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,


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,


Build a Foundation for Success at YLS!

Calling all high school students!


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!




“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 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,


Meet the Interns of Fall 2019!

Hi! Mya, here. With the start of fall comes a new school year, a fresh start and of course, a new set of interns! Our interns are eager to start working on the AMF programs and to gain new experiences to better prepare them for their futures.

Once a new school year begins, and along with that, homework begins, sometimes it’s nice to imagine yourself somewhere else. Maybe somewhere exotic, a new city you have yet to discover. Because everyone wishes for a vacation occasionally, I asked each of our interns, “If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?” or “What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on and why?”

Untitled design (4)My name is Mya Priester. I’m a junior, studying Advertising and Public Relations at Xavier University (Go Muskies!).  My hometown is Buffalo, New York and my role at AMF this semester is the Social Media and Content Development Intern. I’ll be updating all the AMF social media, as well as the blog that you are reading right now, so you’ll be hearing a lot from me! If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Fiji because I love tropical places and sitting on the beach sounds like an amazing break from all the papers I’ll soon be writing. 

Our next intern is Elle McGuire. Elle is originally from Shelby Township, Michigan but isUntitled design (2) attending University of Cincinnati for Industrial Organizational Psychology. Her role at AMF will be developing, managing, and executing the logistics for our 18th Annual Youth Leadership Seminar. Elle’s response to the best vacation she’s ever been on was “This past summer I went to Europe. I went to London, Paris, Rome, Venice, and Barcelona. My favorite place was Venice, Italy because it was breath taking and the food was amazing. Everything in Venice was so relaxed and there was always something to do. I learned about so much history on the trip and I can definitely say I miss it already!”

Untitled design (1)Next is Cody Saraco-Polner! Cody is a Sport Administration Major with both a Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies and Marketing Minor. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and his role at AMF is the Topgolf Tailgate Coordinator. When asked where he would go, Cody said, “If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Calabria, Italy to go see where my mom’s grandparents grew up.”

Fourth on the list is Maddie Mershad, who attends Xavier University with a major in Untitled design (3)Management and minors in Entrepreneurship and Economics. Originally from Springboro, Ohio, So far, Maddie has worked on the Football Academy, and this fall is coordinating the Topgolf Tailgate raffle, as well as volunteer outreach. Maddie says, “If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Ireland because it is so beautiful there and they have amazing food!

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Next on the list is Ryan Gardner. Ryan will be helping with our WhizKids and Hispanic Character Camp this fall, and attends Xavier University, majoring in Sport Management and Marketing. His hometown is Winnetka, Illinois, which is about 20 minutes north of Chicago. Ryan says, “The best vacation I have ever been on was to Atlantis in the Bahamas. Other than the usual laying on the beach and going on waterslides I also was able to swim with dolphins and meet Shaquille O’Neil.”

Last and certainly not least is Emma Gies! She is majoring in Communications, with a Untitled designPublic Relations Certificate. She is from West Chester, Ohio and her role at AMF is the graphic designer. Emma’s favorite vacation was last summer when she traveled throughout Europe for a month with her family, visiting Germany, Italy, France, and England. “This was an amazing trip because as a family we went to see our favorite band The Cure, in concert for their 40th reunion show in Hyde Park, London. We danced and sang amongst nearly one hundred thousand people, and it was a magical time!”

Thanks so much for stopping by and learning a little more about us. We’re thrilled for the new and exciting experiences we know we’ll gain here at AMF and to see what lies ahead for us this Fall.

Looking for a Spring internship? Email Victoria Knepp your resume and cover letter at

Check back next week to learn more about our biggest event of the year, Youth Leadership Seminar!

Until next time,


The Countdown to Scholarship Fund Is On!

Happy Friday everyone! This week’s blog will be the last look of the Scholarship Fund including all the who, what, when and why’s. The application deadline in Wednesday, May 1st so make sure to share this $20,000 scholarship opportunity with any eligible seniors that you know or if you are a deserving senior, make sure to apply!



The Scholarship Fund has been one of the Foundation’s programs since 2002. Since being founded, the Scholarship Fund has awarded over one million dollars to dozens of local seniors. Each year, we award multiple $20,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Tri-State area. Currently, we have 24 recipients in our Scholarship Program and we are excited to continue growing the program.



Anthony and his family developed the Scholarship Fund to help graduating seniors attend a local college or university to achieve their dream of gaining a higher education. Recipients of the Scholarship Fund do not only receive $20,000 towards their college education, they also become a part of the AMF family and are provided with resources and connections to help them navigate through college and future job searches.



To be eligible for the Scholarship Fund students meet these eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or a minimum composite ACT score of 18
  • A 2019 graduating high school senior within our Area of Impact
  • A freshman standing at an Eligible Tri-State University for Fall 2019
  • A financial need, a desire to overcome adversity, an above average academic standing or a leadership role in the community

The Scholarship Fund application includes:

  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript
  • An acceptance letter from a local college or university
  • A college ID #
  • A SAR Report (this can be found through FAFSA)

To submit your Scholarship Fund application, applicants can choose one of these methods:

  1. Mail your application to – Anthony Muñoz Foundation, 8919 Rossash Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, Attn: Victoria Knepp
  2. Scan and email your application to –
  3. Fax your application to – (513) 772-4911



The Scholarship Fund looks to reward hard working, optimistic individuals that have faced financial need, overcame adversity, achieved academic excellence and have made a positive impact. These students have not only overcome obstacles but have excelled despite them.

