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Patrick Aebischer is a new member of the Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Patrick Aebischer has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation, a leading international foundation in the field of child and youth development, as of January 1, 2017. More

Beyond business as usual: joint forces to achieve real impact in education and community development

What happens when the world’s four largest cocoa and chocolate companies and an international child and youth development foundation join forces? Nothing less than achieving measurable impact through community development and education in Côte d’Ivoire with an innovative partnership of pioneering character for the entire industry and beyond. Under the roof of the Jacobs Foundation’s More

What matters most for early childhood development two awards worth 1.2 million Swiss francs show

The Jacobs Foundation announces the recipients of the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Awards endowed with 1.2 million Swiss francs. Professor Orazio P. Attanasio, Head of the Department of Economics at University College London (UCL) and Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, receives 1 million Swiss francs for his use of economic models and More

Jacobs Foundation awards new grants for systematic reviews on children and youth

The Jacobs Foundation has awarded over US$200,000 for systematic reviews to inform better policy and practice to improve child and youth development. Systematic reviews summarise the best high quality evidence about what works. The reviews will be published in the Campbell Library of systematic reviews. More

From commitment to action: forging a public-private partnership for quality education in Côte d’Ivoire

Abidjan/Zurich/Washington. Nine months after Jacobs Foundation announced a USD 52 million commitment to create TRECC: “Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities,” the program has become a growing coalition of public and private stakeholders aligning capital and knowledge to improve the quality of education in Côte d’Ivoire. TRECC will be officially launched on February 17th in Abidjan More

How do children around the world feel about their lives?

More than 17,000 children aged 8 years old in 16 countries in four continents were asked about their experiences and views about their lives. Research of this kind with this age group is very unusual and this is the most wide-ranging and diverse study of its kind ever conducted internationally on children’s lives from their own perspectives. The second report from the Children’s Worlds study, published today, shows important results that can be used to improve children’s lives around the world. The Jacobs Foundation funded the research behind this report and has announced that it will support another wave of the study, aimed at a larger number of countries, beginning in 2017. More

Call for Nominations – 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

The Jacobs Foundation is issuing a call for nominations for the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize, which is endowed with one million Swiss Francs, honors outstanding scientific contributions of scholars aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth. More

The Jacobs Foundation announces the recipients of the Klaus J. Jacobs Awards endowed with 1.2 million Swiss francs

The 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize goes to Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London (UCL), UK. The 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize is awarded to Gesamtschule Unterstrass (Unterstrass Comprehensive School) in Zurich, Switzerland. More

MIKE study finds that children prefer music and television to the internet

In their free time, Swiss primary school children prefer to engage in active play, and they enjoy participating in sports – this is the conclusion reached by the MIKE study, which was conducted by the ZHAW School of Management and Law. Moreover, they are more likely to listen to music, watch television or read than to surf the Web. Of particular concern to parents are pornographic or violent content on the internet. More

Too much stress – too much pressure!

Stress, pressure to perform, overtaxing – for roughly half of Swiss young people (46 percent) this is their everyday life. This is the conclusion reached by the fourth wave of the Juvenir survey, the Jacobs Foundation’s representative study of Swiss youth. According to the study, stress comes from schools, universities and training programs rather than from young people’s private lives, and girls are particularly affected. More

New Swiss “Jacobs Science Writer Fellowship” Launched
Application Deadline: August 15, 2015

This new Fellowship brings five U.S. or UK science or health policy journalists to Zurich, Switzerland, from December 1 – 5, 2015. The purpose of the Fellowship is to advance public understanding of the work and research of the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize recipient, who is a leading international scholar in the field of youth development. More

William Egbe is appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation

William Egbe has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation, a leading international foundation in the field of child and youth development. Egbe is an engineer with MBA and more than 20 years of experience directing operations, marketing and finance for American companies on four continents, and he is currently Group Director Strategic Planning and Sustainability of Coca-Cola Eurasia & Africa Group. He is succeeding Auma Obama, who has left the Board as of April 1, 2015. More

Where do the happiest children live?

