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

Service Challenge Season is Finally Here!

Last week AMF proudly kicked off the annual Service Challenge with schools around the Tri-State area!

We challenged local schools to brainstorm and submit Service Challenge Projects. Now, over the next few months, these students will plan and execute their service projects to benefit others within their community.

Does your school want to participate in the Service Challenge? Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Find and focus on a need in your community. Each community has a need waiting to be met. You and your school can focus on one need and make a big impact. Bracken County High School identified hunger as a need in their community and is overcoming this need with their “Blessings for Bracken” campaign.

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  1. Engage your community. Call on your classmates, friends, teachers, and families to get involved and help you make a difference! Community Christian Academy is organizing a “12 Days of Giving” to collect gifts for the Christmas party they are planning for a local foster care agency.

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  1. Stay in touch with AMF! Remember to post about your project on social media using #AMFChallenge. We love seeing and sharing your school’s updates! We also know it can be difficult to start your service challenge, so please use us as a resource! You can contact impact@munozfoundation.org with any questions you may have because we are here to help!

We’re excited to see the impact you will make through your projects!

There’s still time to register your school’s Service Challenge project for #AMFChallenge, just click here!

Do you want to stay up to date with the Service Challenge projects too? Follow #AMFChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates!

Five Fun Facts About Our Whiz Kids!

This week is an exciting time at AMF: it’s the beginning of Whiz Kids! Here are five things you may not know about our Whiz Kids tutoring program.

  1. City Gospel Mission began Whiz Kids to provide at-risk students tutoring and mentoring around the city. 2017 marks the 8th year Anthony Munoz Foundation has been a site host at Robert Paideia Academy in Price Hill!

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2. Each year 20 Kindergarten through 5th Grade students have the opportunity to be matched with a tutor from AMF. These pairs meet every Wednesday after school for one hour of tutoring. They practice reading skills while building a relationship with their tutor.

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3. At the end of each session, Whiz Kids get to participate in a group activity. This can be an art project like creating shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day or even playing a fun game like “Over the Mountain” where students and tutors get to know each other better.

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4. In the last 3 years, 13 students have completed and aged-out of the Whiz Kids curriculum! They have moved on to the Whiz Kids extension program—City Gospel Mission’s Unplugged where they focus more on everyday enrichment, academics, and life-skills. These students also have the opportunity to learn more about spirituality. Fun fact: these students come from 7 different families!

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5. Want to be a tutor? You must be at least 16 years old! Most of our volunteer tutors do not have previous tutoring experience but training is provided by The Foundation and City Gospel Mission before Whiz Kids begins. There is still time for you to register to be a tutor for the 2017-2018 school year! Click here to learn more about registering to be a Whiz Kid tutor!

 

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

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!

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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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

How to plan a Service Challenge Project

Follow these 8 easy steps to plan the best project out there!

With the 2013 Service Challenge underway, some of you may already be finished with your project, while others may be wondering where to start! Well, don’t worry; this post will walk you through the steps to plan the project that will cater best to your community’s needs.

Looking at the flowchart below, the first step is to find the problem. It is important to remember that while you think you may know about a problem, it does not mean that it is the only one in existence. You should identify a need in your school or community by:
-Talking with students, community leaders, and family members
-Generating a survey to find out what the most popular problem is

The second step requires you to complete additional research andsimplex find more information that you can use to bring awareness to the most number of people. The more knowledgeable you are about the topic, the more credible you will seem.

In order to define the problem at step three, you must know specifics about the type of situation that your project is going to address. For example, if you say that you want to organize a food drive, that’s a great start, but it can’t stop there. By organizing a food drive, you must realize that the underlying problem would be that there are numerous people in your community that can’t afford necessities, such as food and water. The more specific you are with your problem definition, the more successful your project will be.

imagesStep four is the part of the cycle where you get to decide on the method that would best educate others about the problem that you identified with. If your school decides that they want to focus on children who are at risk, and start a mentorship program, that’s great! That same mentorship program would not be as successful if you decided to support a local animal shelter. For step five, you must select the final event, drive, or program that you will organize.

Step six is the implementation of all of your ideas and planning the details out for your project. Details that need to be considered include:
-How soon in advance do you have to get permission from your school?
-Where is the event going to be held and when?
-Have you made sure that the space is available the day you want it?
-Are volunteers involved?
-Do you want to reach out to businesses in the area to sponsor the event or donate food or prizes?
-Do you need to buy any materials?
These are just some of the things that must be thought about when trying to execute your project.

Step seven is the selling of your idea, which means spreading newspaperthe word to everyone in your community! To spread the word, you could:
-Make flyers to hang around school and your community
-Talk to specific classes or homerooms about the project
-Create a Facebook group and invite all of your friends
-Go to a local newspaper and present them with the story

Step eight is putting all of your hard work into action and seeing it accomplished successfully! You must remember that finding a problem in your community and creating a project based on it, is just the beginning. Chances are the problem existed before you discovered it, and chances are it will exist afterwards. That is why these eight steps fall in a circle, because in order to achieve long term success, you must continue to educate the public on the importance of the issue. The steps continue to be repeated, but the goal is that each time around, you will have a different version of the problem you began with. You will then know what worked with educating others the first time, what didn’t, and how you can improve for the future.

If your school has followed any of these steps or already completed your Service Challenge Project, make sure to let us know!  Be sure to tweet using #AMFChallenge so that we can stay involved with your project through our social media sites.

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern
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To see where we got our model from and to learn more about the Simplex Process, please click here.

Service Challenge Tour 2013

Ready for our AMF Team to visit your school?

YLS is over and Service Challenge projects have begun! I just finished reading over all the submitted projects that we received at the Seminar and you all have developed great ideas. Now it’s time to take the next step and see your service project in action!

Not only are you getting the chance to make an ever-lasting impact in your community by helping others that are in need of help, but you will also have the opportunity to be a part of our Service Challenge Tour! Want to know how? We here at AMF look over all the projects and then pick 5-10 schools we want to go visit this November thru March. During the Service Challenge Tour our Staff will take pictures and videos of the progress/outcome of your project. In addition, we will be accompanied by a special guests such as Anthony Muñoz, Speakers from YLS, or friends of AMF. Make sure your project stands out and makes an impact because if so, we will be seeing you this school year!

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Remember, while working on your Service Challenge projects we will be looking for schools that were able to make a lasting impact, have the most percentage of student participation, and are most creative. Now, let’s take this chance to get “Plugged In” to the community and make a difference. We are excited to see your projects!

If you are making a difference in your community comment below and let us know! We want to hear your stories and be able to share your experiences with others.

Megan Barger
Experience Intern

It’s Almost Time To Get “Plugged In”

Wow That Was Fast. YLS Is Right Around The Corner.

Can you believe YLS is only 1 day away?! We have been preparing around the clock here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation to put together yet another successful installment of our annual Youth Leadership Seminar. We hope you are as excited as we are because #PluggedIn2013 is going to be awesome! This week’s blog will give you some tips to get you prepared for YLS.

We want everyone to be “Plugged In!”

  • Start by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will
  • Bring your smartphones and devices to the event. We will host Twitter and Instagram contests with some pretty cool prizes!
  • Make sure your devices are fully charged because you will be very interactive! There will be a chance to text questions to our speakers!
  • Check out Megan’s Service Challenge Blog so you can begin brainstorming ideas for your school. We have an amazing prize for our 1st place school this year!
  • Bring a positive attitude and don’t worry about lunch (Chick-fil-A has you covered)

Do you feel ready for YLS? Feel free to ask us any questions you may have and we will be glad to answer them.

Adam Berman
Events Intern
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