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August 5, 2020

Wow. Thanks. Help. An important COVID-19 update from the AYF

Dear AYF Community, Author Anne Lamott says there are essentially three prayers that get us through tough times: Help, Thanks, and Wow. This summer has …

July 21, 2020

Merrowvista, Miniwanca campers flock to Invincible Summer  

AYF campers across the country have spent the last two weeks building forts, logging miles on their virtual Four Trails treks, and teaching their families the sudsy fun of Arlos and Dishland.    Invincible Summer, the …

July 16, 2020

NLC-Z 2020: Final Presentations

In mid-June, participants from NLC convened online for this year’s National Leadership Conference on Zoom. They engaged in programming that connected them with their community, …

July 16, 2020

Zebra Crossings, AYF offer camp experiences for children with chronic health issues

For almost 100 years, the American Youth Foundation has built and relied upon a community of life-giving partners to ensure the growth and success of …

July 8, 2020

Learn to be an active anti-racist ally with Kids4Peace Boston

The American Youth Foundation’s longstanding partner, Kids4Peace Boston, is offering a free online training for preteens and teenagers who want to learn more about anti-racism work and how they can enact …

June 22, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 4

Coordinators Kal Bowers is back with another chapter of their of their original story, Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters. This week, he checks in …

June 19, 2020

AYF launches free online programming, Invincible Summer, on July 6

By Catherine Klene “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” This popular quote inspired the name of AYF’s …

June 16, 2020

From the Archives: Fourth of July at Miniwanca

by Karen Reimer and Jan Strube Of all the memories of Girls and Boys Camp activities through the years, Fourth of July traditions at Miniwanca …

June 16, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Sidney Keys III

Young people of the AYF strive to be at their best. They continue to discover more about themselves and passionately pursue projects that serve their …

June 15, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 3

Coordinators Kal Bowers and Caroline Zerilli are back with another chapter of their original story, Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters. This week, Kal checks …

Participants gather around a banner with class name

June 2, 2020

We Must be the Change

The American Youth Foundation stands in solidarity with communities of color who continue to bear the weight of longtime, systemic injustice and who have suffered …

May 22, 2020

Our Community Rises to the Challenge

by Catherine Klene Summer 2020 will undoubtedly be different than years past, but president Anna Kay Vorsteg shared that the AYF community has already exceeded her expectations.  “This …

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