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!

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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

Making A Difference: Will Gilliland

We were able to catch up with Will, a student at MoellerHigh School, and talk about “Working For a Smile”, their Service Challenge Project from 2014. Last time we spoke with Will, “Working For a Smile” was a project in process, now we see how Will and his peers at Moeller took our challenge to create a service project a step further and decided to not only impact their own community, but also the community of Santa Cruz, Peru through “Working For a Smile”.  (You can view their trip below)

What was your biggest take away from the Youth Leadership Seminar?

Will: My biggest take away from the seminar was just the inspiration of seeing other high school students become passionate about doing service work in the community. Seeing my peers come up with great ideas for service pushed me to come up with the most challenging service project possible. The speakers also inspired me to go out and make a difference in someone else’s life as so many have done to me in my own life.

What impact have you seen in your community and school from the Youth Leadership Seminar and from “Working for a Smile”?

Will: I saw a large impact from my school when we raised money through the penny wars because tons of people got involved and I was happy to see the support of my peers and my school. There was also large support from my school to try and win second place in the contest when students used social media to try and win. The Seminar was a great opportunity to raise awareness for service not just domestically but also internationally in my community and my school.

Would you recommend others go to the Youth Leadership Seminar?

Will: Yes, because it engages students in a subject that talks about service to those in need. Whether it is bullying or the homeless there is always someone who needs help and with the great opportunities given to my peers and I by our parents and our schools we have the ability to help others. The Youth Leadership Seminar inspired me to take advantage of these opportunities and it led me to great success with my project.

You were the student leader for the Service Project Challenge.  How did “Working For a Smile” specifically impact your own life?

Will: It impacted my life by forming a sense of work ethic that I never thought I could have before. This project helped me reach my potential and the satisfaction I derived in seeing the respect from the villagers made it so worth it. It helped me form new relationships as well as reestablish old ones and also helped me form new ideals to live by.  This project has changed me as a person greatly and I will never forget the positive impact it had on my life and especially the people we helped.

Check to see if your school is on the list for this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar so your students can make an impact like Will!

Kristin Shaffer
Experience Intern
#NTCincy15

Moeller’s Service Challenge Project

“Working for a Smile”

The students at Moeller took on the Youth Leadership Seminar Service Challenge and have been working around the clock to accomplish their goal in uniting communities here in Cincinnati and in Peru! We were able to sit down with Junior Will Gilliland the student leader to discuss their plans for the Challenge. Check out the video below of Will explaining “Working for a Smile”:

Moeller High School had visited a family in Peru on a mission trip and assisted with running pipeline through their home to get clean water. While there the students realized how something that may seem like a small gesture really helped out the family. This gesture sparked the idea to continue to help families in Peru once again!

With the idea in mind, the Youth Leadership Seminar was the perfect platform to get the ball rolling. Although the Seminar helped to start the project the student’s passion for their cause is essential.

The student’s goal right now is to raise $6000 to go back to Peru. Will Gilliand the head of the student lead project has asked for donations outside of his local Kroger and the students created their own Go Fund Me to receive donations. On top of this they’re getting the entire school involved! At a Friday night basketball game they sold shaved ice and the profits went toward their project “Working for a Smile”.

Throughout the week Moeller High will be scraping up pennies in a Penny War to continue their efforts in reaching their overall goal!

“You have to experience it to understand what we’re doing, we now have 10 to 15 students planning to go on the trip and I hope everyone will continue the project once I graduate” -Will Gilliland

Check out Moeller’s Go Fund Me page at: http://www.gofundme.com/moellerservice

Continue posting about your school’s Service Challenge Project using #AMFChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Shelbi Felblinger

Experience Intern

Goodbye 2014, Hello New Year!

Reflecting back, we couldn’t be happier with the success the foundation had this year. We have had a year filled with reaching new goals and creating an impact on students from all over the Tri-State.

While we watch another year come to a close, we look forward to what the New Year brings, including new Service Challenge projects. We can hardly wait to come visit Seton, Anderson, Western Brown and Southern Hills in 2015!

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Although we are loving this festive time of year, we are also having to say goodbye as we wrap up here at AMF. Luckily, Caroline and I have had the privilege of attending a few of the Service Challenge Projects this year. We are thankful for this opportunity and love to see how students take what they’ve learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar and bring it back to their communities.

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From AMF, we hope everyone has a safe and blessed Christmas!

Kristen Ludwig

Programs Intern

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New Miami’s Candlelight Vigil: Doing Something Worth Remembering

On October 27th, New Miami High School dedicated their #AMFChallenge to Christian Benge and her family by hosting a Candlelight Vigil. Christian Benge, who was a student at New Miami High School, passed away on Friday, October 17th from an underlying heart condition. The high school created a truly amazing event to remember her and support the family. It is great to see that New Miami can create light during such a dark time.

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New Miami high school did a number of fundraisers within the school in order to raise enough money to help the family with expenses for a headstone and a tree they planted outside their school. It is through the generous acts that this school has done, that highlight the importance of coming together to get through a loss and bringing together a community.

