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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 …

May 21, 2020

DePauw University Prindle Institute partners with NLC

Members of the National Leadership Conference Second Year class sat in small groups, listening intently as Dr. Andrew Cullison, Director of the Prindle Institute for …

May 20, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 2

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

May 19, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 1

2019 Merrowvista coordinators Kal Bowers and Caroline Zerilli have written an original story about campers who embrace the spirit of the valley at home even …

April 16, 2020

Adjusting Our Sails

 Over the past month, you have adjusted to changes and experienced the loss of many beloved aspects of your lives. You’ve heeded the call …

April 15, 2020

AYF Statement on the Coronavirus

Read An Important Update from AYF President Anna Kay Vorsteg For the latest answers to your Frequently Asked Questions, please click here (updated Wednesday, April …

Camp Merrowvista Odyssey men celebrate on Mount Katahdin

March 30, 2020

An Invitation to Shelter in Place

By Anna Kay Vorsteg Surely you are aware of the many Executive Orders being issued by Governors at this time. I write to make sure …

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March 20, 2020

Playing the Hand We’ve Been Dealt

By Gretchen Clayton   It is an understatement to say that this whole coronavirus situation is difficult – for kids, adults, businesses – everyone is …

February 20, 2020

“Faces around us were lighting up…” A Summer at Miniwanca

Below, Ollie Williamson, a former and current Boys Camp staff member shares his experience of his first summer on staff at Miniwanca. We hope you …

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December 17, 2019

Seeking Interesting, Interested Adults

“I dare you, whoever you are, to share with others the fruits of your daring. Catch a passion for helping others, and a richer life …

December 2, 2019

Get into the spirit of #GivingTuesday

As we enter the holiday season, we’re reminded of the power of our positive communities. This year, AYF is participating in the global day of …

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