The FGYO is an international organization at the service of youth and Franco-German cooperation. Ever since its establishment by the Élysée Treaty in 1963, it has promoted the exchange of young people aged between three and thirty from both countries, and espoused an expanded Europe. To truly enable everyone to enjoy European mobility and its positive effects (building confidence, linguistic progress, openness and tolerance), the FGYO offers a broad range of programmes catering to kindergarten kids, trainees, young jobless people, professionals, students or pupils in equal measure.
The FGYO has been involved with the Franco-German Journalism Prize ever since its inception and is awarding an annual Young Talent Prize to journalists no older than 30 for their contribution to a better understanding of the neighbouring country. With this and other initiatives, the FGYO hopes to promote young talents, create Franco-German journalism networks, expand the bilateral reporting, and deepen the interest in the neighbouring country.