Young people are the most important resource for ensuring society’s future is bright. Moreover, a democracy will only be robust if its citizens are well educated and willing to get involved. The key to social participation is therefore an educational system that is both effective and equitable, one that introduces youngsters to political processes as early as possible and encourages civic engagement. The Bertelsmann Stiftung has long been committed to achieving this goal. Through our projects and studies, we increase awareness among policymakers and the public of the need for reforms; in addition, we recommend practical solutions to the challenges society faces. This brochure provides a brief overview of our efforts in this area. The projects documented here have generally been developed in a German context, but are suitable for application in other policymaking environments. In many cases, they have been adapted for use by international partners. More detailed information is available on the websites and through the contacts listed below.