Disability Partnership TV Season 1 participants Jack Harrison and Joel Pletcher speak about their experience traveling to Russia and producing online series about inclusion.
US-Russia collaborative documentary "Under One Sky," created by students of the Loyola University Chicago and the Moscow-based Institute of Contemporary Art, premiered in Washington, D.C.


Program Information

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is a diverse network of Russian and US professionals and entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices that lead to joint action and positive change in the social dimensions of both countries.

 
SEE is presently composed of three key programmatic components:
 
Project teams are the new foundation of SEE, launched with the start of the 2015-2016 project competition. These teams are selected through an open competition that invites project groups — composed of Russian and US organizations — to create innovative bilateral initiatives. 
 
Invited Professionals — project teams may also nominate up to four "Invited Professionals,” who will travel to host organization(s) in the other country and will make distinct contributions to project implementation.
 
Independent Professionals are individuals who support initiatives that establish new US-Russian partnerships or strengthen existing ones. These participants each develop and implement a socially-oriented project that produces a significant and measurable social benefit in both Russia and the US.
 
 

Project teams as well as Invited and Independent Professionals all work to address at least one of the following socially oriented themes:

  1. Social support & protection of citizens 
  2. Protection of flora & fauna
  3. Promotion of animal welfare 
  4. Promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism
  5. Youth development
  6. Public health & promotion of healthy lifestyles
  7. Preservation of cultural identities & language 
  8. Adaptation of migrants 
  9. Medical and social rehabilitation 
  10. Promotion of economic and labor mobility
 
 

 

 

History

Formerly, SEE was composed of bilateral working groups that collaborated within nine distinct thematic areas: child protection, community development, education and youth, protection of flora and fauna, gender equity, higher education, rule of law and the community, migration, and public health. These working groups also attended an annual conference where they developed joint priorities and designed fellowships for other social experts working within their chosen fields.
 
SEE was originally an expansion of the US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP), launched in May 2011. CSPP had grown out of two US-Russia Civil Society Summits held in 2009 and 2010 after Russian and US civil society experts recognized the need for greater collaboration between citizens of both countries. In 2013, the program's name was changed from CSPP to SEE to reflect the expansion of its network of participants and a deeper focus of their activities within social spheres.
 
 
SEE is implemented by Eurasia Foundation. 
 
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The US-Russia Youth TV Bridge (YTVB)

The US-Russia Youth TV Bridge (YTVB) is an international platform for increasing cooperation between US and Russian youth through collaborative video production. High school students work together to record, edit, produce, and host broadcast-style video programming.

 

YTVB brings competitively chosen US and Russian high school students together to jointly produce a season of news magazine-style broadcasts on a range of cultural topics relevant to both the US and Russia. In producing informative documentary television on these subjects, YTVB is helping bridge the cultures and people of the US and Russia, creating a more inclusive and diverse space in online student media.

The fourth season of SEE’s Youth TV Bridge is bringing together the students from Fayetteville High School, Arkansas and First City School TV, Izhevsk, Russia.

 

 

Youth TV Bridge is back for its fourth season!

Watch our first episode of the season! You will see how young people from Russia and the US use media to connect with each other and positively influence their communities from Fayetteville, AR to Izhevsk, Russia and beyond!  

 

 

Missed the last three seasons of Youth TV Bridge?

Catch up on all the episodes from previous seasons on the SEE YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 

Follow us on social media! 

SEE Facebook

SEE Twitter

SEE Instagram

 

     

Youth TV Bridge is implemented in partnership with Student Television Network (Carlsbad, CA) and Volga Encounters youth media festival (Cheboksary, Russia). 

Get Involved in Youth TV Bridge

In this season of YTVB, our Russian and American anchors will explore social issues that are common in Russia and the US by taking a closer look at their home towns and beyond! To help our anchors gather interesting stories from all over Russia and the US, we call on you. Are you a high school student journalist, video producer or media arts student? Then take part in this international project. Shine light on how you tackle important social issues in your community by sending content to Youth TV Bridge! In the final episode of the season, we will feature how you were able to make a difference in your hometowns!

To become a part of YTVB, send us photos or short videos of you and your friends taking part in social good initiatives and making a positive difference in your community! 

We are particularly interested in content on the following topics, though any photos or videos depicting students working to solve social issues will be accepted:

·       Conscious consumption

·       Underserved populations

·       Disability awareness and inclusion

Examples of content include: 

·       A brief video story on students volunteering at a local soup kitchen

·       Photos of students participating in a project recycling old material to be used in new ways

·       Video clips of students working with participants at a local Special Olympics event

·       And many more…!

Submissions due February 15, 2020! Early entries are highly encouraged!

