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

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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