Our Mission

The Schwarzkopf Foundation’s vision is a Europe of openness, solidarity and democracy and a tolerant, open-minded and pluralistic European civil society. We want to empower young people from all backgrounds to be active European citizens contributing to a pluralistic, democratic society and mutual understanding.


Our events promote the dialogue between young people, decision makers, experts and time witnesses and create a space for the exchange of ideas.

European Youth Parliament

The peer-to-peer network of the EYP aims to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded, tolerant and active citizens.


Our seminars grant the participants a wide ranging training offer about democracy and diversity in Europe.

Awards & Travel Grants

Annually we grant the Young European Award, the Schwarzkopf Europe Award and the Margot Friedländer Award. In addition, we support ca. 80 travel grantees on their journey through Europe.

Young Islam Conference

Our new programme line promotes dialogue between young people and takes up questions on our migration society.

Target group

All young European between 14 and 28 are welcome to join our programmes. You can actively shape our projects as a participant, a trainer or as a multiplier.


Through our projects we offer young Europeans a platform for encounters and exchange. By doing so we try to foster their personal development and give them possibilites to engage further in the civil society.

Your voice counts

We believe in a close and open dialogue with young persons from all over Europe. This grants us an insight into the topics that are most relevant to you.


We stand in solidarity with EYP Belarus

The National Committee representing the European Youth Parliament (EYP) in Belarus has been put under liquidation by the
Belarusian government. The civil society, including members of the European Youth Parliament, is heavily under threat. Together with the Governing Body of the EYP, we stand in full solidarity with democratic civil society in Belarus. Read the full press statement here.

Constantin-Alexandru Manda is Young European of 2021

Together with the European Youth Forum, we proudly present to you the Young European of 2021: Constantin-Alexandru Manda! Alexandru is being awarded for his dedication to educational justice in his homecountry Romania. Click here to read more about him and his work.

Renewed Call on the Conference on the Future of Europe

In June, we and many other civil society organizations called on the Executive Board of the Conference to strengthen the inclusion of marginalized communities. Since the response did not include any concrete action, we have again addressed the conference – this time approaching all members of the plenary. The open letter can be co-signed until October 19, 2021 at 6pm CEST!

Conference on the Future of Europe

The Schwarzkopf Foundation is contributing to Conference on the Future of Europe with two projects. They aim to strengthen the participation of young people in the process of shaping the future of Europe. The projects are part of the European Youth Parliament and Educational Network Understanding Europe. Find out more.

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