National Leadership Conference

National Leadership Conference Participants perform and scream at Camp Miniwanca

April 29, 2024

NLC Class Challenge raises more than $15,000 for scholarships

The National Leadership Conference community once again proved that not only could they rise to the challenge, but they could also exceed it. In total, …

February 20, 2024

2024 NLC Class Challenge kicks off March 4

The National Leadership Conference community is a prime example of serving humbly. Each summer, dozens of dedicated volunteers staff the American Youth Foundation’s longest running …

January 24, 2024

NLC ‘lifer’ Todd Bundy inducted to Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

If you’ve ever attended National Leadership Conference, you’ve likely met the Mayor of Miniwanca, Todd Bundy. The NLC community bestowed this honorary title on him …

January 11, 2024

Miniwanca, Merrowvista programs are fun with intention

On a clear summer evening, a group of Four Trails campers gather around a fire. They’ve just eaten a meal they prepared after a day …

July 27, 2023

Staff Spotlight: Advancement’s Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson first encountered the mission of the American Youth Foundation as a National Leadership Conference participant from 2008 to 2011. As a member of …

June 29, 2023

2023 National Leadership Conference delivers powerful program

More than 150 teens gathered on the sand dunes of Miniwanca for National Leadership Conference. The American Youth Foundation’s oldest program, NLC is a transformative …

February 27, 2023

Purina Leadership Labs expand AYF reach across the country

The American Youth Foundation continues to connect with new communities across the country. Recently, nearly 50 teenagers in Iowa experienced a taste of the AYF’s …

January 18, 2023

NLC Class Challenge raises $10,000 for 2023 scholarships

National Leadership Conference classes form strong bonds during this transformative four-year program – bonds that hold tight long after their last fire circle together. In …

June 29, 2022

NLC returns to Miniwanca with powerful program

The National Leadership Conference roared back to life this summer after two years of virtual and abbreviated gatherings. NLC Co-Director Erin O’Brien said it was …

May 26, 2022

Advancing Toward Our Best

Thank you to all who joined us Tuesday evening at Advancing Toward Our Best! We recorded the webinar for those who weren’t able to make …

March 22, 2022

Enkindled Spirits: Robert Pike

by Dana Rieck High school physics teacher Robert Pike works hard to learn his students’ names within the first three days of each semester, so …

Michael Harter, Miniwanca Boys Camp Director

February 18, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Miniwanca’s Michael Harter

Michael Harter’s career has always found him at the intersection of youth empowerment and mental health, a passion he credits to his own foundational experiences …

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