Plugged Into the Right Sources

Using technology in a positive way

I-phones. Laptops. I-pads. Email. Social media. Living in the 21st century, our world revolves around technology. It seems like we can’t go an hour without checking our cell phones or logging on to some type of social media site, like Facebook or Twitter. As teenagers and young adults, we are plugged into society through these sources and rely on constant communication to stay up to date with our friends, family, and favorite celebrity. The Anthony Muñoz Foundation used this idea when we decided that the theme for our 2013 Youth Leadership Seminar was to be Plugged In. At the seminar, we will explore how leaders are using technology to empower others and give back to their communities. Check out Adam’s post from last week to learn more about this event happening on October 9th.

What does the title of this post mean then when I say “Plugged Into the Right Sources?” The need for people to constantly be moving and on the go with their SmartPhones and checking their Facebook (and Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest) every chance they get, helps to emphasize that as a culture, we need to slow down. We need to learn to appreciate life as it comes at us and the relationships that can exist in person, and not just those in cyberspace. We don’t need to unplug from all forms of technology and communication, but must use this technology and future technology to do good in the world and help empower others to be leaders, even if they live across the globe. Technology gives us the power to positively influence and inspire others, but only if we use it in that way.


Instead of replying to emails or Facebook messages right as they are sent directly to our phones, we must decide when we want to respond to someone and not be constantly relying on these new devices for trivial matters. By taking the opportunity to have the final say and by not being addicted to technology and constantly in communication with other people, we will gain a better appreciation for our own life and the responsibilities that we have to others. We will learn more about our own abilities and how we can make a difference in the world.

world of techAt YLS, we’ll be encouraging students not to unplug directly, but rather to get plugged in to their school, community, and city. Technology can be used in many positive ways to help leaders in our community achieve their dreams. If we take the time to teach and explain technology to the incoming generations, it will inevitably show that technology can be used to help people. For example, organizations like The Birthday Project work to create a better world by spreading the message of kindness through their use of technology.

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Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern

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It’s Time To Get Plugged In!

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Technology is Leading The Way

We hope everyone is having a great start to the new school year. Although summer has officially come and gone, there is reason to be excited. The Anthony Muñoz Foundation is gearing up for our annual Youth Leadership Seminar!

As Megan briefly hinted at in our last post, the theme of this year’s Youth Leadership Seminar is Plugged In. Now you might wonder what this really means, so let me explain.

First, we will get you pumped up with a concert featuring the wonderful sounds of KJ-52! This is sure to get you going!

Following his performance, we will hear from our guest speakers who will help explore how leaders are using technology to empower others and give back to their communities. We’ll be encouraging students not to unplug, but to get plugged in to the right sources. We’re talking about stepping-up and getting involved in your school, community, and city. Involvement in valuable organizations and activities can expand your ability to lead others. A great leader in the technological world, Bill Gates, once said, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

Technological advancements have really launched off over the past few years and there is no sign of them slowing down in the next few. As technology changes at a rapid pace, we must remain #PluggedIn to stay ahead of the curve as we strive to be among the other leaders of the world. Take a look at how social media is leading the way in higher education and why it is so important that, as a young leader, you are keeping up with society.

Also, don’t forget to check out our website to register today and keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook as we update you and reveal this year’s speakers for YLS 2013!

Adam Berman

Events Intern

Thanks to CatchFireMedia for the great video.

Youth Leadership Seminar 2013

Be a Leader. Get involved.

Have you ever thought about how being a leader in your community can effect your college future? According to StudyPoints, leadership in your community is a big deal when it comes to filling out college applications. StudyPoints mentions that good grades and test scores are not always enough, being able to see previous involvement on your application is what catches the eye of others.

There are so many great benefits of being a leader and joining community organization, clubs, and athletic programs. Not only does it help your college application but giving back to your community makes you feel good about yourself, helping you build self-esteem. Remember, being a leader doesn’t always mean you have to follow the same path as everyone else. Listen to John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

So how does this relate to the Anthony Muñoz Foundation? Well, since school is finally back in session we want to help you start the school year out right! We have a way for you to get PluggedIn and be a leader not just in your school, but in your community and city as well. This year the Anthony Muñoz Foundation will have a leadership event you may be interested in being a part of.

  • WHAT: 12th annual Youth Leadership Seminar
  • WHEN: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • WHERE: Xavier University’s Cintas Center

This is an event you’ll want to mark on your calenders. The Youth Leadership Seminar is a day of leadership development and discussions on how to give back to your community. The event will consist of motivational speakers, live music, break sessions, and free giveaways. You can find more information about YLS and how to register here on our website. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook  and Twitter  and keep up with #Pluggedin2013!

