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.


Apply now: European Summer School 2021

Our European network for peer education, Understanding Europe, is looking for motivated young people who would like to become part of the team as Peer Educators & participate in the 2021 European Summer School, taking place September 23–26 in Duisburg and digitally. Learn more.

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.

Travel through Europe with Postmigrant Europe!

“The Future of a Postmigrant Europe” is the theme of this year’s group trip with Postmigrant Europe through Berlin, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. All information about the travel programm can be found here.

Schwarzkopf Foundation joins call to include marginalised communities

The Schwarzkopf Foundation joins other civil society organisations in an open letter to the Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe. It calls for the Conference to include marginalised communities. Read the letter and join the call today!

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