We welcome all international and European guests to participate at the 17th DJHT. The event will take place online from the 18th -20th May 2021. Part of the event will be an extensive european programme, which will also be interpreted into English. Plus a vibrant Marketplace Europe will be held at the digital exposition. You can find all further information on this page.

European Workshops

In addition to the opening and closing events, a total of 32 workshops will also be held in English. You can find all the information on the English-language events at Congress, where you can register.


Part of the European workshop programme will be the expert forum Shrinking spaces: Youth work under pressure. This expert forum consists of five events all centering on the increasingly limited opportunities available to civil society groups, with specific emphasis on youth work. The forum kicks off on day 1 of DJHT with the headline event of the AGJ’s Expert Committee II. Day 2 (Wednesday, 18 May 2021) features four events by JUGEND für Europa that spotlight specific thematic areas and challenges associated with the eponymous “shrinking spaces” in youth work. The workshops seek to examine the phenomenon of increasingly restricted scope for action for civil society in general and youth work in particular from a European angle. To this end, the workshops start off with an analysis of the status quo before turning to exemplary countries or projects. They close by suggesting a number of strategies that civil society stakeholders in this situation could pursue. In a lunchbreak session on the 20th 12:30-13:15 participants will have the opportunity to debrief and discuss their takeaways from the various workshops that were offered as part of the expert forum “Shrinking Spaces: Youth Work under Pressure”. But also if you have not participated in the forum you are most welcome to join this informal exchange to share your views and experiences.


18. May 2021

12:00 - 12:50

Opening Event

Big opening of the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress. Well-known politicians from the federal, state and local level will speak at the opening event under the motto “We create future – now!”. Among them are: Federal Minister Franziska Giffey, North Rhine-Westphalia Minister Dr Joachim Stamp and the Lord Mayor of the City of Essen, Thomas Kufen. In particular the keynote address by Federal Minister Giffey on child and youth policy is eagerly awaited. The political programme will be interspersed with various cultural acts. The event can be followed on livestream.


12:50 - 13:30

Opening of the Exposition

The exposition of the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress will be opened by Federal Minister Franziska Giffey, NRW Minister Dr Joachim Stamp and Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen, with the ceremonial cutting of a red ribbon. This will then be followed by a virtual tour of the digital exposition. Our moderator will present examples of participating sponsors’ stands at the 17th DJHT such as the Federal Ministry of Youth, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Essen. In addition to this, we will visit the stands of the AGJ and the Innovation Hub, with winners of the German Child and Youth Welfare Award, as well as the home advisory boards, JUMA and Indiwi.


14:00 - 15:30

EU Presidency – Outcomes for the German practice

Arbeitsstelle europäische Jugendpolitik am Deutschen Jugendinstitut (Centre for European Youth Policy at the German Youth Institute) in co-operation with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft evangelische Jugend (aej) (Association of Protestant Youth in Germany), BAG Katholische Jugendsozialarbeit (Federal Association of Catholic Youth Social Work)

Has the German EU Presidency been able to provide sustainable impulses for German child and youth work practices? This question will be discussed with representatives of youth work, youth social work and the municipal level.


14:00 - 15:30

Findings from Case Analyses: (Inter)National Challenges in the Praxis Transfer

Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V. (German Youth Institute) in co-operation with the Nationales Zentrum Frühe Hilfen; Jugendamt Essen (National Centre for Early Support; Youth Welfare Office Essen)

First comparisons of German and international findings from analyses of problematic child protection cases will be presented and the implications of these insights for the further development of child protection will be discussed.


14:00 - 15:30

FGYO Certification in Trainings for Team Leaders in International Youth Encounters

Das Deutsch-Französische Jugendwerk (DFJW) (Franco-German Youth Office, FGYO)

Dialogue on equal terms is the basis for intercultural learning. The FGYO presents the certification in training for international team leaders: Contents, competences for team leaders and a procedure to assist the learning process.


15:45 - 17:15

The #StolenMemory Campaign as a German-Polish Educational Project

Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk (German-Polish Youth Office) in co-operation with the Arolsen Archives International Center on Nazi Persecution

Innovative projects, digital tools and pedagogical approaches involving archival engagement that enable young people to deal with the topic of Nazi persecution and its consequences within the framework of German-Polish and international projects.


15:45 - 17:15

Coaching as an Instrument for the Internationalisation of Child & Youth Welfare Services (under COVID 19 conditions)


Two practical examples (the pilot project of IJAB and the initiative of the BKJ) will be used to show how coaching can initiate or consolidate internationalisation processes in child and youth welfare services.


