THE NEXT GENERATION
During an "Auroville Retreat" in 2015 (a large collective gathering to reflect on the future of the township) a clear need was felt by the community to make space for the next generation. YouthLink was created by the few young adults who attended the Retreat with the intention to create a service unit that would be led by the youth and for the youth.
At our two-year review, we realised that we as a team at YouthLink have our strengths in Education and Networking, and decided to concentrate our efforts by using this aptitude to empower and link young adults within and outside Auroville.
YouthLink turned down a significant Government of India grant (1.23 Crore, about 177'000$) for its central hub called ‘The Hive’. We made this choice owing to difficulties in finding suitable land without having objections from the neighbors, and due to differences in opinions between Foresters and Town Planners regarding which area would be most suitable. We also had a very limited amount of time within which we had to re-design and execute the project. In the process we learnt a lot about how to take a stand and pursue projects without compromising our ideals.
After a one-week retreat to reflect and restructure ourselves, we came up with YouthLink’s revised vision statement and four main areas of work, grounding ourselves furthermore using tools for collective intelligence.
YouthLink had it’s annual Team Retreat, where we evaluated our work and our efforts together. Through this, we gained clarity regarding our achievements, challenges and strategy for the upcoming year(s). With a solid grounding, we are now ready to take on a larger team, which will join us in September 2019, the beginning of a new YouthLink year.
YouthLink provides information on opportunities in Auroville related to workshops, internships, apprenticeships, job opportunities and exchange programs. Information on career counseling, life coaching and specified mentorship is also available.
YouthLink also designs its own courses which are Certified by the Global Ecovillage Network or by Gaia Education which are then also recognized as a Contributor to the UNESCO "Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development".
Our primary beneficiaries are Newcomer and Aurovillian young adults aged 18-40 years old. However, we have always been open to involvement from Volunteers, Bioregional and International young adults.
Co-create a space
to be yourself
Explore oneself through collective learning
Manifest in the spirit of offering service
Seek transformation through innovation
HEAD - Think
Head refers to engaging the cognitive domain through admin, background work to sustain YouthLink in its activities.
HANDS - Do
Hands refer to the enactment of the psychomotor domain for learning practical skill development and physical work such as building, farming, painting...
HEART - Feel
Heart refer to enablement of the affective domain in forming values and attitudes that are translated into behaviours through an exploration of what attract us such as non violent communication, alternative economy...