Making an Impact Through the #AMFChallenge

Hey readers, Mya here. Since October, we’ve had so many schools email us about their Service Challenge Projects. This extension of our Youth Leadership Seminar allows students make an impact in their community. To show how proud we are of our program students, I wanted to share a few projects that were shared with us.

Seton: Day of Service

Starting off at their designated Houses at school (they have 4), students will have breakfast together, do some bonding activities, and share how they think they can build their own blueprint for service now and in the future. Then Nick Jackson is going to talk to the entire school and share the impact that individuals can have on their community by serving.  After Nick, each mentor group (24 of them) are going to serve either directly at the location or indirectly by doing some projects at school. Then they will come back to school, eat lunch and reflect on our service experience by sharing with our Houses. Then we will finish the day with a prayer service. The prayer service will have 4 reflections (one from each House) regarding the service experience.

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Turpin: HOPE ROCKS

After tragedy struck in their school community, Turpin students participated in a project that affected their entire school in December 2019. They started a HOPE ROCKS campaign where students/Teachers/Community people could paint a rock with a positive message of Hope and place it on the path that leads up to their Soccer/Football/Baseball field. Check out their YouTube video here.

Anderson: “Blueprint You” Mentorship

Through their “Blueprint You” mentorship program, Anderson SALT students participated in Prevention First training on pharming effects of prescription drugs and presented this to the health classes at Nagel Middle School. They’ve also spoken to the Nagel athletic teams as “guest speakers” on the topic of hard work and answered questions from the kids (many wanted to know “what it was like” to be a high schooler, or what they wish they would have done differently as a middle school athlete). Anderson SALT students are completing a new Prevention First training on the dangers of vaping and are planning on doing another round of presentations to Nagel Middle School health classes.

Ursuline: Positivity Drive

The Positivity Drive works to promote positive attitudes and supportive relationships within the Ursuline and greater Cincinnati community. There will be interactive posters hung near the café, and an opportunity to put affirming post it notes on friends’ lockers. There will also be a collection of self-care products for the women at First Step Home. First Step Home is an all-women’s shelter with the goal of encouraging self-sufficient recovery from addiction, while allowing single moms to live with their children. They are looking for donations of bath wash, shampoo, conditioner, nail polish and makeup. These products will help foster the mission of the Positivity Drive. Through their project, students were able to see that they can make a significant difference for community partners when they work together. Over 850 items were collected and delivered to First Step Home. The positive notes to community members helped all to feel seen and valued.

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The amazing work that these students are doing inspires us every day and we could not be more thankful for their dedication and determination. Thank you to everyone who has shared their projects with us so far. Completed a project and wondering what the next step is? Email impact@munozfoundation.org to find out! Completed a project and haven’t reached out? Send us an email! We would love to hear about the work your students are doing.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stay up to date on all things AMF!

See you guys soon,

Mya

Scholarship Fund FAQs

Good Morning Readers. Mya, here.

It’s that time of year where high school students are beginning to apply to college. And as we all know, with applying for college comes applying for scholarships. We have a great opportunity for students who are struggling financially and dream of going to a local college or university. That’s right, it’s officially Scholarship Fund Season! For those of you who are new to our blog, you may be wondering what Scholarship Fund is, and what the application process looks like. I’m here today to give you all of the necessary information to help you achieve success.

What is Scholarship Fund?

Part of our Hall of Fame experience in June, the Scholarship Fund awards multiple $20,000 scholarships to select Tri-State high school seniors to help further their dream of attending a local college or university.

Who can Apply?

This opportunity is open to any high school senior that is currently enrolled in a high school located in our Area of Impact. Applicants must also be attending an eligible Tri-State college or university with a freshman status fall 2020.

How Do I Apply?

To access the application for Scholarship Fund, you can visit our website, which lists all of the eligibility requirements, as well as required documents for your application to be considered complete.

What Happens if I’m Chosen as a Finalist?

If selected as a finalist, the applicant must Interview with member(s) of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Scholarship Fund selection committee and attend the award ceremony held on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Mason, OH.

How Much Time Do I Have Left?