Megan Barger

Experience Intern


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

How To: Be The Leader You Were Born To Be

Our Scholarship Fund Winners Are All:


Along with the desire to overcome adversity and having financial need, students that have been awarded the Scholarship Fund have fulfilled a leadership role in their community. Erik Zamudio created his own non-profit focused on feeding indigent workers and Alma Oñate, our 2012 Scholarship Fund recipient, is planning on going to medical school to help kids as a Pediatric doctor.

There are many ways to fulfill a leadership role in your community. I recently talked to Anthony Muñoz and he gave me a little insight on what he thinks it takes to be a good community leader and some ways to fulfill a leadership role in your community. He said:

“Putting other people first and making sure you are helping others is very important. In general, it’s a matter of taking who you are 2012 IFE Camp 125leading from point A to point B and it’s about them being successful and it is not about yourself. When fulfilling a leadership role in your community it’s about balance. Get involved in as many activities as possible. It’s not a matter of overdoing it but just making sure that what you get involved in, you can offer your gifts and talents and be a contributor more than just someone who is there to be there.”

In order to be a great community leader, along with taking the advice that Anthony suggested you can also be a community leader by following these tasks I found from Community Toolbox!

  1. Dream Big: Think far ahead of what you want to accomplish so you have something to motivate you.
  2. Set Goals: You dreamed big. Now make sure your vision has more of a sharper image. It’s good to set short-term and long term goals so can accomplish you dream more smoothly.
  3. Think about the group as a whole: Don’t lose sight of what you wanted to accomplish in the first place. Make sure the group is satisfied with the direction you are leading them. The group will be stronger if you are able to work in sync.
  4. Recruit and teach others: A community won’t improve with just one leader. Teach others what you have learned along the way so you can help them reach their goals and they can help you accomplish yours.

If you have fulfilled a leadership role in the community or know somebody that has, take the time and apply for the Scholarship Fund. Applying can give you opportunity to learn from one of today’s great community leaders, Anthony Muñoz.

Comment below and let us know what you think it takes to be a great community leader!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

To find the complete list of how to be a community leader click here!
The picture at the top of the page is credited to Dreamstime: Stock Photos!

Speaker Spotlight: Journey of Action

Hello YLS-ers!

Only 3 weeks to go until YLS is here…woot woot! I hope you all are getting pumped because we can’t wait to meet you! Things are busy busy busy around here at the office with everyone working their hardest to make this event a success! In the next couple weeks we’ll be giving you the rundown on who is going to be at the event, so you can be looking forward to hearing our guests and speakers.


Today I am going to focus on Journey of Action.  Journey of Action will be one of the featured speakers at this year’s YLS. Journey of Action is a project created by two siblings, Kassidy and Ryan Brown.  It is an independent production company that produces inspiring and eye-opening short films that promote growth and change in the world.

Their mission goes hand in hand with our Move Forward, Give Back theme this year. They believe that “this generation is aware of our social and environmental challenges we face on a local and global level, but they lack the daily tools for action,” and that at the same time while many groups, individuals, and organizations are taking steps to make an active difference, they are receiving little to no media attention for their work at all. “Journey of Action fills that void by featuring these amazing change-makers in entertaining and enlightening short form videos that aim to inspire the viewers to take action.”

Watch a video here to learn more!

Remember, #MOVE2012 #MFGB #countdown2YLS


Impact Intern

What is the meaning of Leadership?


According to the dictionary, a leader is someone who leads or sets an example to follow. At the Anthony Muñoz Foundation we believe that definition only touches to the surface of what leadership is.

A leader is someone with a goal. Someone who cares. A person that is passionate about things going on around them. A leader is a hard worker. Someone who wants to help others.  A person that is engaging. A leader is a teacher and a learner. A listener. A doer. Someone that gets people excited about reaching a goal. A leader is accepting of others. Someone who is understanding. A leader is enthusiastic and determined. Someone who is assertive, yet flexible. Leadership embodies compassion, purpose, and drive.

A leader can be anyone, especially YOU! We hope that the speakers you hear at YLS and the discussions you have during breakout sessions can inspire you to be amazing leaders in your communities! You all have what it takes.


Go ahead and get brainstorming now! What are you passionate within your area? What are some service projects you could come up with to better your community?

Move Forward, Give Back.

Be Bold! The world is waiting to be changed. You can do it!


Impact Intern

#MOVE2012 #MFGB #countdown2YLS