Service Challenge Spotlight: Northwest High School

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Welcome, Readers! Mya, here.

Here at AMF we love hearing about how our program students are making an impact in their communities, but what we love even more is sharing their impact with all of you! Our Service Challenge asks students to find a need in their community and address it through pledged projects. This allows students who attended our Youth Leadership Seminar to take knowledge and skills they learned and apply them to their own community.

Today’s Service Challenge Spotlight is about Northwest High School and their “Pre-Prom” extravaganza. An identified issue discussed at YLS was the interaction between the student body and their special needs students. A few of their student leaders noticed that at their Senior Prom, the special needs students were less inclined to participate in the dancing and other events and wondered if they were merely overwhelmed by the people and the event.

Thus the “Pre-Prom” was born!

On March 28th from 6-8pm, the U-Knighted Knights will invite the unit kids from Northwest and Colerain to come to Northwest HS for a pre-Prom dance.  And the impact doesn’t stop there! They’ve even gotten members of their community involved with their project. The students’ parents will be invited to escort them, and the event will be catered by one of their school sponsors.  Their AD is going to DJ the event and they’ll even have students from their Cosmetology class from Butler Tech lined up to take beauty appointments for students attending that night.

We’re so proud of these students for making a difference in their community. Way to go, Northwest!

Have a Service Challenge Project coming up? Let us know about it! We’d love to get involved. Email impact@munozfoundation.org with any questions, concerns or to tell us about the great work your students are doing.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming blogs and make sure to follow us @munozfoundation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay updated on all things AMF.

Until next time,

Mya

Become an AMF Straight “A” Student

Hey Readers, it’s Mya.

While there’s always a lot of exciting things we’re planning here at the Foundation, we wanted to share one specific one with you today: Our Straight A Scholarship!

What is Straight “A”?

Here at AMF we attach a new meaning to the term “Straight As.” This scholarship awards high school students who are pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic Achievement, is Actively serving in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude and the ability to overcome Adversity.

How do I become an #AMFScholar?

This scholarship is interesting because students don’t apply. So you’re probably asking, “If I can’t apply, how can I be a part of this opportunity?” Great question, reader! A potential candidate must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, coach, community member, etc. for the Straight “A” Scholarship to be considered.

Who can be Nominated?

Something really cool about this AMF program is that any high schooler in our Area of Impact can be nominated and recognized as an #AMFScholar. However, only seniors are eligible to receive scholarship money toward their college education. The link to nominate can be found here.

What Happens if I’m Chosen as a Finalist?

Each of our finalists will be invited to the Straight A Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, where they will receive a $2,000 scholarship. One overall male and one overall female Straight “A” Student of the Year will be chosen and awarded an additional $3,000 for a total of a $5,000 scholarship.

How Much Time do I Have Left?

The nomination deadline for Straight “A” is February 28th, 2020. With that being said, don’t hesitate to nominate your deserving students ASAP! There is less than a month left until the deadline and we want to make sure as many students are aware of this opportunity as possible.

How Long does this Process Take?

This very quick process takes 5-10 minutes to complete and we ask for information about students based on our AMF Straight “A”s.

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We look forward to seeing you/your students’ names added to the list of #AMFScholars! This scholarship is a great opportunity to help local Tri-State students achieve their dreams and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of this journey. Still have questions? For more information, you can visit our website or email straighta@munozfoundation.org.

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to stay updated on all things AMF! Check back soon for an update on our AMF Service Challenge Projects.

Until Next Time,

Mya

Goodbye, Interns.

Welcome back, Readers. With the end of the semester comes the moment we all knew was coming: a final goodbye to our Fall 2019 interns. It has been a semester filled with laughs, hard work, and impact. Since we now have to say goodbye to our interns, I thought we should hear from each of them about what their AMF experience was like this semester. To do so, I asked them to answer three simple questions:

 

What was your favorite moment/event this semester?

Elle:

My favorite moment during my time interning for AMF was when I took a step back during YLS and just saw all of the students and teachers having a great time. Everyone was dancing or socializing and it just made me feel like all of the hard work was worth it. Watching all of the students engage in their breakout sessions and reading what the students had written to their younger selves during YLS was amazing.

Ryan:

I think that my favorite event from these past four months was the Topgolf Tailgate! The Topgolf Tailgate happened in early September and was the first event I had the opportunity to experience at the foundation. It was my favorite event because It allowed me to really get to know all the full-time staff here at the foundation as well as the interns. My favorite moment during this internship was every time I stepped into Roberts before Whiz Kids started. Not many other internships provide the experience I obtained working with the kids from Roberts and that is something I am grateful for

Emma:

My favorite moment at AMF was the Youth Leadership Seminar, and seeing people use the Snapchat filter I created for the event was really cool.

Mya:

My favorite event of my Fall semester with AMF was Youth Leadership Seminar because I did a lot of social media preparation for it and it was really cool to see all that hard work come to life, and to see how people were actually engaging with the content I created. It was also just a really cool experience to see the students really embracing everything the speakers had to say and fully engaging in the breakout session activities.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at AMF?

Elle:

The most valuable things that I learned during my time at AMF is being able to navigate Excel better and being able to use Mail Merge for mass emails. I know I will use these skills in my future so I am grateful that I was able to learn them at AMF.

Ryan:

The most valuable thing I learned throughout my internship experience is the massive importance scheduling and organization holds when multitasking. Working at the Anthony Munoz Foundation gave me an appreciation for how much work it takes to set up these amazing events (Topgolf Tailgate, Partner Dinner, YLS, HCC). Without emphasizing the importance of scheduling and organization it would be impossible to keep straight and be successful in all the logistics, planning, and communication it takes to develop and execute these events.

Emma:

The most valuable thing I learned while working at AMF is that working towards a goal that inspires the community and people around you is the best kind of work there is. It is so rewarding to see the people who are positively affected by the events we have hosted and the work we have done.

Mya:

The most valuable thing I learned this semester was the importance of organization. I had a lot of responsibilities to juggle and I was taught how to prioritize those tasks in order to meet deadlines. It was also incredibly valuable to learn how to do metrics through social media platforms. This allowed me to see the true impact I was making on the Foundation’s followers and that was really cool to see.

What’s next for you?

Elle:

In the next year or so I hope to find a summer marketing internship. I hope that I get accepted into the 1-year Masters program at UC for IO Psychology. I also was recently elected the Panhellenic Delegate for my Sorority where I will be the connection between my chapter and all other chapters on campus so I know I will be busy with that in the upcoming future. Lastly, by the end of 2020 I hope to have my first publication in the research world. I am looking forward to see what the future holds and I would like to thank AMF for helping me grow personally and professionally.

Ryan:

I am completing my final semester at Xavier University where I will be graduating this upcoming May. I will be spending the next couple months working on my full time job search as well as enjoying my last semester at Xavier with my friends.

Emma:

I will be finishing my final semester at UC this spring and graduating!!

Mya:

I will be joining AMF for another semester, where I will continue to develop content for the various social media platforms we post on and write for blogs like this one. I will also be overseeing the AMF Scholarship Fund. I could not be more excited to see where my next semester with the Foundation takes me!

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And that’s a wrap! I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday, and I will see you all in the new year!

Until we meet again,

Mya

 

 

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