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With the participation project #meinehood_halle we want to strengthen young people and invite them to actively participate in the design of their city. Because young people are politically interested like for a long time not. They demonstrate for climate protection, collect signatures for network freedom, plant millions of trees worldwide. But how do you change the world if politics and society don't listen properly? We listen to you!

The project #meinehood_halle invites young people to formulate their suggestions for more youthful space in Halle and to implement them in concrete projects. Visible results will emerge! The expertise and resources of experts from the city administration and business are available for this purpose.

In the first project phase until November 2019, the submitted proposals were evaluated by a youth and expert jury and further developed during a full-day youth congress. The three selected project ideas are impressive:

  • The design of the Moritzkirchhof in the middle of the city as a meeting place,
  • the extension of an old ship on the Saale as a youth centre on one's own initiative
  • and the establishment of a Bikepolo square

were projects which helped young people and experts to make progress together on this day.

A successful start for creative bureaucarcy, because the joint work of the city administration and young people is only just really getting underway. In regular meetings in the coming year, the plans will be further elaborated and concretised. In February 2020 the first results will already be visible at the Moritzkirchhof. Together with a sculptor of the Moritzkirche, the pupils of the Neue Städtischen Gymnasium will build and erect the first seats for the square.

#meinehood_halle is a cooperation of the Francke Foundations with the Children and Youth Commissioner of the City of Halle and the State Centre for Political Education of Saxony-Anhalt. The project is a contribution to the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

#meinehood_halle continues in 2022. Do you have any suggestions for improving your places? You can reach us at meinehood@halle.de

The Federal Prize Cooperative City 2021 goes to Halle for "meinehood_halle - young people change their city"

The Federal Award brings civil society engagement into the public eye and underlines the importance of creative city makers. Exemplary examples of cooperation between politics, administration and civil society were awarded the Federal Prize Cooperative City by a representative of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Home Affairs on 4 May 2021. The award was given to municipalities that have established legal, political and institutional instruments so that associations, neighbourhood groups and socio-cultural actors can better participate in urban development.

The city of Halle (Saale) was one of thirteen winners in the nationwide competition and received prize money of 15,000 euros. The city applied with the competence centre "Freiraumbüro" and the youth project "meinehood_halle - young people change their city". The award was offered as part of the National Urban Development Policy, a joint initiative of the federal government, the federal states and municipalities. The competition was open to municipalities with 10,000 or more inhabitants that cooperate with civil society actors at different levels and in different fields. All municipalities with ongoing or already implemented cooperation projects in urban development were eligible to apply.

In addition to the award of the label itself and the cash prizes, a publication with an overview of new instruments of cooperation will be produced. This was published in mid-September 2021 and can be obtained free of charge from the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.