The German Children and Youth Prize: The winners come from Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen

German Children’s Fund eV

Berlin / Rust (ots)

Projects from Hamburg, Lübeck (Schleswig-Holstein) and Bremen have been awarded the German Children and Youth Prize by the German Children’s Foundation. The winners can look forward to prize money of 6,000 euros each. The German Children and Youth Prize honors projects in which children and young people contribute to shaping their living environment in an exemplary way. This year, projects from Mengerskirchen (Hessen), Friedberg (Bavaria) and Berlin received “Honorable Mentions”, which is gifted with 3,000 euros. The students from Mengerskirchen were able to secure the audience prize of 3,000 euros at the Europa-Park JUNIOR CLUB Award for their “Country Café” project.

The prize, awarded a total of 30,000 euros, is the most valuable nationwide prize for the participation of children and young people. Partners are the German TV lottery and Europa-Park in Rust.

The winning projects have different priorities: For his project “Naturschutz2go”, 14-year-old Jonte from Bremen is converting old chewing gum machines into seed drills. He wants to help create more habitats for bees and thus protect biodiversity. With a seed capsule from his machines, you can grow a bee-friendly flower meadow of about one square meter.

“Faces for the names Hamburg” is a project where young people between the ages of 16 and 22 research and retell stories of victims of the Holocaust and project their faces on the walls of the streets of Hamburg. In doing so, they not only commemorate the crimes of National Socialism, but also set an example against racism and any form of discrimination with speeches, poems, dance, and music.

In the project “Jugend curated” from Lübeck, 13 young people between the ages of 11 and 17 have designed and completed their own exhibition of contemporary art. To do this, they selected the artists and arranged the artworks in their exhibition space. They also recorded videos in which they interpreted the works and gave visitors to the exhibition their perspective on them.

“With the German Children and Youth Prize, we honor the commitment of children and young people to their own rights or the rights of others. At the same time, we point out how important it is for children and young people to participate. Children and young people who identify themselves as Experienced “are more likely to participate in shaping the community as adults. The participation of children and young people thus strengthens a significant cornerstone of our democracy,” emphasizes Holger Hofmann, national head of the German Children’s Fund. .

“As a social lottery, we enable hundreds of social projects nationwide each year through our funds. We are pleased to have a partner in the German Children and Youth Prize, who we can also recognize very young people for their commitment. The projects show “How creative young people are in their commitment, how passionate they are about working for others. It’s exemplary, here adults can learn from young people and be inspired,” says Christian Kipper, CEO of the German TV lottery.

“The nominees experienced a great award ceremony in Europa-Park. A very special support program was drawn up with show acts and celebrities. We would like to appreciate this unique commitment and the children’s and young people’s extraordinary wealth of ideas. I admire the courage and zeal with which these young people are committed to helping their fellow human beings and working together – they make an important contribution to society, ”says Miriam Mack, Ambassador of the German Children’s Fund.

The prize was awarded in the categories of solidarity, political commitment and children and youth culture. The winners of the 1st place in each category received prize money of 6,000 euros. There was also an honorable mention in each category, which is gifted with 3,000 euros. In addition, the Europa-Park JUNIOR CLUB Award was presented, which is recognized with a prize money of 3,000 euros.

Further information about the prize winners and all nominees can be found at: www.dkhow.de/dkjp

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