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Summer Seminars for Women Community

August 24, 2020

Summer Seminars for Women finds community, renewal online

The American Youth Foundation continues to adapt its programs to online platforms. After the success of Invincible Summer, the Summer Seminars for Women community also …

Lexie Hill

August 19, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Lexie Hill

Lexie has grown up at Miniwanca Girls Camp and the National Leadership Conference, returning each summer and completing the Odyssey cycling trip from Michigan to …

Four Trails Kayaking Group

August 5, 2020

Wow. Thanks. Help. An important COVID-19 update from the AYF

Dear AYF Community, Author Anne Lamott says there are essentially three prayers that get us through tough times: Help, Thanks, and Wow. This summer has …

week4banner

July 21, 2020

Merrowvista, Miniwanca campers flock to Invincible Summer  

AYF campers across the country have spent the last two weeks building forts, logging miles on their virtual Four Trails treks, and teaching their families the sudsy fun of Arlos and Dishland.    Invincible Summer, the …

July 16, 2020

NLC-Z 2020: Final Presentations

In mid-June, participants from NLC convened online for this year’s National Leadership Conference on Zoom. They engaged in programming that connected them with their community, …

Zebra Crossing 2019

July 16, 2020

Zebra Crossings, AYF offer camp experiences for children with chronic health issues

For almost 100 years, the American Youth Foundation has built and relied upon a community of life-giving partners to ensure the growth and success of …

July 8, 2020

Learn to be an active anti-racist ally with Kids4Peace Boston

The American Youth Foundation’s longstanding partner, Kids4Peace Boston, is offering a free online training for preteens and teenagers who want to learn more about anti-racism work and how they can enact …

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 4

June 22, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 4

Coordinator Kal Bowers is back with another chapter of their of their original story, Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters. This week, he checks in …

June 19, 2020

AYF launches free online programming, Invincible Summer, on July 6

By Catherine Klene “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” This popular quote inspired the name of AYF’s …

4thofJulyHoraceDorty

June 16, 2020

From the Archives: Fourth of July at Miniwanca

by Karen Reimer and Jan Strube Of all the memories of Girls and Boys Camp activities through the years, Fourth of July traditions at Miniwanca …

Sidney Keys III

June 16, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Sidney Keys III

Young people of the AYF strive to be at their best. They continue to discover more about themselves and passionately pursue projects that serve their …

3YouTune

June 15, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters: Chapter 3

Coordinators Kal Bowers and Caroline Zerilli are back with another chapter of their original story, Wash Your Hands, Send Your Letters. This week, Kal checks …

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