More than 50,000 children aged 8 to 12 in 15 countries were asked about their experiences and views about their lives. Research of this kind is rare and this is the most wide-ranging and diverse study ever conducted internationally on children’s lives from their own perspectives. The first report from the Children’s Worlds study, published today, shows important results that can be used to improve children’s lives around the world. The Jacobs Foundation has funded this ongoing international project over the past three years with a total amount of EUR 850,000. More

No sustainability without education – USD 52 million for an educational program in West Africa

The Swiss-based Jacobs Foundation is expanding its commitment to education in Ivory Coast. In an effort to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers and their families, it launches the TRECC program. TRECC, which stands for “TRansforming Education in Cocoa Communities”, is a comprehensive, systemic approach to achieving sustainable social and economic change in the region. TRECC is a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action and will be presented on May 6 at the CGI Middle East & Africa meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco. More

Call for Nominations – Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015

The Jacobs Foundation is issuing a call for nominations for the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize, which is endowed with a cash award of one million Swiss francs, recognizes the work of scholars devoted to promoting the successful development and life chances of children and youth. More

Change in the leadership of the Jacobs Group

The Jacobs Group is in a period of transition, as the leadership of Jacobs Holding AG and the Jacobs Foundation, the beneficiary of the Jacobs family’s business holdings, is being passed on to the next generation. More

The Jacobs Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary Book and photo exhibition: “Our Promise to Youth”

On October 31, 2014, the Jacobs Foundation is publishing a book entitled “Our Promise to Youth,” marking 25 years of successful work to promote child and youth development. More

The Jacobs Foundation announces the recipients of the Klaus J. Jacobs Awards, endowed with 1.2 million Swiss francs

The Research Prize, endowed with 1 million Swiss francs, goes to Michael Meaney. The Best Practice Prize, which includes an award of 200,000 Swiss francs, goes to the trauma intervention program SHARPZ in Zambia. The Klaus J. Jacobs Awards will be presented on December 5, 2014 at the University of Zurich. More

Jacobs Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary with a family event in Zurich West – and sets a new world record

A new world record was set at Zurich’s Puls5 complex on Sunday, September 28, 2014. An audience of more than 3,000 people watched as a 25 meter-long chocolate sculpture took shape. This was the highlight of the family event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Jacobs Foundation. More

Round two of the Educational Landscapes Switzerland program begins

The Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation has approved a second phase of the Educational Landscapes Switzerland program, paving the way for its nationwide expansion (from 2014 to 2018) with the addition of 15 new local educational landscapes. The Board’s decision was based on the positive results of an external evaluation and the interest shown by numerous Swiss cantons. The foundation is allocating 2.5 million Swiss francs for this second phase. Investment in the program’s two phases will total 6.5 million francs. More

Is money an issue? The financial situation of young people in Switzerland.

They have enough: Over three-quarters (79 percent) of Swiss youth report that they have enough money; 46 percent say that they have more than they need. This is one of the findings of the Jacobs Foundation’s third representative study of young people in Switzerland. More

Call for Nominations – 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

The Jacobs Foundation is issuing a call for nominations for the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize, which is endowed with a cash award of one million Swiss francs, recognizes the work of scholars devoted to promoting the successful development and life chances of children and youth. More

The University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation are collaborating to strengthen youth research

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, located at the University of Zurich, is expanding. In addition to conducting research on child and youth development, the Center will focus on theory and methodology in the fields of psychology, sociology and economics. More

Hans Ambühl is appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation

Hans Ambühl has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation, effective October 25, 2013. An attorney and currently Secretary General of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK), Ambühl brings with him a wealth of experience with Switzerland’s educational system. He is succeeding Ernst Buschor, who is retiring from the board. More

The Jacobs Foundation announces the winners of the 2013 Klaus J. Jacobs Awards endowed with a total amount of 1.2 million Swiss francs. The awards are being presented for the fifth time.

