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March 25, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Jamie O’Hagin

Jamie O’Hagin knows what it’s like to be the nervous new kid at camp. A bully tarnished her only prior camp experience, and she was …

March 25, 2022

AYF takes action steps toward DEI goals

The American Youth Foundation is committed to building equitable program communities and empowering youth to create equity in their own communities. Director of Community Life, …

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 …

February 23, 2022

Merrowvista Wayfinders leave a legacy at North Star Shelter

Summer 2021 was filled with joys and challenges as the American Youth Foundation found new ways to welcome campers back to Miniwanca and Merrowvista in …

February 21, 2022

SSW Book Club: Atlas of the Heart

Welcome to our Conversation Circle project. In this free online course, we will have the chance to form small groups to work through Brené Brown’s …

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 …

February 18, 2022

Prindle Institute partnership shapes seasonal staff experience

American Youth Foundation programs provides life-shaping moments not just for campers, but also for seasonal staff, like The Prindle Institute for Ethics students Gianna and …

February 18, 2022

NLC finds closer connection in 2021

by Dana Rieck National Leadership Conference participants were finally able to gather on the dunes of Miniwanca once again in 2021, albeit in a new, …

January 25, 2022

Honoring the legacy of the Fellowship Building at Miniwanca

Miniwanca has seen many significant improvements to its facilities in recent years, including extensive renovation of the West Eating Lodge and more than 50 cabins …

January 25, 2022

All welcome to join virtual spring programs

The American Youth Foundation experience extends long past when participants complete youth programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista. As both sites prepare to welcome adults back …

January 25, 2022

Creating Conversation and Change

While the COVID-19 pandemic brought many losses, it also ushered in new methods for creating community using virtual tools instead of live gatherings. One such …

January 24, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Kim Novotny

Kim Novotny knows meals at Merrowvista are important community experiences. As Food Program Manager, she strives to make those meals healthy, delicious, and memorable. Novotny …

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