What It’s Like From the Other Side

Transformation from a high school student at Youth Leadership Seminar to an Anthony Muñoz Foundation intern

Rewind back to 2009, when Sean Witzgall was a student at Harrison High School. Sean was lucky enough to attend the Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) themed “G.E.T. M.A.D. Get Everyone To Make A Difference.” Well, after that seminar, he got so “mad” that he ended up becoming a great leader and role model for others. Fast forward to now, 2014, he is an intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation! Of course we wanted to know more, so we asked him a few questions:

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1.What about YLS do you remember most?

   At YLS, there was a speaker named Matthew Kelly. He talked about making the best version of yourself and gave everyone a free book, which I still read to this day.

2. In 2009, the YLS theme was “G.E.T. M.A.D.- Get Everyone To Make A Difference” What did you “G.E.T. M.A.D.” about?

I got “M.A.D.” about applying my leadership skills in high school. I started an organized student section called “The Den.” The Den is a group that got more students to come to sporting events and had organized themes and cheers. It brought the spirit of the school together.

3. How does it feel to intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, especially since you attended YLS in 2009?

It’s pretty cool to have the connection. Now I am on the other side, and I can make a difference for these kids now.

4. This upcoming YLS’s theme is “Spark”. So what about the Anthony Muñoz Foundation sparks you?

At the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, it is always a positive environment, and creates a good place to make connections.

5. What would you tell others about YLS?

The impact that the seminar made can make you realize the importance of leadership. YLS hit home for me.

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6. How has your life changed since “G.E.T. M.A.D.?”

I became more of a leader, I take on greater challenges and pursue leadership. I changed my major to Organizational Leadership which I will be graduating with in December from Northern Kentucky University.

Without a doubt, Sean has gone on to become a leader in his community and high school. His experience led him on to having an enjoyable college experience and has allowed him to grow even more! Seeing how Sean has used his “Spark” to become a leader, we couldn’t be more excited to see all the leaders create their own spark at YLS this year! #SparkCincy

 

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Sean is in the last row, 4th from the left.

Kristen Ludwig
Programs Intern
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From PluggedIn to Finding Your Spark…

We here at AMF are buzzing with excitement in preparation for the 13th annual Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS)! Following the success of last year’s YLS, we cannot be more thrilled to announce an even bigger, better, more jam-packed YLS than ever before.

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Last year’s YLS was all about getting Plugged In (#PluggedIn2013). Over 1,300 students from 96 high schools in the Tri-State area gathered at the Cintas Center. They spent the day rocking out to music from KJ52, learning valuable life lessons from four wonderful guest speakers, and enjoying a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch.Students were also challenged to develop a Service Challenge Project which would enable them to positively impact their communities. Needless to say, high school students from all over the local area did a fantastic job giving back to and inspiring their community.

Check out our 2013 recap video here!

AMF is eager to relive the excitement. With schools already beginning to register for the event, we are delighted to reveal the theme for this year’s YLS.

Spark. This year we challenge students to find what sparks them. Everyone has something that motivates them. It can be a desire to be creative, a wish to create change, a need to inspire, a burning passion, an outpouring of ideas, or even the opportunity to create a transformation of sorts. Whatever it is, we encourage students to start thinking about what sparks them; what lights the fire within you?   

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Spark also introduces something new to the YLS event: TED Talks. TED Talks are nationally known as inspiring lectures that promote the organization’s slogan, “ideas worth spreading”. AMF has teamed up with Tedx Cincinnati to provide a great line up of speakers that will discuss with students the idea behind spark including creativity, change, inspiration, passion, ideas, and transformation.

Never seen a Ted Talk? Check out this quick TEDx Cincinnati talk by Libby Hunter of Wordplay! 

So far 23 high schools have registered for this year’s YLS. We want to break last year’s record and have more than 100 schools attend the event. So quick! Spread the news and make sure to visit munozfoundation.org to make sure your school is registered! Spark is coming soon to a Cintas Center near you!

Jemannie Luong
Experience Intern
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