15:45 - 17:15

Expert Forum Shrinking Spaces
Youth Work under Pressure: Between Claims and Reality

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kinder- und Jugendhilfe – AGJ (Child and Youth Welfare Association)

The pressure on youth work is increasing throughout Europe. The event will address current challenges for youth work and discuss the tension between the demands placed on youth work and the real framework conditions.


17:30 - 19:00

“I'm off then” - Enabling Young People Without Access to Exchange Programmes to have a Mobility Experience

Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk (German-Polish Youth Office) in co-operation with Schloss Trebnitz – Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum e. V. (Trebnitz Castle – Educational and meeting centre) Polsko-Niemiecka Współpraca

The presentation of the German-Polish model project “Getting ahead together - now on a vocational level!” shows in a practical way new fields of action for institutions working with young people with special support needs.


17:30 - 19:00

Live Learning – A Way to Europe for Everyone! International Exchange for Young People with Special Needs

Solidaritätsjugend Deutschlands (Solidarity Youth of Germany) in co-operation with Eucon e.V.  Kvantinum (Lubljana – Slovenia), EUROCIRCLE (Marseille – France), Coordination Europe (Grönskara – Sweden), and ClassesBarcelona Language School (Barcelona – Spain)

Organisations from 5 countries are working together to find new ways in international youth exchanges and are developing methodological elements for young people with special needs. Experts from the field of child and youth welfare discuss these new approaches.


17:30 - 19:00

The Role of OMEP in Children's Rights and Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

OMEP (Organisation Mondiale pour l’Éducation Préscolaire) - World Organisation for Early Childhood Education in coopeation with OMEP in Germany, OMEP in Croatia, OMEP in Sweden and possibly more National Committees of OMEP in Europe

In this session, OMEP will illustrate fundamental contributions on young children’s rights and the role of early childhood for a sustainable society. A common strand is to collect and share children’s voices and illustrate child participation.  


19. May 2021

09:00 - 10:30

Expert Forum Shrinking Spaces
Youth Work Under Pressure from the Right

JUGEND für Europa

The rise of the political right, increasing state-sponsored restrictions and social division are a major challenge for the youth work community in many countries. In this situation, how can youth work maintain its scope for action?


09:00 - 10:30

The World is Changing - Shaping Child and Youth Welfare at European and International Level, Expanding Competences for Action

IJAB - Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V. in co-operation with ConAct - Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Israelischer Jugendaustausch, Tandem Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Tschechischer Jugendaustausch, Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch, Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk, Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk, JUGEND für Europa

European and global developments with their effects on young people - challenges for child and youth welfare praxis, importance of international learning experiences for participation in a globalised world.


09:00 - 10:30

International Youth Work works - Latest Trends and Research Results 

JUGEND für Europa in co-operation with IJAB e.V.

This event introduces and discusses the newest trends and research insights on the impacts of European and international youth work.


10:45 - 12:15

European and International Youth Work at the Local Level - A Realistic Proposition?

JUGEND für Europa in co-operation with IJAB e.V.

This workshop explores how European and international youth work can be embedded long term at the local level. The results of two long-term projects are presented to illustrate whether this is a realistic option.


10:45 - 12:15

Expert Forum Shrinking Spaces
Shrinking Budgets: Post Corona, What Will be Left?

JUGEND für Europa

The youth work sector is no stranger to tight budgets. But to what extent have the Coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences made things even worse? How can youth work maintain its scope for action in this situation?


10:45 - 12:15

Democracy-Building with Young Refugees - Insight into a European Youth Social Work Project

Internationaler Bund, Freier Träger der Jugend-, Sozial und Bildungsarbeit e. V. (Internationaler Bund, Independent Provider of Youth, Social and Educational Work) in co-operation with BAG KJS IB West gGmbH, ETAIREIA KOINONIKIS KAI POLITISTIKIS STIRIKSIS PALINNOSTOYNTON OMOGENON – NOSTOS; Greece, ATHINA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE COOSS MARCHE ONLUS SOCIETA COOPERATIVA PER AZIONI; Italy, ANCONA INICIJATIVA RAZVOJ I SARADNJU IRS; Serbia, BELGRADE Centro San Viator; Spain; Sopuerta

How can democracy-building succeed in youth social work in the context of migration and Europe? The international world café is about how political education and European values can become part of everyday pedagogical practices.


14:00 - 15:30

European Solidarity Corps 2021 - 2027: A Funding Programme for greater Engagement and Cohesion in Europe

JUGEND für Europa

This workshop outlines the many opportunities for civic engagement offered by the EU’s European Solidarity Corps programme. It delivers information on funding options and offers a platform for sharing practical experiences and designing new project ideas.


14:00 - 15:30

Expert Forum Shrinking Spaces
When Circumstances Shift: Youth Workd's Response to Social Change

JUGEND für Europa

At this event we want to discuss how youth work can maintain its scope for action in light of demographic change, rising social inequalities and rural flight among young people.


