Young people need to understand the purpose of life. They need courage and wisdom to face the challenges of life. With that understanding, they become the light of the world. If we care for them responsibly, moulding their whole character with love, then the future of the world will be safe.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi - Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Founded in India in 1985, AYUDH empowers young people to integrate universal values into their daily lives. Starting with themselves, the goal is to establish a future of hope, peace and social engagement. Today, our international youth movement is active in more than 40 countries across Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Africa.

It is based on Amma’s teaching that we are not isolated islands, but are linked to each other like the rings of a chain; that our lives are not meant to be lived only for ourselves. Amma says that instead, we need to set aside some time to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

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AYUDH's Vision

The Sustainable Development Goals are AYUDH’s blueprint for action. AYUDH projects help young people to express creative potential, gain self-confidence, and implement ideas for how to make the world a better place. Ultimately, the goal is to reach a more sustainable and equitable society that will bring a future of peace and unity for our fragile planet.

The focus is on four areas:

Social Service Sustainable Initiatives Personal Development Inter-Cultural Exchange

Social Service

AYUDH is empowering and mobilizing youth to foster a more inclusive and interconnected society through community outreach, voluntary service and social change initiatives.

AYUDH Mumbai coordinates medical camps in one of the city’s slums.

Sustainable Initiatives

AYUDH is accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level by creating communities of youth that stay engaged as volunteers. We also foster alliances with other international organizations and funders.

AYUDH promotes clean, sustainable and ecologically-sound practices to protect biodiversity, conserve the environment and build resilient economies.

AYUDH members around the world are taking action to help humanity return to a balance with nature.

Personal Development

In 2018, 1200 youth from across India gathered in Amritapuri to take part in a leadership summit.

AYUDH is transforming learning environments by providing formal and non-formal training opportunities that empower young people to identify their strengths, express their creativity and recognise their potential for effective, transformational leadership. AYUDH is empowering youth by building their capacities as peer-educators and trainers, who act as multipliers in their local communities.

Intercultural Exchange

AYUDH connects young people with senior policy makers and involves them in writing policy papers to advance national and international policy. AYUDH strengthens international understanding and multiculturalism and develops inter-cultural competencies within the framework of active, democratic citizenship.

At the One Humanity Symposium in Europe, AYUDH examined ways to shift from a narrow focus on personal and cultural identities to a fundamental human identity.