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YouthLink HelpDesk provides information on educational opportunities in Auroville: internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, workshops and job opportunities.
We also offer youth free access to PC, internet and document printing for work/research. Our team members are available to help youth for writing of CVs, project proposals and fundraisers.
Many Aurovilians have signed up to mentor youth in Auroville. We maintain a database of what mentors ofer and their specific requirements. We then help link the right Youth. Sometimes being young can be tough. Many young people felt the need to have more support systems and individuals for young people facing challenging situations. So we have set up a mentor pool of individuals, this mentor pool is essential to our work, as it actively images Aurovilians from various sectors in the community and helps train youth to integrate into those spheres of work
We welcome people from all age groups to build a safe space where they can come together, engage in activities related to their needs and interestsand be able to freely express themselves.
For instance, we organise events to embody and to widen the sense of family (movie night,conference, international youth day, Global Ecovillage Network, Peace Day etc.
Apprenticeship & Employment
Auroville is full of beautiful & Unique opportunities. We maintain a list of all that is available, and help match the right candidate to the right opportunity according to each unit’s specific requirements. YouthLink also works with projects, services & units to design new opportunities by providing feedback regarding youth interests & preferences. As young adults working in YouthLink, we are able to help bridge between the unit’s needs and the Youth.
How it all began
YouthLink was founded in early 2015, as part of the Auroville Retreat community process. At this event, several hundred Aurovillians looked at the themes of Bioregion, Economy, Education, Governance, Growth & Town planning. The goals related to youth were defined with milestones related to Housing, Education, and Employment.
Today, five years later
YouthLink has defined itself as a Service for Auroville. The service is run by a group of Young Adults and works with a large number of mentors by ‘linking’ to different Auroville working groups, services, and units. The overall goal for YouthLink is to enable youth integration in all areas of the community.
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.
Vision and Mission
YouthLink helps voice youth concerns, address youth needs and assists younger generations by recognising the potential in Youth and supporting their involvement in the development of Auroville. YouthLink supports young leaders, and youth related activities that aim at building a better world for all. Everyone is welcome. YouthLink aims to be a bridge between Auroville, its bio-region, India and the world.
Leaders & Team
YouthLink is formed by a Core Team of Auroville youth and Volunteers, primarily between the ages of 18-35. Each youth is encouraged to have an older Mentor in the community to maintain ‘links’ and ensure cross-generational collaboration in our work.
We look forward to welcoming Volunteers from India and abroad to be part of our team.
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.