Together with YFU organizations in around 50 partner countries, our association advocates intercultural education, democracy education and the assumption of social responsibility by offering young people the opportunity to experience a different culture as a member of a host family and to gain new perspectives. Every year, YFU sends around 1,000 German schoolchildren abroad and takes in around 550 young people from other countries in Germany. Since YFU Germany was founded in 1957, around 60,000 young people have spent a school year with us abroad. YFU is a non-profit association and recognized as a sponsor of free youth welfare.
startsocial is a nationwide competition to promote voluntary social commitment. Under the motto "Help for Helpers," startsocial awards consulting grants to social initiatives.
Award-winning project Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2019
The Unity Award is a citizens' prize awarded in the special year 2020 for solidarity-based action in East and West.