Youth Work

KInder vor Zelt

Youth work is aimed at all young people between the ages of 6 and 27. It includes youth association work, open child work and open youth work as well as community-oriented programmes.


Youth work is aimed at all young people between the ages of 6 and 27. It includes youth association work, open child work and open youth work as well as community-oriented programmes. The main focus areas include extracurricular youth education, cultural youth education, international youth work and children’s and youth recreation. Children’s and youth work promotes the development of democratic competence and a self-reliant personality.


The voluntary and open character of youth work enables its programmes to focus on the interests and living environment of young people. These activities promote social responsibility and encourage social commitment.


What all programmes have in common is that they pursue the goal of self-determined and equal participation by all young people, regardless of their gender, special needs, religion or ethnicity. That is why the inclusion approach is already practised in many projects and activities.

Youth work in Berlin strengthened

Child and youth work in Berlin has been strengthened and secured for the future with the implementation of the new Youth Promotion and Participation Act. The main goal of the new law is democracy education and the participation of young people.

The report “Strengthening youth work in Berlin – legal standards and better financing” analyses the current legal and financial situation of youth work in Berlin and suggests solutions. The report was commissioned from the youth welfare experts Prof. Reinhard Wiesner and Prof. Bernd Schlueter by Youth Senator Sandra Scheeres.

 Mehrere Schulranzen stehen in einer Reihe

Youth Work in Schools

Youth work fulfils its own educational mandate in cooperation with schools. With the support of social workers, young people are offered educational opportunities that are based on their interests and needs and open up for them possibilities to create, experience and participate. Youth Work in Schools

Profil eines Kopfes aus Puzzleteilen zusammengesetzt und von Sprechblasen umgeben

Youth Education Centres

Youth education centres are extracurricular learning locations that provide children and young people with a wide range of educational opportunities. Most of the activities are seminars for school classes that are planned and carried out in close coordination with the teachers and students. Youth Education Centres

Familie im Aquarium

Leisure Time Education and Recreation

Youth work also organises the leisure time of children and young people in a variety of ways and invites them to participate. Youth work activities in Berlin are carried out both by independent youth welfare agencies and at the district and state level by public agencies. Leisure Time Education and Recreation

Kindergruppe mit Lehrer genießt gemeinsamen Schauspielunterricht

Cultural Education

The framework concept for cultural education defines the central areas of activity for cultural education in the State of Berlin. Cultural Education

Kinder vor einem Zelt

Youth Associations

The interests, issues and demands that young people articulate in their associations develop from the circumstances and living environment of the young people. Youth associations are important partners in youth policy when it comes to social and political participation and representation. Youth Associations

Porträt einer Jugendlichen


The state programme Youth Democracy Fund Berlin has been able to implement a wide range of participation projects: at the state level the U-18 elections, the youth FORUM in the Berlin House of Representatives and models of e-participation. Further information german only. Participation

Jugendliche mit verschiedener Herkunft halten Weltkugel

International Youth Exchange

International youth work makes an important contribution here. It contributes to an understanding with other countries and to promoting tolerance and understanding towards other cultures and towards strangers. International Youth Exchange

Frau präsentiert ein Tablet mit bunten Social Media Symbolen

Media Education

Conveying media skills is an important educational task. It aims to encourage children and young people to use the media in a self-determined, creative and responsible manner as a prerequisite for participation and involvement in the digital society. Media Education