Meet Our Speakers

Attention readers! Mya, here with some very exciting news. Here’s the first look at some of our 2019 Youth Leadership Seminar speakers. We can’t wait for our students to hear from these incredible leaders.

Up first…

Damian Hoskins

YLS SPEAKERS (2)Damian is the Vice President for Arts Impact for ArtsWave, the Cincinnati region’s planner, promoter and fundraiser for the arts. Working closely with business, civic and arts stakeholders, he helps ArtsWave advance its 10-year Blueprint for Collective Action. As a Cincinnati native, Damian strives to give back to his community by working closely with partners such as Strive Partnership and the Hamilton County Community Action Agency to achieve sustainable outcomes for the city. Most recently he served as the Director of Community Programming for Mercy Health. We’re super excited to hear from such an inspiring leader! If you’re interested in finding out more about Damian, you can follow him on Twitter @DamianHoskins.

Our next speaker is…

Chris Tuell

YLS SPEAKERS (3)As Clinical Director of Addiction Services at the Lindner Center of HOPE, Dr. Tuell provides mental health and addiction psychotherapy services for residential and outpatient programs. With over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health and addictions, he is a clinical psychotherapist and a chemical and behavioral addiction specialist. Before joining Linder Center of HOPE, Dr. Tuell provided supervision of all administrative and clinical components of a mental health/substance abuse counseling center at Family Service of the Cincinnati Area. He also served as Clinical Director of the Warren County Juvenile Justice Center and as a psychotherapist for Community Mental Health Centers of Warren County in Lebanon, Ohio and Mental Health Services West in Cincinnati, Ohio. We’re looking forward to hearing his words of wisdom on October 9th.

Also on our lineup…

James Buss

YLS SPEAKERSDr. James Buss is the Dean of the Honors College at Northern Kentucky University. He serves on the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)’s Assessment and Evaluations Committee, as well as their Advocacy Committee. In 2017, he was elected to the Board of Directors for NCHC. He is also the author of “Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes” (2011) and co-editor of “Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America” (November 2014). Dr. Buss continues to work toward the advancement of scholarship on Native American and indigenous issues and has even appeared on NPR, C-Span 2’s “Book TV” and Zócolo Public Square to speak about his work. We can’t wait to hear from such an empowering leader!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of who students will hear from at this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar! Tune in next week to meet more of our speakers.

Let the countdown begin. T-Minus 17 days until Blueprint Cincy!

Until we meet again,

Mya

Welcome Back, Whiz Kids!

Hey, fellow readers! Mya, here. Now that everyone has officially gotten back into the swing of things with school starting, homework assignments are right around the corner (dun dun dunnnn). We have a program here at AMF that can help with that: 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 10 years (since 2009). Our site is with students at Roberts Paideia Academy.Whiz Kids

At the start of the program, AMF staff and volunteer tutors are partnered up with students ranging from kindergartners to 6th grade students, meeting every Wednesday afternoon. The focus of Whiz Kids is for students to develop basic reading skills and comprehension, and character traits.

Whiz Kids First Day

As for those who have aged out of the Whiz Kids curriculum, the Foundation started Unplugged. Aligning with Cincinnati Public School initiatives, AMF works with these students weekly on Social and Emotional Learning activities, high school prep, future career exploration and service learning.Unplugged

As we’ve had the program, we’ve found that Whiz Kids is a way to develop long lasting relationships as well. One successful story of our program is the partnership of Bill and Darwin. Bill and Darwin were paired together in 2012 and created a bond that extended far beyond a tutor student relationship. The two of them would even spend time together outside of the program, attending Red’s baseball and Bengals football games, going out to eat, and to the movies. Even through his socialization with Bill, Darwin was able to learn important life skills while outside of the classroom. Bill says, “I don’t look at that as any kind of an extra burden on me to do things with him. He’s got the best laughing grin. It makes me feel really great because I know life is tough for him. Life is hard for him, but in those moments, I know that hardship isn’t there.”darwin and bill

We’re inspired every day by these kids and the work our volunteers do, and the impact they make on our community. Interested in becoming a tutor? Follow the link here to sign up! Whiz Kids officially starts on September 18th so don’t wait! The only requirements are being 16 years of age or older and no prior tutoring experience is needed. The Foundation will provide you with all the necessary tools to have a start your Whiz Kids journey.Mentor Quote

Thanks for reading about one of our favorite programs at AMF! Tune in next week to read all about our recent Topgolf Tailgate event.

Until next time,

Mya

Build a Foundation for Success at YLS!

Calling all high school students!

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Hi, Everyone! Mya, here. With back to school officially starting, there’s a lot on everyone’s mindsWhat’s on our minds here at AMF? We’re focused on preparing for our biggest event of the year, Youth Leadership Seminar!

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“So, what is YLS exactly?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. YLS, formally known as Youth Leadership Seminar is a one-day leadership development opportunity for Tri-State high school students. You can expect to hear from inspirational speakers, learn valuable lessons in reaching your goals and standing out as a leader in your community. And if that’s not enough, who doesn’t want to meet the GOAT Anthony Muñoz? It’s also a really great opportunity to interact with other student leaders in the area!

Pic2This year’s theme is ‘Blueprint.’ The idea is that students can identify positive leadership traits in order to build a foundation (pun intended) for success and discuss overcoming barriers students may face as they plan for the future. Our main goal for this event is for each attendee to leave with the steps to create their own unique ‘Blueprint’ for success and we want to do everything we can to help them achieve this!

This is the 18th year of Youth Leadership Seminar and we’re so excited to see both first-timers, as well as our frequent attendees! Special thanks to the 50 schools that are already registered for this year’s event!SchoolsRegisteredAll

Interested in registering for the Youth Leadership Seminar? Contact impact@munozfoudation.org. Spots are filling up quick, so don’t forget to register your school by September 20th!

Stay tuned to learn who our speakers will be at this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar! Also, check back next week to hear all about our Whiz Kids Program.

Until next time,

Mya