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

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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

Back to School and Back to YLS!

As everyone returns to school this fall, there is plenty to think about. New classes, new school supplies, and maybe even adjusting to a new school. What’s on our minds at AMF this fall? That YLS is back!

What is YLS, you may ask? It is officially known as our Youth Leadership Seminar, an annual event where more than 1,000 local students from up to 100 tri-state schools come together for a day of engaging speakers, breakout sessions and opportunities to reflect on how they can create change. We’re excited to be back this year, in partnership with Centene Corporation, and the countdown is on to October 17, 2018, at the Crossroads Complex in Mason.

With our theme of ‘Empowerment’ this fall, speakers will self-reflect on what’s empowered them, how it’s made them the community leader they are today and in return how they empower others. We love having our students at this event because they can learn from and communicate with other local students about self-empowerment, leadership and community involvement. This seminar is also important as students develop ideas for how they can positively impact their communities through the AMF Service Challenge.

Check out a blog on past AMF Service Challenge projects here and learn more about the impact our YLS students have made over the years.

Here’s a example of a project that was created after the 2016 YLS Seminar. Bracken High School students created a 24/7 ‘Blessings’ Box that houses items such as non-perishable food, toiletries and baby items, and is open to anyone in the community. The purpose is to leave an item when you can, and take an item when you need it.

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Bracken High School students created a community “Blessings Box”. 

We started this event in 2002, and it keeps growing every year. We especially want to recognize those schools that have attended for more than 10 years!

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We are looking forward to seeing our students back at YLS this fall. From long-time partners to first-timers, we’re excited for another great year at YLS! If you haven’t registered yet, here’s your chance. We currently have more than 60 tri-state schools registered. If your school is not registered, use the link here to get started.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about YLS. We are excited to see welcome all our students back this year in October and see how they become empowered to create change in their communities. Check back next week for our next blog post on our local tutoring program – Whiz Kids!

 

Cheers,

Maddie

Events Intern

Meet the Interns – Fall 2018!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to fall, and the start of a new school year. A new school year always brings changes, this time, there are some new interns around the AMF office! These interns are ready to help put on the AMF programs and gain beneficial work experience and skills.

We have five interns this fall, who each have their own position and programs they support. As we all know, Netflix can be a college student’s best friend so I asked each of them if they had a favorite Netflix show or if they had a Netflix show about their own life, what would it feature and here’s what they had to say.

Maddie GraphicMy name is Madeline Miller. I am a senior studying Communications, Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati. I am from Oregon, Ohio and my role with AMF this fall is the Events Intern and you’ll be hearing a lot more from me on the blog this semester. If I had my own Netflix show, it would be called “What Brings You Joy” and it would feature interviews with interesting and positive people, similar to Oprah’s ‘Soulful Sundays’ show. I love hearing the stories of other people and how they bring joy into others’ lives (by their words, actions, etc.) and I want to share those stories with a large audience.

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The next intern is Kayla. Kayla is a junior studying Advertising, Digital Media, and Public Relations at Xavier University. She is from Fairfield, Ohio and her role with AMF is the Youth Leadership Seminar intern. “I enjoy Black Mirror on Netflix because I’m fascinated with technology and it relates to my life since I always try to have the newest gadgets around.”

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Next intern up is Morgan Klepper. Morgan is a junior studying Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Sandusky, Ohio and her role at AMF is the Program Planning & Development Intern. “If I had my own TV show it would be a talk show and I would probably name it ‘Morning’s with Morgan.’ Even though I’m not a morning person, I love watching talk shows, especially Ellen, so it feature very similar things. “

 

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Fourth on the list, is Liz Baenziger. Liz is a senior studying Communications and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Mason, Ohio (Go Comets!) and her roles at AMF include Topgolf Tailgate Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator for Hall of Fame Golf Classic. Her favorite Netflix Show is Gilmore Girls, because “I just really want to be the third Gilmore Girl, so I watch this on Netflix all the time and pretend I live in Stars Hollow. I feel like Rory and Lorelai are my actual friends in real life and we would just drink lots of coffee and talk about books together.”

Sarah GraphicLast but not least, is Sarah Crowley. She is a senior studying Operations Management and Non-Profit Community Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Cincinnati, and her role with AMF is the Programs Intern, specifically Whiz Kids and Hispanic Character Camp. “My favorite TV show of all time is Friends and conveniently enough I like to think that is what a TV show about my life would look like.  I love my friends and would consider them family.  I value loyalty and would consider being there for someone in good times and bad to be a great honor.  I like to find the silver lining in life and I don’t think there is a problem in the world that can’t be helped by spending time in a comforting place, with great friends, and even greater laughs.”

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about us. We are excited to see what we can accomplish this fall! Check back next week for our next blog post on our biggest event of the year – Youth Leadership Seminar!

 

Cheers,

Maddie

Events Intern

AMF Scholarship Fund Continues to Make Impact Through the Years

Whether a senior yourself, or know someone who is graduating high school this year, we have a great scholarship opportunity! Our Scholarship Fund awards multiple $20,000 scholarships to students from around our Area of Impact looking to continue their education at a local college.

So, what makes this scholarship so great?

  • This is an annual scholarship at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation that has been impacting lives since 2003.
  • Through the years, the scholarship has awarded over one million dollars to deserving students.
  • Past recipients have gone on to continue their education at thirteen different colleges. Not only that, but these recipients have represented 53 different high schools through the years.
  • Currently, there are 26 students making an impact through the Scholarship Fund

Take a look at some awesome impact stories from past Scholarship Fund recipients!

Alma

Growing up, Alma struggled with acclimating to a new country and new language. Despite that, she persevered. In 2012, Alma graduated from Hamilton High School and received the Foundation’s $20,000 scholarship. Alma attended Northern Kentucky University, where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry, and a 4.0! During her time in undergrad, Alma gave back to the Foundation as a Whiz Kids tutor. Now, five years after Alma received our scholarship, she is in her second year at Harvard Medical School.

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Meet Devon Cook. He is a 2016 Brookville High School graduate and Scholarship Fund recipient. He now attends the University of Dayton. Devon has continued to give back to the Foundation by volunteering at our weekly Whiz Kids tutoring program. We’re excited to continue to follow Devon’s story and see the impact he’s going to make in his community.

Victor

Victor is one of our Impact Program students who has grown along with us. In 2011, he attended our Hispanic Character Camp as a 7th grader. Five years later in 2016, Victor graduated from Colerain High School and was recognized as one of our AMF Scholarship Fund recipients. In 2017, Victor returned to Hispanic Character Camp.   This time, as a coach.

We have loved seeing what our past scholarship recipients have gone on to do, and we are excited to see what our 2018 winners will have in store!

For more eligibility requirements and the application, visit our website today!