AYUDH Europe in partnership with the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development presents its 13th annual European Youth Summit to be held in Germany from 15 - 23 July 2017.
Join 300 young people from 12 partner countries for an amazing week of learning, inspiration and exchange. The main theme of the summit is Educate. Cultivate. Participate. and will address some of the most urgent issues facing our world today—ranging from integration and cultural understanding to civic engagement and sustainable lifestyles
Participants will explore the theme of the Summit through hands-on experience and learning in three overarching categories -- peaceful and nonviolent societies, sustainable lifestyles and European and global citizenship -- with a focus on collaboratively developing Follow-Up projects which can be implemented in local communities.
AYUDH’s Youth Summit provides a unique platform for personal development, intercultural dialogue and creative expression through a combination of inspirational and motivational talks from guest speakers, working groups that foster personal, environmental and global responsibilities, and practical training in leadership, change-making, mindfulness and sustainability.
You can strengthen your sense of identity and solidarity while experiencing the joy and empowerment of living and learning together with like-minded youth from diverse backgrounds.
At AYUDH, we believe that personal transformation lies at the heart of lasting change. Therefore, in addition to cultural, social, political and ecological perspectives, we also consider a spiritual dimension when addressing the main themes of the Summit. The teachings of spiritual leader and humanitarian Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) form an important part of this reflection.
This year's highlights include the No Hate No Fear Interactive Panel and the multicultural festival 'OdenWorld'.
No Hate No Fear Interactive Panel
As a partner of the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe, both on European and German level, AYUDH is incorporating the promotion of human rights online and the prevention of hate-speech and hate-crime into the program of Educate. Cultivate. Participate. - specifically though the thematic focus on ‘creating a culture of peace and nonviolence’
The Project Director of the German No Hate Speech Committee, Sami David Rauscher, will support us in facilitating the No Hate, No Fear panel on the 22nd of July 2017
Multicultural Festival 'OdenWorld'
Another highlight will be the multicultural festival ‘OdenWorld 3.0’ on July 22nd 2017, an amazing show to display the talent, creativity and cultural diversity of AYUDH participants.
The show will also include performances by the African drumming band ‘Bingoma’, and of course the AYUDH band, led by Bruno Steffen.
This Year's Speakers
We are pleased to welcome renowned humanitarian leaders, activists and high level institutional representatives to 'Educate. Cultivate. Participate’. Among the speakers and panelists will be: Gopi Kallayil (Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google) and Vincent-Immanuel Herr, activist, writer and feminist as well as Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya and Bri. Dipamrita Chaitanya (senior disciples of Amma).
Working Groups are a space to develop awareness of current issues while practising our skills in self-confidence and active citizenship. The aim is to bridge the gap between the safe and open platform of the summit and our personal impact in our local communities.
There are three themes youth can chose to work with, according to their personal interests:
- European and Global Citizenship facilitated by Milosh Ristovski
- Sustainable Lifestyles - facilitated by Philipp Buddemeier
- Peaceful and Non-Violent Socieities - facilitated by Bri. Dipamrita
Several speakers are yet to be confirmed. Please check back here for more information as and when speakers are confirmed!
Arts, Sports and Mindufulness
As always, we will be providing a space to develop creative skills, to explore new ways of working with our bodies and to expand our awareness of our minds and their interactions with the outside world.
Participants can choose from 16 activities. These activities will take an experiential learning approach, focusing on collaborative work, and will be led by professional facilitators. You will not be required to sign up for these sessions in advance!
Check out the Video from the last European Youth Summit 2016 "One World. One Home"
AYUDH is inspired by Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), one of the most respected humanitarians and spiritual leaders of this time. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor and those suffering physically and emotionally. Through her own life Amma has consequently adhered to the principles of equality, non-violence and religious tolerance. Amma’s tireless efforts for the past 30 years have created a large network of charitable organizations, known collectively as Embracing the World.