“Fatal signal for the commitment of young people”

The Association of German Catholic Youth criticizes the planned cut in funding for volunteer services in the 2020 federal budget. For the BDKJ chair Lisi Maier a "fatal signal for the commitment of young people".

The occasion was the budget debate in the Bundestag. After the funds had been increased by 65 million euros from 2018 to 2019 to around 327 million euros, the draft budget for the coming year only provides for around 277 million euros. From the point of view of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, this could currently make a place possible for everyone who wants to do a service.

A cutback would have a negative impact on pedagogical support and the implementation of inclusive measures in particular, warned the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ), however. Beyond that, other places already planned could not be implemented. The commitment of thousands of volunteers would no longer be secured after the summer of 2020, it was said.

Concept for "Youth Volunteer Year

According to the ministry, more than 80 students graduate from the.000 young people are doing voluntary service in Germany. Around 53.000 are doing a voluntary social year (FSJ), 3.000 a Voluntary Ecological Year (Freiwilliges okologisches Jahr, FoJ) and around 27.000 the Federal Volunteer Service.

At the end of 2018, Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) had presented a concept for a "youth volunteer year" to attract even more young people. However, this would require up to one billion euros per year.

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