All welcome to join virtual spring programs

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The American Youth Foundation experience extends long past when participants complete youth programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista. As both sites prepare to welcome adults back to in-person events this summer, the AYF is offering virtual adult programs this spring.

Last Saturday, Jan. 22, saw the return of YearCompass, a free virtual experience designed to bring intention to the new year. The first session reflected on 2021 in review; all are welcome to join the next session on Saturday, Feb. 5 to focus on the year ahead. Registration is required.

The next free event is a virtual book club to discuss Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brené Brown. The book club is an evolution of 2021’s Conversation Circles program. This virtual offering saw 40 adults read and discuss Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad. The book club will begin Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. ET and then meet on the following dates: April 9, April 23, and May 7. Register online.

To help make events like these successful, Summer Seminars for Women participant and volunteer Holley Young has stepped into the part-time role of Adult Programs Lead. Young and Alumni and Community Relations Director Molly Mulcahy will work together to plan and execute Summer Seminars for Women and Girls Camp Reunion this August at Miniwanca.

Her new position feels like a case of “divine timing,” Young said. “I am grateful to have a job in my post-professional life with an organization so foundational to me. This role merges my skillset with my passion, and I look forward to helping offer meaningful program content that supports the AYF mission and provides connection among participants.”

Registration is now open for Summer Seminars for Women (Aug. 4 to 8) and Girls Camp Reunion (Aug. 12 to 15). Young encourages anyone interested in volunteering to help plan Girls Camp Reunion to email her for more information.