The Ripple Effect 2017: Create-Sustain-Engage

This year AYUDH is calling on individuals to serve as living examples of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals through a simple method: creating responsible lifestyles, sustaining these solutions, and engaging one another to impart meaningful change.

Join us August 2nd-6th at MA Center Chicago. 


Create - Sustain - Engage

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Join those ages 15-30 from around the world in a four day meet of learning, inspiration, and exchange. AYUDH’s Annual Youth Summit – The Ripple Effect. This year, AYUDH youth take responsibility for the future of our planet. Empowered, we will find common ground in the understanding that not only do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) belong to everyone, but also that this change must begin with us. We will unite through a shared vision of sustainable living, with initiatives that invoke lasting impacts and resonate a profound sense of responsibility in all. Applications will be opening soon.

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 Speakers

We are pleased to welcome renowned humanitarian leaders, activists and high level institutional representatives to ‘Create. Sustain. Engage’. Among the speakers and panelists will be Nicol Perez, current US Youth Observer to the United Nations, Donya Nasser, former US Youth Observer to the United Nations, Malvika Iyer, Award Winning Disability Rights activist, Br. Dayamrita Chaitainya, Br. Shantamarita Chaitanya, and Br. Ramanand (senior disciples of Amma).

Working Groups are a space to develop awareness of current issues while practicing 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.

We will be exploring the various ways we as youth can practice creativity, sustainability, and engagement in all that we do. Members will form groups based on which SDGs they would like to work towards.

Several speakers are yet to be confirmed. Please check back here for more information when speakers are confirmed!

Arts, Sports and Mindfulness

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. 

The summit features workshops in engineering and design, computer coding and website development, soap-making, spoken word-poetry, music, DJ-ing, painting, mariachi performance, environmentally sustainable initiatives, nature walks, yoga, and meditation. In the past two years, we have hosted interactive sessions by keynote speaker and movie-maker Jeff Robinov (ex-president of Warner Brothers & current CEO of Studio 8), world-renowned female boxer Lucia Rijker, actress and trick rope artist Kansas Carradine, professors from the Berkeley School of Music, and more.  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!


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