General Updates

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 …

Staff, work, job, summer camp, Miniwanca

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 …

June 20, 2019

Remembering Mary Ellen Haan

Mary Ellen Haan was a camper, staff, and Advisory Council member at Miniwanca for many decades. She shared her love for camp with generations of …

November 2, 2018

Apply to Work Summer 2019

With the Miniwanca Staff Application officially open for Summer 2019 (#JoinTheTeam2019), we’re looking forward to connecting with new and returning staff members from all around …

October 20, 2018

Remembering Marie Prange Oetting

Marie Prange Oetting had a life-long involvement with the American Youth Foundation and embraced the timeless mission of balanced living and best self as an …

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