Back to School Means YLS is Just Around the Corner!

Back to school blues? Not when you have the 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar to look forward to! With registration open, we are looking to make this year’s event our biggest and best yet. Start your countdowns, because YLS will be here before you know it!

We are so excited for the event this year, and look forward to seeing so many familiar faces, from schools, students, and moderators. Our annual YLS started in 2005, and some schools have participated since the beginning. In fact, there have been twelve schools that have gone 12 for 12 in years attended! A HUGE thank you to…

YLS Back to School Blog Graphic

We hope these schools will continue their streak by attending this year’s YLS on October 12, 2017 at Xavier University.

Last year, YLS had a total of 94 schools in attendance from our Area of Impact. Whether it was ten-minute drive to over an hour, these schools all came with one goal:  to learn from their experience at YLS and leave ready to impact others. An overwhelming 41 schools came from Hamilton county for our event in 2016. Butler, Clermont, Brown, and Kenton county all brought a great amount of schools as well to help 2016 be such a success. Watch our 2016 Recap to see what all the buzz was about last year!

This year at our YLS event, we are looking to empower even more schools. We hope to see not only schools that have attended every year, but schools who have not attended consecutively or it’s their first time with us!

So, what are you waiting for? Register now for our 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar! We can promise you it will be an event you do not want to miss out on. If you’ve already registered, share it using #EmpoweredCincy17. See you on October 12th!

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Seeing the Impact First-Hand

The Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s (AMF) mission is to impact the lives of Tri-State area youth mentally, physically, and spiritually and I have been fortunate enough to watch this happen first hand.  I started working at the Foundation last fall and I have the privilege of interning this spring as well.  I have been able to gain real world experience, but more importantly I have been able to see the impact AMF has on lives.

The Foundation runs a tutoring program called Whiz Kids that works with students to help enrich their reading abilities.  Seeing them grow in their reading capabilities was incredible to watch.  I was also fortunate enough to be a tutor for one of the students and working with her every week was always a highlight. To see her grin from ear to ear from understanding a word she had been struggling with was all I needed to want to come back each week.  Without the Foundation I would not have been a Whiz Kids tutor or known how much positive impact these students were receiving with AMF’s help.  To learn more about Whiz Kids and see how you can get involved check out last week’s blog post.

Not only is the Anthony Muñoz Foundation helping students through tutoring, but also with their Youth Leadership Seminar and different camps.  The Youth Leadership Seminar brings together local high school students to give them the tools they need to positively impact their communities.  I was able to see students come up with projects that would better their school, their peers, and their neighbors.  The Foundation realizes the importance of the youth and helps them understand the positive effect they can have on other people.  AMF is also able to use the game of football as a character building tool.  Not only are middle school boys able to learn football skills, but they also learn about the character traits that can help them succeed in life.  I had helped with events centered about sports, but the dedication to character that is rooted in every event the Foundation runs is something I had not seen before.

To be able to intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has been an incredible experience that I am glad is not over yet.  I know that the moments of seeing Tri-State youth smile from learning a new word, realize how much of an impact they can have, and implementing positive character traits in their own lives will stay with me long after I am done interning.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for the spring and be able to share with you the impact the Foundation will have on lives!

 

Kristin Shaffer
Football Programs Intern

What’s up with Whiz Kids

AMF’s Whiz Kids tutoring program is back in full-swing after a slow, snow day start in January. We are working hard to craft an appropriately challenging curriculum for our students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Roberts Paideia Academy, as each student fine-tunes their reading and comprehension skills.

Whiz Kids is a program tailored towards at-risk students of Latin-American heritage. The program itself is directed by City Gospel Mission and serves over 1,300 students at 66 schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Each Wednesday afternoon, our students read a short book at their own personal level, complete guided learning activities or handouts with a personal tutor, and participate in a whole group activity.

This week’s group activity is themed around Valentine’s Day, as our students will be participating in a relay race, candy heart stacking contest, and a marshmallow toss, just to name a few. Other holiday-themed group days we are anticipating include St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Whiz Kids Graduation.

Interns at AMF keep record of each student’s progress and assure that they are reading a wide variety of books within their designated reading level. Tutors are very important to this process, as they spend time evaluating their assigned student’s progress each week. By leaving detailed notes about their assigned student’s progress, the tutors make our job at AMF much easier when we begin to assess each individual’s reading level, and whether or not they are prepared to read more difficult stories.