 

How to submit?

Fill out this online submission form and follow instructions for uploading your files to Google Drive. Please note the following technical requirements for submissions and follow instructions for uploading your MP4 video files and scripts to the Google Drive.

1.      Use this format to label your files: "SCHOOL/STUDIO'S NAME YTVB S4". For example, “Fayetteville HS YTVB S4”. 

2.      All videos must be submitted as MP4 video files and be accompanied by the video script in .doc or .docx format. Your videos should not exceed 30 seconds. Please submit high-resolution video files (preferably 1920 x 1080 but no less than 720 x 480). Individual video file size must not exceed 100 Mb.

3.      All photos must be submitted in a high-resolution JPG format (we recommend uploading images up to 2000 pixels on the longest edge at 72dpi). File size must not exceed 10 Mb.  

We will do our best to share all submitted content with our international audience.

Studios and Every Featured Video Will Receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation!

 

What you need to know:

1. Teams of students between ages 14-18 who are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit original content.

2. Your photo or video must show how you worked towards solving a social issue in your community.

3. Submitted videos should not exceed 30 seconds. The more concise, the better!

4. All videos must follow the creative content and copyright guidelines.      

5. By submitting photos or videos, you give EF permission to use your content for promotional matters.

6. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to send your photos and videos before the above deadline to ensure you can be featured in our final episode.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

 

We look forward to seeing your photos and videos!

 


Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disability Partnership TV is a fast-growing network of US and Russian high schoolers who are passionate about video production and work together to produce quality content on a range of disability-related topics common in both countries. 

 

Competitively selected US and Russian high school students come together to jointly produce a season of news magazine-style broadcasts about disability-related topics. In producing informative documentary television with and about people with disabilities, DPTV is opening new doors for everyone, creating a more inclusive and diverse space in online student media.

The second season of SEE’s Disability Partnership TV is bringing together the students of TigerVision studio from Texas High School in Texarkana, TX, and the students of Kadr Studio in Novotroitsk, Russia. 

 

Watch The Final Episode of DPTV’s Season 2 Below!

It's a wrap! In the DPTV season 2 finale, meet Alexey and Emily, who lead complete and fulfilling lives despite their disabilities. Watch till the end to revisit the best moments of the season!

Take this viewer survey to let us know how we did in this episode. 

Missed The First Season of DPTV?

Catch all previous episodes of DPTV Season 1 below or subscribe to the SEE YouTube channel to watch these and other similar videos created within the framework of US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE).

DPTV S1 Episode 1Pilot

DPTV S1 Episode 2Creativity Knows No Limits

DPTV S1 Episode 3Working with a Purpose

DPTV S1 Episode 4Limitless Success

 

Stay Connected and Follow DPTV News on Social Media!

SEE Facebook

SEE Twitter

SEE Instagram

Kadr Studio VKontakte

TigerVision Facebook

     

DPTV is implemented by Eurasia Foundation in partnership with Student Television Network (Carlsbad, CA), Volga Encounters youth media festival (Cheboksary, Russia), and Special Olympics (Washington, D.C. and Moscow).

Participate in Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)!

Upcoming episodes of DPTV will illuminate various disability-related topics in the US and Russia. If you would like to take part in this international project and help shine light on an important social topic, come join the team of Russian and American anchors and reporters!

To become a part of DPTV, simply send us your video on one of the four topics below to be considered for a full range of episodes!

Early submissions are encouraged.

Topic # 1: Athletes with Disabilities.

Sports have long been an arena where people of diverse backgrounds have been able to come together and realize each other’s fellow humanity, and this is especially true about people with disabilities. Tell us about people with disabilities, preferably from your community, who lead active lifestyles and participate in sporting events.

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed. 

Topic # 2: Artists with Disabilities.

Art as a media has always been used to depict personal experiences of life, from the realistic to the surreal. This art ranges from dance to literature to the traditional canvas and clay. Tell us of people with disabilities using any of these forms of artistic expression (and any type of art not listed) and how it shows their own perspective on life!

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed.  

Topic # 3:  Volunteers Working with People with Disabilities.

Volunteers are selfless people who devote their time to helping others without expectation of reward. It is time to grant these people the recognition they deserve and convey their stories and how they help people with disabilities. Is there anyone in your community who spends their time helping people with disabilities? Regardless of how they help, whether it is assisting these people in their daily lives, spending time with them, or cooking for them, let’s put their stories on screen!

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed. 

Topic # 4:  A Day in Life: People Living with Disabilities.

Many able-bodied people assume that people with disabilities live less-than-full lives. Do you know of someone with a disability in your community? Record their day-to-day lives, what they do, how they have fun, how they lead complete and fulfilling lives and send us these stories. Let’s show a person with disability living life!

