We are excited to announce the beginning of a new project aiming to support and engage youth in permaculture!

Spurred on by the success of the Children in Permaculture (CiP) project, Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”, one of the initiators and facilitators of CiP, met with several youths, parents, and others at the EUPC (European Permaculture Convergence) this autumn where they discussed the importance of including youths in the permaculture movement. These discussions inspired us to initiate this new project, which will look at how to empower and engage an older age group than CiP is currently catering for.

 

 

April 2017 YIP held its first gathering snuggled in the Pyrenees at the magical rustic retreat of Sanillés with 20 participants, many of them youths, representing over ten organizations and eight countries. This was an ambitious endeavor; to combine a sociocracy training with the development of a new project by a new group of people, most of whom had not met before. But our collective experience and mutual passion, guided by the effective organizational tool of sociocracy, and skillful training and facilitation of Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”, allowed for an amazingly productive meeting. After five days of hard work, rich and lively discussions, we emerged with a YIP vision and mission statement, a working culture, roles, enthusiastic working groups, and a timeline of our first activities and events.

Encouraged by Children in Permaculture (CIP), several youths involved in permaculture, and various leaders in the permaculture community have formed to create a diverse team from over eight countries and many organizations to begin to build this exciting project.

YIP is a new initiative to support and empower youths and young adults to create resilient, fulfilling and fun lives inspired by permaculture. As a part of YiP’s mission we provide youths and supporters with useful resources, tools, opportunities, and networks as well as updates on youth projects, and provide a platform for youth voices. You can also stay up to date via YiP’s facebook page (Youth in permaculture) and other media. In addition to connecting and sharing over the web, YiP organises face-to-face events, activities, provides opportunities, youth programmes. We would like to hear from people interested in supporting, engaging and helping us create this project. Browse through the YIP web as it evolves, stay tuned, and feel free to sign up for our newsletter.