AYUDH’s 12th European Youth Summit ‘One World. One Home.’

We are happy to invite you to the 12th European AYUDH Youth Summit ‘One World. One Home.’ taking place from 16th – 24th July 2016 at M.A. Center Germany, near Frankfurt.

Join 250 young people from 25 countries for an amazing week of learning, inspiration and exchange. The main theme of the summit is how we can create a better home - for ourselves and others, while caring for our shared home, planet earth.

Home is more than just a physical place - it is a space of security, love and integration. Home is where we are accepted and understood, cared for and nurtured, where our dreams can grow and our potential can unfold. Everyone needs a peaceful home. Now, more than ever.

The summit provides a unique platform for personal development, intercultural dialogue and creative expression. It invites and empowers participants to initiate the change they consider important - within themselves and their environment.

You can take part in talks and debates to address some of the most urgent issues our world faces today, ranging from integration and cultural understanding to civic engagement and gender equality.

More than 20 workshops will be offered to foster personal, environmental and global responsibilities and practical training in leadership, mindfulness and sustainability. These include Film-making, Public Speech, Rap for Change, Dance, Photography, Body Awareness and Martial Arts, Permaculture, Local and Organic Food Cultivation, Conscious Nutrition and Consumption, Women Empowerment, and many more.

The programme also includes music and sports, a video-shooting, meditation and yoga sessions, multicultural singing and a summer festival.

On 22nd July 2016, as part of the summit, AYUDH will organize a symposium on youth empowerment and cultural understanding, taking place in the historic location Kloster Eberbach.

Through this event, AYUDH will aim to shift attention from personal and cultural identities to our fundamental human identity, and our shared need to be respected, understood and loved for who we are.

The symposium will give participants the chance to directly interact with, talk and discuss with high level institutional representatives, making sure that the voice of today’s youth is heard and considered by those who shape the policies for peace, security and integration in our global community.

'One Humanity'

At the summit we will also launch the ‘One Humanity’ programme, AYUDH’s new initiative to foster cultural understanding and tolerance amongst young people of diverse backgrounds. Participants can take part in a dedicated workshop about this theme and subsequently receive an Action Kit, which empowers them to implement the project in their own communities.

As part of this initiative, AYUDH invites schools from across and beyond Europe to become ‘One Humanity’ partner schools. If you are an interested student or faculty, please write to info@ayudh.eu.

'OdenWorld 2.0'

Another highlight will be the multicultural festival ‘OdenWorld 2.0’ on July 23rd 2016, an amazing show to display the talent, creativity and cultural diversity of AYUDH participants.

The show will also include performances by the award-winning Israeli band ‘the Ultras’, Polish Rapper ‘Spinache’, the African drumming band ‘Bingoma’, Finnish singer Kirsi Ranto and of course the AYUDH band, led by Bruno Steffen, Marcus Bodenmann and Ekkehard Sassenhausen.

Participation fee and financial support

The participation fee for the whole week is 120 Euro and includes accommodation and vegetarian food. We offer all participants from the 47 Council of Europe member states a 20% refund of their travel costs for their main means of transportation (car, bus, train or plane). 

We offer additional support schemes for youth with financial challenges:

1. 'Helping Hands': Commit to 3 hours of community service daily and pay only 60 Euro participation fee. Limited spaces are available.
Conditions: Spaces are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early to benefit from this scheme.

2. Free Participation: We offer free participation to youth with severe financial difficulties. Limited spaces are available. Conditions:

  • You also need to apply for the 'Helping Hands' scheme
  • The deadline for application to this scheme is April 1st
  • After applying for the summit online, you need to send an email to finance@ayudh.eu, with:
    • First and last name
    • Country and place you live in
    • A bank statement of the past three months (or a bank statement of both your parents, if you are under 18 years old)
    • A short explanation about your financial situation

3. Additional Travel Refund: We can offer a travel refund of 70% to a limited number of participants from Council of Europe countries. Only a limited number of youth will be able to receive this support, so please apply for it only if you really need it, since otherwise another youth may not get the opportunity to participate in the summit. Conditions:

  • Maximum refund per person is 100 Euro
  • We refund only 70% of your main means of transportation (car, bus, train or plain)
  • After applying for the summit online, you need to send an email to finance@ayudh.eu, stating:
    • First and last name
    • Country and place you live in
    • A screenshot of the price of the cheapest travel ticket
    • A short explanation about your financial situation

Open to

The summit is open to youth between the ages of 15 and 30, regardless of their nationality, culture, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

If you are over 30 years of age you are very welcome to support the summit as a volunteer. Please write to seva@ayudh.eu.

Youth who have school during the time of the summit can obtain a letter from us that certifies our initiative as a non-formal learning programme, supported by the Council of Europe. With this letter, you can receive permission from your school to take leave for the duration of the summit.

Supported by

The summit is supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, the Kloster Eberbach Foundation, the Lebenshilfe e.V. Offenburg, ‘Die Kuemmerer Beerfelden’ (association for refugee youth), the municipalities of Brombachtal and Michelstadt. It promotes the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe.

AYUDH’s annual youth summits have been supported eight times by the ‘Youth in Action’ Programme administered by the European Commission. Twice the Commission selected us as ‘Best Practice’ Projects, for ‘Reaching New Heights’ and ‘Our World. Our Vision. Our Future.’

Apply now to be part of this unforgettable experience.

If you have questions, please write to: info@ayudh.eu 

Read more about ‘Together We Can’ - AYUDH’s 11th European Youth Summit.

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