AYF programs welcome people to discover their own best self, the richness of living a balanced life, and the power of creating inclusive, caring communities. Thousands of youth engage in programs year round at our beautiful properties in New Hampshire (AYF Merrowvista) and Michigan (AYF Miniwanca). People from across the country and around the world come to our facilities for community and school programs, summer camps and leadership conferences. Our programs inspire individuals and groups to put their best into action and make a difference in big and small ways each day. We are a nonprofit youth development organization, whose mission has provided the foundation for all that we do since 1925.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) estimates that in 2016, 22% of AI/ANs lived on reservations or other US Census-defined tribal areas while 60% of AI/ANs lived in metropolitan areas.
"I’m passionate about getting people excited about food sovereignty, but in ways that make it accessible. I think it’s important for indigenous people around the world to decolonize their minds, diets, and really think about wellness from a traditional perspective.”