Currently, we have several Scholarship Fund recipients that have continued to amaze us. With 5 days left to submit your application, we found it fitting to highlight the 5 recipients from 2018!

  1. Michaela TownsendDePaul Cristo Rey, Xavier University
  1. Caralyne WallaceNewport High School, Thomas More College
  1. Alan NdikintumPurcell Marian HS, Univeristy of Cincinnati
  1. Natera BeanSchool for Creative + Performing Arts, University of Cincinnati
  1. Camryn MorrowSchool for Creative + Performing Arts, University of Cincinnati


HOF18Dinner_233The Scholarship Fund deadline is 5 DAYS away! Make sure to get your applications in by Wednesday, May 1st so that you can be recognized for all of your hard work and accomplishments.




If you have any questions, feel free to contact!

More about Scholarship Fund:

Scholarship Fund Application:

2019 Straight “A” Luncheon, a true inspiration

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On Tuesday, April 16th the Foundation hosted the Annual Straight “A” Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. With support from the Harold C. Schott Foundation, all 18 of our Tri-State senior finalists went home with $2,000 scholarships to help further their education.

At the luncheon, all our finalists courageously shared their stories of adversity, and it was clear that in no way have they let those adversities stop them from achieving incredible things. We are honored to now be a small part of their story.

Meet our incredible finalists!


All these finalists fulfill the Foundation’s redefined meaning of Straight “A”s. Our finalists are pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic Achievement, are Actively serving in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude and the ability to overcome Adversity.

SA Winners


From the 18, Anthony selected an overall male and female winner. With such amazing students, this year was no easy choice! The overall Straight “A” Students of 2019 were Jasmine Asberry from Butler Tech and Colerain High School and Hunter Fletcher from Little Miami High School. Both finalists received an additional $3,000 scholarship, for a total of $5,000.


Jasmine speakingJasmine is a student at Colerain High School where she has been involved in athletics and activities such as cheerleading, dance, Key Club, RISE and Honor Society all while maintaining a 3.95 GPA. Jasmine is also currently attending Butler Tech where she will become a State Tested Nursing Assistant. Jasmine will attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall to become a Registered Nurse.


Hunter speaking

At Little Miami High School, Hunter is a member of the football, track & field and wrestling teams with a 3.5 GPA his senior year. He has received the Tom Potter National Courage Award and the Freshman MVP Award from the National Football Foundation. Hunter also has a passion for serving his community and volunteers with the youth football league and other community events like “Bray Bowl” and Little Miami Bandfest. Hunter plans to attend Wittenberg University to study Criminology in the fall.

Check out all of our finalist’s inspiring and moving stories here.

We want to thank our selection committee, sponsors and partners for making this event possible. It has been an amazing process awarding these deserving students and we can’t wait to follow their future successes!

If you’re still looking for a scholarship, make sure to check our our $20,000 Scholarship Fund. The deadline is May 1st, so check it out, right now! Click here for more information and an application. 

Coming up, we have more information about our Scholarship Fund so make sure to stay tuned!



This Year in Service Challenge Projects

Each year at our Youth Leadership Seminar, we challenge schools within the Foundation’s Area of Impact to find a need in their community and address it. Through Service Challenge Projects, we have seen students come together to do the unbelievable. This year, we were ecstatic to see students come together to aid their school, community and third world countries.

In this week’s blog, we are going to shine light on some of the amazing Service Challenge Projects we have received this year! Don’t see your project? Make sure to keep an eye on our social media for a shout out. Want to participate in a Service Challenge Project next year? Learn more about the Youth Leadership Seminar here.

Hillsboro High School

Hillsboro High School’s Service Challenge Project, Blessing Bags, impacted the community, especially those in nursing homes. For their Service Challenge Project, 15 Hillsboro High School students came together to fill stockings and create goodie bags for members of their community in nursing homes. All the goodie bags were personally delivered, allowing time for the students to speak and spend time with over 100 recipients.

Anderson and Aiken High School

Anderson and Aiken High School continue to build upon their Service Challenge Project by doing amazing things for the Aiken Largo School in Sierra Leone. This year, the schools teamed up to raise funds to bring soccer and volleyball programs to the Aiken Largo School. With $1,500 raised between both schools, both programs were able to be funded. We could not be prouder of all the hard word that has gone into this project and we are excited to see what Anderson and Aiken continue to do for the Aiken Largo School!

Franklin High School

When Franklin High School noticed a drug problem throughout the community, they decided to do something. Throughout Franklin High School’s spirit week, students were reminded that bad decisions do not define who you are as an individual and were provided with resources to help with the battle of drug addiction. Spirit week ended in Franklin High School’s Third Annual Dodgeball Tournament: Dodging Bad Decisions, where the students raised nearly $500. These funds will support the town in hiring Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player and now motivational speaker,  to come and speak with community about addiction. We could not be prouder of Franklin High School’s passion for helping the student body and the community.



Stay tuned for more updates on this years’ Service Challenge Project and everything else Anthony Muñoz Foundation! Next week we are excited to announce the recipients and official winners of our Straight “A” Scholarship! See you all then!