One Village Project

A year-long, youth-led community service and leadership program that empowers local, refugee, and immigrant youth to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity.

One Village Project

Youth Registration

Do you live in Austin and are between the ages of 13-18?  Register for this year’s One Village Project (September 2014-May 2015).  Registration ends August 31st and includes this year’s Camping Retreats, Rise Up Leadership Development Program and monthly Community Service Projects.


Sponsor a Youth

Approximately 80% of the youth who participate in the One Village Project are scholarship recipients.  You can help the youth of Austin connect to a supportive community and empower them to rise up as leaders in their communities, schools and homes.



Want to serve the youth of Austin?  Volunteer at our One Village Project in Austin and be impacted in more ways than you can imagine.  Volunteer registration is open now for our Community Service Days.



The One Village Project is a year-long, youth-led community service and leadership program that empowers local, refugee, and immigrant youth (ages 13-18) to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity.

Some youth have participated in the Global Youth Peace Summit; others are new to Amala youth programs.  Together, they embark on a year-long exploration consisting of 5 main components:

Monthly Youth-Led COMMUNITY Service Projects

Rise Up: Leadership Development Program

Fall & Spring Camping Retreats

Winter Retreat
Young Artists In Service

The One Village Project provides young people from diverse backgrounds with opportunities for community involvement, positive role models and mentors, and connections to an international peer group. Through peer bonding, leadership training and service projects, the One Village Project promotes self-empowerment, social support, and a compassionate, global world view.

Refugee youth in particular account for some 35% of the participants in the One Village Project. The program offers these youth – many of whom have survived war and the hardships of extreme poverty and who are now struggling to find their way in a new country and a new language – the chance to heal and grow within a supportive, loving community. By providing compassionate counsel, peer support, and the opportunity to serve others in need, the program guides refugee youth and all participants in becoming thriving members of their new community.


All youth, ages 13-18, are invited to join us, once a month, in serving the Austin community through a variety of service projects. There is no charge for these events. In the past, we have fed the hungry at A.R.C.H., planted gardens at Zavala Elementary School, cleaned up Bull Creek and harvested vegetables at Urban Roots Farm.

Community Service Dates (SATURDAYS & Sundays, from 11am to 3pm. Location TBA):

Sunday, September 21st: Peace March at the Capitol, in honor of the International Day of Peace.

October 19th, 10am-2pm, at Multi-Cultural Refugee Coalition
November 23rd, 10am-2pm, at Whole Life Learning Center
December 6th, 10am-2pm, at Refugee Services of Texas
January 19th, 9am-2pm, at Montopolis Park –
February 7th, 10am-2pm, at Urban Roots Farm
March 8th, at Amala Foundation, 10am-2:00pm
April 19th, Bouldin Creek Cleanup, 10am-2:00pm
May 17th, tbd


This year we are offering two Camping Retreats. The first Camping Retreat will be October 25th-26th, 2014. The retreat will cost $150.

Additionally, we will also be taking youth to Caddo Lake for a Spring Break Camping Retreat from March 16th-20th, 2015. The Spring Break Retreat will cost $375.

We will also be offering a Winter Youth Retreat from January 2nd-4th, 2015 at Jacob’s Well. The retreat will cost $225.

All the youth retreats will be limited to 15 youth and are expected to fill up quickly. There will be both partial and full scholarships available for the retreats.

Please note: limited space is available. *** We are offering a discount for families interested in registering their youth for Rise Up AND all three retreats. The cost of all One Village programming combined is $1000 ($200 discount). Additionally, Rise Up combined with the Winter and Spring Retreats will be $1000 ($50 discount).

Interested in participating in our Rise Up Youth Leadership Development Program OR Attending any of our Camping retreats?


The Amala Foundation currently facilitates the One Village Project in Austin, Texas, and the Bay Area of California.


Youth Testimonials