November 2021 Program

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our program as guest speakers, facilitators, and hosts for site visits! 

Please see below for an abbreviated version of our  program plan from November 2021 in Weimar, Erfurt and Berlin, Germany.

Friday, November 5, 2021


Welcome gathering

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Civic reflection with Sarah Surak

Group seminar: Culture and identity in civic work

Group seminar: Mapping the civic landscape

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Breakout Group A

Track: Memory & historical-political education

Buchenwald Memorial

Breakout Group B

Track: Memory & historical-political education

Haus der Weimarer Republik | Forum for Democracy

With: Prof. Dr. Michael Dreyer, Board Chairman

Thematic Working Group session: Historical-Political/Civic Education

Monday, November 8, 2021

Group check-in and reflection

Session with EJBW-supported projects “Migrants as Civic Education Professionals” and “Network Antiracism Weimar”

Dorit Machell, Project Manager, EJBW

Gifty Nyame Tabiri, Project Manager, EJBW

Group seminar: International youth work as method of civic learning

Markus Rebitschek, Education Officer for International Youth Work, EJBW

Elena Neu, Officer for International Youth Policy Cooperation, IJAB

Decolonize Weimar – City Walking Tour

Prof. Dr. Julia Bee, Junior Professor for Image Theory, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Max Königshofen, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Breakout Group A

Track: Anti-discrimination & diversity

MigraNetz Thüringen e.V.

Elisa Calzolari, Executive Director

José Paca, Board Member

Breakout Group B

Track: International/transnational civic learning

Culture Goes Europe e.V.

Moritz Borchardt, Project Coordinator, CGE

Breakout Group C

Track: Memory & historical-political education

Memorial & Education Center Andreasstraße

Commemorative Walk with Stolpersteine Berlin

Theoder Bröcker, Stolpersteine Berlin-Mitte

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Welcome to Centre Francais

Group check-in led by reflection group

Thematic Working Group Session: #politicalinformationisbeautiful

Breakout Group A

Workshop: Lernort Stadion e.V. & Fanprojekt Lernzentrum @ Hertha BSC

Anne Worrmann, International team

Elisa Lierhaus, Trainer

Sven Kirschlager, Trainer

Breakout Group B

Workshop: “Introduction to the Learning Site: 7xjung”

Sabe Wunsch, Trainer

Breakout Group C

Track: Anti-extremism & polarization

Licht-Blicke e.V.

Claudia Pilarski, Coordination of Partnership for Democracy Hohenschönhausen; Diversity, Migration & Refugees in                                                   Lichtenberg

Thomas Stange, Outreach Political Education in Neu-Hohenschönhausen

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Group check-in led by reflection group

Thematic Working Group #3 Session: “Curriculum to Empower Youth”

Panel: Bilateral Youth Offices as Venues of Civic Learning

Stephan Erb, Director, German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW)

Daniel Grütjen (per Zoom), Director, German-Turkisch Youth Office (Deutsch-Türkische Jugendbrücke)

Breakout Group A

Track: Memory & historical-political education

Stiftung EVZ (Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future)

Mariana Matzer, Team Lead, Stiftung EVZ

Breakout Group B

Track: Anti-discrimination & diversity

neue deutsche organisationen e.V. – das postmigrantische netzwerk (new german organizations – the post-migrant network)

Ava Houshmand, Manager, ndo e.V.

Breakout Group C

Track: Anti-extremism & polarization

AdB Project “Platform”

Lea Jaenicke, Bildungsreferentin, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten e.V.

Stefanie Meyer, Projektreferentin, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten e.V.

Thematic Working Group: “Cultivating youth civic action, civic dispositions, and the common good and exploring neutrality, objectivity, impartiality, in highly polarized societies”

Friday, November 12, 2021

Breakout Group A

Track: Digitalization & Media Literacy

Workshop with Project DIGIT-AL

Nils Zimmerman, Project Manager, Project DIGIT-AL, AdB

Georg Pirker, Director of International Work, AdB

Breakout Group B

Track: Anti-extremism & polarization

Workshop: Cultures Interactive e.V.

Harald Weilnböck, (PD Dr., Ph.D.), group therapist, supervisor, expert on disassociation and de-radicalization processes

Breakout Group A

Track: Structures of civic learning

Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung (Berlin State Agency for Civic Education)

Reinhard Fischer, Officer, Events and Cooperations

Breakout Group B

Track: Youth voice & active citizenship / Anti-extremism & polarization

Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue)

Rebecca Winkels

Director of Communication and Strategy & Project Manager, Online-Portal Science Communication

Breakout Group C

Track: Digitalization & Media Literacy – Association for Media Education

Daniel Seitz, Managing Director

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Group seminar: Reflecting and looking ahead

Farewell Celebration


application F.A.Q.

We are looking for a group of participants that will bring a unique perspective to this transatlantic exploration of the diverse field of non-formal/extracurricular youth and young adult civic learning. This means anyone involved in work that develops the civic and political knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors of young people (12-29 years old). 

This may include, but is certainly not limited to youth workers; community organization and nonprofit team members; non-formal educators at community education centers, museums, historic sites, centers for civic engagement and social innovation, etc.; youth/civic researchers; and youth and civic learning decision-makers. Although the program is not intended for formal educators (i.e., K-12 teachers), we are open to those who incorporate community-engaged or extracurricular formats. 

In evaluating applications, we will be specifically looking at 1) relevance (is the applicant able to demonstrate their connection to youth civic development); 2) whether applicants are currently working in a capacity that would enable them to implement learnings/benefit from new partnerships; 3) a well/-considered motivation for taking part in the fellowship. 

Other specific eligibility criteria:

  • You contribute to the civic development of young people through civic engagement, civic education, out-of-school time education, community education, youth development, youth organizing, youth research or policy, etc.
  • You are interested in helping to shape the German-US exchange of professionals and can commit to attending and actively contributing to both online and in-person events
  • You have a minimum 2-3 years of professional experience in respective field of work
  • You live and work in either the United States or Germany
  • Your English is sufficient for participating actively in the program
  • We especially welcome applications from people of any gender and the BIPoC community

We know how diverse the actors working in this field are in the United States and Germany, which we are excited to reflect in our group of TECE Fellows. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about your own eligibility.

As we have all experienced, flexibility is the name of the game these days!

We are monitoring the COVID-19 and resulting travel restrictions closely, and are hopeful that positive developments will enable us to hold in-person activities in Fall 2021 (between September and early December) or early 2022. Ideally, we will know more specific details by July 2021. In a worst case scenario, we will replace the in-person exchange components with engaging and interactive online programming.


Priority will be given to candidates who have the capacity to act as a multiplier, able to directly implement and share learnings with a sending organization and colleagues. As such, we recommend that the letter of support come from the applicant’s associated organization. 

However, we recognize the diversity of actors and working arrangements in this field, which is why we are also happy to accept letters of support from other sources, for example colleagues, clients, or a previous employer.

Please make sure to address:

  • What topics you are most interested in exploring
  • Why this opportunity would be beneficial for your personal and/or professional development as well as your organization
  • How you expect to implement learnings in your work
  • What skills and expertise you wish to share with international colleagues