- Young Potentials Academy -

YOU.PA – Young Potentials Academy – was a qualification programme offering young people interested in minority issues personal opportunities and career prospects. Three training modules provided academic and practical skills and approaches for activities in youth and educational work. The programme aimed at reinforcing the work of German minority organisations in Central and Eastern European countries.

The YOU.PA project was open to participants aged 18 to 28 hailing from Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldavia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Candidates needed to be active in minority work, possess adequate IT skills and have internet access, and be able to speak German and pass the selection process.


The YOU.NG were the graduates of the YOU.PA (Young Potentials Academy) qualification programme run by the Otto Benecke Stiftung e. V. (OBS). Both YOU.NG and YOU.PA are funded by the Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI) (Federal Ministry of the Interior).

Follow this link for the YOU.PA alumni portal:

Project Partners

YOU.PA was run in close cooperation with TRANSFER GmbH (a learning services provider) and the Europäischen Bildungszentrum Oppeln - ECEO (European Centre for Education Opole).


Funding Bodies

The OBS‘s YOU.PA program was funded by the Bundesministeriums des Innern (Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community).



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