I am thankful for…

Be thankful and take this opportunity to give back!

What are you thankful for today? There is so much to be thankful for that we take for granted or we just don’t take the time to appreciate what we have. I know that am beyond thankful for my family. The past four and a half years have been difficult at times but with their guidance and support that they have given me I will be graduating college in a few weeks.

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner we would like for you to take this time to reflect on the ways that you have volunteered to make an impact in your community. We here at AMF are so thankful for all the students that are getting involved in Service Challenge to make a difference in their community. During the holiday season we challenge you to step out of the comfort of your project and volunteer in your community in any way you think your community needs help. If you aren’t sure of what you can do, it’s okay we are here to help! I’ve listed a few ideas hoping that you take this opportunity to give back to your community.

Volunteer Ideas:

  • Collect Teddy Bears and Board Games to donate to the Children’s Hospital
  • Volunteer at the Drop Inn Center that is located downtown Cincinnati
  • Clean-up around your school
  • Clothing/coat drive
  • Collecting can-goods

This is a chance to improve your community, to give back, and to help others that are in need! If you have already volunteered and done something to make a difference or know of a way for someone to give back, please comment below and share your experience with us so we can share your story with others.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Today we are going on our Second Service Challenge Tour of the year visiting Turpin High School to see their Service Challenge project in action. Lastly, through our blog post we will be announcing future tour dates, stay-tuned to find out if we will be visiting your school this year.

Megan Barger
Experience Intern

Carlisle High School Hosts a Blood Drive After the Loss of a Student

Service Challenge Projects are underway and our first school visit is this week!

Carlisle High School had mixed emotions when they attended the Youth Leadership Seminar in October. They were excited to learn how to get “Plugged In” to their community, but they also were mourning the loss of their 2012 Homecoming King, Zach “Zeus” Richards, who lost his yearlong battle with leukemia just a few weeks before. Zach served as the inspiration behind the Carlisle Service Challenge Project.

According to Samantha Lee, the coordinating teacher from Carlisle, this project shows that “one soldier formed an army that will continue the fight for many years to come.” 

Carlisle IN - red-squareCarlisle’s Service Challenge Project “Zeus Soldiers…Win the Battle,” consists of a school wide blood drive taking place on Thursday, November 21st. The blood drive begins at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by 12:00 p.m. Students and staff will be collecting teddy bears at the event and throughout the entire school year. These teddy bears will then be donated to Children’s Medical Center in Cincinnati, where Zach spent almost a year of his life battling leukemia.“The project’s goal is to honor Zach and keep his legacy alive.” –Samantha Lee

AMF staff and April Kerley, a YLS speaker and paralympian, are looking forward to visiting our first school! We will be tweeting about the event throughout the day, so be sure to check out #AMFChallenge to stay updated on our visit and all Service Challenge Projects.

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern

YLS and SCP through the years

Wow, have times changed?!

Can you believe we just had our 12th annual Youth Leadership Seminar? Neither can we! The Anthony Muñoz Foundation held the 1st annual Youth Leadership Seminar on April 17, 2002. 36 schools and 360 students attended. This past years Seminar was by far the most successful yet, with over 1,300 students from 100 high schools in attendance.

YLS-through the Years

It’s incredible to compare and see the differences of the Seminar that we held in 2002 to this past years Seminar. Going from only having one guest speaker at YLS to having four guest speakers this year. Our first YLS was in the banquet room of Xavier University whereas this year’s YLS took up a huge part of the arena at the Cintas Center of Xavier University. The biggest change of all is that in 2002 we didn’t have smart-phones or present social media and this year on Twitter we were trending #Pluggedin2013 in Cincinnati. Can you image how much will change within the next decade?

Now that the Seminar is over its time to see all the students put their leadership skills to the test by taking this time to make a difference in their community with Service Challenge projects. (Not familiar with Service Challenge projects? Check out our previous blog to learn more!) This is our fifth year of having students put on a Service Challenge project and starting next week we will be going on tour! Next Thursday, November 21st we will have some of the AMF staff stop at Carlisle High School to see their project a Blood Drive for “Zeus Soldiers.” Learn more about their project in next week’s blog.

Don’t forget we want to see your project in action, all you need to do is tweet pictures and videos of the progress of your project to #AMFChallenge! Not involved in a project? Check out #AMFChallenge on Twitter to see how others are getting involved in their community!

Megan Barger
Experience Intern

Travel around the Tri-State

Buckle up and come for a ride to learn about the Service Challenge Projects from 6 local high schools.

Boy, time is flying by! Can you believe that YLS was a month ago and Thanksgiving is right around the corner?! Here at AMF, we are busy working on many projects, one of which being the Service Challenge! This week, we are going to take you on a trip around Cincinnati, so that you can learn what area high school students are doing to stay active in their communities!

Our journey starts off on the west side of Cincinnati at Mother of Mercy High School. Mercy has attended YLS since 2006 and their project this year is to coordinate an event to promote self-confidence and self-image to area grade schools.

soccer childrenWe now must take the long journey south on 75 to Erlanger, Kentucky, to visit the students at St. Henry District High School. The project developed at YLS is called “Crusaders” Kicks for Kids, where the school community will collect sporting shoes for inner city school children. The kids will even get a surprise visit around the holidays from Santa as they try on their new shoes!

Now, we head east on 275 to Forest Road. Anderson High School is hosting a community dodgeball event this February. The event is aimed to raise community spirit and the profits from the game will go to Mitch’s Mission, a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to send children with cancer to summer camp.

Buckle up for the hour long drive to Carlisle High School in Franklin, Ohio! This November 21st blood drive event is for Zeus Soldiers. Students will pass out teddy bears at Children’s Medical Center in Cincinnati, where a former student and friend spent almost a year fighting his battle against Leukemia before passing away earlier this fall. According to a teacher from Carlisle, “one soldier formed an army that will continue the fight for many years to come.”

Now, we start the car and head to Trenton, Ohio to visit the students of Edgewood High School. We are so glad that Edgewood was able to join us this year! “The Den” is the name of this school’s project where students will be creating a community thrift store run by local students.

Our final stretch of the road trip will be in Cincinnati at Mariemont school childrenHigh School. Students will fundraise and use donated money to provide the children of Frederick Douglas Elementary School with snacks over the weekend so that they do not go hungry. 

Now, that we have travelled around the Tri-State area, you must be exhausted! Before you go and take a nap, it is YOUR turn to let us know your school’s project, so that you can be featured in a future blog post!

Not a YLS school, but already doing something in your hometown or want to help these schools more? Not a problem, just let us know! Continue to tweet using #AMFChallenge so that we can see what change you are making in your community!

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern