We believe that empowering communities to take up developmental projects brings accountability through active participation of the entire community in the exercise. Projects are most successful when the community takes ownership at every stage of the project right from planning and funding to implementation and sustainability of their initiatives.
The Art of Living’s role is to become a driver of change by helping communities to shift their mindset from a ‘want state’ to becoming the ‘drivers of change’ themselves. We do this through our capacity building workshops, awareness campaigns, resource-building exercises and by offering technical expertise to help communities become independent and empowered.
The Art of Living has made Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP) its vehicle for this transformation resulting in efficient and effective delivery of its projects objectives. Motivated youth are selected from the local communities and trained appropriately. These empowered youth, known as Yuvacharyas act as change agents in their local communities. They take responsibility for implementing the project on the ground under the close supervision of senior project leaders. These local Yuvacharyas have a strong sense of ownership for the change that they seek and their local knowledge is pivotal in smooth execution of the projects. After the project is over these Yuvacharyas ensure continuity and sustainability of the project.
So far the YLTP base model has rendered remarkable success in areas as diverse as disaster management, promoting child rights, fighting HIV, spreading natural farming techniques and managing conflict. The uniqueness of the YLTP model comes from its intrinsic ability to integrate any issue into its leadership training model and to ensure mindset transformation on the issue on a sustainable basis.
YLTP trained youth act as change agents in their local communities.
Starting in 1999, we have trained over 203,000 youth so far as a part of the YLTP model.