cows to get the crowd fired up! The $2 admission fee will be donated to the police and fire stations, as well as having prizes and gift cards to be raffled.

Last year they raised $4000 from the event,  which was donated to the fire and police stations. They expect and even better turn out this year, and we can’t wait to be a part of it!


Hillsboro Christian Academy is planning a luncheon to introduce their project, peer mentoring. At this event elementary and middle school students will come to the high school to be introduced to the high school students who will be their mentors. Hillsboro Christian Academy high school students will be giving a presentation about their new peer mentoring program. They will be serving lunch, and getting to know each other. Later in the year they will be paired with the elementary students to start mentoring them!

Both schools we are visiting have great projects, that we can’t wait to be a part of and see how they turn out!

Make sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages and check out #AMFChallenge to kee up with videos and pictures from our tour stops!

Samantha Fields

Impact Intern



2015 AMF Challenge

The Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) was a huge success where Tri-State area students learned how to break trends, start trends, and be leaders.  To relive the event check out our recap video:

At the Seminar, we challenged students to take what they learned that day, combine it with a need in their community and come up with a project for our AMF Service Challenge. Student’s projects range from mentor programs and charity walks to mental health awareness events. Check out all of the projects submitted to the Challenge and see if they’ll be impacting a community near you!

AMF Project

This year to help the students with their projects we are introducing The Assembly. The Assembly is compiled of Cincinnati leaders who will assist schools with fundraising, marketing, media, and project development.  To see which leaders are involved and  see what impact it will make check back here next week.

Kristin Shaffer
Experience Intern

Thinking About Service Projects

Our Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) is just around the corner and it is not too late to start thinking about service project ideas for your school!  If you recall in our blog two weeks ago, we discussed all the features of YLS, one being the Break-Out Sessions.  As a refresher, during the break-out sessions, schools will be paired together to brainstorm ways to make a difference in their community.  This brainstorming session will be utilized towards establishing an idea for the #AMFCHALLENGE.  We want to give you a couple advice tips for brainstorming, but first, let’s see a few examples of service projects schools took part in the past few years to give a little perspective.

1). Kettering Fairmont High School

Name of Project: Sparky’s Spark for Childhood Cancer (December 2014, February 2015)

Description & Impact: Students took an interest in helping children with cancer and worked with Dayton Children’s Hospital.  In December, students performed a whole school initiative of coloring pictures and writing inspirational notes to children at Dayton Children’s.  They collected over 500 pictures and notes.  In February, students organized a drive for Emily’s Beads of Courage, a non-profit organization through Dayton Children’s that awards each child battling cancer with a necklace and beads for every procedure they have gone through.   Raising profit towards Emily’s Beads of Courage, students designed and sold t-shirts.  They also hosted a “Purple-Out” themed basketball game to support cancer awareness.

2). Mount Notre Dame High School

Name of Project: Spark your Inner Beauty (March 2015)

Description & Impact: Students  strongly believed in the effort to pass along a message to young girls that they are “enough.” They developed lesson plans implemented with 5th grade girls at Reading Central Elementary School to concentrate on the importance of appreciating inner beauty in themselves and others.  Each student was encouraged to present ideas and develop activities to communicate the message that inner beauty is what takes precedence.

3).   Amelia High School

Name of Project: Amelia Ambassadors (January-March 2014)

Description & Impact:  The 10th and 11th graders designed a program for the 8th graders coming to the high school.  These high school students acted as peer counselors to these 8th grade students, teaching lessons and facilitating activities to encourage positivity, school spirit, and self-esteem.  During last year’s Youth Leadership Seminar, freshman Amelia students identified bullying and fighting as a prominent issue at Amelia, therefore, this project was centered on alleviating that problem.

We are so proud of all the dedication that these high schools put in to making an impact in their community.  Here are just a couple of tips to keep in mind when brainstorming service project ideas:

#AMFCHALLENGE Brainstorm (1)

We cannot wait to see all the wonderful ideas each one of your schools bring forth to YLS this year!  We believe that each school has the power to make a difference and be Now Trending leaders.

Ilana Siegel

Events Intern


The Youth Leadership Seminar Continues to Impact

The Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) is quickly approaching.  The schools are the most important part of our event each year. Without them the seminar would not be possible.  We here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation believe in partnership and we cannot thank the schools enough that make every year great and continue to come back and experience the event.  We would like to give a special shout out to a few schools who are making this year special.

We have 12 schools that will be attending their 11th YLS this year!  They have seen the impact from the seminar and we cannot thank them enough for entrusting us to help empower their students.  Thank you for your continued involvement:

Sycamore Taft Anderson

A statistic that we are especially proud of is that 65 of the 74 schools currently registered are attending for a consecutive year!  All of these schools saw the positive effect that the Youth Leadership Seminar had on their students and community and want to further the impact this year.

We have 9 newbie schools that are attending just their second ever YLS this year and we are excited to continue working with them and see their students impact their communities.  We cannot wait to have them pack their bus and come to the next 5, 10 , and even 15 Youth Leadership Seminars!

Live OaksBishop BrossartSeven HillsButler

There are still schools that have yet to register for the 2015 YLS! Check to see if your school is one of the 74 currently registered!

Kristin Shaffer
Experience Intern