We Have So Many Service Challenge Projects to be Thankful For!

Take a look at what is happening with our Service Challenge! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, schools are gearing up to lend a hand in their community, looking to give back to those in need during the holiday season.

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St. Henry will complete their “Elves on a Mission” project in December, which invites those in the community to donate gifts and other items through their version of the “giving tree.”

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Students will be taking part in a “12 Days of Giving”, that will collect toys and gifts for children at the DCCH Center, a local foster agency.

With all these projects to look forward to, it is also important to look back at some of the projects this month, giving thanks to the impact they have made.

Midd State

Midd State chose to participate in a project that will continue into the new year. Students in the past have served meals once a month for the Hope House, a non-profit in Middletown that serves homeless men, women, and children daily. Students at Midd State saw a need for a healthy, nutritious, and delicious meal, so they took initiative to make even more of an impact. Once a month, 15 students plan, prep, and serve the meals at the Hope House.  This month, they served a Thanksgiving casserole, which was a recipe on loan from a Midd State student’s family. Thank you again to Midd State for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing what meal you provide next for the Hope House!

Kettering Fairmont High School

Some schools, such as Kettering Fairmont, are interested in uniting their student body and making an impact throughout their halls. They held a “Human Kindness Seminar” that focused on how each student can make a difference in the world. With over 320 students in attendance, Nick Jackson, owner of Speak Love, began the seminar telling the audience, “My goal is for you to stand for something, in unison.” Students then participated in numerous breakout sessions, which included discussions on internal emotional awareness and how to manage stress. Anthony Muñoz also stopped in to thank the students for all their hard work with their Service Challenge!

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Anthony Muñoz started off the morning by thanking the students for attending and for participating in the #AMFChallenge

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Nick Jackson lead the “Human Kindness Seminar,” discussing with the students how they can make their mark on the world.

Thank you to all the schools participating in the 2017-2018 Service Challenge! We are so thankful here at Anthony Muñoz Foundation for the time you have given to support your community and beyond through service. And remember, schools are still welcome to submit a project proposal! If interested, contact impact@munozfoundation.org. To follow other #AMFChallenge projects, check out our Facebook.

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It’s Time to Nominate Linemen of the Year

High school football season may be coming to an end, but it’s time to nominate the best players for the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s Annual Linemen of the Year Awards!

This award recognizes 16 of the best linemen from Ohio Divisions 1-6, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. High school freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior offensive and defensive linemen are eligible for nomination. Along with their performance on the field, candidates should also display a level of academic success and community involvement.

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Anthony with the 2017 Linemen of the Year Award recipients.

Anthony Muñoz and the Foundation’s selection committee will choose two student-athletes from the sixteen finalists to be recognized as Overall Offensive and Defensive Linemen of the Year at the National Football Foundation Student-Athlete Banquet.

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2017 Overall Offensive Lineman of the Year Joshua Myers from Miamisburg High School.

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2017 Overall Defensive Lineman of the Year Jerron Cage from Winton Woods High School.

The committee will also choose a student-athlete to recognize with the “In the Trenches” Leadership Award. This player is a role model on and off the field as he performs on the team, in the classroom and within the community.

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2017 “In the Trenches” recipient Matt Sichterman from Kings High School.

Over the last 15 years, Anthony Munoz Foundation has recognized 240 of the best linemen from high schools around the Tri-State region. Many of these players have continued their football careers at colleges such as University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and University of Kentucky (just to name a few).

Do you have one of the best linemen in the Tri-State at your school? Click here to nominate them November 6th until December 11th.

Service Challenge Season is Finally Here!

Last week AMF proudly kicked off the annual Service Challenge with schools around the Tri-State area!

We challenged local schools to brainstorm and submit Service Challenge Projects. Now, over the next few months, these students will plan and execute their service projects to benefit others within their community.

Does your school want to participate in the Service Challenge? Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Find and focus on a need in your community. Each community has a need waiting to be met. You and your school can focus on one need and make a big impact. Bracken County High School identified hunger as a need in their community and is overcoming this need with their “Blessings for Bracken” campaign.

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  1. Engage your community. Call on your classmates, friends, teachers, and families to get involved and help you make a difference! Community Christian Academy is organizing a “12 Days of Giving” to collect gifts for the Christmas party they are planning for a local foster care agency.

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  1. Stay in touch with AMF! Remember to post about your project on social media using #AMFChallenge. We love seeing and sharing your school’s updates! We also know it can be difficult to start your service challenge, so please use us as a resource! You can contact impact@munozfoundation.org with any questions you may have because we are here to help!

We’re excited to see the impact you will make through your projects!

There’s still time to register your school’s Service Challenge project for #AMFChallenge, just click here!

Do you want to stay up to date with the Service Challenge projects too? Follow #AMFChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates!

Bracken County High School Kicks-Off the 2017 Anthony Muñoz Foundation Service Challenge

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The 2017-2018 AMF Service Challenge is officially underway, and the students at Bracken County set the bar high with their project! These students saw the growing issue of hunger in their community, and decided it was time to make a change. From there, they turned their idea into reality, and created Bracken County’s first ever “Blessings Box.” The 24/7 Box 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.

On October 24th, the students and faculty held a “Stock the Box” ceremony, where members of the community came to see the opening of this Blessings Box, as well as donating items. Knowing that hunger is a large issue throughout the county, they wanted to spread the word about their “Blessings Box” as quickly as they could. Student leaders handed out “business cards” to all who attended the ceremony and asked them to place them all around the county. The cards included details such as location of the Box, items available, and how often the Box will be stocked. The goal is for community members to stock the Box weekly, but come a time where it may not be stocked, student leaders at Bracken are taking initiative to stock the box as needed.  Thank you, Bracken County High School, for such an impactful Service Challenge project!

