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June 25, 2022

Miniwanca seasonal staff prepares for summer 2022

The sun is shining, Lake Michigan is roaring, and staff are smiling as summer 2022 staff training is almost finished. With just one day left …

June 16, 2022

Merrowvista prepares to welcome summer 2022 campers

Staff are hard at work preparing the site for campers’ arrival to Merrowvista in less than two weeks. From installing docks in Dan Hole Pond …

May 26, 2022

Advancing Toward Our Best

Thank you to all who joined us Tuesday evening at Advancing Toward Our Best! We recorded the webinar for those who weren’t able to make …

May 23, 2022

Volunteers prepare Miniwanca, Merrowvista for summer 2022

Volunteers recently gathered in the crisp spring air at Miniwanca and Merrowvista to roll up their sleeves and prepare the sites for summer 2022. At …

May 23, 2022

Golf Tournament raises more than $100,000 for AYF scholarships

The 20th Donald Danforth Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament took place in St. Louis on May 9, raising $108,000 for scholarship funds to support youth attending …

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 …

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