YLS 2018 – Photo Recap

On Oct. 17, we welcomed over 1,000 high school students (from 80+ schools) to our 2018 Youth Leadership Seminar.

Our theme was all about being EMPOWERED. Students heard from six local speakers and participated in activities that focused on understanding themselves as leaders and how to then apply what they learned at the event in their schools and community.

Rather than just tell you everything that we did, we wanted to show you what our students experienced!

 

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Anthony speaking to students.

Our six local speakers shared their stories and wisdom with our students, each with their own lessons on what it means to be EMPOWERED.

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Students worked with students from other schools in the breakout sessions to brainstorm ideas and share similarities and differences in their communities. This is when they were introduced to the AMF Service Challenge. In the challenge, schools are asked to develop project ideas that address needs in a community, whether local or international.

Some schools at the event already have potential ideas for their school projects.

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We will keep you updated as schools progress through the service challenge projects they decide to take on.

You can check out more photos from the event and learn more about what students took away from the event checking out the hashtag #EmpoweredCincy18 on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thanks for checking in this week, we are already planning for next year’s YLS, we’re that excited about it!

 

Cheers,

 

Maddie

Events Intern

 

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YLS 2018 – Speaker Spotlight

We just can’t keep it to ourselves anymore – we love our speakers for this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar! We have an amazing and diverse lineup and their messages are sure to empower us all.

RIA DAVIDSON

Ria DavidsonRia is the co-founder of the Dragonfly Foundation, a local organization that helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find “strength, courage and joy by providing emotional, relational and practical support”. Ria founded Dragonfly after serving as a caregiver during her mother-in-law’s battle with cancer and serving as a family support when her co-founder’s son became sick as well. Ria has over 25 years’ experience in public relations, communications management and consulting, which has helped with the growth of Dragonfly.

NICK JACKSON

Nick Jackson Bio PicNick is the founder of Nick Jackson Speaks and Speakers of Love. He is a motivational speaker who has enlightened, entertained and championed the lives of over 755,000 high school and collegiate students to date. His motivational speeches are founded in the principles of loving thy neighbor and serving one’s community. He is the only keynote speaker to have presented for eight consecutive years at the Anthony Muñoz Youth Leadership Seminar.

MICHAEL LAROSA

Mike LaRosaMichael is the oldest son of company founder, Buddy LaRosa. As current CEO of LaRosa’s Pizzeria, he has been instrumental in developing the service culture within the organization, with a focus on leadership development. Before rising to the executive level, Michael was trained in all aspects of the family business, gaining a throughout understanding of the company.

 

TYRA PATTERSON

Tyra PattersonTyra is currently the Community Outreach Strategy Specialist for the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). Before joining OIP, Tyra spent 23 years in prison for murder and robbery, which were crimes she did not commit. She used her time in prison to educate herself by earning her GED, a steam engineer’s license, becoming a certified tutor and completed a paralegal training program. She now advocates on behalf of OIP and works to educate children about the importance of staying in school (she was a 6th grade drop-out) and avoiding drug use.

 

JOSHUA REID

Joshua Reid HeadshotJoshua is a Digital and Social Media Marketing trainer, social media strategist for commercial brands and a national spokesman for General Nutrition Center (GNC). HE is the president and CEO of Drivenoptics, a full-service Digital and Social Media Marketing Agency in Cincinnati. He has worked with organizations such as Harley Davidson and the Mercedes Benz Club of America and taught courses in online marketing for companies.

LAUREN WORLEY

Lauren WorleyLauren is currently the Chief Communications and Engagement Officer for Cincinnati Public Schools, the best performing urban school district in Ohio. Prior to working in Cincinnati, Lauren worked for NASA (yes, NASA), as Press Secretary and Senior Adviser. She also has worked for the ONE campaign, a global organization focused on eliminating extreme poverty and preventable disease. She is a fearless communicator and tireless champion for positive change.

 

With a lineup like this, how can the event be anything but inspiring? We can’t wait to hear each speaker’s unique story and their messages to students.

You can learn more about our Youth Leadership Seminar and see what’s coming next by checking out the hashtag #EmpoweredCincy18 on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thanks for checking in this week, we can’t wait to hear from our students about what their favorite part of YLS was! Tune in next week to hear our recap.

 

Cheers,

 

Maddie

Events Intern

YLS 2018 – We’re Ready for You!

It’s finally here! YLS is a week away and we are busy preparing for it here at the Foundation. It’s our biggest event in the fall, and we can’t wait to see all our students back in a few weeks!

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Students excited about the event in 2016.

This fall, our theme is all about being “EMPOWERED”.  We hope students can walk away learning:

 

  • How little actions can make a big impact.

  • How students can empower themselves.

  • How our speakers (local Cincinnatians) overcame their individual struggles and learned how to become a leader and then empower others.

  • Different ways, both big and small, to make an impact in the community through the AMF Service Challenge.

  • How you can empower others to do their best and succeed.

  • About other school communities in the area, and their unique stories and similarities and differences to your school.

 

Since our first Seminar in 2002, we have impacted over 14,000 Tri-State area students from more than 100 local schools. We can’t wait to see what messages our students walk away from after listening to our speakers this year.

Check out this recap here from our Seminar in 2016 to understand what all the excitement is about. Interested in participating in this year’s YLS? Sign up to be a volunteer here!

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2016 Recap Video

Thanks for tuning in this week, we are counting down the days to our Youth Leadership Seminar and are very excited. Tune in next week to read more about our YLS speakers and Emcee, Jamir Howerton.

Cheers,

 

Maddie

Events Intern

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