The Board

The board members of JugendInterKult (non-profit friendly registered association)

Chairman

Gregor Schröder

Vice chairman

Thomas Wulfhorst

Treasurer

Bianca Conrads

Assessors

Tanja Oppermann
Nathalie von Kannen
Astrid Stern

Assessors

Thomas König
David Wurth-Viola

Gregor Schröder

Born in 1950 and retired teacher. Together with friends and acquaintances, I founded JIK because I have always been particularly involved in the social area for young people. I consider volunteerism to be quite essential, because for me, J.F. Kennedy’s motto holds true: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!” JIK means for me the commitment to support especially the intercultural and interreligious encounter, the respectful coexistence as well as the exchange between young people from different countries. Supporting young refugees and socially and otherwise disadvantaged young people is particularly close to my heart. Youth is our future. Changes are only sustainable if they are supported from below. As a Christian, I feel obligated to help others as much as I can. Like Baden-Powell, the founder of the World Scout Movement, I want to leave the world a little better than I found it.

Bianca Conrads

Born in 1996, trained tax clerk. My membership in the JIK association began in 2013 with a trip to Israel/Palestine. Since then, I have had the pleasure of two more trips with JIK to Istanbul and Moscow-St. Petersburg that led me to become an active member of the JIK board. I would like to support JIK in organizing more international youth encounters and promoting intercultural understanding between different countries. JIK’s work shows that neither a person’s religion, gender, nor origin or skin color are important in making a difference in the world. For it is not those who speak the same language who understand each other, but those who share the same feeling and value system.

Tanja Oppermann

Born in 1978 and a business psychologist by profession. My involvement with JIK began with a trip to Israel and Palestine in the spring of 2014. There I became aware in a very impressive way how important tolerance is and how difficult it is to build bridges compared to walls. My desire to accompany young people in their encounters with other cultures encouraged me to volunteer for JIK.

Nathalie von Kannen

Born in 1997, industrial clerk in training. I got to know JIK better through two eventful trips to Israel/Palestine/Jordan and I think it is great how the focus here is on promoting encounters between young people from the most diverse backgrounds as well as peace between the world’s religions. I would like to support these goals by serving on the Board. I hope that the association will gain even more attention, and I would like to help ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of these exciting and unforgettable youth encounters. Such experiences create understanding, respect and tolerance towards foreign cultures and thus a peaceful and communal coexistence everywhere in the world.

Astrid Stern

Astrid Stern, born 1957, teacher of German, mathematics, history/politics and biology at the Rupert-Neudeck-Schule in Troisdorf. Young people are shaping our future, a future that should be characterized by peace. This can only succeed if people approach each other with tolerance and not only respect others, but also know and perceive their traditions and habits and take them into account in the dialogue. An international meeting among young people and their exchange could be a guarantee for such success. Since the association JugendInterKult e.V. embodies all these ideas in an almost ideal way, I would like to contribute to their implementation by working on the board.

Thomas König

Born in 1991, master’s student of business mathematics at the University of Cologne. My trip to Israel/Palestine/Jordan with JIK sparked my interest in the association. The many impressions of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the experiences of the overnight stays in monasteries, hostels, host families, desert tents, the adventures of climbing, the desert tour with jeep and camel ride as well as swimming in the Red, Dead and Mediterranean Sea make this trip unique. Such a wealth of perceptions for young people was and is only possible thanks to the conscientious, ambitious and passionate work of the association. To support this, I am involved in the board of the association. I feel that promoting exchange with other people and their culture is highly desirable. The experience gained – especially at a young age – helps adolescents in many life situations.

Thomas Wulfhorst

Born in 1980, teacher of chemistry, Protestant religious education and mathematics at Lohmar Comprehensive School. For me, two aspects are of central importance in the association JugendinterKult! On the one hand, this is the intercultural and interreligious work of the association. The other is to discover the world and meet new people with teenagers and young adults. For me, the work in this association has a special meaning, because only in the encounter authentic and respectful experiences are really sustainable. International youth encounters are a central building block. to discover new friends, unknown cultures and new ways of life all over the world and to be able to dive into foreign cultures in a guided way. For me, these encounters are a central part of growing up as an adolescent or young adult with an open mind.

David Wurth-Viola

Born in 1986, teacher of physical education, history and Catholic religious education at the Berufskolleg Opladen. For me, the work in this association has a special meaning, because I feel it is important that young people get to know other cultures as early as possible. Because through contact with foreign cultures and people, for example, prejudices can be reduced or not even come about in the first place. I want to get involved in this association so that more intercultural encounters can take place and thus a global network can develop, which will help to secure peace.