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The point of the AMF Challenge is not who can raise the most money but who can make an impact on the community around them. That is just what New Miami is doing and it is wonderful to see a community come together during such a hard time.

Don’t forget to keep us up-to-date on how your AMF Challenge Project is going by following us on social media and hash-tagging AMFChallenge.

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern

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As one chapter closes, another one opens

5 busy computers. 4 month internship. 3 graduating interns. 2 major events. And 1 amazing experience.

Can you believe that 2013 is finishing up and 2014 will be here before we know it!? This will be the final blog post from your AMF fall interns. We have 4 new faces that will be taking over starting in January and they will have the chance to tell their own stories each week through their blog posts.

We have been passionately following the Service Challenge Projects for the last 2 months and are extremely impressed with each school’s drive, compassion, and excitement in helping to better the community by getting “Plugged In.”

foodFinneytown High School is currently working on a project of opening a food pantry at their school for the entire year, instead of just around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. The students are working with the PTA for a grant in order to be able to better the lives of others and make an impact in their community.

Lebanon High School has been taking advantage of #AMFChallenge by tweeting pictures of their project of starting a homework club and tutoring local children. The picture shows the tutors teaching multiplication tricks to students  who may be struggling in the subject. The plan for this project is that the homework club will continue throughout the whole year and hopefully become a new yearly program at Lebanon.

runningDeer Park High School has confirmed that their project is going to be a 5k for suicide awareness taking place on Saturday, January 11th. Deer Park recognized a problem in their area and is doing something to bring awareness to this important topic. This will be a great event to start 2014 off on a strong note and will hopefully be one of the first projects that AMF staff members will be able to visit in January.

These are just some of the projects that continue to inspire us each day. Working closely with each of your schools has been a great opportunity, and one that we are so thankful we got to experience. As we finish our final few projects in the office, we hope you take the time to reflect and realize which Service Challenge Project is most inspiring for you. We don’t want Service Challenge Projects to end even though the semester is coming to a close. As students, you get the next two weeks off to spend time with your family and friends, enjoy the holidays, play in the snow, and think about how you can continue to inspire your community!

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern
#AMFChallenge

Students look to make a lasting impact

Over time, projects develop, service plans are altered, and new ideas are formed for the Service Challenge Projects. By getting “Plugged In” at the 2013 Youth Leadership Seminar, many students decided that it was time for them to “stand up” and make a difference in their community. The second annual “Giving Tuesday” is on December 3, 2013, and with the holiday season quickly approaching, we are very proud that our students give back throughout the entire year and not just during the “giving season.” 

Turpin High School was inspired to create 9-1-1 for Fun, where their seniors played a basketball game against local members of the Fire and Police units. Following the game, there were sandwiches 

BaBNH-8CQAAeH5f (2)provided by Chick-fil-A, and a chance for students and community members to hear stories from members of each unit and to give thanks for all of their hard work. This was AMF’s second school visit on November 26th and we could not be more inspired by the students at Turpin who came out to support such a great cause.

In 2012, Anderson High School also hosted a basketball game to raise money and awareness for Pelizaeus-Merzbacker Disease, a rare, degenerative central nervous system disorder in which coordination, motor abilities, and intellectual function deteriorates. Anderson is sticking with the sports theme and decided that their project for this year will be a community dodgeball event to raise community spirits and to provide funds for Mitch’s Mission, a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to send children with cancer to summer camp.

Norwood High School also continued with a similar theme from their project idea from last year, through supporting the children in the community by planning to host a science-outreach event for the elementary students of their school district. This project is an extension of their 2012 project where they focused on cleaning up and planting flowers along Mill Creek, as part of the restoration project.

_MG_6054Oyler High School focused on making their community better in 2012 through their efforts to sell calendars to raise money to adopt two families for the Christmas season. They took family portraits and presented these photos at a community dinner. This year, Oyler has decided to focus their efforts inward and hold an anti-bullying/violence week to help stop this issue within the walls of the high school.

Our Service Challenge Winner last year was Bracken County High School with their “It Can Wait!” campaign to discourage students from distracted driving.  They reached over 1500 students with the campaign’s events and the weeklong activities included themed IMG_3446days to focus on different types of distracted driving, a real car that had been involved in a distracted driving accident resulting in a fatality, and texting while driving simulators.  Bracken continued their desire to make a difference and have developed their new project for 2013 of “Spread the word to End the Word” (to eliminate the word retard), which will take place December 9th-13th. Bracken will be partnering with Pine Ridge Pine Village Homes for much of the week to bring mentally and physically challenged individuals and their workers to do a presentation for the students. There will be stations that are set up in the gym to simulate handicaps, such as being blindfolded, wheel chair obstacle course, ear muffs for deafness, etc. Finally, there will be a pledge table set up for students to sign up that they can “End the Word.”

Whether a school has developed a new idea for their Service Challenge or found ways to expand past projects, as long as students are getting “Plugged In” to their community, the world will continue to be touched by inspirational students looking to make a lasting impact.

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern
#AMFChallenge