Do you live in Austin and are between the ages of 13-18? Register for this year’s One Village Project youth retreats.
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
Young Artists In Service
*Registration for this year’s Rise Up Program is open now!
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.
YOUTH-LED COMMUNITY SERVICE DAYS
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 2oth – 10:30am-3:00pm Peace Walk at the Capitol, in honor of the International Day of Peace. More Info.
October 17th, 10am-2pm, at Whole Life Learning Center – 10801 Old San Antonio Road, Austin, TX 78748. More info.
November 21st – at Phoenix House 10am-2pm
December 5th – at A.R.C.H, 10am-2pm
January 18th, 2016 – MLK Day, in partnership with American YouthWorks
February 14th – at Amala Foundation, Random Acts of Love
March 26th, 9am-noon – at Mobile Loves & Fishes’ Community First!
April 16th – TBD
May 14th – TBD
This year we are offering two Camping Retreats. The first Camping Retreat will be October 24th-25th, 2015 at Colorado Bend State Park. The retreat will cost $150.
Additionally, we will also be taking youth to Dinosaur Valley State Park for a Spring Break Camping Retreat from March 14th-18th, 2016. The Spring Break Retreat will cost $375.
We will also be offering a Winter Youth Retreat from January 30th-31st, 2016 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.