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May 20, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Carrie Hargreaves Smith

For as long as she can remember, Carrie Hargreaves Smith was interested in a health care career. She loved math, science, and learning about all …

May 17, 2022

Enkindled Spirits: Grace Blinkhoff

Upon joining City Year AmeriCorps, each member is presented with a red jacket, which they dedicate to a person, idea, or cause that inspires them …

April 28, 2022

AYF staff complete LEAD Camp Mental Health training

More than a dozen members of the American Youth Foundation staff recently completed Camp Mental Health Certification offered by Let’s Empower, Advocate, and Do. LEAD …

April 27, 2022

Miniwanca to rebuild deteriorating Assembly

After years of leaning and disuse, the beloved Assembly at Miniwanca will see new life in 2023. Visitors to Girls Camp last year saw the …

April 27, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Miniwanca’s Emily Knuth

One of Emily Jones Knuth’s fondest camp memories is serving as Quad Leader in eighth grade and again as a high school senior. She relished …

April 22, 2022

Meet AYF board chair DD Danforth-Burlin

The American Youth Foundation has played a pivotal role in DD Danforth-Burlin’s life. The four-fold way of living has steered her through her youth as …

March 31, 2022

Join the Merrowvista seasonal staff Recruitment Challenge

Merrowvista Seasonal Staff are our best recruiters, so let’s see what we can do together! It’s time to engage your friendly, competitive spirit and win …

March 25, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Jamie O’Hagin

Jamie O’Hagin knows what it’s like to be the nervous new kid at camp. A bully tarnished her only prior camp experience, and she was …

March 25, 2022

AYF takes action steps toward DEI goals

The American Youth Foundation is committed to building equitable program communities and empowering youth to create equity in their own communities. Director of Community Life, …

March 22, 2022

Enkindled Spirits: Robert Pike

by Dana Rieck High school physics teacher Robert Pike works hard to learn his students’ names within the first three days of each semester, so …

February 23, 2022

Merrowvista Wayfinders leave a legacy at North Star Shelter

Summer 2021 was filled with joys and challenges as the American Youth Foundation found new ways to welcome campers back to Miniwanca and Merrowvista in …

February 21, 2022

SSW Book Club: Atlas of the Heart

Welcome to our Conversation Circle project. In this free online course, we will have the chance to form small groups to work through Brené Brown’s …

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