We here at AMF are buzzing with excitement in preparation for the 13th annual Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS)! Following the success of last year’s YLS, we cannot be more thrilled to announce an even bigger, better, more jam-packed YLS than ever before.

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Last year’s YLS was all about getting Plugged In (#PluggedIn2013). Over 1,300 students from 96 high schools in the Tri-State area gathered at the Cintas Center. They spent the day rocking out to music from KJ52, learning valuable life lessons from four wonderful guest speakers, and enjoying a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch.Students were also challenged to develop a Service Challenge Project which would enable them to positively impact their communities. Needless to say, high school students from all over the local area did a fantastic job giving back to and inspiring their community.

Check out our 2013 recap video here!

AMF is eager to relive the excitement. With schools already beginning to register for the event, we are delighted to reveal the theme for this year’s YLS.

Spark. This year we challenge students to find what sparks them. Everyone has something that motivates them. It can be a desire to be creative, a wish to create change, a need to inspire, a burning passion, an outpouring of ideas, or even the opportunity to create a transformation of sorts. Whatever it is, we encourage students to start thinking about what sparks them; what lights the fire within you?   


Spark also introduces something new to the YLS event: TED Talks. TED Talks are nationally known as inspiring lectures that promote the organization’s slogan, “ideas worth spreading”. AMF has teamed up with Tedx Cincinnati to provide a great line up of speakers that will discuss with students the idea behind spark including creativity, change, inspiration, passion, ideas, and transformation.

Never seen a Ted Talk? Check out this quick TEDx Cincinnati talk by Libby Hunter of Wordplay! 

So far 23 high schools have registered for this year’s YLS. We want to break last year’s record and have more than 100 schools attend the event. So quick! Spread the news and make sure to visit munozfoundation.org to make sure your school is registered! Spark is coming soon to a Cintas Center near you!

Jemannie Luong
Experience Intern