Vision

A transformational community which empowers a new generation and forges a new world.

Overview

Youth for Freedom is an international personal and professional growth, training, and development company—a global educational enterprise committed to transforming the lives of youth and those in the lives of youth (so basically everyone), into lives of POWER, FREEDOM, & ALIVENESS. 

We offer summer camps, online courses, and programs that are cutting edge, potently life altering, and fun. Youth for Freedom and it’s programs have produced countless lasting breakthrough results in the lives of youth, making us a new leader in our field.

Headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, Youth for Freedom offers a summer camp in Prescott, Arizona, as well as mobile seminars in locations worldwide, online courses, speakers, and international coaching. Close to 7,000 people have participated in Youth for Freedom’s programs.

Mission

To unleash the leaders of the future.

Values

Be Awesome | Self Expression, Peace, & Love

Be Powerful | Present, Alive, & Unleashed

Be Free | Integrity, Authenticity, & Acceptance

Be Community | Connection, Celebration, & Contribution 

Anywhere | Anytime | Anyone | Already

Purpose

Transformational Youth Leadership

History

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 Transformational Youth Leadership company  and everyone who participates in the programs leaves with knowing themselves on a deeper level, higher levels of trust, love, and value of themselves and for others.

“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

Youth For Freedom Staff

The men and women who lead Youth for Freedom’s programs come from a variety of backgrounds and are extensively trained. Our staff create the space in which the breakthroughs we are committed to producing in regards to power, freedom, and aliveness happen. Our program leaders are trained to present and lead group discussions in a way that is engaging and productive for everyone.

Aubrey Taylor

Aubrey Taylor

Owner & Director

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.

Zackary Taylor

Zackary Taylor

Owner & Technical Director

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 value to “Be Awesome.”

Caleb Lake

Caleb Lake

Session Director

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.

Valarie Durfee

Valarie Durfee

Session Director

Valarie lives in Colorado where she spends summers hiking and camping, and winters snowboarding the Grand Mesa.  She loves to immerse herself in a good book, and even more when there are friends to discuss it with.  She has participated in Youth For Freedom since 2012, both as a youth and a counselor.  The principles of self education, self reflection, and continual gradual improvement have been a foundation stone in her desire to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

Jed Hansen

Jed Hansen

Session Director

Jed is a passionate learner and a master of intuition. He is gifted in his ability to find clarity by courageously evaluating circumstances and being willing to do whatever it takes to take the next step. Jed first attended YFF in 2006 and has served in several youth leadership capacities including counselor, session director, keynote speaker and mentor. He learned a love for reading in YFF and has learned to
find wisdom from a wide selection of genres. He has pursued his childhood dream of becoming an engineer and works manufacturing jet engines. He believes in every person’s power to bring light to their families as he experiences continual renewal in his own relationships. Guided by many mentors through his life he has learned the power of decisiveness and commitment which liberate the soul and bring freedom to every aspect of life.

Angela Durfee

Angela Durfee

Session Director

Awesome info on Angela coming soon! 

Pamela Lake

Pamela Lake

Registrar

Awesome info on Pam coming soon! 

Sydney Robertson

Sydney Robertson

Administration Assistant

Awesome info on Sydney coming soon! 

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