14:00 - 15:30

Young People in Times of #stayathome and #flattenthecurve

BDKJ (German Catholic Youth Federation)

Young people were and are particularly affected by the Corona pandemic. How do they experience the restrictions in everyday life and what do we have to consider as a society so that they do not fall by the wayside?


15:45 - 17:15

Explore the Possibilities: Developing Taking Youth Work to next level with a Strong European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA)

JUGEND für Europa

What potential could the most recent European impulses unleash upon youth work in the German context? Join this event to learn about the European Youth Work Agenda and discuss ways to get involved in its practical implementation.


15:45 - 17:15

Expert Forum Shrinking Spaces
New Spaces for Youth Work - Opportunities and Challenges of Digitalisation

JUGEND für Europa

Digitalisation has opened up new spaces for youth work to use in their activities for young people. On the one hand, this is resulting in entirely new opportunities; on the other, there are also major challenges. How is the youth work community responding to digitalisation? And how could it do better?


15:45 - 17:15

Young Civil Society Under Pressure

BDKJ (German Catholic Youth Federation) in co-operation with the Arbeitsstelle für Jugendseelsorge der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (Office for Youth Pastoral Care of the German Bishops' Conference) - AFJ

A young civil society is drawing attention to the political needs of its generation worldwide. In many places, their actors are under pressure and cannot do their work. What can international youth work do about this?


17:30 - 19:00

Remembering Together for a Common Future - Methods for Places of Remembrance from German-Czech Exchanges

Tandem - Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Tschechischer Jugendaustausch (Coordination Centre German-Czech Youth Exchange) in co-operation with Koordinační centrum česko-německých výměn mládeže - Tandem, Riegrova 17, 306 14 Plzeň, Czech Republic

Tandem has been involved in historical-political education in German-Czech exchanges for more than 13 years. In cooperation with memorial sites in both countries, methods for youth exchanges, new partnerships and encounters have been developed.


17:30 - 19:00

Global & European Trends of Deinstitutionalisation for Children


This international expert forum aims to provide a space for leading experts and practitioners to discuss developments towards family-based care for children in alternative care and to reflect on researches, experiences and practices in the EU and globally. It will also look at how child protection system can respond the best to the current challenges including COVID-19 pandemic and migration.


20. May 2021

09:00 - 10:30

Work Locally, Lear Globally: Boosting Experts' Skills through International Youth Work

JUGEND für Europa

This workshop focuses on youth workers in their role as learners. We discuss the skills that can be acquired by participating in international training courses and how this benefits local-level youth work. 


09:00 - 10:30

Youth Welfare Abroad - Are the Current Regulations Suitable?

Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V. / Internationaler Sozialdienst (German Association for Public and Private Welfare / International Social Service).

Individual intensive education interventions are often criticised and professionals feel insecure. The workshop intends to explain the legal bases and discuss the known criticism of this framework with the aim of clarifying the framework for action.


09:00 - 10:30

Digital Future? - Possibilities and Limits of the Digitisation of International Youth Exchange

Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch GmbH (German-Russian Youth Exchange Foundation Ltd.) in co-operation with ConAct – Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Israelischer Jugendaustausch (Coordination Centre German-Israeli Youth Exchange), Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk (Franco-German Youth Office) - DFJW, Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk (German-Polish Youth Office) - DPJW, IJAB e.V., Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Tschechischer Jugendaustausch (Coordination Centre German-Czech Youth Exchange) – Tandem

Together with experts, we want to discuss what the work of international youth exchanges will look like after or with Covid-19. What or where will new things emerge? How can contacts be maintained, e.g., with digital support?


10:45 - 12:15

Erasmus+ 2021-2027: Funding Programme for more Youth Work Opportunities in Europe! 

JUGEND für Europa

How can Erasmus+ help open up more opportunities for youth work/youth services, its experts and young people? This workshop delivers a wealth of helpful information on the new programme and discusses these and other questions in an informative and interactive manner.


10:45 - 12:15

DINA.international – The New Digital Meeting and Conference Platform in International Youth Work

Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch (German-Russian Youth Exchange Foundation)

DINA.international is the new digital meeting and conference centre where international meetings, training courses and conferences can be held in a data-protection-compliant, advertising-free and climate-neutral manner.


10:45 - 12:15

The EU Youth Dialogue: “Space and Participation for All” - Youth Goals become Youth Actions

Deutscher Bundesjugendring e.V. (German Federal Youth Council)

From Youth Goals to Youth Actions. The EU Youth Dialogue aims at actually achieving Youth Goal #9 “Space and Participation for All” at local, regional, national and EU level. Let's work together to achieve it.


