• Counting on strength

    The German Children and Youth Foundation advocates for success in education and participation in society of young people. We do not pay attention to any deficits, but strengthen the things that children can master and which concern them.

    Fields of action
  • Building bridges

    We bring together players from government, economy, science, practice and civil society and jointly develop practical answers to current challenges in the education system.

  • Collaborate!

    Our work for children and youths becoming more successful in education is only possible if
    it is supported by partners and sponsors. There are many ways of cooperation and support:
    donations, charity events or as an excellence partner.

    How you can support our work

Hot topic: Donate for our refugee programmes

According to UNICEF, about one-third of all refugees coming to Germany are children. The German Children and Youth Foundation runs various programmes to support important processes of integration.


Patroness Elke Büdenbender

Since 2002, the German First Lady has served as patroness of the German Children and Youth Foundation. Elke Büdenbender, partner of current German President Frank-Walther Steinmeier, assumed the honorary office of DKJS patroness in 2017 and has since put an emphasis on the needs and interests of youth.