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Cover image Conversation Circles

February 25, 2021

Conversation Circles Invite Challenge and Growth

Five Saturdays beginning March 13, 2021 Beginning this spring, AYF’s Summer Seminars for Women will offer a series of small group conversation circles. Using The …

February 25, 2021

Now Hiring 2021 Summer Staff

As the American Youth Foundation prepares for summer 2021, the program and operations teams are eager to fill 200 seasonal staff jobs at Merrowvista and …

Week 2 Option 1

January 20, 2021

Help us create Wayfinder 2021

In January, we announced dates and changes to our summer 2021 program offerings. Unfortunately, guidance regarding COVID-19 means we cannot offer our off-site Four Trails programs …

Explore Your Year Compass

January 20, 2021

Navigate your 2021 with YearCompass

We invite you to join us for a virtual experience that will bring intention to your new year, called the YearCompass. Originating over a decade ago …

view of Miniwanca cabins

December 15, 2020

2020 is a year of renovation at Miniwanca, Merrowvista

Though the AYF wasn’t able to welcome campers this summer, Miniwanca and Merrowvista were still abuzz this year with the whirring of power tools and …

December 15, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Taylor Eldridge

Since the summer she spent on the sand dunes of Miniwanca in 2013, Taylor Eldridge has become an investigative journalist who has written award-winning work …

December 14, 2020

Important update about NLC 2021

Dear NLC staff, participants, and families, I hope this finds you well despite the very real challenges posed by the pandemic. If only COVID-19 were …

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December 14, 2020

Learn more about summer 2021 at Miniwanca and Merrowvista

After careful assessment, the American Youth Foundation Board and staff feel we can offer safe, mission-supporting programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista in summer 2021. It …

SSW women

December 4, 2020

Connecting across the miles, across the generations

by Liz Marshall As the pandemic rocked the country in spring 2020, American Youth Foundation alumni sought connection and community with their Founder Family despite …

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November 23, 2020

How to support the AYF with a Facebook fundraiser

Creating a fundraiser on Facebook is an easy way to support the AYF on GivingTuesday, and any goal amount is greatly appreciated. Here’s how to …

Astrid Wielens

November 19, 2020

Astrid Wielens joins AYF as Senior Health and Safety Director

2020 has been a challenging year for all nonprofit organizations as reduced revenues put a strain on human resources. This month, Zebra Crossings and the …

Anna Kay Vorsteg - President

November 18, 2020

Embark on a pilgrimage this holiday season

This Thanksgiving will be unlike any in recent memory. Instead of gathering, we’re asked to stay home for the collective good. Instead of packing the …

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