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed. 

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos

Step 1. Upload your video to YouTube. In the video’s settings, ensure that the video is set to “Unlisted,” then create a link to the video and paste it into the submission form available below. More information about uploading to YouTube can be found here.

Step 2. Fill out this online submission form

 

We will make an effort to share all submitted videos with our international audience!

Every Featured Video Will Receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation. 

 

Rules for Submitting Videos to DPTV Season 2

1.    US teams consisting of students grades 9-12 and Russian teams consisting of students grades 8-11 that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit their original videos.

2.    Your video must address one of the four topics listed above.

3.    Preference will be given to videos that do not exceed 90 seconds.

4.    All videos must follow the outlined creative content and copyright guidelines.

5.    All videos submitted to DPTV must contain the following spoken sign-off or closing: Reporting for DPTV in “your town name”, I'm “your name.”

6.    Videos should not contain any spoken sign-offs or intros that refer to your school or studio.

7.    Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to Eurasia Foundation (EF).

8.    By submitting videos, you give EF permission to use your content for promotional matters.

9.    There is no limit to the number of episodes that a team can participate in. However, a team may only submit one video per episode. We will not feature multiple videos from the same team in one episode.

10.  Submissions on various topics are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to send your videos before the deadlines above to be considered for a full range of episodes!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out forms, please contact us at [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your videos!


SEE is now accepting applications for a new round of the Independent Professional (INP) initiative.  We support collaboration among U.S. and Russian social experts in Social Inclusion, Community Engagement and Volunteerism, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement and Mentorship.

Independent Professionals will travel to a host country (Russia or the US) during fall/winter 2019 to collaborate with partner organizations on seeking new solutions for social challenges relevant to both countries.  Upon their return home, independent professionals will implement activities to convey and apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Materials 

Applications for the current round must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on August 5, 2019 (7:59 AM Moscow Time on August 6, 2019).

Please read all materials fully and carefully before submitting your application.

Request for Applications

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply Now

 


Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disability Partnership TV is a fast-growing network of US and Russian high schoolers who are passionate about video production and work together to produce quality content on a range of disability-related topics common in both countries. 

 

Competitively selected US and Russian high school students come together to jointly produce a season of news magazine-style broadcasts about disability-related topics. In producing informative documentary television with and about people with disabilities, DPTV is opening new doors for everyone, creating a more inclusive and diverse space in online student media.

The second season of SEE’s Disability Partnership TV is bringing together the students of TigerVision studio from Texas High School in Texarkana, TX, and the students of Kadr Studio in Novotroitsk, Russia. 

 

Watch The Final Episode of DPTV’s Season 2 Below!

It's a wrap! In the DPTV season 2 finale, meet Alexey and Emily, who lead complete and fulfilling lives despite their disabilities. Watch till the end to revisit the best moments of the season!

Take this viewer survey to let us know how we did in this episode. 

Missed The First Season of DPTV?

Catch all previous episodes of DPTV Season 1 below or subscribe to the SEE YouTube channel to watch these and other similar videos created within the framework of US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE).

DPTV S1 Episode 1Pilot

DPTV S1 Episode 2Creativity Knows No Limits

DPTV S1 Episode 3Working with a Purpose

DPTV S1 Episode 4Limitless Success

 

Stay Connected and Follow DPTV News on Social Media!

SEE Facebook

SEE Twitter

SEE Instagram

Kadr Studio VKontakte

TigerVision Facebook

     

DPTV is implemented by Eurasia Foundation in partnership with Student Television Network (Carlsbad, CA), Volga Encounters youth media festival (Cheboksary, Russia), and Special Olympics (Washington, D.C. and Moscow).

Participate in Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)!

Upcoming episodes of DPTV will illuminate various disability-related topics in the US and Russia. If you would like to take part in this international project and help shine light on an important social topic, come join the team of Russian and American anchors and reporters!

To become a part of DPTV, simply send us your video on one of the four topics below to be considered for a full range of episodes!

Early submissions are encouraged.

Topic # 1: Athletes with Disabilities.

Sports have long been an arena where people of diverse backgrounds have been able to come together and realize each other’s fellow humanity, and this is especially true about people with disabilities. Tell us about people with disabilities, preferably from your community, who lead active lifestyles and participate in sporting events.

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed. 

Topic # 2: Artists with Disabilities.

Art as a media has always been used to depict personal experiences of life, from the realistic to the surreal. This art ranges from dance to literature to the traditional canvas and clay. Tell us of people with disabilities using any of these forms of artistic expression (and any type of art not listed) and how it shows their own perspective on life!

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed.  

Topic # 3:  Volunteers Working with People with Disabilities.

