The American Youth Foundation continues to carefully build back its programs to pre-pandemic levels, including our Community and School Programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista. This year, both sites are welcoming hundreds of participants to experience the power of AYF programs through our community partners.
Merrowvista and Miniwanca work with other mission-driven organizations and area schools to create collaborative programs that fulfill the partner organizations needs and incorporate the values of the AYF. Community and School Programs take full advantage of the sites’ many assets, including talented staff, youth-focused facilities, and programmatic elements.
AYF Community and School Programs intentionally designed with the partner organization to develop individual skills, enhance group effectiveness, and positively influence school or organizational culture. The program teams at Merrowvista and Miniwanca customize a multi-day program to meet the specific needs of the school or organization.
As summer camp wrapped up in mid-August, the Merrowvista team quickly turned their attention to the slew of CSP clients arriving in just a few days. Client Relations Manager Jamie O’Hagin said so far, Merrowvista will serve 16 organizations and schools this fall, including Codman Academy, Camp Meridian, and Tuftonboro Central School.
“We’re so pleased that our fall has been so busy,” O’Hagin said. “Community and School Programs expand access to Merrowvista, welcoming even more youth, educators, and youth advocates to our site.”
Miniwanca will also welcome seven CSP partners such as Chicago Jesuit Academy and Washington University Danforth Scholars back to the dunes. Chicago Jesuit Academy Head of School Kelly Tyson said her students returned to school invigorated and inspired.
“Our principal said he was able to observe the students as they got off the bus to meet their parents. He said they were all smiles and full of stories of everything they experienced and accomplished,” Tyson said. “Miniwanca is truly a magical place.”
Learn more about Community and School Programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista at the links below.