Five Fun Facts about Whiz Kids!

Hey everyone, It’s Programs Intern, Kylie!

This week we are sharing five fun facts about our Whiz Kids program! Whiz Kids is our tutoring program that provides one-on-one tutoring for 20 students in kindergarten through 5thgrade at Roberts Paideia Academy. The program is once a week on Wednesday from 4:00pm -5:20 pm.

  1. We have 20 talented WK students!
    • Our 20 kids read a book and once finishing their work, they get to pick out a board game or small activity that they play with their tutor. At the end, we all come together to play a group activity!  The activities are structured to be fun and education which challenge the kids. Last week, we played charades!
  2.  Each year, our students read over 300 books combined!
    • Students read a variety of different books throughout the school year. Books range in level and interest, but our hope is to help students develop better reading skills. Each week students are excited to see what book they get to read!
  3.  We have 12 students in the Unplugged program!
    • Once students age out of the program there is an opportunity to continue learning with the Unplugged program. 6 boys and 6 girls are provided with extra assistance and resources for high school preparation, career exploration, academic help and service learning!
  4.  This is our 9th year as a host!
    • This mark the 9th year for The Foundation as a host for City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids program. City Gospel Mission empowers those in need, whether it be spiritual, emotional, mental or physical skills they may need to succeed in life.
  5.  We have 20 amazing tutors!
    • Want to get involved? You must be at least 16 years old! Most of our tutors do not have previous tutoring experience but training is provided by The Foundation and City Gospel Mission before Whiz Kids begins. There’s plenty of time to register for the 2019-2020 school year! For more information, go to munozfoundation.org

Tune in next week for more AMF information!

-Kylie

Hoops for Hope Brings Beavercreek Community Together

With more than 900 tickets sold and over $2,000 raised, Beavercreek High School went above and beyond with their annual Service Challenge Project. Hoops for Hope took place on February 14th and benefited Project Brite Star, a local organization that has been involved in suicide prevention at Beavercreek School for about 15 years. The event included a student-filled gymnasium, a Teacher vs. Senior basketball game, a half time performance, relay races and a speech from Project Brite Star founder, Sue O’Rear and spokesperson and volunteer, Nick Maloney.

A few of us from AMF were able to stop by Hoops for Hope and the atmosphere within the Beavercreek Gymnasium was unbeatable. The stands were full of Beavercreek students, the band was in full swing and the basketball game was much more intense than we had anticipated (I have never seen a high schooler dunk on his math teacher before). Overall, it was amazing seeing the Beavercreek student body coming together in recognition of a cause that is important to their community. Here are a few shots from the event:

Hoops for Hope emphasized the importance of supporting one another, demonstrated the use of volunteering as a coping strategy and raised awareness on mental health and suicide. Beavercreek chose to benefit Project Brite Star so that the organization could continue to raise awareness of suicide prevention and offer relevant information to students within Beavercreek Schools and parents throughout the community. With over 1,000 students, faculty and staff in attendance, Hoops for Hope was an event that not only raised money for Project Brite Star but celebrated all that the organization has done for the community.

This year we have been delighted with all the hard work and mindfulness that has gone into the projects and are excited to see more finished products. Service Challenge Project deadlines are in April and the winners will be announced in the following weeks.

Did you attend the AMF Youth Leadership Seminar and have an #AMFChallenge Project in the making? We would love to see it! Email Sara at impact@munozfoundation.org to let us know how your project is going and how we can help. We can’t wait to see more completed projects!

Straight “A” Spotlight

Hey everyone, it’s the Straight “A” intern, Courtney!

It’s that time of year again! The nominations for our Straight “A” Scholarship are in full swing, but the deadline is quickly approaching.

The Straight “A” Scholarship is a great opportunity for high school students in the Tri-State area. This scholarship awards students who are pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, is Actively serving in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude and the ability to overcome Adversity. Any student (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA can be nominated, but only seniors are eligible to receive the scholarship money.

We will be awarding thousands of dollars to eighteen senior finalists who will be honored at our luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse on Tuesday, April 16th. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!

Let’s take a look at our Straight “A” Spotlight, where we feature past scholarship recipients, their stories and their recent successes. Here’s one of our 2018 Finalists, Ben Tobbe’s story.

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“I had begun feeling pain in my lower abdomen during the summer before my junior year. I figured my pain would dissipate eventually, but it kept getting worse. I became kind of numb. It was a feeling that is so impossible to describe: I was feeling so much but also nothing at the same time. When the results from my CT scan came back, the doctors concluded that the pain was being caused by a large mass, believed to be a germ cell tumor. They wanted to bring me in for more tests the next day to see if it was malignant.