Volunteers are selfless people who devote their time to helping others without expectation of reward. It is time to grant these people the recognition they deserve and convey their stories and how they help people with disabilities. Is there anyone in your community who spends their time helping people with disabilities? Regardless of how they help, whether it is assisting these people in their daily lives, spending time with them, or cooking for them, let’s put their stories on screen!

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed. 

Topic # 4:  A Day in Life: People Living with Disabilities.

Many able-bodied people assume that people with disabilities live less-than-full lives. Do you know of someone with a disability in your community? Record their day-to-day lives, what they do, how they have fun, how they lead complete and fulfilling lives and send us these stories. Let’s show a person with disability living life!

 Video submissions on this topic are now closed. 

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos

Step 1. Upload your video to YouTube. In the video’s settings, ensure that the video is set to “Unlisted,” then create a link to the video and paste it into the submission form available below. More information about uploading to YouTube can be found here.

Step 2. Fill out this online submission form

 

We will make an effort to share all submitted videos with our international audience!

Every Featured Video Will Receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation. 

 

Rules for Submitting Videos to DPTV Season 2

1.    US teams consisting of students grades 9-12 and Russian teams consisting of students grades 8-11 that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit their original videos.

2.    Your video must address one of the four topics listed above.

3.    Preference will be given to videos that do not exceed 90 seconds.

4.    All videos must follow the outlined creative content and copyright guidelines.

5.    All videos submitted to DPTV must contain the following spoken sign-off or closing: Reporting for DPTV in “your town name”, I'm “your name.”

6.    Videos should not contain any spoken sign-offs or intros that refer to your school or studio.

7.    Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to Eurasia Foundation (EF).

8.    By submitting videos, you give EF permission to use your content for promotional matters.

9.    There is no limit to the number of episodes that a team can participate in. However, a team may only submit one video per episode. We will not feature multiple videos from the same team in one episode.

10.  Submissions on various topics are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to send your videos before the deadlines above to be considered for a full range of episodes!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out forms, please contact us at [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your videos!


During its first two programmatic years, the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) annually awarded more than 60 fellowships to both early-career specialists and established subject-matter experts from Russia and the United States. These experts joined together to exchange ideas and tackle common challenges within the thematic focus of each of the program’s former working groups.

During their fellowships, participants traveled to their counterpart country for up to four weeks at host organizations and helped to implement collaborative projects developed by each working group.

During this period, SEE offered two distinct types of fellowships: 

 
 

Emerging Professionals were talented new actors in their chosen fields. These dynamic and energetic individuals developed their own experiences through implementing projects, performing research, writing articles, contributing to social media, and assisting with responsibilities related to their host organization.

Advanced Practitioners were individuals who already had established experience working on social issues in their chosen field. These fellows were directly selected by SEE’s former working groups and provided guidance on ongoing projects, participated in organizational development activities, conducted research, and built their professional networks. 

 



Contact / Linkage Project Competition

In 2013 the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) conducted a two-stage partnership competition for projects jointly proposed by US and Russian NGOs. The competition sought to increase and intensify peer-to-peer relationships between US and Russian experts, who shared common objectives in addressing major challenges in their countries. All project proposals had to relate to the priority areas identified by SEE’s thematic working groups.

The competition consisted of two distinct stages. The Contact stage enabled organizations from both countries to establish ties with each other and prepare for the next stage of the competition.  The Linkage phase called for partners to design and submit proposals for bilateral projects.  Following a rigorous competition, six partnerships were chosen for implementation. These projects were conducted during the 2013-2014 program year.
 

 

Kidsave International and the Children’s Project in Nizhny Novgorod have partnered to prevent the rejection and termination of parental rights for families in challenging situations.
The University of Oregon at Eugene and the Stavropol branch of the NGO “No to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” will offer US and Russian students majoring in child protection an opportunity to grow their professional skills and understanding of social problems through an internship exchange program.
Bard College in New York state and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) at St. Petersburg State University will work together to create resources for colleges and universities to strengthen joint and dual degree partnerships between the US and Russia.
The Manhattan-based Downtown Community Television Center and Moscow’s Journalism Advancement and Support Center are teaming up to connect disabled citizens with American and Russian local media organizations.
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources in Massachusetts and the Health and Development Foundation in Moscow are collaborating on a strategic manual for public health campaigns implemented over mobile devices (“mHealth”) that will assist practitioners in addressing health issues facing at-risk women in Russia and the US.
The Corporate Government Faculty of the Financial University in Moscow and the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance in Philadelphia will disseminate best practices in business ethics compliance through a network of multinationals and their Russian vendors as recommended by the 2013 Russia-led B20 international business summit.


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