General Updates

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November 23, 2020

How to support the AYF with a Facebook fundraiser

Creating a fundraiser on Facebook is an easy way to support the AYF on GivingTuesday, and any goal amount is greatly appreciated. Here’s how to …

Astrid Wielens

November 19, 2020

Astrid Wielens joins AYF as Senior Health and Safety Director

2020 has been a challenging year for all nonprofit organizations as reduced revenues put a strain on human resources. This month, Zebra Crossings and the …

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November 18, 2020

Join us Dec. 1 for GivingTuesday 2020

Join the #GivingTuesday movement Tuesday, Dec. 1 and help a young person experience the life-changing power of an AYF program. Every child deserves the chance …

October 29, 2020

Experience fall at Merrowvista

Fall at Merrowvista is a magical time not many get to experience. Enjoy these beautiful snapshots of camp in all its autumnal glory, and share …

October 29, 2020

Be the Spark! unites AYF community

More than 50 enkindled spirits gathered for an evening of celebration and connection during Be the Spark!, the American Youth Foundation’s first virtual fundraiser on …

Miniwanca Council Circle

September 30, 2020

An Update About Registration

These last six months, our AYF family has gone through many adjustments as the world and our programs changed course. We all continue to live …

Lake Michigan Sunset

September 17, 2020

Join us for monthly Evening Reflections

We know you miss camp as much as we do. That’s why we’re bringing camp into your homes via Zoom on the first Friday of …

Bill Danforth

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 …

Alumni and Family Camp Living the Mission

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 …

Four Trails Kayaking Group

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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