Buckle up and come for a ride to learn about the Service Challenge Projects from 6 local high schools.

Boy, time is flying by! Can you believe that YLS was a month ago and Thanksgiving is right around the corner?! Here at AMF, we are busy working on many projects, one of which being the Service Challenge! This week, we are going to take you on a trip around Cincinnati, so that you can learn what area high school students are doing to stay active in their communities!

Our journey starts off on the west side of Cincinnati at Mother of Mercy High School. Mercy has attended YLS since 2006 and their project this year is to coordinate an event to promote self-confidence and self-image to area grade schools.

soccer childrenWe now must take the long journey south on 75 to Erlanger, Kentucky, to visit the students at St. Henry District High School. The project developed at YLS is called “Crusaders” Kicks for Kids, where the school community will collect sporting shoes for inner city school children. The kids will even get a surprise visit around the holidays from Santa as they try on their new shoes!

Now, we head east on 275 to Forest Road. Anderson High School is hosting a community dodgeball event this February. The event is aimed to raise community spirit and the profits from the game will go to Mitch’s Mission, a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to send children with cancer to summer camp.

Buckle up for the hour long drive to Carlisle High School in Franklin, Ohio! This November 21st blood drive event is for Zeus Soldiers. Students will pass out teddy bears at Children’s Medical Center in Cincinnati, where a former student and friend spent almost a year fighting his battle against Leukemia before passing away earlier this fall. According to a teacher from Carlisle, “one soldier formed an army that will continue the fight for many years to come.”

Now, we start the car and head to Trenton, Ohio to visit the students of Edgewood High School. We are so glad that Edgewood was able to join us this year! “The Den” is the name of this school’s project where students will be creating a community thrift store run by local students.

Our final stretch of the road trip will be in Cincinnati at Mariemont school childrenHigh School. Students will fundraise and use donated money to provide the children of Frederick Douglas Elementary School with snacks over the weekend so that they do not go hungry. 

Now, that we have travelled around the Tri-State area, you must be exhausted! Before you go and take a nap, it is YOUR turn to let us know your school’s project, so that you can be featured in a future blog post!

Not a YLS school, but already doing something in your hometown or want to help these schools more? Not a problem, just let us know! Continue to tweet using #AMFChallenge so that we can see what change you are making in your community!

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern