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About American Youth Foundation

The American Youth Foundation was established in 1925 with the goal of helping young people reach their full potential through “positive youth development.”  To that end, AYF organizes camps, conferences and school and community programming.  Miniwanca and Merrowvista offer year-round youth activities, including programs for schools and community organizations, a six-week traditional summer and adventure camp and national leadership conferences three times a year.

Interns learn how to facilitate and coordinate AYF’s programs through a 10-day training period.  Intern responsibilities include conducting the positive youth programs, which focus on areas such as leadership and healthy community relationships, as well as running team-building exercises, ropes courses, nature hikes and waterfront activities.  AYF offers internship opportunities at Miniwanca in Shelby, Mich., and Merrowvista in Tuftonboro, N.H.


Open to college juniors and seniors, college-age students, and recent graduates with experience working with youth.  Applicants should be at least 21 years old.

American Youth Foundation

Adam Russell
American Youth Foundation
AYF?s Miniwanca Internship Program
8845 West Garfield Road
Shelby, MI 49455
Phone: (231) 861-2262


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Detroit, MI
Portsmouth, NH