Young people are the future bearers of the culture of remembrance! Since its establishment, the EVZ Foundation has supported a variety of multilateral funding programs, cooperation projects and operational projects with youth and young adults. The "Z" in the name of the foundation stands for "Zukunft" - "future". It represents the responsibility to support future generations in becoming diversity-sensitive, historically aware young people who stand up for diversity and democracy.

With this in mind, the Foundation EVZ is continuously developing its funding approaches for effective, cutting-edge, and at the same time sustainable projects for and with young people. At the same time, it is necessary to constantly reflect on current social challenges and developments (e.g. the rise of anti-Semitism, the Russian aggressive war in Ukraine, or shrinking spaces of civil societies in Eastern Europe) and to align the funding approaches accordingly. This also applies to the changing needs of the young target groups in the respective target countries.



Being part of the MEET UP! Youth conference „Power of Youth“ as a young expert, developing ideas for the conference and taking part in interesting activities was an exciting experience (...) Youth plays a critical role when it comes to changing the present and shaping the future. Youth should have space to implement their ideas. The problems we face today in different countries may be diverse, but also the same ones (...)
Young Expert from Georgien

"Youth" is broadly defined in this context. Most EVZ-funded projects and programs are aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 35. The target group we want to address primarily includes Generation Z, young people born between 1997 and 2012. However, Generation Y, the Millennials born in the 1980s and 1990s, also continue to be an important target group. In the future, however, programs and projects will increasingly target Generation Alpha, i.e. young people born in 2010 and later. For the EVZ Foundation, this "generational change" means a constant updating of the existing offers and their adaptation to a new generation, its interests and learning habits.

What we support: Milestones

In the Law of the EVZ Foundation, youth exchange is anchored as one of its central tasks. In the 23 years since its inception, the EVZ Foundation has continuously developed this area and today it encompasses much more than the classic youth exchange: the Foundation initiates funding programs, develops operational projects and supports committed young people with the aim of implementing and promoting primarily international projects of educational remembrance work, engagement and youth exchange.



  1. [Translate to Englisch:] Eine Person betrachtet Bilder einer Ausstellung.

    Humanity in Action Fellows

    Promoting Humanity in Action Fellowships to empower young executives from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States and their civic engagement.


  2. [Translate to Englisch:] Aufschrift: Europeans for peace


    Launch of the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE program in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. First call for proposals with the program title Peace for Europe - Europe for Peace, from 2007 EUROPEANS FOR PEACE.

  3. Voluntary responsibility

    With the funding program "Young Volunteers Take Responsibility", the EVZ Foundation supports the commitment of young people, e.g. for survivors of Nazi persecution in Central Eastern and Eastern Europe as well as Israel, among others with a grant to Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V.


  4. [Translate to Englisch:] Jugendliche auf einem Podium des Jugend debattiert Wettbewerbs in Riga 2015.

    Youth debates

    Jugend debattiert international is a competition for students in Central Eastern and Eastern Europe who deal with human rights and their history. Cooperation project with Goethe-Institut, Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung and Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen.


  5. [Translate to Englisch:] Junge Menschen debattieren im Rahmen des Projektes Model International Criminal Court.

    Simulation of the ICC

    Young people simulate historical cases from the Nuremberg Trials, the Yugoslavia or Rwanda Tribunals in the Model International Criminal Court project in conjunction with workshops and training on rhetoric, historical background and human rights issues.

  6. [Translate to Englisch:] Teilnehmende einer MEET UP! Youth for Partnership Konferenz.

    MEET UP!

    Launch of MEET UP! German-Ukrainian Youth Encounters, since 2021 MEET UP! Youth for Partnership. Support program funded by the EVZ Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office with a focus on the countries of the Eastern Partnership.


  7. A group of young people stand in front of a large white memorial stone with a Star of David, located in a coniferous forest.

    YOUNG PEOPLE remember

    The international funding program YOUNG PEOPLE remember started in 2020 to strengthen the culture of remembrance - with funding from the EVZ Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office.


  8. Launch: EVZ Young

    Social media youth channels of the EVZ Foundation on Instagram and Tik Tok to interest young people in the topics of the EVZ Foundation and to exchange ideas with them.


  9. [Translate to Englisch:] Logos des Deutsch-Französischen Jugendwerk und der Stiftung Deutsch-Israelisches Zukunftsforum.

    Co-creative pilot projects

    Co-creative pilot projects in cooperation with the Franco-German Youth Office and the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation.


Since 2022

How we reach out to young people

The EVZ Foundation has many years of experience in promoting and implementing pioneering youth education work: local history projects, international prizes or history competitions, bilateral school exchanges, tri- and multilateral youth encounters, digital formats of historical-political education, operational projects in the field of youth participation or even encounters with historical eyewitnesses. Read about our experiences, insights and approaches in our topic dossier. We shed light on how we reach young people!


Where we reach out to young people

Facts and figures

  • > 2,280 projects

    were initiated by the EVZ Foundation for young people since 2000

  • > 85 million euros

    is the funding volume's amount of the projects (as of March 2023)


The EVZ Foundation's youth programs and projects have become more participatory, multilateral, digital, and diverse in recent years. We have broadened the geographical focus and also diversified the topics. For the EVZ Foundation, this means always maintaining a balance between the Foundation's mission and innovation. After three years of the pandemic, Europe-wide social challenges - the rise of anti-Semitism and nationalism, the increasingly repressive political situation in Belarus and Russia, and especially through the Russian aggressive war on Ukraine - the youth education work of the EVZ Foundation faces great challenges. For its commitment, this means acting with foresight, supporting the project sponsors in the redirection and implementation of their work, and accompanying them closely. Because one thing is clear: The demand of young people for international youth encounters, for participation opportunities and for transnational diversity-oriented learning is unabatedly great - and so are the effects.

Forward-looking EVZ projects are therefore characterized by their multilateralism and their interweaving historical approaches. They create spaces and give impulses to stem the drifting apart of the memory consensus and to stand up for the European idea and a value-based culture of remembrance. The ground work for this is the direct participation of young people, because their historically aware participation and empowerment for their own actions are the most important building blocks for a living democracy.


  • MEET UP!

    In Between Fires! Powerlessness, displacement, loss - this is what young people from Germany, Belarus and Ukraine experienced when they wanted to start their long-awaited theater project. The Russian aggressive war on Ukraine ruined their plans and turned their lives upside down. And yet the theater groups managed to meet - even if only digitally - to focus on a vision of a peaceful life, to be together and to work on a common theme. The play "Conception" can be seen in full length on YouTube.

  • Co-creative project

    Together with stakeholders, experts and the Franco-German Youth Office, the EVZ Foundation developed a Franco-German-Bosnian pilot project in a co-creative process. The memory of the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries in Europe, on a biographical, collective and European level, forms a thematic bracket: How do memories and experiences of wars in Europe determine social and political coexistence? How can a common European memory be shaped that reflects the different perspectives? The participants will seek answers to these questions in a methods seminar and an international youth encounter.

Learn more in the cluster "Education drives the future"