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,



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!


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!


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:

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

See you soon,


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,


Welcome Back, Whiz Kids!

Hey, fellow readers! Mya, here. Now that everyone has officially gotten back into the swing of things with school starting, homework assignments are right around the corner (dun dun dunnnn). We have a program here at AMF that can help with that: 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 10 years (since 2009). Our site is with students at Roberts Paideia Academy.Whiz Kids

At the start of the program, AMF staff and volunteer tutors are partnered up with students ranging from kindergartners to 6th grade students, meeting every Wednesday afternoon. The focus of Whiz Kids is for students to develop basic reading skills and comprehension, and character traits.

Whiz Kids First Day

As for those who have aged out of the Whiz Kids curriculum, the Foundation started Unplugged. Aligning with Cincinnati Public School initiatives, AMF works with these students weekly on Social and Emotional Learning activities, high school prep, future career exploration and service learning.Unplugged

As we’ve had the program, we’ve found that Whiz Kids is a way to develop long lasting relationships as well. One successful story of our program is the partnership of Bill and Darwin. Bill and Darwin were paired together in 2012 and created a bond that extended far beyond a tutor student relationship. The two of them would even spend time together outside of the program, attending Red’s baseball and Bengals football games, going out to eat, and to the movies. Even through his socialization with Bill, Darwin was able to learn important life skills while outside of the classroom. Bill says, “I don’t look at that as any kind of an extra burden on me to do things with him. He’s got the best laughing grin. It makes me feel really great because I know life is tough for him. Life is hard for him, but in those moments, I know that hardship isn’t there.”darwin and bill

We’re inspired every day by these kids and the work our volunteers do, and the impact they make on our community. Interested in becoming a tutor? Follow the link here to sign up! Whiz Kids officially starts on September 18th so don’t wait! The only requirements are being 16 years of age or older and no prior tutoring experience is needed. The Foundation will provide you with all the necessary tools to have a start your Whiz Kids journey.Mentor Quote

Thanks for reading about one of our favorite programs at AMF! Tune in next week to read all about our recent Topgolf Tailgate event.

Until next time,


Build a Foundation for Success at YLS!

Calling all high school students!


Hi, Everyone! Mya, here. With back to school officially starting, there’s a lot on everyone’s mindsWhat’s on our minds here at AMF? We’re focused on preparing for our biggest event of the year, Youth Leadership Seminar!




“So, what is YLS exactly?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. YLS, formally known as Youth Leadership Seminar is a one-day leadership development opportunity for Tri-State high school students. You can expect to hear from inspirational speakers, learn valuable lessons in reaching your goals and standing out as a leader in your community. And if that’s not enough, who doesn’t want to meet the GOAT Anthony Muñoz? It’s also a really great opportunity to interact with other student leaders in the area!

Pic2This year’s theme is ‘Blueprint.’ The idea is that students can identify positive leadership traits in order to build a foundation (pun intended) for success and discuss overcoming barriers students may face as they plan for the future. Our main goal for this event is for each attendee to leave with the steps to create their own unique ‘Blueprint’ for success and we want to do everything we can to help them achieve this!

This is the 18th year of Youth Leadership Seminar and we’re so excited to see both first-timers, as well as our frequent attendees! Special thanks to the 50 schools that are already registered for this year’s event!SchoolsRegisteredAll

Interested in registering for the Youth Leadership Seminar? Contact Spots are filling up quick, so don’t forget to register your school by September 20th!

Stay tuned to learn who our speakers will be at this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar! Also, check back next week to hear all about our Whiz Kids Program.

Until next time,


Meet the Interns of Fall 2019!

Hi! Mya, here. With the start of fall comes a new school year, a fresh start and of course, a new set of interns! Our interns are eager to start working on the AMF programs and to gain new experiences to better prepare them for their futures.

Once a new school year begins, and along with that, homework begins, sometimes it’s nice to imagine yourself somewhere else. Maybe somewhere exotic, a new city you have yet to discover. Because everyone wishes for a vacation occasionally, I asked each of our interns, “If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?” or “What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on and why?”

Untitled design (4)My name is Mya Priester. I’m a junior, studying Advertising and Public Relations at Xavier University (Go Muskies!).  My hometown is Buffalo, New York and my role at AMF this semester is the Social Media and Content Development Intern. I’ll be updating all the AMF social media, as well as the blog that you are reading right now, so you’ll be hearing a lot from me! If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Fiji because I love tropical places and sitting on the beach sounds like an amazing break from all the papers I’ll soon be writing. 

Our next intern is Elle McGuire. Elle is originally from Shelby Township, Michigan but isUntitled design (2) attending University of Cincinnati for Industrial Organizational Psychology. Her role at AMF will be developing, managing, and executing the logistics for our 18th Annual Youth Leadership Seminar. Elle’s response to the best vacation she’s ever been on was “This past summer I went to Europe. I went to London, Paris, Rome, Venice, and Barcelona. My favorite place was Venice, Italy because it was breath taking and the food was amazing. Everything in Venice was so relaxed and there was always something to do. I learned about so much history on the trip and I can definitely say I miss it already!”

