This past Sunday, Elder High School invited some of the AMF staff to join them for their #AMFChallenge Project “The fight against homelessness”!

Elder High School’s Leadership and Initiative Club started undertaking clean-ups in the Price Hill Community. This was their starting point for their project but as fulfilling as it was, they knew they wanted to do something more. After attending the Youth Leadership Seminar, they thought of the idea to pack lunches and distribute them to the homeless that congregate around Paul Brown Stadium during Bengals home games.

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Their Leadership and Initiative Club created an informal rotation week by week so that each boy in the group would get the opportunity to be engaged in giving back to the homeless. Being a part of this experience was great and was something I have never been a part of. I was not the only person there that was new to the experience either. The boys that are part of the club are from all different grades, so they don’t have relationships outside of the group but in this club they are coming together to make a difference in the community.

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These Elder students are building relationships with the homeless so much that they recognize them and look forward to seeing them during Bengals home games. To the boys, the homeless aren’t just people sitting on sidewalks and holding up signs, they are real people who are in need of help. The impact they have on the community is bigger than they even know. We are so proud of what Elder High School is doing!

They have taken the time to think outside of their own community at Elder. The faculty and students are thinking out side of the box and helping a larger community where they can make an even bigger difference than they thought! This quote by their faculty advisor, Mr. Tom Nugent  demonstrates what drives these boys to do what they are doing!

“The only day worth living is one where you can help someone who can never repay you.”


Don’t forget to keep us up-to-date on your projects by posting to social media and tagging #AMFChallenge. We love to see and hear what wonderful things you are doing out in the community!

Caroline Wydysh

Event Intern