YOUTHLINK

YouthLink is a..

1.  Service to the youth, offering our assistance and guidance with their projects

2. Space for mentors and teachers to share their wisdom and experiences

3. Space for youth to discover and explore their offerings and aspirations

4. Bridge between Auroville, its Bio-region, India, and the World

Young people coming through YouthLink have several different ways in which they work to integrate themselves in Auroville. They can be small or larger initiatives depending on the capacity of the youth. When projects are initiated under the YouthLink umbrella, they are provided with mentorship to develop their proposals, and support to understand Auroville ideals and context. We aim to bring forth youth initiatives through YouthLink but also work towards involving more youth in supporting existing services in Auroville and help revive our existing service economy.

Conceptualization

The Auroville Retreat was a community process held in March 2015, with several months of preparations. The Vision Task Force, consisting of members from Auroville’s Governing Board, International Advisory Council and Working Committee initiated this process, inviting all Aurovilians to participate. The process created space for the residents of the Auroville community to reflect on the themes of Growth, Economy, Town Planning, Bioregion, Education, Governance and Youth. The young adults participating in this retreat agreed to start an initiative together to help address the concerns regarding their own generation. And so YouthLink was born.

 

75+

Facilitators & experts on different domains

(water management, non-violent communication...)

55+

Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers worked with YouthLink since its creation in 2015.

 

960

Attendees of events organized in 2018

119

Days of workshops organized in 2018

AUROVILLE

What is Auroville?

Recognized by the Indian Government and UNESCO. Auroville is a universal township located in South India. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity in diversity. Founded in 1968 as an experimental city and international project, it celebrated it's 50th anniversary in February 2018. Today Auroville is recognized as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness. Auroville residents come from over 50 nations, of all age groups, social classes, backgrounds, and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. 

The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to Mirra Alfassa (known as "the Mother") as early as the 1930s. In the mid-1960s the concept was developed and put before the Government of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966, UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

 

On the 28th of February 1968, some 5'000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the center of the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations, including all the States of India. The representatives brought with them some soil from their homeland, to be mixed in a white marble-clad, lotus-shaped urn, now sited at the focal point of the Amphitheatre. 

It was then that the Mother gave Auroville its Four Points Charter, 

the Auroville charter:

I.Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. 

But, to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the divine consciousness.​​

​II.Auroville will be the place of an unending education, constant progress, and a youth that never ages.

III. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realizations.

IV. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual research for a living embodiment of actual human unity.

 
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