Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg
International Civic Cooperation

Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg

New Ideas for Active Citizenship

Since 2001, the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg has supported young people that want to play a role in shaping their society as active and responsible citizens. The Kolleg program frame offers training seminars and courses for voluntary project work. The focus is on one’s own voluntary and beneficiary project, which is supported by experienced mentors over the course of several months – from the idea to its implementation. Alumni that are interested in remaining involved with the Kolleg can participate in a training course to become mentors for the seminars and educational work.

The program is carried out in cooperation with the MitOst e.V., which is based in Berlin and is also responsible for coordinating the program. The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg works together with partners on local or cross-border programs in its main regions of focus: South Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine/Poland, and the South Caucasus.
What is the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, and how does it work?
Find out in this short video by alumni Stefanie Trambow and Evgeniya Kabanova.

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Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg
of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Annegret Wulf 
Program coordination 
Phone: +49 (0)30 3151-7480

Contact at the Foundation

Markus Lux
The Kolleg was named after Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany who, in exemplary fashion, was committed to building the young democracy in post-World War II Germany. After being ousted from political office in 1933, Theodor Heuss went on to write the first biography of Robert Bosch. Since its founding, the Kolleg has worked closely with the Stiftung Bundespräsident Theodor-Heuss-Haus and the Theodor-Heuss-Stiftung.
Ludwig Theodor Heuss with Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg alumni at the Kolleg’s 10-year anniversary celebration in Berlin, photographer: Kamila Zimmermann

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Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg
of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Annegret Wulf 
Program coordination 
Phone: +49 (0)30 3151-7480

Contact at the Foundation

Markus Lux
In addition to the German-speaking Kolleg, a new form of partnership has evolved since 2006, which developed from an initiative started by alumni. With support from regional government agencies in Perm, a program for young people from the region was conducted in Russian. The model quickly caught on, since this way more young people can be inspired to get involved in volunteer work regardless of the language they speak.

The Perm Kolleg still exists today under the name “Civic Engagement Every Day” and in the meantime an additional Kolleg has been created in Siberia in the cities of Omsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk.

The Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg has also been active in several locations in Ukraine since 2008 under the name “Civic Engagement Workshop”. Partners here comprise local and regional NGOs, municipal and regional government agencies, and additional partners such as the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

In 2009, an English speaking Kolleg was launched in the South Caucasus for participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia entitled “Getting Involved.” The Kolleg’s partner for the first three years was the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, and the program is current being cofinanced by the ifa’s ZIVIK program using funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.

In 2012 the program will be restructured in a two-tier manner: In the first year young people take part in a national program in each of the target countries, the more advanced participants are challenged to continue for a second year, which is organized as a cross border program. The new program approach will be conducted as “Joint Civic Education”, on a long term also the neighboring regions in Turkey and Russia will be included into the program.

An alumni initiative entitled “Balkans, let’s get up!” continues the idea of the Kolleg in the South Eastern Europe. This has resulted in an additional cooperative program for young people from the Balkans launching in 2010.

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Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg
of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Annegret Wulf 
Program coordination 
Phone: +49 (0)30 3151-7480

Contact at the Foundation

Markus Lux
The German-speaking Kolleg

Between 2001 and 2011, approximately 100 young people from over 30 countries in the target region were supported each year. Together with others, they carried out close to 400 different volunteer projects in their hometowns. The projects were focused on a broad range of topics, such as empowerment, ecology, social fringe groups, ethnic minorities, teaching tolerance, and many others. The Kolleg was conducted in German, and over the course of the program around 50 seminar leaders were trained.

A study conducted in 2010 (see publications) showed that a large number of alumni continue to do volunteer work. Many of them remain connected to one another today through the alumni group of MitOst e.V.
The 2009/2010 Kolleg Participants
At total of 74 participants in the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg carried out 39 volunteer projects. This video shows the results of the Kolleg’s 2009/2010 year.

Contact

Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg
of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Annegret Wulf 
Program coordination 
Phone: +49 (0)30 3151-7480

Contact at the Foundation

Markus Lux