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.
According to the 2010 US Census, approximately 5.2 million self-identified American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) live in the U.S., of whom 2 million qualify for federal services.
"Losing or not having tradition leaves an empty space that gets filled too often with poor choices. If we are listening to our elders, dancing, drumming, hunting, and picking berries, we are not drinking or doing drugs, and our traditions stay strong."