The 2013 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize goes to Professor Greg J. Duncan of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Receiving the 2013 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize is Germany’s ELTERN-AG organization. More

The first big decision: How young people in Switzerland decide what (vocational) training to pursue

Switzerland’s workers of tomorrow express a high level of satisfaction, and money is by no means their primary concern in choosing a career. This is one of the findings of the Jacobs Foundation’s second representative study of young people in Switzerland. The study looks at young people’s decisions about their training, and focuses particularly on More

Olaf von Maydell is appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation

Dr. Olaf von Maydell has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation, effective May 1, 2013. A tax consultant who holds a PhD in agricultural economics, Dr. von Maydell is a partner in the Schomerus & Partner tax consulting firm in Berlin. He served as General Manager of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin from 2006 to 2011, and from 2001 to 2006 he was Head of Finance for Doctors Without Borders in Berlin. More

Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2013 – Call for Nominations

Zurich, January 23, 2013: The Jacobs Foundation is issuing a call for nominations for the 2013 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. This prize, which comes with a cash award of one million Swiss francs, recognizes the work of scholars in any discipline devoted to promoting the successful development and life chances of children and adolescents. More

The Jacobs Foundation appoints new senior management

Long-term CEO Bernd Ebersold leaves on good terms. Sandro Giuliani, currently Head of the foundation’s intervention programs in Europe, to step up. More

The Jacobs Foundation presents the Klaus J. Jacobs Awards, which include cash prizes totaling 1.2 million Swiss Francs

The 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize is being awarded to Prof. Dante Cichetti, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. The Off Road Kids Foundation in Germany will be receiving the 2012 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize. More

Use, not occupation – Swiss youth in public spaces

A new study by the Jacobs Foundation reveals that young people in Switzerland are self‐critical and self‐confident. More

New cooperation promotes dialogue between high-level policymakers and researchers on critical issues of Swiss education policy

The Jacobs Foundation in Zurich and the Swiss Coordination Center for Research in Education (SCCRE) plan to hold a series of conferences and closed‐door meetings in collaboration with the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, a joint initiative of the Chair for Business and Personnel Economics at the University of Zurich and the Center for Research in Economics of Education at the University of Berne. More

The Board of Trustees of the Jacobs Foundation has named Nathalie Jacobs as new member

The Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees has appointed Nathalie Jacobs as new member effective July 1, 2012. Ms. Jacobs is the daughter of the Foundation’s founder, Klaus J. Jacobs. A Swiss journalist, she is employed by Tamedia AG in Zurich. More

Launch of the national program Educational Landscapes Switzerland

The Jacobs Foundation provides CHF 4 million for the program’s initial phase. The first three cantons have signed cooperation agreements. More

First-ever quality label for Swiss childcare centres

The Jacobs Foundation and KiTaS are collaborating on a quality label rating for Swiss childcare centres. Introduction of the new quality label from the beginning of 2013. More

Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees appoints two new members

The Jacobs Foundation’s Board of trustees appoints Laura Tyson and Ulman Lindenberger as new members as of January 1, 2012. More

Jacobs Foundation announces laureates of the Klaus J. Jacobs Awards endowed with 1.2 million Swiss francs

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2011 goes to Professor Michael Tomasello, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Award 2011 is bestowed upon Christiane Daepp, founder of the Swiss program “Ideenbüro”. More

Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2011 Nominations Have Begun

The Jacobs Foundation has initiated the nomination process for this year’s Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. Worth one million Swiss francs, the Research Prize honors the scientific achievements of researchers who make a major contribution to the successful development of children and young people and their prospects around the world. More

Early support reduces health costs in old age

Winners of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize present a surprising theory at the award ceremony in Zurich More

Neuro-Psychologists Moffit and Caspi Win Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2010, endowed with one million Swiss francs (one million dollar), is being awarded to the British-American Israeli neuropsychologists Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi for their research on the interaction between genetics and environment and the effect of this on youth violence. More

Youth Employment Network and Jacobs Foundation launch fund for evaluation of youth employment programs

The Youth Employment Network (YEN), the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank, have signed an agreement with the Jacobs Foundation to build an evidence base in youth employment through evaluating the impact of youth employment programs. More

Auma Obama is the new member of the Jacobs Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Auma Obama works as a Global Technical Advisor for the aid organisation ‘CARE International’ and – like the Jacobs Foundation – actively promotes educational and development opportunities for young people. More