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Youth For Freedom 

Youth For Freedom was started by Kami Mitchell in 2002. Prior to being known as Youth For Freedom, the program was called Youth for America and was sponsered by George Wythe University. It began as a three day youth conference enabling youth ages 12-18 to live exciting and successful lives, a deep and personal freedom, and a knowledge of the constitution. In 2010, the conference was renamed “Youth for Freedom” to recognize the inclusion of its international attendees.

Kami and her team ran the program for 18 years before passing the torch to Aubrey Taylor in 2019. Aubrey attended the program as a youth and helped run it as a counselor, session director, and Vice President. Filled with empowering and life changing experiences, Youth For Freedom continues today as a multiple day summer camp held in Prescot,t Arizona, among many other locations. Everyone who participates in the conference leaves with knowing themselves on a deeper level, higher levels of trust, love, and value of themselves and for others.

Our Mission Statement

“Thank you so much!!! You have brought so much to the youth of tomorrow! YFF has and always will be an amazing experience. Freedom!”

-Emily

“Thank you so much for changing my life and helping me find out who I am!”

-Peter

“YFF has changed my life! Thank you for letting me be a counselor!

To be able to spend time with such amazing youth and people has been a really big highlight in my life!”

-Leah

Meet Our Creative Team

Aubrey Taylor

Aubrey Taylor

Aubrey is a powerful, alive, and free human being. She has been a part of Youth for Freedom for the past 15 years, and now owns the program. The person she is today is a direct result of her experience in this work. She is genuinely excited about life and all of the possibilities in it. She shows up and takes things head on with a fun and commanding presence. Aubrey is committed to changing what it means to be a human being and creating a new world for her children and others to live into. She puts herself out there and does what she says she will. She lives her life boldly and with alacrity. Her commitment is to YFF succeeding and with velocity.

Ben Beals

Ben Beals

Benjamin Beals believes in fun! Arizona boy, born and raised. He is a fashion connoisseur, a Spartan Race enthusiast and has a deep obsession with Arby’s, Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Ben’s power animal is a lion. When he grows up he wants to live in a cottage in the middle of the woods with him and his pet wolf. Ben has been involved in Youth For Freedom for 11 years both as a youth and administration. Above all, Ben stands for love, empathy and acceptance with a huge desire to give youth permission to love, understand and accept SELF.
Caleb Lake

Caleb Lake

Caleb believes in truth, freedom and love.  He loves to learn from mother earth and human kind.  Caleb has been a member of Youth For Freedom since 2011 and a very large part of his soul belongs here.  He dreams of being a leader among leaders and believes that every human being is royalty. Through leading himself and following others, Caleb embodies greatness.  His goal is to share that way of being with those around him.  He leads from the front and is willing to do what is necessary to create a life of greatness.  He follows those in the back to assure that all feel the presence of greatness and peace of heart.  He is free spirited, compassionate, and a wholehearted healer, leader, hero, and adventurer.  He chooses to stand with and serve those who believe and want and choose to be alive.

Erika Ludwig

Erika Ludwig

Erika currently lives in Las Vegas and, along with her sister-in-law Heather, she enjoys spending time together running Youth For Freedom. Her favorite part is coaching and working intensely with the youth as they become powerful leaders. She is a licensed EMT and enjoys helping people in that role as well.  She has worked closely with the youth for over ten years.  One of her deepest desires is to help them realize how incredible they truly are. She has had the opportunity to work in many different positions for several youth conferences, programs, and camps. Erika is powerful in assisting others in learning that who they choose to be MATTERS. Everyone has the ability to act powerfully and make a difference in the world. Her personal motto that she chooses to live by is Latin stating, “vixi discrepo audeo” or “dare to live differently”.

Heather Ludwig

Heather Ludwig

Heather is a master listener. She is committed to empowering individuals in creating opportunities to access and shift into achieving the most powerful results in their lives. Heather obtained her Master’s degree in Professional Mental Counseling and is sought after as both a Life Coach and Licensed Professional Clinical Therapist. Heather has over 15 years of experience of working with youth and absolutely loves them! Heather has an affinity for truly “getting” the people she associates with, and knowing what is going on for them. That gift serves her in all areas of her life. She is non-judgmental and has a talent for helping people see the best in themselves. She loves everyone she comes in contact with, and loves BIG.

Zackary Taylor

Zackary Taylor

Zackary loves to explore anything and everything and has a huge curiosity for life. He has passed on his love of questions to his three small children. “Why” is a constant phrase in the Taylor household. His abilty to ask questions has allowed for Zackary to become a creation master. He creates from nothing and can link things together that seem impossible. He loves working with youth and showing them new ways of thinking and being. Some of his favortie ways to create include: legos, drawing, and websites. He is committed to living a full life surrounded by community. He embodies YFF’s mission to “Be Awesome.”

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