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Unser Anliegen ist es, mit unserer Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bestehendes Engagement und beispielhafte Projekte sichtbar zu machen. Darum rücken wir nicht nur in unseren Print-Publikationen die geförderten Initiativen und die Menschen dahinter in den Mittelpunkt, sondern haben auch auf unserer Website großen und kleinen Leuchtturmprojekten einen besonderen Platz eingeräumt.

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Creating New Perspectives for NEET Youth

Foto: Charlotte Fischer

How can we reach young people who end up on the wrong track and drop out of school or their apprenticeship program? A Heidelberg-based project called “LÄUFT?!” uses a personal, individual support program to help young people in NEET (not in employment, education, or training) to find new perspectives on their personal and professional development.

The young people who participate have very different kinds of issues – some have a criminal past, others are homeless. Often, multiple factors coalesce: difficult family situations, a problematic school record with periods of skipped school, or trouble with the police. To break this negative cycle, young people need close, personalized attention and guidance.

Since 2008, the organization WERKstattSCHULE has been based in a historical former railway depot near the Heidelberg train station. The space is currently being renovated for the organization’s work. Together with other groups, they started the LÄUFT?! project in March 2016 as a local implementation of a nation-wide pilot project called “Respect,” organized by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Since then, young people can come here to find a place of creativity and warmth, test a variety of practical skills, or get insights into trade skills or artistic work. Engaged staff members provide counselling and help them to explore personal and professional questions, strengthen their personal development, and support them in the transition from school to work life. The young people learn to structure their day and, step by step, to assume responsibility for their lives. Together with the counsellors, they develop concrete plans for school graduation, internships, or a training program.


When someone approaches the end of life, it can be an extremely difficult time for affected family and friends. This is especially true in the case of a terminally ill child. The ambulant children’s hospice and family support service in South Hessen cares for families in this very difficult situation and also offers assistance for daily life with a critically ill or terminally ill child.

Repairing instead of throwing away: students at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich-Schwabing are learning to do just that in the school’s repair workshop. The organizers’ experiences with the project are collected in a newly-released book, Reparieren macht Schule.

What value can a common-good balance sheet create for schools and other social institutions? A pilot project at the Free Waldorf School in Wetterau produces promising results.

People with and without disabilities often have few opportunities to interact in daily life. The staff, visitors, and helpers at an inclusive project in Darmstadt, ZwischenRäume, are working to change this by building bridges between two often very different worlds.

How can we reach young people who end up on the wrong track and drop out of school or their apprenticeship program? A Heidelberg-based project called “LÄUFT?!” uses a personal, individual support program to help young people in NEET (not in employment, education, or training) to find new perspectives on their personal and professional development.