The Y_Space is a central element of the Yannik Foundation that has been set up to spread and nurture the characteristics of Yannik, our beloved son and brother, who passed away very suddenly at age 12 in spring 2015.

Yannik died before he could realize his full potential. He was smart, empathetic, caring and always embraced the gifts and challenges of life. One of those gifts was his talent to infuse others with his joy of life.

As Yannik cannot pass on his traits to others that he touches in live we made it our mission to foster an open, curious and creative mindset among teens from 11-14 years and provide an environment in which they can create together.

Our dream for Yannik to grow up into a mature human being, find a partner and have many children will never be fulfilled.

What remains with us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why Yannik left this earth so early, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that he died, but that he lived and that his life gave us memories – too beautiful to forget.

We want to thank everyone who has been part of this journey so far… people who donated, people who contributed through their service, words of sympathy, and hours of hard work…you are all awesome!! Thank you so much for helping to honor our beloved Yannik and helping us to eventually change the world!