If you are interested in donating, please contact Tracey Florer at tracy.florer@bracken.kyschools.us.

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Students, faculty, and community members joined together for the “Stock the Box” ceremony. Everyone who attended generously donated items to the Box.

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Thanks to the members of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Bracken County High School is making a lasting impact on their community.

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As the holidays quickly approach, the “Blessings for Bracken” Box is a great way to give back to those who may need it.

To follow other #AMFChallenge projects, check out our Facebook. Interested in getting involved? Contact impact@munozfoundation.org.

Take a Look at Topgolf Tailgate

Golf is all about the club making impact with the ball to send it flying into the air towards its final goal. At our inaugural Topgolf Tailgate, sponsors were able to make an impact on the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and help us reach our goals!

Thanks to Integrity Express Logistics, LLC for helping make this event happen! We also had many longstanding and 24 new partners attend as bay sponsors.

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We kicked off the night with a Meet + Greet session with just a few of the Best 50 Bengals including: Joe Walter, Max Montya, Jim Breech, Dave Lapham, and Anthony!

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Attendees bidding on some of our fantastic raffle prizes.

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Prizes included: a football signed by Anthony Munoz & Andy Dalton, #78 Bengals Jersey signed by Anthony, and fun packages from Main Street Sweets, Montgomery Inn & Coopers Hawk.

 

We had some fantastic swings throughout the night while golfers played Top Golf and Top Scramble.

 

 

Golfers even had the chance to try and Out-Score a Bengal including Anthony, Jim Breech & Louis Breeden!

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Congrats to our First Place Male–Paul DeNicolo from Pimco

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Congrats to our First Place Female–Cheryl Davis from Links Unlimited

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Congratulations to the First Place in Top Scramble team from Justin Doyle Homes.

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Special congratulations to Danny Bohl; our Overall Last Place winner! (he won a gift card for lessons before next year’s Topgolf Tailgate)

 

Another thank you to Integrity Express Logistics, LLC and all our sponsors and attendees at Topgolf Tailgate for making your impact!

Do you want to help impact the Anthony Muñoz Foundation too? Here are three easy ways you can help out:

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. Enroll your card here. Search and add “ACE FOUNDATION” to your account. Then, all you have to do is your grocery shopping!

Volunteer: Our volunteers are an essential part of what we do. We’re currently looking for volunteers for our annual Youth Leadership Seminar on Thursday, October 12th. Join us to empower more than 1,200 Tri-State high schoolers to reach their leadership potential. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

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.

Five Fun Facts About Our Whiz Kids!

This week is an exciting time at AMF: it’s the beginning of Whiz Kids! Here are five things you may not know about our Whiz Kids tutoring program.

  1. City Gospel Mission began Whiz Kids to provide at-risk students tutoring and mentoring around the city. 2017 marks the 8th year Anthony Munoz Foundation has been a site host at Robert Paideia Academy in Price Hill!

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2. Each year 20 Kindergarten through 5th Grade students have the opportunity to be matched with a tutor from AMF. These pairs meet every Wednesday after school for one hour of tutoring. They practice reading skills while building a relationship with their tutor.

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3. At the end of each session, Whiz Kids get to participate in a group activity. This can be an art project like creating shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day or even playing a fun game like “Over the Mountain” where students and tutors get to know each other better.

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4. In the last 3 years, 13 students have completed and aged-out of the Whiz Kids curriculum! They have moved on to the Whiz Kids extension program—City Gospel Mission’s Unplugged where they focus more on everyday enrichment, academics, and life-skills. These students also have the opportunity to learn more about spirituality. Fun fact: these students come from 7 different families!

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5. Want to be a tutor? You must be at least 16 years old! Most of our volunteer tutors do not have previous tutoring experience but training is provided by The Foundation and City Gospel Mission before Whiz Kids begins. There is still time for you to register to be a tutor for the 2017-2018 school year! Click here to learn more about registering to be a Whiz Kid tutor!

 

Back to School Means YLS is Just Around the Corner!

Back to school blues? Not when you have the 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar to look forward to! With registration open, we are looking to make this year’s event our biggest and best yet. Start your countdowns, because YLS will be here before you know it!

We are so excited for the event this year, and look forward to seeing so many familiar faces, from schools, students, and moderators. Our annual YLS started in 2005, and some schools have participated since the beginning. In fact, there have been twelve schools that have gone 12 for 12 in years attended! A HUGE thank you to…

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We hope these schools will continue their streak by attending this year’s YLS on October 12, 2017 at Xavier University.

Last year, YLS had a total of 94 schools in attendance from our Area of Impact. Whether it was ten-minute drive to over an hour, these schools all came with one goal:  to learn from their experience at YLS and leave ready to impact others. An overwhelming 41 schools came from Hamilton county for our event in 2016. Butler, Clermont, Brown, and Kenton county all brought a great amount of schools as well to help 2016 be such a success. Watch our 2016 Recap to see what all the buzz was about last year!

This year at our YLS event, we are looking to empower even more schools. We hope to see not only schools that have attended every year, but schools who have not attended consecutively or it’s their first time with us!

So, what are you waiting for? Register now for our 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar! We can promise you it will be an event you do not want to miss out on. If you’ve already registered, share it using #EmpoweredCincy17. See you on October 12th!