12:30 - 13:15

Lunchbreak Session
Shrinking Spaces: Youth Work under Pressure

JUGEND für Europa

In this lunchbreak session, participants will have the opportunity to debrief and discuss their takeaways from the various workshops that were offered as part of the expert forum “Shrinking Spaces: Youth Work under Pressure”. But also if you have not participated in the forum you are most welcome to join this informal exchange to share your views and experiences.


14:00 - 15:30

Youth Wiki: A Transnational Knowledge Exchange on Youth Policy in the Countries of Europe

IJAB e.V. (International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany)

Better knowledge for better youth policies”. The pan-European youthwiki.eu project is a cross-border online encyclopaedia on youth policy in the European countries. 29 countries, 10 topics - extensive possibilities.


14:00 - 15:30

How do You Write a Report on Children's Rights to the United Nations?

National Coalition Deutschland - Netzwerk zur Umsetzung der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention (National Coalition Germany – network for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)

Many children's rights, many opinions: How does this result in a report to the United Nations?


14:00 - 15:30

Young, Youth, Whatever - Perspectives of European Youth Policy

Arbeitsstelle europäische Jugendpolitik am Deutschen Jugendinstitut (Centre for European Youth Policy at the German Youth Institute)

In the workshop, the concept of “youth”, as understood from different perspectives, as well as the opportunities and challenges of a European perspective for youth-work practices will be discussed with the speakers and the participants.


15:45 - 16:45

Cultural event “We create future - nice and colourful!”

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kinder- und Jugendhilfe - AGJ (Association for Child and Youth Welfare)

Shaping the future is fun, and even more so when this is colourful and makes an impact in the process. During the previous German Child and Youth Welfare Congresses, this became clear every time we walked through the trade fair. During the digital 17th DJHT, we will bring glitter and confetti onto the stage and make a point: art, culture and child and youth welfare are working together for social cohesion, fair living conditions and a good upbringing for young people!

You can look forward to a talk with the rapper Sookee, who performs under the name Sukini to bring rap to younger children and show that it can be a place for diverse ways of life, intense emotion and political messages. Cultural youth work projects are also part of this event. Enjoy the entertainment!


  • Sukini
  • Tom Braun, Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung (BKJ) e. V. (Federal Association for Cultural Education of Children and Youth)
  • Cultural youth work projects

Moderation: Prasanna Oommen-Hirschberg and Hamzi Ismail

This event will be available via Live-Stream in German and English.


17:00 - 18:00

Closing Event We make future- now! with Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Association for Child and Youth Welfare - AGJ

The centrepiece of the Closing Event is a discussion between the Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, four young individuals, and the AGJ’s Chairperson. The four young individuals were recruited through Careleaver e.V, the Federal Association of Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, the Youth Associations (Jugendverbände) and the City of Essen.

The discussion will take a focus on the theme of social justice. Which will then be followed by impulses from the Federal Government’s youth strategy, as well as the reality of young people’s lives.

The goal from this event is to send out a powerful message in keeping with the motto of the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Days; ‘We make future- now!’ to shape the future in the interests of children, young people and their families.


Discussion to questions concerning Social Justice with Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel,

and Prof. Dr. Karin Böllert, Chairperson of the Association for Child and Youth Welfare - AGJ,

alongside Levi Camatta (Fridays for Future Essen), Karolina Deutinger (Youth Associations of the Christian Life Community), Ana-Maria Gheorghe (Landesheimrat Bayern), and Havere Morina (Youth Without Borders).


The event can be followed via Live Stream. Registration is not necessary.


  • Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Böllert, Chairperson for the Association for Child and Youth Welfare - AGJ
  • Levi Camatta, Fridays for Future Essen
  • Karolina Deutinger, Youth Associations of the Christian Life Community
  • Ana-Maria Gheorghe, Landesheimrat Bayern
  • Havere Morina, Youth Without Borders



Johannes Büchs

Marketplace Europe

On the digital Marketplace Europe the following organisations will be presented: 


  • ABC Bildungs- und Tagungszentrum e.V

  • Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk

  • Deutsch-Griechisches Jugendwerk

  • Deutsch-Polnisches Jugendwerk

  • GOEUROPE! - Europäische Jugendbildungsstätte Magdeburg

  • IJAB Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V.

  • Initiative Freiwilliges Internationales Jahr

  • Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste

  • JUGEND für Europa

  • Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Tschechischer Jugendaustausch - Tandem

  • Pressenetzwerk für Jugendthemen e.V.

  • Projekt freiRaum GmbH

  • Stadtjugendausschuss e.V. Karlsruhe (stja)

  • Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch

  • transfer e.V.


You can click through the trade fair stands from 18.05.2021.