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

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Meet the Interns – Fall 2018!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to fall, and the start of a new school year. A new school year always brings changes, this time, there are some new interns around the AMF office! These interns are ready to help put on the AMF programs and gain beneficial work experience and skills.

We have five interns this fall, who each have their own position and programs they support. As we all know, Netflix can be a college student’s best friend so I asked each of them if they had a favorite Netflix show or if they had a Netflix show about their own life, what would it feature and here’s what they had to say.

Maddie GraphicMy name is Madeline Miller. I am a senior studying Communications, Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati. I am from Oregon, Ohio and my role with AMF this fall is the Events Intern and you’ll be hearing a lot more from me on the blog this semester. If I had my own Netflix show, it would be called “What Brings You Joy” and it would feature interviews with interesting and positive people, similar to Oprah’s ‘Soulful Sundays’ show. I love hearing the stories of other people and how they bring joy into others’ lives (by their words, actions, etc.) and I want to share those stories with a large audience.

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The next intern is Kayla. Kayla is a junior studying Advertising, Digital Media, and Public Relations at Xavier University. She is from Fairfield, Ohio and her role with AMF is the Youth Leadership Seminar intern. “I enjoy Black Mirror on Netflix because I’m fascinated with technology and it relates to my life since I always try to have the newest gadgets around.”

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Next intern up is Morgan Klepper. Morgan is a junior studying Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Sandusky, Ohio and her role at AMF is the Program Planning & Development Intern. “If I had my own TV show it would be a talk show and I would probably name it ‘Morning’s with Morgan.’ Even though I’m not a morning person, I love watching talk shows, especially Ellen, so it feature very similar things. “

 

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Fourth on the list, is Liz Baenziger. Liz is a senior studying Communications and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Mason, Ohio (Go Comets!) and her roles at AMF include Topgolf Tailgate Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator for Hall of Fame Golf Classic. Her favorite Netflix Show is Gilmore Girls, because “I just really want to be the third Gilmore Girl, so I watch this on Netflix all the time and pretend I live in Stars Hollow. I feel like Rory and Lorelai are my actual friends in real life and we would just drink lots of coffee and talk about books together.”

Sarah GraphicLast but not least, is Sarah Crowley. She is a senior studying Operations Management and Non-Profit Community Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Cincinnati, and her role with AMF is the Programs Intern, specifically Whiz Kids and Hispanic Character Camp. “My favorite TV show of all time is Friends and conveniently enough I like to think that is what a TV show about my life would look like.  I love my friends and would consider them family.  I value loyalty and would consider being there for someone in good times and bad to be a great honor.  I like to find the silver lining in life and I don’t think there is a problem in the world that can’t be helped by spending time in a comforting place, with great friends, and even greater laughs.”

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about us. We are excited to see what we can accomplish this fall! Check back next week for our next blog post on our biggest event of the year – Youth Leadership Seminar!

 

Cheers,

Maddie

Events Intern

AMF Scholarship Fund Continues to Make Impact Through the Years

Whether a senior yourself, or know someone who is graduating high school this year, we have a great scholarship opportunity! Our Scholarship Fund awards multiple $20,000 scholarships to students from around our Area of Impact looking to continue their education at a local college.

So, what makes this scholarship so great?

  • This is an annual scholarship at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation that has been impacting lives since 2003.
  • Through the years, the scholarship has awarded over one million dollars to deserving students.
  • Past recipients have gone on to continue their education at thirteen different colleges. Not only that, but these recipients have represented 53 different high schools through the years.
  • Currently, there are 26 students making an impact through the Scholarship Fund

Take a look at some awesome impact stories from past Scholarship Fund recipients!

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Growing up, Alma struggled with acclimating to a new country and new language. Despite that, she persevered. In 2012, Alma graduated from Hamilton High School and received the Foundation’s $20,000 scholarship. Alma attended Northern Kentucky University, where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry, and a 4.0! During her time in undergrad, Alma gave back to the Foundation as a Whiz Kids tutor. Now, five years after Alma received our scholarship, she is in her second year at Harvard Medical School.

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Meet Devon Cook. He is a 2016 Brookville High School graduate and Scholarship Fund recipient. He now attends the University of Dayton. Devon has continued to give back to the Foundation by volunteering at our weekly Whiz Kids tutoring program. We’re excited to continue to follow Devon’s story and see the impact he’s going to make in his community.

Victor

Victor is one of our Impact Program students who has grown along with us. In 2011, he attended our Hispanic Character Camp as a 7th grader. Five years later in 2016, Victor graduated from Colerain High School and was recognized as one of our AMF Scholarship Fund recipients. In 2017, Victor returned to Hispanic Character Camp.   This time, as a coach.

We have loved seeing what our past scholarship recipients have gone on to do, and we are excited to see what our 2018 winners will have in store!

For more eligibility requirements and the application, visit our website today!

Congratulations to our 2018 Straight “A” Finalists!

This year, the Straight “A” Scholarship received more than 320 nominations from 118 local high schools. From those hundreds of nominations, 18 deserving finalists were chosen by our selection committee. The finalists were chosen based on their Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, winning Attitude, and strong Ambition, all while overcoming Adversity and continuing to Actively serve the community.

We are excited to announce the 18 deserving finalists of the 2018 Straight “A’ Scholarship! Congratulations to all those selected!

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Each finalist will receive $2,000 towards their college education. In addition, Anthony will choose one male and one female overall winner to receive an additional $3,000 to further their education, for a total of $5,000. On April 24th, we will recognize these seniors at a luncheon hosted at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Congratulations to all the finalists again! We are excited to acknowledge your accomplishments and support your future impact!

Stay tuned for more on our finalists!