The next day, I was at the hospital waiting for a verdict. After what felt like an eternity, I was dubbed cancer-free. But there was still one problem. I still had an enormous mass in my body called a lymphatic malformation. But I wasn’t going to let it stop me from living my life.

Fighting through the pain so I can go to school was one thing, but getting myself ready to get back on the court was much tougher. After a summer of feeling out my body and fighting through days of pain where I couldn’t even walk, I took the court on November 28th for the first game of the season.

Throughout this last year I have come to realize that life will knock you down. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how you many times you get back up.”

We contacted him to see what he was up to a year later, and this is what he had to say about the impact this opportunity had on his life.

“I am currently majoring in chemistry at Northern Kentucky University. College is definitely a big adjustment from high school, but I think I have started pretty well as I finished my first semester with a 4.0 GPA. I still plan on attending pharmacy school to earn my Doctor of Pharmacy degree after my undergraduate schooling.

The Anthony Muñoz Foundation and the Straight “A” Scholarship have, in my opinion, been a crucial part of my successful start to my college career. Worrying about how to pay for college is one of the biggest stressors in student has to face, but the scholarship allowed me to attend in NKU on a full scholarship (using my academic scholarship from NKU and the Straight “A” Scholarship)! I believe that lifting the weight of debt off of my shoulders allowed me to focus more on my studying and helped me achieve in all my classes.

I am very thankful for everything the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has provided for me!”

Ben is on the road to success and we can’t wait to see where this journey takes him!

Ready to nominate a deserving student? Click here.

You can find more information about the Straight “A” Scholarship opportunity at munozfoundation.orgIf you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at straighta@munozfoundation.org.  

-Courtney

Meet the Interns

Spring 2019 Interns!

Hello AMF supporters, friends and all! We hope the start of your 2019 has been as sweet as ice-cream! As the AMF year begins to start up again, the blog is back in action to keep you up to date and involved in all that we are up to. This spring, the Foundation has brought on five new interns to help run the show! We are each excited to start our journey with AMF and gain valuable work experience.

Kylie
Kylie is a senior at Xavier University with a double-major in advertising and public relations and a minor in media studies. The Columbus native is the Programs Intern at AMF and is focusing on Whiz Kids and the Impact for Eternity Camp. Kylie was excited to join the AMF team because she wanted to gain knowledge and experience in a real-world environment. In the summer, you can find Kylie enjoying a vanilla soft-serve cone with rainbow sprinkles!

Sonny
Sonny is a graduate from Xavier University where he majored in graphic design and minored in digital media. Sonny chose to come to AMF to gain experience and have the chance to help the Cincinnati community through non-profit work. As the Graphic Deign Intern, Sonny will oversee all marketing, print and digital materials. In the summer, Sonny enjoys a few scoops of Moose Tracks ice-cream on the beach in his home state of Delaware.

Courtney
Cincinnati native Courtney is a senior at the University of Cincinnati with a communications major and public relations certificate. At AMF, Courtney is the Straight “A” Coordinator where she oversees awarding 18 high school seniors with scholarship opportunities. While Courtney needed an internship for graduation, she was excited to work with AMF because of the great opportunity and learning experience. When out on the town, Courtney enjoys Cookies & Cream ice-cream in a bowl with a cone on top.

Maddie
As a communication major and public relations and deaf studies certificate at the University of Cincinnati, Maddie joined the AMF team to get more applicable experience in the communications field and the ability to better understand the variety of jobs. As the Hall of Fame Experience intern, Maddie oversees running the event’s silent auction. Maddie’s favorite place to enjoy Graeter’s Coconut Chocolate Chunk ice cream is straight out of the pint in her bed watching Netflix!

Sara
My name is Sara and I am a senior at Xavier University double-majoring in public relations and advertising with a minor in digital media. This spring, I will be the AMF Impact Intern focusing on Scholarship Fund, Service Challenge Projects and social media channels. The practical experience as well as the mission of AMF is what drew me to intern with the Foundation. In the summer, you’ll most likely find me enjoying Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice-cream at my home in Connecticut.

Make sure to stay tuned in on the blog this spring – with this group of interns and the work of AMF, big things are coming! Also, if you would like to gain experience and do work that impacts the Tri-State, make sure to contact Victoria at vknepp@munozfoundation.org to learn more about the internship opportunities! Fall 2019 is just around the corner.

See you next week!

-Sara 😊