The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2020 so don’t hesitate to send us your applications ASAP!

How Do I Submit My Application?

There area few different ways to submit your application, which include:

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We look forward to seeing your names added to the list of #AMFScholars! This scholarship is a great opportunity to help local Tri-State students achieve their dreams and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of this journey. Still have questions? For more information, you can visit our website or email impact@munozfoundation.org.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming blogs and make sure to follow us @munozfoundation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay updated on all things AMF.

See you soon,

Mya

Service Challenge Spotlight: Northwest High School

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Welcome, Readers! Mya, here.

Here at AMF we love hearing about how our program students are making an impact in their communities, but what we love even more is sharing their impact with all of you! Our Service Challenge asks students to find a need in their community and address it through pledged projects. This allows students who attended our Youth Leadership Seminar to take knowledge and skills they learned and apply them to their own community.

Today’s Service Challenge Spotlight is about Northwest High School and their “Pre-Prom” extravaganza. An identified issue discussed at YLS was the interaction between the student body and their special needs students. A few of their student leaders noticed that at their Senior Prom, the special needs students were less inclined to participate in the dancing and other events and wondered if they were merely overwhelmed by the people and the event.

Thus the “Pre-Prom” was born!

On March 28th from 6-8pm, the U-Knighted Knights will invite the unit kids from Northwest and Colerain to come to Northwest HS for a pre-Prom dance.  And the impact doesn’t stop there! They’ve even gotten members of their community involved with their project. The students’ parents will be invited to escort them, and the event will be catered by one of their school sponsors.  Their AD is going to DJ the event and they’ll even have students from their Cosmetology class from Butler Tech lined up to take beauty appointments for students attending that night.

We’re so proud of these students for making a difference in their community. Way to go, Northwest!

Have a Service Challenge Project coming up? Let us know about it! We’d love to get involved. Email impact@munozfoundation.org with any questions, concerns or to tell us about the great work your students are doing.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming blogs and make sure to follow us @munozfoundation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay updated on all things AMF.

Until next time,

Mya

Become an AMF Straight “A” Student

Hey Readers, it’s Mya.

While there’s always a lot of exciting things we’re planning here at the Foundation, we wanted to share one specific one with you today: Our Straight A Scholarship!

What is Straight “A”?

Here at AMF we attach a new meaning to the term “Straight As.” This scholarship awards high school 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.

How do I become an #AMFScholar?

This scholarship is interesting because students don’t apply. So you’re probably asking, “If I can’t apply, how can I be a part of this opportunity?” Great question, reader! A potential candidate must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, coach, community member, etc. for the Straight “A” Scholarship to be considered.

Who can be Nominated?

Something really cool about this AMF program is that any high schooler in our Area of Impact can be nominated and recognized as an #AMFScholar. However, only seniors are eligible to receive scholarship money toward their college education. The link to nominate can be found here.

What Happens if I’m Chosen as a Finalist?

Each of our finalists will be invited to the Straight A Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, where they will receive a $2,000 scholarship. One overall male and one overall female Straight “A” Student of the Year will be chosen and awarded an additional $3,000 for a total of a $5,000 scholarship.

How Much Time do I Have Left?

The nomination deadline for Straight “A” is February 28th, 2020. With that being said, don’t hesitate to nominate your deserving students ASAP! There is less than a month left until the deadline and we want to make sure as many students are aware of this opportunity as possible.

How Long does this Process Take?

This very quick process takes 5-10 minutes to complete and we ask for information about students based on our AMF Straight “A”s.

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We look forward to seeing you/your students’ names added to the list of #AMFScholars! This scholarship is a great opportunity to help local Tri-State students achieve their dreams and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of this journey. Still have questions? For more information, you can visit our website or email straighta@munozfoundation.org.

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to stay updated on all things AMF! Check back soon for an update on our AMF Service Challenge Projects.

Until Next Time,

Mya

Goodbye, Interns.