A Look Into #WhizKidsWednesday

Here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation we have many programs that impact the Tri-State youth but, one of my personal favorite programs is Whiz Kids. In partnership with City Gospel Mission this program is in its 8th year. Every Wednesday, our volunteers go to Roberts Paideia Academy in Price Hill to tutor students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. During their time together, the tutor focuses one-on-one with their Whiz Kid and helps them with their reading skills and comprehension.

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This semester I am a tutor for Miguel. He is in 3rd grade and one brightest kids that I know. Every week, Miguel greets me with big smile and he is always the first one to sit down and begin reading his book. Tutoring Miguel is a blast because he loves to read his books and always wants to discuss what is happening in the book or at school! Miguel keeps me on my toes at all times and always makes Whiz Kids exciting.

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If it wasn’t for City Gospel Mission, we would not be involved with the Whiz Kids Program. City Gospel Mission is a non-profit that places focus on the homeless and people involved in the cycle of poverty. One of their main focuses is the tutoring and mentoring of at-risk youth in the Tri-State area.

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Every year we are in need of new tutors and if you wish to tutor, the link to sign up can be found here. Previous tutoring experience is not required to become a Whiz Kids tutor. City Gospel Mission provides the Whiz Kids tutors with training before the first day.

Tutors must be 16 years old or older and the program runs at Roberts Paideia Academy every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Next week we read all about the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship from Meggie!

-Ryan Quilty

 

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Lineman of the Year Winners! 

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On February 22nd AMF held their annual Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year Awards Banquet. It was a night filled with inspiration and excitement. We were honored to recognize all of the work these young men have accomplished on and off the football field. Out of the 80+ nominations these finalists were chosen by our Selection Committee: Anthony Muñoz, Michael Muñoz, Dave Lapham, Mike Dyer and Clint Bolin:

 

Ohio Division I
Offensive Lineman:  Zach Carpenter, Archbishop Moeller HS             
Defensive Lineman: Malik Vann, Fairfield HS

Ohio Division II
Offensive Lineman: Zeke Correll, Anderson HS
Defensive Lineman: Maurice Chapman, Winton Woods HS

Ohio Division III

Offensive Lineman: Jaison Williams, Trotwood Madison HS
Defensive Lineman: Jackson Gear, Archbishop McNicholas

 Ohio Division IV
Offensive Lineman: Mick Oakes, Indian Hill HS
Defensive Lineman: James Smith, Wyoming HS

Ohio Division V
Offensive Lineman: Ryan Wichmann, CHCA
Defensive Lineman: Michael Warden, Summit Country Day

Ohio Division VI
Offensive Lineman: Kevan Ridley, St Bernard Elmwood Place
Defensive Lineman: Patrick Magarian, Cincinnati Country Day

Southeast Indiana
Offensive Lineman: Josh Maple, Batesville HS
Defensive Lineman: Keegan Gindling, East Central HS

Northern Kentucky
Offensive Lineman: Carter Black, Covington Catholic HS
Defensive Lineman: Kameron Butler, Covington Catholic HS

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Overall and “In the Trenches” finalists with Anthony. From right to left: Zeke Correll, Dillon Stone and Malik Vann. 

 

The two athletes chosen as this season’s overall Offensive Lineman Zeke Correll from Anderson HS and Defensive Lineman Malik Vann from Fairfield HS. We were also very excited to award Dillon Stone from Hamilton High School as our 2nd annual “In The Trenches” Award finalist. This award recognizes a student athlete who most represents the Foundation’s mission on and off the field. This award takes into consideration a student -athlete’s athletic achievements, academic accomplishments and community involvement.

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Dillon Stone “In the Trenches” winner with Anthony 

Here at AMF we believed Dillon exemplified what a “In the Trenches” finalists stood for. Dillon has an inspiring story of how football and his adoptive family has made him the man he is today. Mike Dyer from our selection committee wrote an outstanding article on Dillion’s story.  

A special thank you to our host Manor House located in Mason, Ohio. We would not have been able to recognize everything these student-athletes have accomplished without your support.

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2017-2018 Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year Finalists

The Foundation was honored to be able to recognize these athletes for their accomplishments on the football field, in their classrooms and in their communities. Good luck to all of our winners as they continue their football and education careers!

Dayna Prinz- Lineman of the Year Coordinator Intern

 

Career Connection Talk

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This internship with AMF has been very beneficial to me because of the opportunity I am receiving to better my skills and gain new experiences in the working world. One of the best things that Victoria, our intern director, does during our time here is the Career Connection talks. Victoria contacts and brings in former AMF interns to talk and discuss about their career path and how they got to the position they are in today.

About 3 weeks ago, we had our first Career Connection at AMF. Emily Kurzhals was an AMF intern in the Fall of 2016. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Communications and a Minor in Organizational Leadership, Certificate in Public Relations. Emily now works at P.L. Marketing in Cincinnati as a Space Planning Analyst for Kroger stores.

One of the biggest things I received out of Emily’s presentation was her path to finding a full-time job out of school was difficult. I am currently in the job search and there have been many times where I have felt overwhelmed. Hearing about Emily’s path and how she had a summer internship before finding a full-time job calmed my nerves a little bit because it reiterated that everyone’s path to a full-time job is different.

Another thing that this talk helped me with was the chance to question her about her resume, cover letter and interview questions. It is always good to hear ideas from another person because all employers look at resumes and cover letters differently, so having another opinion on how to write and format them could help me in the future.

I am looking forward to being able to talk with the next person coming in and hear their story about getting in to the working world.

If you are interested in an internship with AMF please contact Victoria Knepp at vknepp@munozfoundation.org.  We have internships every Spring, Summer and Fall at the Foundation!

Stay tuned for the next blog post by Dayna about our Lineman of the Year Banquet!

-Ryan Q