For more than 25 years, the Jacobs Foundation has enjoyed a reputation as a funder in the field of child and youth development. We support actors and institutions engaged in research and practical work in a wide variety of ways. And, in certain selected programs, we are taking on conceptual and operational responsibilities.
In funding academic research, we work together closely with established institutions. Hence, with the Jacobs Center For Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich, we have been able to set up an internationally renowned and interdisciplinary research center over the long term that is devoted to key aspects of child and youth development. In Switzerland, we implement together with partners from the public authorities at local, cantonal and national level, our own nationwide programs in the field of early childhood education or in context of collaboration of educational actors in and outside school. Our own representative “Juvenir” study series has addressed topics affecting young people in Switzerland.
In moving forward from a purely funding oriented foundation to one that is also operationally active, we can rely on overview skills and specific expertise that we have acquired in the course of our many years’ work. In the course of our activities, we deduce key issues and needs of society and endeavor, together with our partners, to find innovative approaches that will have a sustainable impact.