The Education and Youth Working Group encourages cross-cultural understanding among US and Russian youth to prepare young people in both countries to work together to solve or prevent common problems via student-centered methods such as education exchanges, seminars, and conferences. In addition to fostering a collaborative platform for educators and students, the group shares best practices among Russian/US education and youth-focused organizations, creating new partnerships and identifying innovative technology tools. Working group members create opportunities and incentives for youth to be invested in the economic future of their local communities.
For the current project year, the Education and Youth Working Group will continue to expand upon their existing CyberFair and Open Door projects by assessing the most effective innovations for engaging youth in both countries. The group will conduct webinars, seminars, discussions, and outreach meetings with educators and stakeholders in both countries to share information about the CyberFair model and eventually implement it in new communities. Members of the working group will present on its projects at a San Diego Symposium as well as the Student Television Network (STN) Convention.
In 2013, the Education and Youth Working Group carried out a project titled “CyberFair: Connecting Youth Through Volunteerism” that promoted community engagement by giving young people from Russia and the US the opportunity to share their own volunteering experiences through essays, videos or slide shows.
In 2014, the working group expanded its activities by conducting a multi-phase project called Open Doors. The main goal of the project was to promote models of collaboration among schools and NGOs that support new education standards in the US and Russia. As part of the project the group published a 70-page booklet titled "School and the Community: Collaboration in the Context of New Educational Standards," which showcases exemplary models of partnership between educational institutions and civic organizations. Additionally, the group published a separate CyberFair Implementation Guide to help schools and youth organizations adopt a CyberFair model of project-based learning in their communities. Finally, the working group produced two videos to further disseminate its work: Opening Doors to Collaboration and When We Open Our Doors.
Education and Youth Working Group co-chairs Yvonne Andres and Denis Rogatkin present CyberFair materials in 2014.
The Education and Youth Working Group meets with its fellows at the 2015 SEE Fellowship Launch.
The Education and Youth Working Group at the 2014 SEE Conference.