Founder Fire

May 17, 2022

Enkindled Spirits: Grace Blinkhoff

Upon joining City Year AmeriCorps, each member is presented with a red jacket, which they dedicate to a person, idea, or cause that inspires them …

April 22, 2022

Meet AYF board chair DD Danforth-Burlin

The American Youth Foundation has played a pivotal role in DD Danforth-Burlin’s life. The four-fold way of living has steered her through her youth as …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Willky Joseph

August 27, 2020

Enkindled Spirits: Willky Joseph

Willky’s AYF journey began at Merrowvista when was a 9th grader at Codman Academy. In the first days of forming their new school community, Codman …

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 …

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 …