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…

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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!

Colleges Get Tech-nical

All Aboard the Technology Train!

YLS students, if you’re getting ready to go to college next year, or even within the next 5 years, here is something you will want to know. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, the modern college student is learning in an entirely different way than their parents, or even their brothers and sisters did. It is essential that you keep up with the technological trends that many universities and college students are heading toward. Students are ditching the backpacks full of pens, heavy textbooks, and multiple notebooks and are literally “gearing-up”, with the latest from products from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and tech giants alike.

It is not uncommon to see the majority of students in a college classroom taking notes on their iPads or using e-readers as a substitute for their textbooks.  Everyone knows that college students are obsessed with the latest trends in technology, especially when it comes to the newest smart phone. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly common that as they indulge in communication with their handheld devices, they are downloading apps that can actually be geared toward their studies and school activities. Technology that enhances your ability to learn is what being “Plugged In” is all about!

College students are currently paving the way as the tech savvy and gadget using leaders of tomorrow. Tech leaders in Silicon Valley are designing and releasing products based on their largest consumer, college students.  As parents may reminisce about times that they used a typewriter to complete a 20-page English paper or had to go to the school library to comb through an array of textbooks to study for an exam, those realities are just not the same for students who prepare to enter 4-year or even some 2-year colleges and universities today.

As some may argue there is too high of a dependency for college students to rely on their favorite technology devices, something has to be working if the trend is not slowing down. Presta released an interesting infographic recently that gives us a clear idea of just how much of an impact technology has had on the average college student currently attending school. While a few of the statistics may be somewhat surprising, we should all be aware that we’ve been heading in this direction for quite some time. Does any of this surprise you? What are you most “Plugged In” to? Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones?

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Adam Berman
Events Intern
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New Season, New Team

An all new intern managed blog!

With our summer interns leaving us just over a week ago, we are excited to present you with our wonderful team of fall interns. They are all eager to get to work on our Youth Leadership Seminar which will be held at Xavier University on October 9th, 2013.  Let’s get to know them:

Adam Berman

Megan B-InternThat’s me! I will be our Events Intern this fall. I study Communication and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati and am also involved in the student organization Public Relations Student Society of America, where I do fundraising. Outdoor activities and meeting new people are just some things I enjoy.

“I am excited to intern with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation because I know how important it is to give back to the community. Being a part of an organization that strives to make an impact on its local residents is something I’ve always thought was necessary for myself.”

Becky Griesmer

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Becky will be our Impact Intern. She attends Xavier University where she studies Sports Management, Business, and Communication Arts. She is involved in multiple student organizations such as the Student Activities Council and is a New Student Orientation Leader. Becky enjoys traveling and relaxing with friends and family.

“I am excited to intern with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation because I know what an impact the organization has on the Tri-State region and I am very excited to be part of helping to positively change of the lives of the area youth.”

Megan Barger

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Megan will be our Experience Intern. She attends the University of Cincinnati where she studies Communication and Public Relations. Megan has interned at non-profits before where she has really found her niche. She enjoys cheering on her Cincinnati Reds, as well as boating with family.

“I’m beyond excited to be a part of such an amazing organization that impacts the lives of so many students, and very eager to see what opportunities this brings aboard.”

Check out more information on us at the Meet The Interns section of our blog! You will be hearing from us a lot this fall, so stay #PluggedIn for more great things to come!

Adam Berman
Events Intern

YLS 2012-What a Success!

The lights. The music. The speakers. The breakout sessions. The dancing cows. Whew, what a jam-packed day! YLS 2012 was definitely a success and it’s all thanks to you students and your energy and passion for changing this world for the better!

Check out our video recap:

Here’s what some of your fellow students said about the event:

“I had a great time today at the seminar, I am going to change my community one day at a time, I felt inspired. ”

“Today was a great learning experience and I’m glad I got to be a part of it. It makes me proud to see the other leaders in my community.”

“That was the most amazing, inspirational, and entertaining seminar we have ever been to!! LOVED dancing to the Bill Cosby. We are truly inspired. THANK YOU!”

“Thanks so much for the great day, truly inspiring! MOVE FORWARD. GIVE BACK. I will live by those words forever. ”

“YLS was so amazing! Great speakers and it totally inspired me to go home and make a difference! This generation will do great things, I will do great things.”

So hopefully while you were at YLS, you had the opportunity to come up with some ideas of ways to impact your community through the Service Challenge Project, and were inspired by the ideas of other students.  We will continue updating the blog a few times a week with some school’s service challenge project ideas and tips to get you going with your projects, etc. Also, if you wanna share what your school is thinking about or update us with the progress of your project, you can comment o this blog post or write on our Facebook wall!

We hope you were truly inspired, encouraged, and called to action by this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar. I love that lat quote, “This generation will do great things, I will do great things.” let that be your motto throughout life and throughout the process of planning your service Challenge Project. Move Forward. Give Back. Do great things. Change the World.

Peace,

Shelby