“Where Are They Now” Wednesday: Jodi Seale

We recently caught up with Jodi Seale, one of our 2014 AMF Scholarship Fund winners, to see how her $20,000 college scholarship has affected her life nearly a year after receiving it.

About Jodi

Jodi Seale graduated from Felicity-Franklin in May 2014. She currently attends The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences where she is majoring in nursing holds a 3.65 GPA. When Jodi is not in school, every Wednesday she goes to Whiz Kids, a program she became involved with through the Foundation. Here, she mentors a little girl who holds a special place in her heart.

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College Life

Even though Jodi is not a big fan of change and was nervous about beginning her college career, she has grown to absolutely love it. She was especially concerned about the financial burden. That is, until she received a $20,000 scholarship from the Foundation. After her first semester of college, Jodi realized the amount of time and effort that goes into earning good grades. Because of her scholarship, she was able to focus wholly on school and not have to worry about how she would be able to pay for it.

Why You Should Apply

In Jodi’s own words:

“Not only did I receive $20,000 dollars toward my education but I also gained a whole foundation that believes in my education, and me that is the rewarding part. Coming from a single parent household, going into my first year of college I had a huge weight on my shoulders. I kept asking myself, ‘How in the world am I going to be able to pay for college?’ My mother had just enough to make ends meet each month. With receiving this scholarship it has been a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. If I had the chance to tell any future recipients why they should apply for this scholarship, I would tell them that this scholarship is so much more than just the money. The Anthony Muñoz Foundation cares about you and your future. They want to be a part of it.”

You too, like Jodi, can experience all the the Scholarship Fund and the Foundation has to offer. We encourage you to apply for the scholarship, which can be found here, or to share the opportunity with someone you know.

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Events Intern

Meet The Interns!

At the Anthony Muñoz Foundation getting the community involved is an essential part of what we do and internships are a great way to get college students involved! This year for the spring semester we have four interns from Miami University and Xavier University!
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Shelbi Felblinger

I’m a freshman at Miami University studying strategic communications. Last year I was involved in the Youth Leadership Seminar with Talawanda High School, “Unplug Bullying and Plug into Kindness.” Talawanda’s FCCLA went to the middle school to promote anti-bullying and got involved with the students. Because of the Service Challenge I was able to connect with the community and I look forward to continuing this within the Foundation.

“I’m excited to be involved with the Foundation but this time working first hand with all the Service Challenge projects!”

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Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

I am a junior at Xavier University studying management and Spanish. I’m from Phoenix, Arizona. The reason I wanted to take on an internship with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation is that I wanted to see the impact of the work I’m doing with the Foundation and I love working with the kids.

“I’m excited for the opportunities and experiences of the internship!”

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Katelyn Buckman

I am currently a senior at Xavier University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Indianapolis, Indiana. Previously I have worked for various kinds of companies, including concert marketing, retail and for an athletic department. I wanted to work for AMF because I have always loved sports and helping people, therefore it was a great way to combine the two things.

 “I hope to gain a job in sports marketing or event marketing/ planning and I thought this would be a great company to expand my knowledge.”

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Libby Thornton

I am a senior at Xavier studying Public Relations.  I am originally from Minnesota. I wanted to work for AMF because I have worked for various non-profits in the Cincinnati area and I have enjoyed knowing that my work is making a difference.

” I hope to continue my non-profit work in Cincinnati after graduation so this internship is a great experience and is helping me get more knowledge about non-profits.”

The interns are a huge help in the foundation when it comes to planning, organizing and reaching out in the community. Some of the projects they’re currently working on are “Whiz Kids”, “Straight A Scholarship”, “Impact For Eternity”, “Youth Leadership Service Challenge Projects”, and the Auction. They’re all very excited to be a part of the Foundation!

Goodbye 2014, Hello New Year!

Reflecting back, we couldn’t be happier with the success the foundation had this year. We have had a year filled with reaching new goals and creating an impact on students from all over the Tri-State.

While we watch another year come to a close, we look forward to what the New Year brings, including new Service Challenge projects. We can hardly wait to come visit Seton, Anderson, Western Brown and Southern Hills in 2015!

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Although we are loving this festive time of year, we are also having to say goodbye as we wrap up here at AMF. Luckily, Caroline and I have had the privilege of attending a few of the Service Challenge Projects this year. We are thankful for this opportunity and love to see how students take what they’ve learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar and bring it back to their communities.

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From AMF, we hope everyone has a safe and blessed Christmas!

Kristen Ludwig

Programs Intern

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Sparking Change This Holiday Season

With the holiday season on your door step and the year coming to an end we have seen so many inspiring AMF Challenge Projects! Look at how these school are spreading holiday cheer:

Turpin High School:

On November 25th, 2014 Turpin had their 2nd annual “Fun With 911″ event which is also their AMF Challenge project this year. They raised over $4,500 compared to their $1,500 last year. They also had over $1,200 in donation from places like Jeff Ruby Steakhouse, Dick’s and Chipotle. All the money that was raised during their event and fundraising went to the fire and police departments. An equal amount was given to both. Their service challenge project is on FIRE!