Welcome back, Readers. With the end of the semester comes the moment we all knew was coming: a final goodbye to our Fall 2019 interns. It has been a semester filled with laughs, hard work, and impact. Since we now have to say goodbye to our interns, I thought we should hear from each of them about what their AMF experience was like this semester. To do so, I asked them to answer three simple questions:

 

What was your favorite moment/event this semester?

Elle:

My favorite moment during my time interning for AMF was when I took a step back during YLS and just saw all of the students and teachers having a great time. Everyone was dancing or socializing and it just made me feel like all of the hard work was worth it. Watching all of the students engage in their breakout sessions and reading what the students had written to their younger selves during YLS was amazing.

Ryan:

I think that my favorite event from these past four months was the Topgolf Tailgate! The Topgolf Tailgate happened in early September and was the first event I had the opportunity to experience at the foundation. It was my favorite event because It allowed me to really get to know all the full-time staff here at the foundation as well as the interns. My favorite moment during this internship was every time I stepped into Roberts before Whiz Kids started. Not many other internships provide the experience I obtained working with the kids from Roberts and that is something I am grateful for

Emma:

My favorite moment at AMF was the Youth Leadership Seminar, and seeing people use the Snapchat filter I created for the event was really cool.

Mya:

My favorite event of my Fall semester with AMF was Youth Leadership Seminar because I did a lot of social media preparation for it and it was really cool to see all that hard work come to life, and to see how people were actually engaging with the content I created. It was also just a really cool experience to see the students really embracing everything the speakers had to say and fully engaging in the breakout session activities.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at AMF?

Elle:

The most valuable things that I learned during my time at AMF is being able to navigate Excel better and being able to use Mail Merge for mass emails. I know I will use these skills in my future so I am grateful that I was able to learn them at AMF.

Ryan:

The most valuable thing I learned throughout my internship experience is the massive importance scheduling and organization holds when multitasking. Working at the Anthony Munoz Foundation gave me an appreciation for how much work it takes to set up these amazing events (Topgolf Tailgate, Partner Dinner, YLS, HCC). Without emphasizing the importance of scheduling and organization it would be impossible to keep straight and be successful in all the logistics, planning, and communication it takes to develop and execute these events.

Emma:

The most valuable thing I learned while working at AMF is that working towards a goal that inspires the community and people around you is the best kind of work there is. It is so rewarding to see the people who are positively affected by the events we have hosted and the work we have done.

Mya:

The most valuable thing I learned this semester was the importance of organization. I had a lot of responsibilities to juggle and I was taught how to prioritize those tasks in order to meet deadlines. It was also incredibly valuable to learn how to do metrics through social media platforms. This allowed me to see the true impact I was making on the Foundation’s followers and that was really cool to see.

What’s next for you?

Elle:

In the next year or so I hope to find a summer marketing internship. I hope that I get accepted into the 1-year Masters program at UC for IO Psychology. I also was recently elected the Panhellenic Delegate for my Sorority where I will be the connection between my chapter and all other chapters on campus so I know I will be busy with that in the upcoming future. Lastly, by the end of 2020 I hope to have my first publication in the research world. I am looking forward to see what the future holds and I would like to thank AMF for helping me grow personally and professionally.

Ryan:

I am completing my final semester at Xavier University where I will be graduating this upcoming May. I will be spending the next couple months working on my full time job search as well as enjoying my last semester at Xavier with my friends.

Emma:

I will be finishing my final semester at UC this spring and graduating!!

Mya:

I will be joining AMF for another semester, where I will continue to develop content for the various social media platforms we post on and write for blogs like this one. I will also be overseeing the AMF Scholarship Fund. I could not be more excited to see where my next semester with the Foundation takes me!

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And that’s a wrap! I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday, and I will see you all in the new year!

Until we meet again,

Mya

 

 

Thankful for the AMF Service Challenge

Welcome back, Readers! Mya, here. Keeping with the theme of thankfulness this November, this week’s blog post is a thank you to our Service Challenge Project participants. Since the official start of the #AMFChallenge we have received a lot of submissions about ideas from some of our partner schools. I wanted to highlight the projects that Loveland High School, Anderson High School, and Community Christian Academy have in the works.

