Award for #meinehood_halle

The Bundespreis kooperative Stadt (Federal Award Cooperative City) 2021 goes to Halle for the youth participation project
»meinehood_halle – Jugendliche verändern ihre Stadt«.

#meinehood_halle has won a federal award!

The project was initiated by the Francke Foundations. Together with the Kinder- und Jugendbüro (Children and Youth Office) of the City of Halle and the Fachbereich für Stadtentwicklung (Department of Urban Development), we encourage young people to participate creatively in shaping their urban living space. The Saxony-Anhalt Landeszentrale für politische Bildung (State Agency for Civic Education) provided financial support for the 2020 project.

In the #meinehood_halle youth project, the jury of the Bundespreis kooperative Stadt (Federal Award for Cooperative Cities) highlighted, among other things, the organization of a competition in which ideas for a child- and youth-friendly city were developed and then accompanied in their implementation. These projects included the expansion of the schoolyard of the Lyonel Feininger Gymnasium and the establishment of a self-organized youth center.

The federal award brings civic engagement into the public eye and underscores the importance of creative city builders. Examplary models of cooperation between politics, administration and civil society were honored with the Bundespreis kooperative Stadt on May 4 by a representative of the Bundesministeriums des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and the Homeland). The award was given to municipalities that have established legal, political and institutional instruments to enable associations, neighborhood groups and socio-cultural parties to better participate in urban development.

As one of a total of thirteen prize winners, the city of Halle (Saale) was awarded prize money of 15,000 euros in the nationwide competition. The city had applied with the competence center »Freiraumbüro« and the youth project »meinehood_halle - Jugendliche verändern ihre Stadt (young people change their city)«. The award was offered as part of the Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik (National Urban Development Policy), a joint initiative of the federal government, the states and municipalities. The competition was open to municipalities with a population of 10,000 or more that cooperate with civil society parties at different levels and in different areas. All municipalities with ongoing or already implemented urban development cooperation projects were eligible to apply.

In addition to the label itself and the cash prizes, a publication will be produced with an overview of new instruments of cooperation. This will be published in mid-September of this year and can be obtained free of charge from the Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development).

Other award winners are: Kiel, Mannheim, Aachen, Nuremberg, Berlin (Mitte), Dinslaken, Tübingen, Schwerte, Landau (Pfalz), Dessau-Roßlau, Wittenberge and Eltville am Rhein.