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Western Brown High School:

Western Brown has given the AMF Challenge a whole new spin. So far, in the month of October they had 2 “High-Five Fridays” where students and teachers stood outside of the students buses and high-fived each of them to make a positive start to their day.

Also in the month of November, Western Brown had a post-it campaign where on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving the students had to write a positive saying on a post-it note. Each post-it was then posted on a locker or door to spark the students morale and impact the student body positively. They plan to take their project month by month with a new theme each month to make a difference in their community.

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Don’t forget to post your pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #AMFChallenge so we can see all the amazing things you are doing in the community!

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern

 

What Are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks to all your loved ones and the people that are close to you. Here at AMF we are thankful for so many things! It’s impossible to list them all, but we’ll give it a shot…here a just a few of the people we are thankful for:

Volunteers: Nothing compares to our volunteers. Without their passion for giving back and drive to make a difference our programs and events could not happen! They are the engine that keeps our foundation going and moving down the road of success. THANK YOU!

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Teachers and Schools: We are BEYOND thankful for all of the schools and their teachers (and administrators). The foundation has eight (8) successful impact programs ALL of which center around youth and their schools. Without the commitment of each of these schools and all of their staff, our programs wouldn’t happen. It’s through their dedication to bettering the lives of their students that we can continue to make an impact in our city! THANK YOU!

Students: We mentioned above that our volunteers are the engine that keeps the foundation going, well the students are the heart! It’s these many individuals that are the core of the foundation’s mission. Wether they realize it or not, these students impact our lives just as much as we impact theirs. For that we say THANK YOU!

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Community: Here at AMF our “community” ranges from Cincinnati, up to Dayton, over to Southeast Indiana and down to Northern Kentucky. We are so grateful to be a part of such a large community were so many people help us do what we love. THANK YOU!

Our AMF Family: From sponsors and partners, to those who just click “like” on our Facebook posts or retweet that one awesome picture, without you our foundation would not be a where it is today. We could not be more thankful for your commitment to what we do and the people we help! THANK YOU!interns

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?! Let us know by commenting on here or on our social media, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

Caroline Wydysh
Events Intern

New Miami’s Candlelight Vigil: Doing Something Worth Remembering

On October 27th, New Miami High School dedicated their #AMFChallenge to Christian Benge and her family by hosting a Candlelight Vigil. Christian Benge, who was a student at New Miami High School, passed away on Friday, October 17th from an underlying heart condition. The high school created a truly amazing event to remember her and support the family. It is great to see that New Miami can create light during such a dark time.

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New Miami high school did a number of fundraisers within the school in order to raise enough money to help the family with expenses for a headstone and a tree they planted outside their school. It is through the generous acts that this school has done, that highlight the importance of coming together to get through a loss and bringing together a community.

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The point of the AMF Challenge is not who can raise the most money but who can make an impact on the community around them. That is just what New Miami is doing and it is wonderful to see a community come together during such a hard time.

Don’t forget to keep us up-to-date on how your AMF Challenge Project is going by following us on social media and hash-tagging AMFChallenge.

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern

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Elder High School Fights Hunger in Cincinnati!

This past Sunday, Elder High School invited some of the AMF staff to join them for their #AMFChallenge Project “The fight against homelessness”!

Elder High School’s Leadership and Initiative Club started undertaking clean-ups in the Price Hill Community. This was their starting point for their project but as fulfilling as it was, they knew they wanted to do something more. After attending the Youth Leadership Seminar, they thought of the idea to pack lunches and distribute them to the homeless that congregate around Paul Brown Stadium during Bengals home games.

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Their Leadership and Initiative Club created an informal rotation week by week so that each boy in the group would get the opportunity to be engaged in giving back to the homeless. Being a part of this experience was great and was something I have never been a part of. I was not the only person there that was new to the experience either. The boys that are part of the club are from all different grades, so they don’t have relationships outside of the group but in this club they are coming together to make a difference in the community.

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These Elder students are building relationships with the homeless so much that they recognize them and look forward to seeing them during Bengals home games. To the boys, the homeless aren’t just people sitting on sidewalks and holding up signs, they are real people who are in need of help. The impact they have on the community is bigger than they even know. We are so proud of what Elder High School is doing!

They have taken the time to think outside of their own community at Elder. The faculty and students are thinking out side of the box and helping a larger community where they can make an even bigger difference than they thought! This quote by their faculty advisor, Mr. Tom Nugent  demonstrates what drives these boys to do what they are doing!

“The only day worth living is one where you can help someone who can never repay you.”

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Don’t forget to keep us up-to-date on your projects by posting to social media and tagging #AMFChallenge. We love to see and hear what wonderful things you are doing out in the community!

Caroline Wydysh

Event Intern

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