Co-determination and self-organised and self-determined youth work are quality criteria of their work. Youth associations are places of non-formal learning and offer diverse opportunities for voluntary commitment. They organise children’s and youth group work, train youth leaders, organise children’s and youth holiday camps, conduct international exchanges and extracurricular youth education seminars.
The Landesjugendring (“State Youth Council”) umbrella organisation
34 associations are currently organised in the Landesjugendring Berlin e.V., the umbrella organisation for the youth associations that are active state-wide. The main focus of the work of the umbrella organisation is to represent youth-related interests in politics, society and administration.
With its numerous projects, including those aimed at strengthening democratic participation, the State Youth Council helps to give the voice of young people more weight in all areas that affect them. The project Youth in dialogue round table should be mentioned as an example in this context.
As the sponsor of the Voluntary Social Year (FSJ), the State Youth Council places volunteers in youth associations, youth education centres and other youth work organisations in projects that also take place in cooperation with schools.
The State Youth Council is entrusted with the task of a central agency for transferring public funds to its members and the sponsors of the youth education centres in Berlin. Based on a jointly concluded framework agreement, it forwards to the youth associations and youth education centres the funds earmarked in the state budget for supporting youth association work – also for the measures that are carried out in cooperation with schools – and the youth education centres.