No letting go without providing support
Fair opportunities for everyone on the road to adult life:
Care leavers are entitled to the same opportunities as other young people to help shape our shared future.
Shaping the future together
Care leavers – young people with care experience – often face prejudices and structural challenges. We want to do something about the unjust situation in which care leavers find themselves through no fault of their own. Our vision is that every young person has the means to fulfil their potential on the path to adult life. Care leavers should feel safe, welcome and accepted in society and, as young adults, be able to take responsibility for themselves, others and their environment. Together, this is what we are working towards in the sense of a Collective Impact approach.
Learn more about the challenges care leavers face in Germany:
The future of social change
The method of »joint action« is based on recognising that complex social challenges cannot be solved by individuals, but require cross-sectoral cooperation between many organisations acting closely and in a coordinated manner. In this way, individual strengths are bundled. The projects of our Brückenstein partners have different focuses. The result is a comprehensive approach in which each partner can contribute their own strengths and learn from others. Brückensteine Careleaver is one of the first Collective Impact initiatives in Germany that is nationwide in scope and thus works on a supra-regional level.
Experts through experience
All our project partners empower care leavers in what they can do and what motivates them. Personal responsibility can only be assumed if care leavers can also actively participate in social life! That's why they are involved in our processes at all levels - in the planning of activities, as workshop speakers, peer consultants and in fundamental strategic decisions. By helping to determine and shape the initiative, they form a supporting pillar.
Our coordination team
Brückensteine Careleaver is coordinated by Social Impact gGmbH. There is a separate team ensuring the cooperation of everyone in the initiative and supporting partners individually.
The Brückensteine team also initiates and coordinates overarching projects – such as joint conferences or the digital platform – and tasks such as public relations, so that social changes are achieved together. We're aiming to go beyond the individual projects and to give new impulses to solve the complex challenges care leavers face.
Brückensteine thus offers social investors a focal point through which they can engage in the topic area of Leaving Care in a coordinated and impact-oriented manner.
The Swiss DROSOS FOUNDATION initiated Brückensteine Careleaver and is our main funder.
Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports our project "Digitale Plattform". You can find out more in our "Projects" section and on the Robert Bosch Stiftung website.