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December 10, 2021

Miniwanca, Merrowvista are now hiring for summer 2022

The American Youth Foundation is thrilled to welcome back more campers in 2022, and Merrowvista and Miniwanca are seeking energetic individuals to join their seasonal …

December 8, 2021

Rekindling Community in Summer 2021

For the first time in more than a year, a familiar sound could be heard across the dunes of Miniwanca and the valleys of Merrowvista: …

December 3, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Regan Gibson Wiesler

Regan Gibson Wiesler first encountered the American Youth Foundation when she attended National Leadership Conference in 2012, an experience that created lasting bonds with her …

December 1, 2021

The AYF seeks Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee members

At the American Youth Foundation, we believe that we are all responsible for building equitable community. Our organization’s work is to amplify the voice of …

November 19, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Ambrean Ford, LLMSW

Ambrean Ford had never heard of the American Youth Foundation or Miniwanca when she accepted a job as a Girls Camp cabin leader in 2016. …

November 17, 2021

AYF President Anna Kay Vorsteg reflects on summer 2021

After a long year of wait and worry, the bells of Miniwanca and Merrowvista finally rang once again this summer. They signaled much more than …

November 15, 2021

Join the AYF on Nov. 30 for Giving Tuesday

Join the Giving Tuesday movement Tuesday, Nov. 30 and help a young person experience the life-changing power of an AYF program. Every child deserves the …

October 26, 2021

Science explains the magic of Polar Bear at Miniwanca

“Polar Bear, Polar Bear – rah, rah, rah! Polar Bear, Polar Bear – ha! ha! ha!” So chant the voices of campers on the shores …

October 26, 2021

NLC welcomes new co-director team

The future of the National Leadership Conference looks bright in 2022.The American Youth Foundation is pleased to return to the full eight-day conference, welcoming first-year …

October 26, 2021

Liz Marshall is named AYF Vice President

The American Youth Foundation recently named a new vice president: longtime staff member Liz Marshall. Marshall most recently served as Senior Director of Advancement, and …

September 27, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Sebolt

Office Coordinator Jennifer Sebolt is the first smiling face you see when you enter the Mills Center at Miniwanca. She’s adept at juggling multiple tasks, …

September 22, 2021

Donald Danforth Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament raises thousands for AYF scholarships

Dozens of golfers and volunteers were on hand for an afternoon of sport and fun at the recent Donald Danforth Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament, as …

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