Our Mission

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.

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.

Our Vision

The Schwarzkopf Foundation’s vision is a Europe of openness, solidarity and democracy and a tolerant, open-minded and pluralistic European civil society.

Creating spaces for dialogue and youth participation. Interview with Dr. Franziska Giffey

Dr.  Franziska  Giffey (SPD)  is  the  Federal  Minister  of  Family  Affairs,  Senior  Citizens, Women  and  Youth  in  Germany.  She  took  part  in  a  discussion  event  at  the  Schwarzkopf  Foundation  on  November  13,  2018 titled,  “Youth  participation  in  politics  –  is my voice heard?”

Yasmine Ouirhrane is the Young European of the Year 2019!

The award is given to young Europeans aged between 18 and 26 years who have distinguished themselves in an exemplary manner concerning their honorary commitment and dedication in the support of international understanding and/or the integration of Europe.

The President and the Chancellor of Germany visit Understanding Europe

This article is only available in German.

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