The Road to Success: NKU Scholarship Opportunity

Welcome, readers! Mya, here. We have some very exciting news here at the foundation that we want you all to know about. Thanks to our new partnership with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), select Anthony Muñoz Foundation Impact Program students will be chosen to receive a scholarship from $500 to $20,000 to NKU. We couldn’t be more thrilled to aid our student leaders in achieving their goals through this opportunity.

The First Steps:

Step 1: To be considered for this scholarship, you must apply to NKU before November 29, 2019.

  • You’ll also need to provide proof of this application by sending us the NKU confirmation email you’ll receive.
  • Good News! If you apply to NKU before the deadline, your $40 application fee will be waived!

Step 2: Complete your FAFSA for the following school year.

Step 3: Complete the AMF scholarship application.

Step 4: Submit your application to the Anthony Munoz Foundation via:

  • Fax: (513) 772-4911
  • Scan and Email: cwillis@munozfoundation.org
  • Mail*: Anthony Muñoz Foundation

8919 Rossash Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Attn: Caleigh Willis

*If you submit your application on the day of the deadline it must be postmarked for November 29, 2019 by 11:59pm

Step 5: Wondering if you are eligible to receive this scholarship or have any questions? Email impact@munozfoundation.org for more information.

Another thing to keep in mind when applying for this scholarship is that once you apply, you are automatically eligible for other scholarship opportunities through the Foundation. We want to see you succeed and are more than happy to give as you many tools as we can to help you achieve this.

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Hayley Schrichten was one of our Scholarship Fund recipients, where she received a $20,000 scholarship from AMF, along with an additional $2,000 from NKU during last year’s Hall of Fame Dinner. Growing up, Hayley’s family “lived with different family members and several homeless shelters,” due to her parent’s addiction. In fourth grade alone she had “23 different addresses and had been enrolled into 9 different schools in just one year”. Luckily for her, a 19-year-old family friend, Stefanie fought to gain custody of her and her siblings and eventually won in 2010. Despite all odds, she graduated high school, unlike either of her parents, and even earned her STNA license.

Hayley says, “I grew up faster than most kids, but I will forever be an independent woman and achieve my goals. I use to wonder why God would let me go through so much. But my situation has showed me my purpose and I hope to one day give my children the childhood I never had and make a difference in the lives of children in similar situations as mine.”

Hayley’s story was such an inspiration to us, and we want to help students just like her succeed, despite all the barriers they’ve had to overcome.

As always, thank you for staying updated on all things AMF! As the holidays are around the corner, all of us here at the Foundation would like to take a step back and reflect on the things we’re truly grateful for. Visit us in the next couple weeks to hear all about the things we’re thankful for.

See you soon,

Mya

AMF Service Challenge Tips: Make Your Impact

Welcome, readers! Mya, here. Now that the Youth Leadership Seminar has officially come to a close, it’s now that time of year for students to start planning their Service Challenge Projects. Wondering how to get started? No need to worry, we’ve got some great tips on how to make your project the best it can be! But first…

What exactly is the AMF Service Challenge?

At Youth Leadership Seminar, each school is challenged to find a need in their community and address it through pledged Service Challenge Projects. This project urges students who attended the event to take the knowledge and skills they learned and apply them in their own community. The AMF Service Challenge runs from October 9, 2019 through April 1, 2020.

How to do a Service Challenge Project:

You can complete your project one of two ways:

  • Create a Project: Develop your own project aimed to solve, impact or change a need or issue in your community.
  • Join a Project: Join a pre-planned project in a partnership with Freestore Foodbank or Hoxworth Blood Centers. (Email cwillis@munozfoundation.org for more information and who to contact)

Our Tips for You

  • Help a cause that is important to you or that has made an impact on your life
  • Try to get other members of your community involved
  • No idea is too big…or too small! The focus of this project is to make an impact on your community in the best way you know how.
  • Use training resources provided by Square1
  • Apply the leadership skills you learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar to your project.

