General Updates

July 17, 2021

Effervescent Sparks

Three weeks ago, Camp Miniwanca sprang to life after 18 months of cocooning and the first missed summer in almost 100 years. The sacred spaces …

July 6, 2021

A Golden Day

After the Polar Bears went for a dip, a golden Miniwanca day began with a morning stretch that included learning the dance moves to the …

Molly Mulcahy, Alumni and Community Relations Director

June 24, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Molly Mulcahy

Molly Mulcahy meets a lot of fascinating people in her role as the Alumni and Community Relations Director. She spends her days connecting with and …

Lisa Boucher

March 23, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Lisa Boucher

If you’re a Merrowvista camper parent, you’ve probably had a conversation or two with Lisa Boucher. Boucher started at Merrowvista in 1996 as a receptionist, …

Cover image Conversation Circles

February 25, 2021

Conversation Circles Invite Challenge and Growth

Five Saturdays beginning March 13, 2021 Beginning this spring, AYF’s Summer Seminars for Women will offer a series of small group conversation circles. Using The …

Explore Your Year Compass

January 20, 2021

Navigate your 2021 with YearCompass

We invite you to join us for a virtual experience that will bring intention to your new year, called the YearCompass. Originating over a decade ago …

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December 15, 2020

2020 is a year of renovation at Miniwanca, Merrowvista

Though the AYF wasn’t able to welcome campers this summer, Miniwanca and Merrowvista were still abuzz this year with the whirring of power tools and …

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December 15, 2020

Partnering for social justice

by Dana Rieck As Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets across the country after the death of George Floyd, the American Youth Foundation …

December 14, 2020

Important update about NLC 2021

Dear NLC staff, participants, and families, I hope this finds you well despite the very real challenges posed by the pandemic. If only COVID-19 were …

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December 14, 2020

Learn more about summer 2021 at Miniwanca and Merrowvista

After careful assessment, the American Youth Foundation Board and staff feel we can offer safe, mission-supporting programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista in summer 2021. It …

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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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