Untitled design (1)Next is Cody Saraco-Polner! Cody is a Sport Administration Major with both a Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies and Marketing Minor. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and his role at AMF is the Topgolf Tailgate Coordinator. When asked where he would go, Cody said, “If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Calabria, Italy to go see where my mom’s grandparents grew up.”

Fourth on the list is Maddie Mershad, who attends Xavier University with a major in Untitled design (3)Management and minors in Entrepreneurship and Economics. Originally from Springboro, Ohio, So far, Maddie has worked on the Football Academy, and this fall is coordinating the Topgolf Tailgate raffle, as well as volunteer outreach. Maddie says, “If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Ireland because it is so beautiful there and they have amazing food!

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Next on the list is Ryan Gardner. Ryan will be helping with our WhizKids and Hispanic Character Camp this fall, and attends Xavier University, majoring in Sport Management and Marketing. His hometown is Winnetka, Illinois, which is about 20 minutes north of Chicago. Ryan says, “The best vacation I have ever been on was to Atlantis in the Bahamas. Other than the usual laying on the beach and going on waterslides I also was able to swim with dolphins and meet Shaquille O’Neil.”

Last and certainly not least is Emma Gies! She is majoring in Communications, with a Untitled designPublic Relations Certificate. She is from West Chester, Ohio and her role at AMF is the graphic designer. Emma’s favorite vacation was last summer when she traveled throughout Europe for a month with her family, visiting Germany, Italy, France, and England. “This was an amazing trip because as a family we went to see our favorite band The Cure, in concert for their 40th reunion show in Hyde Park, London. We danced and sang amongst nearly one hundred thousand people, and it was a magical time!”

Thanks so much for stopping by and learning a little more about us. We’re thrilled for the new and exciting experiences we know we’ll gain here at AMF and to see what lies ahead for us this Fall.

Looking for a Spring internship? Email Victoria Knepp your resume and cover letter at

Check back next week to learn more about our biggest event of the year, Youth Leadership Seminar!

Until next time,


The Countdown to Scholarship Fund Is On!

Happy Friday everyone! This week’s blog will be the last look of the Scholarship Fund including all the who, what, when and why’s. The application deadline in Wednesday, May 1st so make sure to share this $20,000 scholarship opportunity with any eligible seniors that you know or if you are a deserving senior, make sure to apply!



The Scholarship Fund has been one of the Foundation’s programs since 2002. Since being founded, the Scholarship Fund has awarded over one million dollars to dozens of local seniors. Each year, we award multiple $20,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Tri-State area. Currently, we have 24 recipients in our Scholarship Program and we are excited to continue growing the program.



Anthony and his family developed the Scholarship Fund to help graduating seniors attend a local college or university to achieve their dream of gaining a higher education. Recipients of the Scholarship Fund do not only receive $20,000 towards their college education, they also become a part of the AMF family and are provided with resources and connections to help them navigate through college and future job searches.



To be eligible for the Scholarship Fund students meet these eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or a minimum composite ACT score of 18
  • A 2019 graduating high school senior within our Area of Impact
  • A freshman standing at an Eligible Tri-State University for Fall 2019
  • A financial need, a desire to overcome adversity, an above average academic standing or a leadership role in the community

The Scholarship Fund application includes:

  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript
  • An acceptance letter from a local college or university
  • A college ID #
  • A SAR Report (this can be found through FAFSA)

To submit your Scholarship Fund application, applicants can choose one of these methods:

  1. Mail your application to – Anthony Muñoz Foundation, 8919 Rossash Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, Attn: Victoria Knepp
  2. Scan and email your application to –
  3. Fax your application to – (513) 772-4911



The Scholarship Fund looks to reward hard working, optimistic individuals that have faced financial need, overcame adversity, achieved academic excellence and have made a positive impact. These students have not only overcome obstacles but have excelled despite them.

Currently, we have several Scholarship Fund recipients that have continued to amaze us. With 5 days left to submit your application, we found it fitting to highlight the 5 recipients from 2018!

  1. Michaela TownsendDePaul Cristo Rey, Xavier University
  1. Caralyne WallaceNewport High School, Thomas More College
  1. Alan NdikintumPurcell Marian HS, Univeristy of Cincinnati
  1. Natera BeanSchool for Creative + Performing Arts, University of Cincinnati
  1. Camryn MorrowSchool for Creative + Performing Arts, University of Cincinnati


HOF18Dinner_233The Scholarship Fund deadline is 5 DAYS away! Make sure to get your applications in by Wednesday, May 1st so that you can be recognized for all of your hard work and accomplishments.




If you have any questions, feel free to contact!

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