Evangelische Trägergruppe für gesellschaftspolitische Jugendbildung
Evangelische Trägergruppe für gesellschaftspolitische Jugendbildung

About us

a network for civic youth education


General information

Evangelische Trägergruppe für gesellschaftspolitische Jugendbildung (et) is a network for civic youth education. Coordinated by the national headquarters in Berlin, a team of approximately 32 youth education consultants works at 21 Protestant institutions for youth and adult civic education throughout Germany.

et coordinates work in this field for two umbrella organisations: the Protestant Academies in Germany (Evangelische Akademien in Deutschland – EAD) and the Protestant Youth (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Evangelischen Jugend in Deutschland e. V. – aej).

Civic youth education accompanies young people in their individual, political socialisation and fosters their contribution to the development of democratic culture. It is underpinned by an understanding of democracy as an unfinished project, centred on the ideas and values of equality, freedom, justice, participation, pluralism, diversity, inclusion, solidarity and responsibility.

The network aims to develop educational programs, most importantly workshops and seminars for young people from diverse social backgrounds and conference formats for multipliers in youth education, youth politics and civil society organisations. To achieve this, youth education consultants cooperate with a variety of other actors on a regional level, creating a wide impact: Each year, around 12,000 participants take part in more than 260 activities.

Through the work of its national coordination and youth education consultants at a regional level, the network creates multiple hubs which foster civic education and youth policy in Germany. It contributes to professional debates with articles, presentations and workshops at national and European conferences, thus disseminating experiences and knowledge from its practice into expert, academic and policy circles.

Projects

In addition, the network as a whole regularly realises network projects with the objective of developing innovative methods and learning settings in non-formal youth education. Recent and ongoing projects have focused on the use of digital media in civic education, activities for young refugees, combatting antisemitism and other forms of group-focused enmity as well as living together peacefully in a multi-faith society.

Current projects:

  • “Empowered by Democracy” – shaping civic education and participation in a post-migrant society
  • “A matter of faith?” – prevention and civic education in a society shaped by diversity
  • “Once upon today … in Europe” – diversity-aware education on history and remembrance in Europe
  • “Antisemitism and Protestantism” – enmeshment, contributions, learning processes

Focus areas

The Protestant Network promotes and coordinates the development, execution and evaluation of innovative projects around four focus areas which reflect work priorities, expertise and activities. These include not only workshops and conferences, but also publications, methods development, training opportunities and participation at various levels in internal and external networks.

There are currently four focus areas:

  • Focus area 1: Democratic participation
  • Focus area 2: Digitalisation of society
  • Focus area 3: European and global citizenship
  • Focus area 4: Living together in diversity

Publications

The Protestant Network publishes an annual yearbook. An overview of all our current publications can be found here (in German).

Locations

A complete list of sections and youth education consultants can be found here (in German).

Sponsors

The work of the Evangelische Trägergruppe für gesellschaftspolitische Jugendbildung is financed by  the Federal Child and Youth Plan (KJP) of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Office contacts

Lorenzen, Hanna
National Coordinator for civic youth education / Deputy Secretary General of the Protestant Academies in Germany

Telephone:       030/28 39 54 17
Fax:                    030/28 39 54 70
Email:                lorenzen(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:     Political scientist, MSc. (European Studies and Political Communication)

Responsibilities

  • Management of the Protestant Network and its bodies
  • External and interest representation in funding policy, youth policy and other relevant policy areas
  • Coordination and priority-setting in the national network
  • Specialist consultation for the youth education consultants
  • Conceptualisation and management of network projects

Subject areas

  • Education on Europe
  • Youth participation and democratic engagement

 

Jantschek, Ole
Pedagogical Director

Telephone:        030/28 39 54 47
Fax:                     030/28 39 54 70
Email:                 jantschek(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:     Political Scientist, MA. (International Relations and Eastern European Studies)

Reponsibilities

  • Educational guidance
    • Specialist consultation for the youth education consultants
    • Development of innovative methods, training events and learning settings
    • Direction of self-evaluation, academic knowledge transfer and publications
  • Conceptualisation and management of network projects
  • Direction and moderation of expert conferences, seminars and workshops

Subject areas

  • European citizenship, in particular the future of European democracies and right-wing populism
  • Digitalisation and democracy
  • Diversity-aware civic education

 

Besel, Bettina
Secretariat and administration civic youth education

Telephone:        030/28 39 54 43
Fax:                     030/28 39 54 70
Email:                 office(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:     Dipl. Sociologist

Responsibilities

  • Project assistance and administration for the KJP and activities of the et
  • Preparation for and support of committees and conferences
  • Office management

 

Medebach, Mark
Project Coordinator «Empowered by Democracy»

Telephone:        030/28 39 54 28
Fax:                     030/28 39 54 70
Email:                 medebach(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:     Dipl.-Social Scientist

Responsibilities

  • Coordination of the network project «Empowered by Democracy» for the involved umbrella organisations
  • Conceptualisation, development and administration of activities in the field of civic education with young refugees
  • Public relations and publications for the project

 

Krol, David
Project Assistant and administration «Empowered by Democracy»

Telephone:        030/28 39 54 27
Fax:                     030/28 39 54 70
Email:                 krol(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:     Political Scientist, MA.

Responsibilities

  • Project assistance and administration for the network project «Empowered by Democracy»
  • Preparation for and support of committees and conferences
  • Public relations for the project

 

Rosenow, Jakob
Project Coordinator “A matter of faith?”

Telephone:        030/28 39 54 14
Fax:                     030/28 39 54 70
Email:                 rosenow(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:     Islamic Studies, MA.

Responsibilities

  • Coordination of the network project “A matter of faith?”

 

Bode, Michaela
Project Assistant  “A matter of faith?”

Telephone:        030/28 39 54 18
Fax:                     030/28 39 54 70
Email:                 bode(at)politische-jugendbildung-et.de
Background:      Dipl. Kauffrau

Responsibilities

Project assistance for the network project “A matter of faith?”