The Leadership Program for East German opportunity providers

It’s about

The Kinnings Academy invites young people with responsibility between the ages of 18 and 35 to take their leadership skills to a new level. We deliberately target young talents from all areas: Education, entrepreneurship, politics and administration, faith communities and civil society. We are looking for like-minded people full of drive: curious, passionate, collaborative and optimistic.

What we offer

A year that changes everything. Together with around 30 opportunity providers, you will undergo leadership training at the highest international level, travel to other European countries and surpass yourself in virtual coaching sessions. You will develop skills that are essential for effective action: Confident leadership, problem-solving skills and a convincing presence.


A network that opens doors. We bring you into contact with people who will noticeably advance you and your work: as mentors, sponsors and role models. And with other talents who are facing similar challenges and want to tackle them together.


An arena for constructive discourse. Different perspectives offer the opportunity to better understand complex interrelationships and achieve more together. That is why we are looking for people with diverse biographies for the Kinnings Academy. Together with you, we want to create spaces of experience in which we can meet honestly, wrestle with each other for solutions and at the same time have a good time together. Because even when the situation is serious, the fun must not fall by the wayside.

Program overview

5 leadership training sessions (usually Friday to Sunday)

  • June 27-30, 2024: Kick-off at the Schlüßhof in Lychen (Brandenburg)
  • September 2024
  • November 2024
  • January 2025
  • May 2025

Monthly ongoing digital

Method inputs and co-coaching


Work shadowing and mentoring by the Kinnings team

a practical module on “participatory giving”

in cooperation with the Schöpflin Foundation

March 2025

Inspirational trip to other European countries

Kinnings Community

  • Admission to the Kinnings Community with your start
  • Participation in the Kinnings Convention in September 2024


Who we are looking for

Opportunity providers for children and young people who are

  • are between 18 and 35 years old,
  • currently working in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia,
  • take responsibility and persevere in building something new,
  • are convinced that they can achieve more together than alone,
  • fight passionately but always respectfully for their cause,
  • have the desire and time to get involved in the Academy from June 2024 to May 2025.

What’s also important


The Kinnings Academy is brand new. We have had many conversations with opportunity providers in Eastern Germany and have strong hypotheses about what makes a difference for our participants. However, we explicitly invite you to not “just” participate in the program, but to see yourself as a co-creator and help shape the program. To this end, we will regularly ask you for detailed feedback and further ideas on the existing offers.

Any f

If you have any questions about the Kinnings Academy and the application process, register for one of our one-hour teaser sessions by emailing

  1. on April 03, 2024 2 pm or

urther questions?

If you have any questions about the Kinnings Academy and the application process, register for one of our one-hour teaser sessions by emailing

  1. on April 03, 2024 2 pm or

on April 10, 2024 08:30 am oder

on April 15, 2024 17:30 pm

Applications are

We thank you for your interest in the Kinnings Academy. The time slot for application is now closed and we look forward to seeing you again in the future!


  • What needs to change so that children and young people have more opportunities? What should your contribution be?
  • Why do you want to take part in the Kinnings Academy? What can your contribution be?

Application up to and including April 17, 2024

We have summarized everything important about the Kinnings Academy in our one-pager PDF. Feel free to share it with your network!



Applications are now closed

Your contact person

Tina Lagemann


Tel.: +49 151 4041 7891

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Amani Al-Addous


Tel.: +49 173 2538 672

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About the Kinnings Foundation

The Kinnings Foundation supports people who are committed to providing opportunities for children and young people. We provide funding, expertise and contacts, primarily in the eastern German states. Further information can be found at