Tutoring through Whiz Kids is a great way to volunteer in the community by giving back to students and helping them reach educational goals outside of the regularly scheduled school day. At Roberts, we have tutors in high school, college, and even adult tutors that have full-time jobs!

Are you interested in becoming a Whiz Kids tutor at Roberts Paideia Academy? You can register on City Gospel Mission’s website (select Roberts specifically) and if accepted, you will receive confirmation via email.

 

Mallory Condron

Events Intern

Straight “A” Nominations Update!

Hi everyone! This is Josh, the Straight “A” intern for Spring/Summer 2016! If you haven’t already, you should visit the Meet the Interns page to learn a little bit more about me and the rest of the interns at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation! To provide you with some background knowledge, our Straight “A” Scholarship aims to recognize students in our Impact Area who embody the six “A’s,” which are: pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, an Active role in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude, and the ability to overcome Adversity! The only requirements for this scholarship are that the nominee must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, must reside in our Impact Area, and to receive scholarship money they must be a high school senior.

With a little less than a month to go until the deadline to turn in Straight “A” Nominations (February 26th), we have had applications rolling in from all over our Impact Area! As of today, we have received 81 nominations, which is an increase from last year! I am amazed at how so many schools have been represented from all over our Impact Area, with dozens of schools sending in nominations for their deserving students!

I am looking forward to carrying this momentum forward as the deadline fast approaches! By the end of next month, I am hoping to have our highest nomination pool yet in the history of our Straight “A” Scholarship! Be sure to check back in for more updates!

Anticipating Lineman of the Year

Hi,

My name is Sophie and I am the Impact Intern here at the Anthony Munoz Foundation. I wrote a little bit about myself in our other post, Meet The Interns. So check it out to learn more about me!

The event that I am currently working on is The Lineman of the Year Banquet and my first event ever here at the Foundation. I am super excited for it because it is one that I am mostly in charge of. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lineman of the Year,we recognize 16 of the top offensive and defensive lineman in the Tri-State region. From this group of winners, Anthony selects two student-athletes to be recognized as the overall Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year at the National Football Foundation Scholar- Athlete Banquet

I am most looking forward to meeting all of the players and their nominators since I have been in contact with all of them! Stay tuned for the Press Release that was announced with all of the finalists and the winners!

2015 AMF Challenge

The Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) was a huge success where Tri-State area students learned how to break trends, start trends, and be leaders.  To relive the event check out our recap video:

At the Seminar, we challenged students to take what they learned that day, combine it with a need in their community and come up with a project for our AMF Service Challenge. Student’s projects range from mentor programs and charity walks to mental health awareness events. Check out all of the projects submitted to the Challenge and see if they’ll be impacting a community near you!

AMF Project

This year to help the students with their projects we are introducing The Assembly. The Assembly is compiled of Cincinnati leaders who will assist schools with fundraising, marketing, media, and project development.  To see which leaders are involved and  see what impact it will make check back here next week.

Kristin Shaffer
Experience Intern
#AMFChallenge

The Youth Leadership Seminar Continues to Impact

The Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) is quickly approaching.  The schools are the most important part of our event each year. Without them the seminar would not be possible.  We here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation believe in partnership and we cannot thank the schools enough that make every year great and continue to come back and experience the event.  We would like to give a special shout out to a few schools who are making this year special.

We have 12 schools that will be attending their 11th YLS this year!  They have seen the impact from the seminar and we cannot thank them enough for entrusting us to help empower their students.  Thank you for your continued involvement:

Sycamore Taft Anderson

A statistic that we are especially proud of is that 65 of the 74 schools currently registered are attending for a consecutive year!  All of these schools saw the positive effect that the Youth Leadership Seminar had on their students and community and want to further the impact this year.

We have 9 newbie schools that are attending just their second ever YLS this year and we are excited to continue working with them and see their students impact their communities.  We cannot wait to have them pack their bus and come to the next 5, 10 , and even 15 Youth Leadership Seminars!

Live OaksBishop BrossartSeven HillsButler

There are still schools that have yet to register for the 2015 YLS! Check to see if your school is one of the 74 currently registered!

Kristin Shaffer
Experience Intern
#NTCincy15