Still racking your brain for ideas? Check out how some of our students made an impact last year!

Examples of 2018 Service Challenge Projects:

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Aiken and Anderson high schools teamed up to raise funds to begin soccer and volleyball programs at the Aiken Largo School in Sierra Leone. Between the two schools, the fundraising goal of $1,500 was hit which funded both programs.

 

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Oyler students came together to assist families that were going through a hard time during the 2018 holiday season. Students raised $350 and purchased 225 craft kits to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati.

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Beavercreek students raised $2,000 benefiting Project Brite Star by selling over 900 tickets to their Hoops for Hope event, where they challenged their teachers to a game of basketball.

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read all about the AMF Service Challenge! We hope these tips were helpful to you as you begin the process of your projects. Follow along with #AMFChallenge for updates on what other students are doing for their Service Challenge Projects.

Tune in next week to learn all about our Scholarship Fund opportunity in partnership with Northern Kentucky University.

See you soon,

Mya

Final Thoughts on #BlueprintCincy

Welcome back, Readers! Mya, here.

Another year, another Youth Leadership Seminar in the books. I want to first take a moment to thank everyone who attended #BlueprintCincy on October 9th. I hope you had as much fun as the AMF team did! For those of you who couldn’t attend, here’s a quick recap for you:

With over 1,000 students in attendance from more than 70 schools, YLS was a day of coming together to create a blueprint for success! We had the privilege of having Nick Jackson of Speaklove as our emcee and heard from inspiring speakers including Damian Hoskins of Artswave, Jim Buss of Northern Kentucky University, Daniel Katz of NoCow, and Dr. Chris Tuell of Lindner Center of HOPE. Students also participated in breakout sessions where they discussed ideas for their AMF Service Challenge Projects and interacted with students from different schools. And who can forget KDrama’s performance?! He had us on our feet and singing along in between speakers. All in all, YLS was an incredible experience.

But don’t just take it from us…See what some of our student leaders had to say about the event!

Check out what our speakers had to say about this experience:

 

From speakers to breakout sessions to the biggest dance party YLS has ever seen, every student walked away with a new perspective, a will to lead, and inspiration and hope for the future, which is what Youth Leadership Seminar is all about.  We hope to see you and your classmates at the 2020 Youth Leadership Seminar!

Tune in next week for some AMF Service Challenge tips on how to make your project the best it can be.

Until next time,

Mya

YLS: One Week Out!

Hey guys, Mya here! With Youth Leadership Seminar right around the corner, I wanted to share a little about what students will be a part of at our biggest event of the year!

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This year’s theme is Blueprint. Our goal is for each student to leave with the steps to create their own unique ‘Blueprint’ for success. At the Seminar students will:

  • identify positive leadership traits in order to build a foundation for success
  • discuss overcoming barriers they may face as they plan for the future
  • hear from speakers including Damian Hoskins of Artswave, Dr. Chris Tuell of Lindner Center of HOPE, James Buss of Northern Kentucky University, and Daniel Katz of No Cow. They’ll be discussing a range of relatable adversities and topics to empower and encourage students to become their best selves.
  • participate in breakout sessions that will give them the platform to self-reflect, discuss meaningful issues, and put into place after-event action plans.

Since the event started in 2002, we have reached over 15,000 Tri-State students. This year there are over 1,000 students and over 80 schools attending, with almost half of the registered schools having attended at least 10 years! We are so excited to see what empowering advice our students walk away with at Blueprint Cincy.

Check out the list of the registered schools for the 2019 Youth Leadership Seminar!

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To get a sense of how much fun Youth Leadership Seminar really is, here is a recap of our 2018 event!

Thanks for checking in to learn a little more about Youth Leadership Seminar! Looking to empower local Tri-State students? Sign up to be a volunteer on October 9th here: http://bit.ly/2nF0q4X

Make sure to follow #BlueprintCincy on October 9th to see live posts from the event!

See you soon,

Mya

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.

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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