The International Raiffeisen Youth Competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their creativity - immerse yourself in the fascinating world of sounds and melodies, put your ideas on paper. The Raiffeisen Youth Competition started in 1968, when 71 Raiffeisen banks from different countries celebrated the 150th birthday of their namesake and co-founder Friedrich-Wilhelm Raiffeisen in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt. A small group developed a big plan there: a creative competition for children and adolescents across national borders and important topics of our time.
Inspired by the first landing on the moon, two years later, the cooperative banks launched the International Raiffeisen Youth Competition with the theme "Start in space". Since then, the International Youth Competition has been a huge success: around one million children and young people participate in the competition each year with their entries. The cooperative banks in Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland receive thousands of submissions each year. This makes this project the biggest competition of its kind.
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All students as well as young people under 20 years are eligible to submit their individual work. Entry for this competition is therefore not competitive.
There are no associated costs with participating in this competition.
There are no pre-requisite skillsets required in order to participate in this competition. However, it would prove useful for participants to possess a high level of creativity, critical thinking, and art-making skills.
The amount of time dedicated to this competition project(s) is at the discretion of the participant and is therefore subject to variability.
Contributions can be submitted to participating Raiffeisen banks in Austria. Submitted drawings can
only be entered in the competition if the participation certificate is completed in full and by the parent or guardian is signed.