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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 …

February 14, 2024

AYF facilities teams build on legacy

Before sites are flooded with summer campers, the facilities teams at Miniwanca and Merrowvista prioritize larger structural projects that enhance the quality of life for …

February 5, 2024

Meet the 2024 Summer Seminars for Women team

The American Youth Foundation’s Summer Seminars for Women celebrates its 36th year in 2024. Its longevity and popularity couldn’t be sustained without dedicated leadership, and …

January 30, 2024

Miniwanca will host St. Louis meet up Feb. 10 and 11

There are two upcoming opportunities to meet Miniwanca staff and learn what summer camp 2024 is all about! Bring a friend and find out what …

January 29, 2024

The AYF welcomes President Liz Marshall

The American Youth Foundation is proud to officially welcome Liz Marshall to her new role as president and CEO of the organization. As the AYF …

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 19, 2024

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Jamie Sweetser

Seven years ago, Jamie Sweetser’s family friend Kim Novotny convinced her to try something new. She joined the seasonal kitchen team at Merrowvista and, under …

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 …

January 11, 2024

Meet Miniwanca’s new Boys Camp Director and Assistant Director of Camps

Miniwanca is thrilled to welcome two new members to its full-time team, including one familiar face. We can’t wait for you to meet them during …

December 20, 2023

Aloha to outgoing President Anna Kay Vorsteg

The entire American Youth Foundation community wishes its beloved president of 20 years, Anna Kay Vorsteg, happy trails as she embarks on the next phase …

December 18, 2023

AYF volunteers serve humbly at Miniwanca, Merrowvista

Every year, the American Youth Foundation puts a call out for volunteers to ready its sites for the summer. The turnout, staff will tell you, …

November 1, 2023

A Leadership Transition

Dear American Youth Foundation Community: For 20 years the American Youth Foundation has had the amazing good fortune to have had Anna Kay Vorsteg serve …

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