About Youth For Freedom

Years Running

Conferences Held


Y outh For Freedom started as a three day youth conference which enables youth ages 12-19 to live exciting and successful lives with a deep and personal freedom. Filled with empowering and life changing experiences, Youth For Freedom continues today as a summer camp held at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, and other locations. Everyone involved in our camp leaves knowing themselves at a deeper level, with higher levels of trust, love, and value for themselves and for others.

Today Youth For Freedom hosts 1-5 day events in cities all over the United States. Our speakers are asked to speak at events worldwide and they share our intention to change lives internationally. You can request us to come to your home town and hold a Freedom Extreme, come speak to your school, hold a simulation with your class, or other events.


Youth For Freedom facilitates the development of Leadership Skills through emotional, mental, and personal freedom.

Love Language Quiz

We believe the ideals and concepts described by Dr. John Lund regarding the 3 Love Languages; Visual, Verbal & Physical/Touch.  Youth For Freedom teaches that “quality time” and “acts of service” look and are understood differently for each of these 3 Love Languages.  Connect more to yourself and others by learning what your love language is!


Our upcoming project, new to 2017, is Families For Freedom. This is a weekend event with our top leaders who create a YFF experience for the whole family to allow learning and growth together. Everyone is presented with an opportunity to recreate their world, take ownership of their lives, and live from a place of power. Families are united and lives are changed.  

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!”


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


“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!”


Meet Our Team

Kami Mitchell

Kami Mitchell

Owner, President & Founder

Kami has three healthy and happy children. She has owned and directed Youth For Freedom, since 2001. Kami has presented over 900 times and has created 16 personal development CD’s. (Check them out here!) She was selected as the American Young Mother of Washington County, Utah, for 2013. She is a gifted and powerful mentor, trainer, teacher, mother, friend, and most of all a student. Time spent with Kami will be full of experiences, aha’s, and laughter!
Heather Ludwig

Heather Ludwig

Chief Executive Officer

Heather is a master listener and committed to empowering individuals in creating opportunities to access and shift into life-altering, more powerful results. She has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is sought after as both a Life Coach and Licensed Clinical Therapist. Heather has over 15 years of experience of working with youth. She has an affinity for truly getting the people she associates with, and knowing what is going on for them. That gift has served her in all areas of her life & has contributed to her ability to truly love others. She loves everyone she comes in contact with, and loves BIG.
Erika Ludwig

Erika Ludwig

Chief Operating Officer

Erika loves working with & coaching people of all ages.  She has a passion for loving others and helping them realize their full potential.  She is committed to helping others find their inner child and to love themselves with their whole heart.  Erika is powerful and full of love.  She has a gift of discerning & knowing what others want and need.  Those qualities assist her in creating a space for people to take a stand in their own power.  Her motto is in Latin and it states “vixi discrepo audeo” or “dare to live differently”!
Shelby Smith

Shelby Smith

Mentor / Play Specialist

Shelby has a gift and passion for being present in the moment.  This gift enhances her ability to powerfully listen, connect heart-to-heart with others, live joyfully and authentically, and imagine and create with synergy. Acting on stage and in film, and teaching acting to youth, are means by which she shares this transformative power. As a mentor, she utilizes her vast knowledge of personal development, experiences with connecting, and skills in creative expression, to invite others to become the very best versions of themselves!
Shaina Richardson

Shaina Richardson

Chief Financial Officer, Registrar

Shaina is the Registrar and Financial Systems Manager for Youth For Freedom. Shaina graduated with a Bachelors in Statistics from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a Project Manager for two nationally-funded grants for the BYU Math Department and has been a part of the tremendous growth of Utah Valley University as their Student and Alumni Database Analyst as well as their Donor Prospect Researcher. Currently, Shaina is a stay-at-home mom with two young, red-headed children who often provide her with more than enough work! 

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