Fortunately, with our commitment, we were not only able to convince the numerous participating children, but also the juries in various competitions!

Förderpreis des Hilfswelten e.V. 2016 |


For our project Switch Kids Art

Erster Preisträger des Deutschen Bürgerpreises in der Kategorie Alltagshelden Dezember 2015 |

v.links n. rechts: Mitri Sirin (ZDF-Morgenmagazin), Elli Alibek (ehrenamtliche Mitarbeiterin Kulturbrücke Hamburg), Hourvash Pourkian (Switch- und Kulturbrücke Hamburg-Gründerin), Peter Altmeier (Kanzleramtschef, CDU)

From left to right: Mitri Sirin (ZDF Morgenmagazin), Elli Alibek (volunteer at Kulturbrücke Hamburg), Hourvash Pourkian (Founder of Switch and Kulturbrücke Hamburg), Peter Altmeier (Secretary of Commerce, CDU)

On December 2nd, 2015, Kulturbrücke Hamburg eV won first prize at the German Citizens Prize in the category of everyday heroes with the “Switch Kids Art” project

Auszeichnung Preis der Bürgerstiftung Hamburg Juni 2015 |


Connecting people - creating the future (finalist "Switch Bigs")

„Helfer Herzen. Der dm-Preis für Engagement“ 2014 |

Kulturbrücke eV is recognized for its commitment to intercultural projects.

Norderstedt Wettbewerb 2013 |


Norderstedter Bank, Hamburger Abendblatt, Norderstedt Marketing eV and Norderstedt support Switch Kids!

Startsocial national winner 2011, Chancellor honors Hamburg initiative Switch |



Zeitungsartikel mit Bild. Hourvash Pourkian nimmt für Switch die Urkunde von Kanzlerin Angela Merkel entgegen.

Hamburger Abendblatt April 19, 2012, Chancellor honors Hamburg initiative Switch

HanseMerkur Preis für Kinderschutz 2010 |


Switch receives the renowned HanseMerkur Prize for child protection, which will be presented on January 29, 2010 by Eva-Louise Köhler. You can watch the film about the award ceremony here.

Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz 2009 |


The Switch project was rated as exemplary and received a prize from 206 applicants and 53 awards in the context of the “Active for Democracy and Tolerance 2008 against Extremism and Violence” competition.

Deutscher Kinderpreis 2008 |


Switch receives 1st prize in the “Children in motion Germany” category. Festive award ceremony in the Maharadjasaal of the Hannover Adventure Zoo. The laudation on Switch was given by Susanne Uhlen .

Bürgerpreis 2008 – Peter von Zahn Gedächtnispreis |


The initiator of Switch, Hourvash Pourkian, will receive the honorary award for her commitment to the children's project on September 19, 2008 in Hamburg City Hall. Mayor Ole von Beust gave the speech .

Hamburger Tulpe für deutsch-türkischen Gemeinsinn 2007 |


On March 7, 2008, Switch received the first prize for German-Turkish public spirit with the “Hamburger Tulpe”, awarded by the Hamburg Körber Foundation.

BMW Group Award 2007 für interkulturelles Lernen |

Switch wins 2nd prize in the practice category from among applications from 25 participating countries. The award ceremony took place on March 6, 2008 in the BMW Welt in Munich

Startsocial – Hilfe für Helfer 2008 |

Switch receives a scholarship and receives professional support through “knowledge transfer from business to social projects”. Startsocial is under the patronage of Angela Merkel.

Ausgewählter Ort 2008 “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” |


Vote for one of the 365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas in 2008, sponsored by the Federal Government and German business. The award ceremony took place at a press conference on November 19th, 2008 in the SAS Radisson Hotel.

Bürgerpreis der Bezirksverwaltung Hamburg-Mitte 2007 |


The Switch initiator Hourvash Pourkian receives the Citizens' Prize for her outstanding commitment to Hamburg's integration work.

Hamburger Integrationspreis 2007 |

Switch wins the 2nd place of the Hamburg Integration Advisory Board, awarded in the Hamburg City Hall.

Stiftung Bürger für Bürger 2007, Berlin |


In 2007 Switch won the “State Prize 2007” for the federal state of Hamburg. Switch wins out of 116 applications for participation in the competition “Participation and integration of migrants through civic engagement”. The award ceremony took place on March 26th, 2007 in the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin.

Goldene Göre 2006 |

On December 8th, 2006, the Switch project won its first award from 110 applications: the second prize of the "Golden Brat" of the German Children's Fund. The prize is awarded for projects that enable children and young people to participate in shaping their living environment. The award ceremony was attended by the board of the Kultubrücke Hamburg e. V. together with two Switch children in the Europapark Rust near Freiburg. The laudation on Switch was given by Lucy from the No Angels.