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Lisa Boucher

March 23, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Lisa Boucher

If you’re a Merrowvista camper parent, you’ve probably had a conversation or two with Lisa Boucher. Boucher started at Merrowvista in 1996 as a receptionist, …

Cover image Conversation Circles

February 25, 2021

Conversation Circles Invite Challenge and Growth

Five Saturdays beginning March 13, 2021 Beginning this spring, AYF’s Summer Seminars for Women will offer a series of small group conversation circles. Using The …

February 25, 2021

Now Hiring 2021 Summer Staff

As the American Youth Foundation prepares for summer 2021, the program and operations teams are eager to fill 200 seasonal staff jobs at Merrowvista and …

Week 2 Option 1

January 20, 2021

Help us create Wayfinder 2021

In January, we announced dates and changes to our summer 2021 program offerings. Unfortunately, guidance regarding COVID-19 means we cannot offer our off-site Four Trails programs …

Explore Your Year Compass

January 20, 2021

Navigate your 2021 with YearCompass

We invite you to join us for a virtual experience that will bring intention to your new year, called the YearCompass. Originating over a decade ago …

view of Miniwanca cabins

December 15, 2020

2020 is a year of renovation at Miniwanca, Merrowvista

Though the AYF wasn’t able to welcome campers this summer, Miniwanca and Merrowvista were still abuzz this year with the whirring of power tools and …

kate hampson

December 15, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Kate Hampson

Eight-year-old Kate Hampson had returned home to River Forest, Illinois after her first summer at Miniwanca in 2013. Almost every day, she watched a group …

December 15, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Taylor Eldridge

Since the summer she spent on the sand dunes of Miniwanca in 2013, Taylor Eldridge has become an investigative journalist who has written award-winning work …

six kids hugging at miniwanca

December 15, 2020

Partnering for social justice

by Dana Rieck As Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets across the country after the death of George Floyd, the American Youth Foundation …

December 14, 2020

Important update about NLC 2021

Dear NLC staff, participants, and families, I hope this finds you well despite the very real challenges posed by the pandemic. If only COVID-19 were …

miniwanca, girls camp, dreams come true, special day

December 14, 2020

Learn more about summer 2021 at Miniwanca and Merrowvista

After careful assessment, the American Youth Foundation Board and staff feel we can offer safe, mission-supporting programs at Miniwanca and Merrowvista in summer 2021. It …

SSW women

December 4, 2020

Connecting across the miles, across the generations

by Liz Marshall As the pandemic rocked the country in spring 2020, American Youth Foundation alumni sought connection and community with their Founder Family despite …

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