Education, scholarships and fundings should be accessible by all young people - And this is exactly what the Migrants and Minorities Network in Leipzig, Germany, advocates for!
As a youth network we connect, exchange and thereby empower ourselves, furthermore we counsel youths with a non-academic and/or migration background in questions of education and international programs. Moreover, we ourselves organize international trainings courses and youth exchanges on topics such as anti-Racism, post colonialism, inclusion, sustainability and human rights.
Besides creating an informative website and counseling service, we are developing and implementing projects on inclusion, strategies to encounter discrimination, and active citizenship. Our core mission is to make education, learning opportunities as well as scholarships/fundings accessible for all youths, so they can build their personalities and professional careers. With our work, we want to empower disadvantaged youths to get engaged, realize their rights and duties as citizens, take responsibility in their communities, to develop a critical mind and media literacy, so they can take part in the societal change in order to encounter all current and future challenges. Global developments, such as climate change or the populistic trend in politics can only be tackled with cooperation and the inclusion of disadvantaged youths.
If you would like to become active, locally in Leipzig, in Germany or on an EU level, join our network! We are organizing regular and special events and you can take part. Moreover, you can use our resources and experience to realize your own projects. Connect with us!
Our network meets regularly in Leipzig, Germany, to organize, to brainstorm and to peer-empower us. Keep updated on Facebook on our events, where and when they're realized. We will also regularly post on our international training courses and youth exchanges, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated.
08.08.2023 - 14.08.2023
ERASMUS+ Youth Exchange "Level Up: Democracy"
15.10.2023 - 23.10.2023
ERASMUS+ Training Course "Art of Being Creative"
Erasmus+ Training Course
"Awakening: Human Rights Education"
Our Italian partner organization ONDE - Officina Nuova Dimensione Europea realized an amazing Erasmus+ training course on human rights education: They increased the knowledge and skills of youth workers on human rights, and developed new tools and methods of promoting them sustainably.
To spread their experience, the participants of "AWAKENING:
HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION" created a podcast ⬇️
Our Czech partner organization Active Vitorazsko z.s in close cooperation with the Ukrainian partner Education and the Armenian NGO “Future in our Hands” implemented a highly productive training course in Abovyan, Armenia.
Erasmus+ Training Course
"Vitamin C: Constructive Communication For Combating Conflicts"
“From understanding the nuances of constructive communication to mastering conflict resolution, the journey was nothing short of transformative. I've come to appreciate the power of words and actions in building stronger communities and fostering peace.
One key takeaway is that effective communication is not just about what we say, but also how we say it. It's about active listening and empathy. It's about finding common ground and creating connections. It's not about avoiding conflict, but about turning it into an opportunity for growth and understanding.”
Lucienne Pritzkau, Founder of Migrants and Minorities Network and participant of the project “Vitamin C”
Our latest projects
Erasmus+ Youth Exchange "Sustainability For All?"
Engaged youths from Ukraine, Türkiye, North Macedonia, Germany, Armenia, Greece and Spain came together to gain knowledge on sustainability and practice green skills in order to become Change Makers! Together we visited the local project Restlos in Leipzig, where various materials are collected and upcycled, moreover, we developed own techniques of upcycling and with a very practical workshop on veganism learned about the importance of a planetary health diet 🌎
With the project Sustainability For All? 🌿 our participants put sustainability into practiceand to tried out and developed sustainable alternatives for everyday life, adapted to the different local context and economic circumstances🍃
The third ERASMUS+ project conducted by our growing organization was a full success, thanks to the amazing contributions of our participants!💪
Erasmus+ Small Scale Partnership "Include, Engage, Involve"
Innovation Camp: Leipzig, Germany
Inclusive Youth Exchange: Thessaloniki, Greece
Facing multiple challenges and crises currently, political and societal institutions prioritize emergency responses. However, even amidst urgent conflicts and crises, developing resilient systems and infrastructures are not only essential in combating these but also to create strong civil societies preventing future challenges. Moreover, youth work and education are seldom prioritized, neither in pandemic responses, economic nor (geo)political crises, even though they crucially impact young people and thereby future generations.
Acknowledging the relevance of youth work in times of crisis, the project 'Include, Engage and Involve' aimed to develop strategies, methods and tools to ensure social inclusion in and through youth work, to utilize it as a means of peace building and conflict resolution.
Starting off with an innovation camp, where teachers, youth workers and youth leaders from Greece, Türkiye and Serbia gathered in Leipzig,strategies of resilient, inclusive youth work were developed and discussed.
These new methods and tools were applied and tested during an inclusive youth exchange, taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece. Here youths and multipliers with different capacities met and exchanged, and practiced the creative method of digitalstorytelling, to define own voices and portray diverse perspectives.
Find the developed handbook here:
We are always looking for helping hands - as a volunteer or as an intern. Contact us for current options and possible tasks. We are currently working to become part of the Erasmus+ program Solidarity Corps to host more volunteers from abroad in Leipzig!
As Migrants and Minorities Network e.V. is organized as a peer network, its structure is based on the principle of basic democracy and equality.
All leading positions are elected by its members, all procedures are according to the organization’s constitution (Vereinssatzung) and to ensure transparency and accountability, regular meetings are organized (the management teams exchanges in a Jour Fixe monthly, and biannually a general meeting of members is initiated).
Even though responsibilities are clear and fair distributed, all members can actively participate on all organizational levels, as we see our organization as a catalyzer for learning, active citizenship, and empowerment.
As of 2023, a total of 14 active members dedicate their free time to leading the Migrants and Minorities Network on a voluntary basis, and around 20 other members volunteer temporarily or on a project basis.
Our local target group estimates 55-60 disadvantaged youths of Leipzig and its rural surroundings, of which we could empower 46 to join ERASMUS+ projects.