Young people strengthen European solidarity. That is why we strengthen them.

We offer young Europeans opportunities for exchanges, for personal development and for active participation in civil society.

Our Topics

  • Youth Participation

    Young people are the focus of our work. As participants, trainers and multipliers, they shape our programmes — and the future of Europe.

  • Europe

    For us, Europe is an idea. “Thinking European” means understanding that plurality is an opportunity — to look beyond our own horizons.

  • Migration Societies

    We promote post-migrant perspectives to reflect our pluralistic society — but this recognition is still lagging behind.

  • Democratic Citizenship Education

    Democratic citizenship education means strengthening participation — in political processes in Europe and in our communities.

Our Youth Networks

  • European Youth Parliament

    As one of the largest youth organisations in Europe, EYP is a network by young people, for young people. EYP connects youth across borders and offers spaces for political debates, personal development, and exchanging ideas.
  • Young Islam Conference

    In this dialogue forum, young people from different backgrounds and with diverse biographies can discuss topics concerning our migration society and help shape the discourse of a pluralistic society.
  • Understanding Europe

    The European educational network supports young volunteers in their commitment to democracy, diversity and participation. Using a peer-to-peer approach, they bring democratic citizenship education into classrooms across Europe.


  • New workshops on digital participation & media competences

    The Fellows of Understanding Europe have developed six new workshops on topics related to young people's participation in the digital space. They are designed for peer-to-peer education and follow a low-threshold, inclusive and diversity-oriented approach.

  • The Young Islam Conference celebrates its 10th anniversary

    The Young Islam Conference (JIK) celebrates its tenth anniversary. As a dialogue platform and empowerment space for young people, the JIK has been taking up debates about Islam and Muslims since its founding, addressing issues of a plural society and providing impetus in these discourses. On October 25, former project director Esra Küçük and social scientist Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan, among others, will meet with the young network to discuss the future of the post-migrant society.

  • 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.

Anniversary year

50 years of Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe

For five decades, we have been promoting young perspectives on an open, democratic and pluralistic Europe. Look back with us at our history and 50 years of young Europe.