We need your bright ideas

Our Junior Experts are giving away €30,000 for bright ideas in the sports realm that put the “right to participate” for girls and boys into action.  They are especially looking for initiatives and projects that get disadvantaged kids and youths moving and empower them to create happy and successful lives for themselves.

The active participation of all kids is something we feel very strongly about and we would like to see even more girls and boys have the chance to actively participate in shaping their own environments.   We are appealing to all those who work with kids and are hoping to get them excited about letting kids have more of a say – and curious to see things from the kids’ perspectives. That’s why we are looking for sports clubs, youth groups or schools that actively practice a kids’ participation culture, thereby contributing to equal opportunities and rights for children.

Send us your bright ideas

Decide with kids’ heads rather than over their heads!   That’s our goal in inviting social initiatives from all over Germany to send us their bright ideas.  Go for it!  Work with us to establish and expand opportunities in the sports world where young people participate in the decision-making!  We’ll help you with financial support of up to €5,000.  Send us your bright ideas (please use this site only):  www.dirk-nowitzki-stiftung.org/ideen-mit-koepfchen.

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Our Junior-Experts are deciding where €30,000 will go

Girls and boys are experts in their own affairs.  It’s their particular view of things that is especially valuable and that will be the measuring stick in deciding which bright ideas receive financial assistance.  Our 10 Junior Experts are sports enthusiasts, girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 15 from various initatives in Würzburg.

Who can participate?

All non-profit initiatives, facilities, schools, kindergardens and sports clubs that implement the right to partcipate in their sports concepts are invited to apply.  Tell us where the kids have a say in your projects and organizations.  We are eager to hear how you win them over -- how you get these young people to take an active role in determining how things go.  We are interested in what the world looks like from the girls’ and boys’ perspectives!

This checklist should help you in the process:

  • You are a non-profit organization and you actively spend time with kids and youths.
  • Your project is in Germany and is implemented for people who are currently living in Germany.
  • Your project enables girls and boys to take an active part in their communities through sports and activities.
  • You already have experience with kids participating and you need support for your sports project.
  • You don’t yet have experience with kids participating and you need financial assistance in order to establish a culture of participation.
  • You are kids or youths yourselves and you want to help your school, youth center or sports club to enable kids to have more of a say.  Then speak to an adult about it, -- someone like your parents, your teachers or your club’s coach.  Let them know about the “Ideen mit Köpfchen” (Bright Ideas) project. 



Dates and deadlines

Begin of the application period is February 2016

End of the application period is May 8, 2016

Junior Experts will make their decisions in June 2016

Results will be announced by June 30, 2016 at the latest.


Children’s Rights are Human Rights

All people have equal value and have the right to be treated with respect, no matter where they live, how old they are, what they look like or what they believe in. Especially children should be able to grow up self-determined and make their own decisions. Children have a natural curiousity and enthusiasm and they are eager to contribute to their community early on.  Even though their experience and knowledge may be limited, they still have the right to have their opinions heard and considered in an age-appropriate way in all areas that affect their lives.  For this, they need the thoughtful and encouraging support from adults.

Particularly those girls and boys who grow up in disadvantaged conditions often have the feeling that they have no choices.  Too often it is the limited possibilites of their parents rather than their own interests that determines what they do – which sports they will play, what they will have for lunch or even what they will get for their birthdays.  They realize that their own needs are negligible and they quickly learn to adapt themselves to the narrow parameters of their lives.  Learning to adapt is of course an important life-skill – it’s the only way they can manage day-to-day life with their families.  But that’s why it’s all the more important that they have places where they have leeway to shape things for themselves and with others.