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Loveland:

The student leaders of Loveland High School will be doing a fundraiser around a girls’ basketball OHSAA Foundation Game on November 19th.  The money raised during the game and during school that week will go towards the purchase of Ninja Warrior Obstacles for William Howard Taft Elementary. Loveland chose this particular school because they wanted to work with an elementary school that was outside of the district and connect with students at an inner-city school. These students will engage with their community to fundraise and then will interact and create a mentorship/giveback day with Taft Elementary. On this day, they will present the students of William Howard Taft Elementary their new Physical Education Ninja Warrior items. Great idea, Loveland!

Community Christian Academy:

The newly created Service Leadership Team at Community Christian Academy has been very active in their community over the past two months. With the holiday season right around the corner, I decided to highlight a few of their upcoming projects surrounding the holidays. Recently, CCA had a fundraiser to help provide food baskets and gift cards they collected to a local family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They also started a Thanksgiving food drive where all the donations will go to a local food outreach program in Kenton County. CCA students even partnered with the USO to send Christmas cards and letters to service members overseas for the Holidays. They will also be sending a banner created by the school to hang for the troops to see daily with words of encouragement and support. What a fantastic way to make an impact over the holiday season, CCA!

Anderson High School:

Last month Anderson High School sent 15 of their 150 Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) members to Nagel middle school through their newly created “Blueprint You” mentorship program. Through the Prevention First Program, students stayed after school for 3 extra hours to complete their certification/training to present to 7th grade health classes on the harmful effects of vaping. They also asked the middle school students to write (on a notecard) who they were, who they wanted to be, and what choices they were making to get there. This month, they’ll be sending 4 more SALT students down to the middle school, to participate on a panel for the Nagel 8th grade students, on “How to Survive High School.” Next semester, they plan to train 15 more SALT students to present in the health and wellness classes as well. We love the creativity, Anderson!

From the bottom of our hearts, everyone at the Foundation is so thankful for all the hard work and dedication these student leaders have put into the AMF Service Challenge. We can’t wait to see how some of our other partner schools will make an impact in their communities as well.

Don’t forget to keep us updated on your AMF Service Challenge Projects by using #AMFChallenge. And don’t forget to stop by next week to read all about how thankful we are for our scholarship program students!

Until next time,

Mya

 

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Special thanks to First Watch, our sponsor of AMF Service Challenge Projects. We cannot thank you enough for all you do, and your continued support of our student leaders!

A Thank You to our Volunteers

Hey readers! Mya, here. Now that it’s officially November, we’re feeling especially grateful for the many people that help to make AMF what it is. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing blogs about how thankful we are for them and everything they do.

This week’s post is a thank you to our volunteers! Our amazing team of volunteers consists of corporate partners, scholarship recipients, and even previous interns.

One of our favorite volunteer stories is about the Thatchers. Bill and Vickie started volunteering at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation around 2006. Their passion for volunteering was shown through their years of involvement with the Hall of Fame Experience and our Youth Leadership Seminar. After their passing, Bill and Vickie’s son Brandt wanted to continue his parents’ legacy by volunteering for events at the Foundation. He even brings his son Wesley to volunteer at our events, too! Bill and Vickie’s other son, Pat is also very involved with the Foundation. Pat has attended our Youth Leadership Seminar with Anderson High School and helped organize many AMF Service Challenge Projects. We’re so thankful for the Thatcher family and the impact they have made over the years.

Another amazing volunteer example is with our partners at Cincinnati Bell. For 19 years, they’ve not only sponsored some of our events, but volunteered at them as well. Bringing more than 120 volunteers, Cincinnati Bell attended the Hall of Fame Golf Classic and volunteered at our Youth Leadership Seminar for about 2 years. They even hosted a tour of their company for our Whiz Kids program. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done over the last 19 years!

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It is not said enough the difference that our volunteers make in the lives of our AMF Impact Program Students. Interested in being a part of the impact? Follow the link here to become an AMF Volunteer or email Cristen at cjohnson@munozfoundation.org.

Tune in next week for an update on the AMF Service Challenge Projects by Loveland and Community Christian Academy!

Until next time,

Mya