General Updates

September 17, 2020

Join us for monthly Evening Reflections and Night’s Doings

We know you miss camp as much as we do. That’s why we’re bringing camp into your homes via Zoom twice a month with Evening …

September 17, 2020

Remembering AYF champion Dr. William “Bill” Danforth

“What starts as an individual dream can indeed build a mighty current, which will sweep the world. So hold fast to your dreams. Work hard …

August 27, 2020

Tell us about Founder Friends living the mission

The American Youth Foundation is always eager to hear about our program participants and alumni making positive change in their communities. Do you know a …

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 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 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 …

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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 …

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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